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 full-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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    Ultrafast 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 cord

    Tech Specs

      Size and Weight

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

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  • 3.0 Average
    3 out of 5 stars
    Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
    • 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

      470 of 501 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

      378 of 415 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

      335 of 378 people found this useful

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

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Purchased 3 1/2 years ago

      I was thinking about purchasing another time capsule for my summer home, but after reading the negative reviews from "recent" purchases, decided to go will a re I was thinking about purchasing another time capsule for my summer home, but after reading the negative reviews from "recent" purchases, decided to go will a reliable and reputable brand external hard drive for a fraction of the price. Had I not read the reviews, I would have wasted $300 on what appears to be a piece of junk. My time capsule that I purchased 3 1/2 years ago is simply amazing and I love it. Have never had any problems with it. I see consistent problems in the reviews for overheating and problems with the fan. Hello Apple is anyone there and/or listening!!! I have to conclude that Apple has made some modification(s) to the time capsule for all these 1 and 2 star reviews. In my opinion Apple products are outstanding, but something seems to be going on with the time capsule. All the 4 or 5 star reviews are from purchases 3 or 4 years ago. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see the quality is not there at least in the past year. Why spend $300 on a product that is not reliable as of late. This is a disappointment because I love my time capsule and was hoping to purchase another one. However, my wallet is thanking me!

      • Written by a M from PROVIDENCE

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Purchased 3 1/2 years ago

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      This was a mistake

      My 2TB upright Time Capsule is supposed to dump the oldest identical backups when near full to make room for newer backups. Nope. It just filled up, dumped noth My 2TB upright Time Capsule is supposed to dump the oldest identical backups when near full to make room for newer backups. Nope. It just filled up, dumped nothing and finally quit backing up because there was no more room. So I bought a 6TB G-Technology external hard drive to copy everything from the Time Capsule. 1.975TB. But can I access the files on my G Drive? Nope. Other than thousands of pics (JPG,PNG, TIFF, NEF, RAW, RAF) they are completely inaccessible, locked away in an unreadable "sparsebundle". And if the G-Tech drive isn't connected to the Time Capsule and Airport Utility, I can't even access my image files. So what good is this to me? Why must my backups be accessible only through Airport Utility and why must I, the user who created the files, know some kind of secret password ritual to access my own data? For that matter, although it sent 1.975G of files to the G-Tech drive, the Time Capsule itself displays only the most recent 2 days of files, and everything else is not even visible at all. My Windows laptop backs up to an external hard drive and I've never had a problem accessing those files. It seems to me Apple has intentionally created a filing system so arcane and convoluted the user needs to be an apple engineer to appreciate how elegant it is. Otherwise, the user is just screwed.

      • Written by GBSK K from San Antonio

      3 of 4 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?This was a mistake

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      2018 Review - Bought in late 2013

      tl;dr Awesome and easy to use router. Too bad it's a discontinued product (according to news outlets). I recommend against purchasing this product due to this f tl;dr Awesome and easy to use router. Too bad it's a discontinued product (according to news outlets). I recommend against purchasing this product due to this fact. It's better to invest in newer technology that'll have continued support. Review: This was my first router ever. Setup was easy and the settings/configuration was intuitive. I was a bit concerned about the WiFi KRACK vulnerability, but Apple came out with an update to patch it a few months ago! I haven't had any uptime/downtime issues. Whenever I have guests over, setting up and allowing them to connect to my guest network makes keeping the network secure easy. Like any other device, you'll have to periodically clean dust out of the unit with an air can to keep further issues from happening. I've had to do it about once every 2 years (you'll notice piles of dust around the base of the unit) There is a way to backup the drive using external storage, but it uses USB 2.0 and it's not incremental; so expect an all-nighter to complete an entire secondary backup. If you're looking for more resilient/larger storage, this isn't it.

      • Written by Brian G from Simi Valley

      2 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?2018 Review - Bought in late 2013