AirPort Time Capsule - 2TB

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  • Overview

    Back up a lifetime’s worth of memories with AirPort Time Capsule, a wireless hard drive that works seamlessly with Time Machine in OS X. It’s also a fully featured Wi-Fi base station with the latest 802.11ac technology and simultaneous dual-band support. Choose from 2TB and 3TB models.

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    Automatic wireless backup.

    AirPort Time Capsule includes a 2TB or 3TB hard drive that works with Time Machine in OS X to create the perfect no-hassle backup solution.1 There are no cables, and you can back up all the Mac computers in your home to a central location — automatically, wirelessly, and in the background.

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    Ultra-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

    With 802.11ac technology and a powerful beamforming antenna array, AirPort Time Capsule gives you up to 3x faster Wi-Fi and a stronger, clearer signal.2 And because it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time, your wireless devices will automatically connect to the best available band for the fastest performance possible.

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    Designed with performance in mind.

    With the antennas at the top of the elevated design, AirPort Time Capsule now has a higher platform for dispersing the signal. We also increased the number of antennas. There are now six of them — three for the 2.4GHz band and three for the 5GHz band. Together with 802.11ac technology, they let you connect faster, farther, and with more power than ever before.

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    Easy setup for iOS and OS X.

    Connect your DSL or cable modem to AirPort Time Capsule and use the built-in setup assistant to create your new wireless network in just a few taps from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. If you’re using a Mac, use the built-in AirPort Utility. Setup is just as fast and just as easy.

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    Share your hard drive or printer.

    AirPort Time Capsule can turn any external USB hard drive into a secure drive you can share across your Wi-Fi network. So all the documents, videos, photos and other files instantly become available to anyone, Mac and PC users alike. You can even connect a printer and share it wirelessly.

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    Compatibility and security.

    Any Wi-Fi device you have will work with AirPort Time Capsule. That’s because it’s compatible with devices using the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n and 802.11ac specifications. And since AirPort Time Capsule features a built-in firewall that protects your network from malicious Internet attacks, you can enjoy the web with peace of mind.

    What’s in the Box

    AirPort Time Capsule

    Printed documentation

    Power lead

    Tech Specs

      Size and Weight

    • Height: 168 mm (6.6 inches)
    • Width: 98 mm (3.85 inches)
    • Depth: 98 mm (3.85 inches)
    • Weight: 1.48 kg (3.26 pounds)3

    Connections and Expansion

    Built-in power supply

    Ethernet

    Gigabit Ethernet WAN port

    Three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports

    USB

    USB 2

    Wireless

    IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac2

    Beamforming antenna array

    Simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz

    Number of Users

    50

    System Requirements

    Setup and Administration

    Mac with OS X Lion v10.7.5 or later and AirPort Utility 6.3

    iOS device with iOS 6 or later and AirPort Utility 1.3

    Backup Using Time Machine

    Mac with OS X v10.5.7 or later

    Wireless Device Access

    Any Wi-Fi-enabled device that uses the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac specification

    Shared Printing with a USB Printer

    Mac with OS X v10.2.7 or later

    PC with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8

    Shared USB Hard Drive

    Mac with OS X v10.4.8 or later

    PC with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8

  • 3.5 Average
    3 out of 5 stars
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    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Worked for just over a year

      Worked for just over a year, then, began making a loud whining noise. It still works, but I can't be in the same room with it. Took it to the Apple Store who Worked for just over a year, then, began making a loud whining noise. It still works, but I can't be in the same room with it. Took it to the Apple Store who said it couldn't be fixed and would likely stop working in the near future. I did not purchase Apple Care because the product was not likely to be abused. it just sits still on a desk top and does its thing. This product should last longer than a year especially for $300. Definitely, not worth the money.

      • Written by Curt N from Bethany

      140 of 147 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Worked for just over a year

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Worst Apple product

      Definitely the worst Apple product I've ever owned. I only bought it for the wireless time machine backups. It worked fine for awhile. Forgot that it was on reg Definitely the worst Apple product I've ever owned. I only bought it for the wireless time machine backups. It worked fine for awhile. Forgot that it was on regular backups (which is the point!) and came back to check one day and it hadn't been backing up. Can't get it to backup wirelessly anymore. Forced to use it as a USB hard drive now. Bought it brand new less than a year ago.

      • Written by Alexander C from Saint Joseph

      117 of 130 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Worst Apple product

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      This is the worst thing I've ever bought

      I wanted to invest in a decent set of Wifi kit for my new home, so I bought the 3TB airport time capsule and an airport express extender to satisfy all of my wi I wanted to invest in a decent set of Wifi kit for my new home, so I bought the 3TB airport time capsule and an airport express extender to satisfy all of my wifi needs. For the first month or so things seemed to be fine. Then my Time Machine backups could no longer find the 3TB drive - and when I tried to access it from my finder I found it was there, but really slow to access folder, and would often come back with errors saying the drive was no longer available. So I switched off time machine and just used it as a network extender (and bought a cheap - but very reliable external Disk Drive that I plug into my mac). That worked for a couple of months, then I and my family started getting intermittent connectivity issues with the wifi. Sometimes while I was at work the wifi would be inaccessible all day. I tried powering down the airport time capsule and voila! any device that was in range of the other airport express worked perfectly. This is a massive disappointment - considering how overpriced these items are. I think my desire to remain entirely in the Apple eco-system is on the wane. Im off to buy some better/cheaper networking kit, and Ive replaced my new IPhone 6 plus with a Nexus 6P Couldnt be happier

      • Written by Dean C from Wadhurst

      110 of 124 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?This is the worst thing I've ever bought

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Awesome Device

      I absolutely love my AirPort Time Capsule...not only is it my sole backup device for my MBP, MBA, and iPad but it's also my high-speed router at at over 200 mbp I absolutely love my AirPort Time Capsule...not only is it my sole backup device for my MBP, MBA, and iPad but it's also my high-speed router at at over 200 mbps. It came in particularly useful when my MBP crashed ~ a year ago and I used it to provide the full restore when the OS had to be reinstalled. The price is excellent and I've had no issues with the device since I purchased it three years ago in 2014. I can't say enough good things about it...it just continues to back up all of my devices and provides wireless internet to my devices as well as my 70" Samsung 4K smart TV. I'm not sure what's behind some of the questionable reviews, but all I can do is share my wonderful experience with my ATC.

      • Written by Brian P from Punta Gorda

      Is this review useful?Awesome Device

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      review on the 1st generation Time Capsule.

      This review will be strongly relevant to Time Capsule in general. I will put mark on differences from latest version of Time Capsule. + Sturdy in terms of siz This review will be strongly relevant to Time Capsule in general. I will put mark on differences from latest version of Time Capsule. + Sturdy in terms of size and weight. + Sustained access ability. Long distance coverage for router function. + Good to use for both, internet router and data storge. At times, internet router is useless in terms of occupying space. + a bit of noise: If this is made with Solid State Drive (SSD), I don't see problems much. Hard Disc Drive (HDD) usually makes noise, even with very good quality and new product. That's the limitation of tht technology (spinning and reding). This can get worse when using too heavily (saving/recording data and reading data at the same time). Just doing only one job is very suitable for HDD, even for SSD. + Not very speedy: This is partly because of data protection (security) issue. I have no problem with low speed. Rather, at times, I am surprised when things show up too quickly on my computer. For instnce, when I am searching website and data shows up too quickly, I have to be very suspicious about the data. Certain data server is located thousands milds away from my location. In order to back-up files, simply tunning up the computer for a night is a very good way. Data storge does not need to require INSTANT ACCESS. I usually use my own laptop for instant access data. Alternative external drive can be used for instnt access. However, I do not think Time Capsule if suitable for instant access. More reading/writing on the drive, more damages to be made. Longevity will be shortened. + Mac OS vs. Windows OS: Personally, Windows OS provided more user capacity. Mac OS had a nice window for Time Capsule, but I think that kind of app was/is meant for people who do not know very well about networking. More professional usage? Windows OS was better than Mac OS. However, Apple might/may introduce more user focused app for Time Capsule. + In genral, I think this product is good to have FOR DATA BACK-UP AND INTERNET ROUTER. I just don't expect people to use this product for very quick/instant access for additional disc due to the limited space of computer. This product does not provide good enough control access app in iPad or iPhone. Literally, the data back-up function for iOS (iPad or iPhone) is almost zero so far. This limitation might/may be improved. I am just using iPad for watching movies or films, using iPhones for listening music, and using additional laptops for other more professional work, I have no problem with this limitation so far.

      • Written by Juno F from Muncie

      0 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?review on the 1st generation Time Capsule.

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Airport Time Capsule

      Hi I like the concept but the product does not work as advertised. I can't do any backups anymore. The system wants to overwrite the existing backups. Apple's Hi I like the concept but the product does not work as advertised. I can't do any backups anymore. The system wants to overwrite the existing backups. Apple's support response is buy a "USB" hard drive and use it for backups. That this issue would be fixed in the next OS upgrade. Two years later and the same story. Save you money if you want a router not an automated backup system.

      • Written by JOHN S from Savage

      2 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Airport Time Capsule

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