• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing device from Apple

    Constantly issuing "Backup Verification" messages and starting backups over, I can't recommend this device after a few years of use. In addition, BTM has never worked reliably, and expect a restore to take weeks over Wi-fi for a 200GB backup. But hey, it's a great router!

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless almost immediately for storage; great as a (not needed) router

    In support of another reviewer who wrote: "The network visibility suddenly went away, leaving both backup and now restore without function. Absolutely frustrating device, stay away." I am having the exact same issue. The Airport Time Capsule is not visible, via Utilities --> Airport. I have tried plugging it in, reconnected the cords. Futile. It does not work wirelessly to back up and it no longer works. Period. 3TB of unused storage. $$$ down the tubes. Bravo Apple. Another useless product in my living room. Exasperating!

    25 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad by design

    Be aware - device will last 2 years, then start overheating and you are done. I'm not a first one and you will be next. Apple do not provided any service or repair for this device. Best you can - 15% discount for new one. No another complains.

    31 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Device not visible anymore, restore impossible

    One of the worst Apple products I owned.
    The network visibility suddenly went away, leaving both backup and now restore without function.

    Absolutely frustrating device, stay away.

    27 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Buy this thing!

    I recently was using a 1T external HD for backup but needed a replacement as it was reaching its capacity and at the same time my Airport Express 3rd gen. was due for retirement so why not kill two birds with one stone. I make most of my Apple purchases through their refurbished department and saw a 2T Time Capsule for $179 so why not.
    Setting up the wi-fi was a breeze but the backup system was a bit troublesome so I called tech support. It turns out that if you hook Time capsule to a cable modem that does double duty as a router you might run into a communication issue. I finished setting up my Time Capsule and the last bit of advice was to contact my cable provider and request that they disable the wifi function of their modem and thus put it in "bridge" mode. Long story short Apple's router is twice as fast as the cable router.
    A win/win situation so as the title of my review states buy this thing and you'll never look back.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    A bit disappointed in the performance.

    I purchased one of these to replace an AirPort Express when I moved into a larger apartment, as the Express was only 802.11n and was having some trouble reaching the back bedrooms. In the 2 & 1/2 years I owned the Express I never once had an issue or had to do a thing to it. I can't say the same about the Time Capsule. I keep running into issues where my devices show full Wi-Fi signal strength but webpages or whatever won't load. Once I restart the Time Capsule the issue fixes itself for a few days but then it re-appears and I have to restart again.

    In addition, the range isn't what I expected. My place is only about 1100 square feet but I'm still having trouble getting a good signal in areas furthest from the router. This may be due to the construction of my building (I'm on the 30th floor of a high-rise, so it's all steel and concrete), but like I said, my place isn't that large.

    As far as the time machine backup portion goes, that seems to work okay. I have not had any issues.

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Did I really just buy a $300 router?

    To the best of my knowledge this device has literally NO way to access the hard drive. For anyone who, you know, actually wanted to use any of the 2TB hard drive. No way to back up my iPhone, Or iPad. Apple, you have to be kidding me? The only thing this product does is work with time machine to back up my macbook. Which is nice, but I can do that with a much less expensive external hard drive, that actually functions as an external hard drive. I didn't even investigate beforehand to see if these things were possible, because I thought it was just common sense. So disappointed in this product.

    21 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Router - Range is terrific

    Our home is about 4K sq ft...perfect range throughout!!! This even gives a nice signal around the perimeter of our home! Very impressed.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not functional

    As a router it is very good. As a storage device - backup for laptops, mac mini, etc. good. Not good for backups of mobile devices. Mobile devices only sync to iTunes on laptop or Mac. Process of creating shortcuts or extensions to a location on the network on the Timecapsule is futile since the links go bad and are later unrecognized. Constantly corrupts those backup files for mobile devices - iPad and iPhone. Home sharing music from here is ridiculous process: laptop must be on somewhere in the home synced to this music library. Only then can Apple TV find the music library in my computers. It can't just find the library as the Timecapsule can't complete the function of home sharing the library itself. Previous mac minis could be converted to TimeCapsules....think Apple should consider merging/consolidating the time capsule/router/apple TV all into one device with better gaming function. iTunes should sync to this again when back on your "homenetwork" on all devices. It should allow for the personal home cloud and their apple cloud to work seamlessly.

    11 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Believe earlier reviews - the hard disk can die quickly

    Less than 2 years old, hard disk dead. Many others have the same problem. Bad apple this one. Router good but don't waste your money for storage/back up.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Airport Time Capsule, and Extreme-Set-Up Is Just Too Easy

    I've been sitting on an Airport Extreme for half a year not wanting to update all the devices on our system. (9-Apple TV units, 1 smart TV, 7 Airport Express units driving speakers & printers, and 4 Nest CO & Smoke detectors, and one nest Thermostat).....

    Decided to plug in the Tall extreme and do it tonight...

    Guess what? Set-up was only one step....

    1) Plug it in, and Airport Utility asked, "Do you want to replace Airport Extreme (flat) with Airport Extreme (tall).." ...... I typed "yes", and in about 3 minutes it said.... Connect cables from Air port Extreme (flat) to Airport Extreme (tall) and showed me a picture of both units onscreen...... and it said.... "transferring settings"...........

    I made the ethernet cable switch from the old extreme to the new extreme, , and I didn't have to touch another device on my network..... Easy, easy, easy........ And while my Airport Extreme (flat) would often drop devices off the network, and I had to reboot them.... The new (tall) Airport Extreme handles them all, and I am back to running sound to all the speakers in the house that are connected to Airport Express (current generation) units...

    Wow... too easy!

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Awful

    This is the first apple product I have ever bought that doesn't cooperate with all of my other apple products. If iPhone and iPad backup can be made on iCloud, how come it is unavailable on Time Capsule?!?! Why can I not save my most important data like documents, photos, movies on time capsule HDD and share them with my other devices? Why there are so many limited options for this product?

    To sum up: high price for a pretty product with poor and limited possibilities. I cannot understand why they don't implement simple software to their own products.

    Apple please make apple great again and start doing software right.

    29 of 42 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Saved my bacon (twice)

    Has to be said, these Time Capsules are invaluable when all else fails. Although 99.9% of the time, your mac book will be stable and problem free, when a Macbook dies it dies hard. For example, just spent the last 22 hours restoring a full backup (which was taken automatically earlier the same morning), after my Macbook Pro failed to restart after installing the Sierra update and booted into command line. Without the Time Capsule I would be heartbroken right now.
    This is the second time the TimeCapsule has saved my life. My first Macbook Pro was STOLEN! Another situation when your TimeCapsule will save your life too. JUST MAKE SURE YOU HAVE BACKUPS BEFORE DOING UPDATES, AND A SPARE DAY TO RESTORE IT !

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nothing compares

    I have tried many wireless routers and nothing compares to the time capsule. Amazingly easy setup, outstanding reliability, and if that isn't enough it also backs up you're Mac automatically everyday. Is it a little pricey? Yes. I'd pay double the price to not deal with the headache of other routers that have to be unplugged and reset constantly. Another amazing product by Apple!!!!

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wouldn't recommend

    Love Apple, love Apple products. I've been using them professionally and personally pretty much my whole life. I believe that I haven't felt the level of frustration and disappointment with another single product, not only with Apple, but with much of the technology I use. The AirPort Time Capsule has failed on many different levels and now the hard drive has died. The throughput on it has pretty much killed my fast Internet connection. Now, I've wasted many hours troubleshooting a failed hard drive . . . hard drives fail . . . it happens. But, it seems to have happened to so many people, I have to question Apple's choice of hardware they put inside it. We pay a premium to buy Apple product, we expect more. Not only has it failed, it's virtually impossible to get to the drive to replace it. It's slowly becoming a $300 paperweight . . . steer clear of this one. Apple, shame on you!

    29 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Time Capsule

    Was very wary at first but eventually took the plunge, glad i did as the set up was very easy (even for me) & so far so good. A highly recommended product.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrrible

    Fails to work with my existing cable modem, purchased it last year to automatically back up my iMac computer, sadly it needs to go. Total waste of money and investment. Why can't Apple make it right w these airport time capsules is beyond me but its sad to have loyal customer be constantly disastified with their products, especially rubbish like this

    32 of 50 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty terrible

    If you like products that fail a lot due to development negligence, this purchase is for you. Geniuses at the Apple store are extremely far from their label. One asked why I would try to use an old Mac Mini as a Time Capsule. Geniuses these days are glorified hipsters getting through school and born again coffee connoisseurs... but all of this is besides the point. Please don't purchase this product if the majority of your intent is to store data. You will lose it. Twice I have lost it. And twice, the geniuses have had no solution and STILL try to sell me a $2000 metal computer in place of a Time Capsule. I'm moving on to Seagate. Stick to desktop computers, Apple.

    35 of 58 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't connect - extend existing network

    Wanted this to store my music to access wirelessly, but it won't join my existing network, forces you to create a new network. I don't need a new network.

    29 of 45 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Eh?

    I have mixed emotions about this. It does my backups just fine but as a WiFi router my old sysco router runs circles around this. Since I've hooked this up streaming movies on my TV from other apps it won't show them in HD due to bandwidth. Either that or it just buffers constantly. I never had these issues with my old router. I guess if it isn't broke. Don't try and fix it. I wanted to love this but it frustrates me in times where I really want it to work.

    18 of 20 people found this useful