• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Saved me lots of time and my data

    I bought one of these about 4 years ago with my refurbished MacBook pro. Set up Time Capsule and forgot about it until a couple years later when my hard drive bit the dust. Here's where it get's interesting: installed a new SSD, booted the computer, it asked me to connect to time capsule and the internet, and a couple hours later my computer was EXACTLY as I had left it. Easiest recovery I have ever done by FAR!

    22 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    my 2008 model saved my bacon

    When my older iMac died an inglorious death, this little older Time Capsule saved my life, so to speak. When the new one arrived, the time Capsule proceeded to go to work and restore every single thing just as it was, so that using the new iMac was no different than using the prior one. It put every siingle item back where it had been and it was just like having my old computer...except in a sleek new package. I will not ever be without one of these. That one crash was enough to make me a fan for life.

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Avoid - worst apple product

    Not easily compatible with service providers and the $300 one I bought less than two years ago is now a giant paperweight. Apple doesn't repair so the only option they offer is to buy a new one. No thanks. Do yourself a favor and save $200 buying something that will work for years, not months.

    22 of 26 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.

    19 of 20 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.

    31 of 44 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best wireless router/storage device I've used to date, highly recommend!

    I have been through quite a bit of wireless routers over the years from D-Link, Netgear, Linksys, Cisco. These routers would work for some time but then would eventually start failing and required reboots fairly often. I moved from a two story home to a three story home and wanted adequate wireless coverage. Immediately after moving to my new home, the wireless issues started. After quite a bit of frustration, I decided to try the Time Capsule since I use quite a bit of Apple devices. I set this unit up over a year ago and have not had to do much with it since. I have rebooted it only recently for a firmware update. This unit is a work horse and maintains wireless coverage and connectivity throughout my home without issue. Having the ability to manage the Time Capsule from my iPhone, iPad and other Apple devices is a very nice feature. The Time Machine backup feature has been used on many occasions to restore an entire system back to a new Mac device. Having peace of mind knowing that your systems are always backed up and can be restored with a click of a button is just priceless. It is basically a set it and forget it type of system. You set up your wireless network, set the Time Machine options on your Mac devices and you're done. My only regret is not having this unit sooner. Frustration and hassle could have been averted many years prior.

    20 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A beautiful piece of trash

    I am very disappointed with the quality of a $300 device! It makes sound like a device from the 60's.

    20 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy, Quick

    Have been using for about two months with no issues.

    Very easy to set up. AC speeds are very good. Backup works seamlessly and easily. It just works.

    The range is not quite as good as some new routers, but it is a solid combination of features and is much easier to set up than the other routers. Using in a 3500 square foot house with good coverage.

    The only reason I rated four stars instead of five is because I think we ought to be able to set aside some of the drive space for our own use as a home server so that we do not have to rely on cloud services.

    Despite that, I would definitely buy this again.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Life Saver!

    I've had my AirPort Time Capsule backing up my 6 year old iMac for 3+ years. It provides great wireless networking throughout my home and when my iMac's hard drive failed EVERYTHING was backed up! When my new iMac arrived it migrated all data to the new system during the setup process without a hiccup! A real lifesaver since precious photographs are stored on this device which I feared we may have lost. I will definitely purchase another!

    18 of 20 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

    35 of 54 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst thing ever I could spend my money on !

    Please dont buy this thing, the WIFI range is a joke. The 2.5Gz doesnt even connect to give you Internet connection ( Just so you know I have a 200MB download speed and 100MB upload speed) This product makes my internet connection look like uuugh

    18 of 21 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 21 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.

    39 of 64 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst APPLE PRODUCT I've ever had

    If this wasn't a gift I would have returned it! Countless wasted hours w/ techs, support... Apple should take these back to save Thier reputation. One star for it's use as an excellent paper wieght.

    18 of 23 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.

    23 of 33 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!

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Router & Backup Device; Needs Updating

    I'm thrilled with my Time Capsule, but it needs updating and loses a star for that. Time Machine backups are a breeze and AirPort Utility is easy to use. Plus there's added benefit to being able to back up multiple systems seamlessly to this device, rather than the limited information backed up by iCloud. However, this product does need updating. A genuine mesh system with the AirPort Express would be a nice upgrade, with MU-MIMO, the next 802.11 standard, Siri functionality, and an added layer of security for IoT devices at the router - rather than having to rely on IoT device makers providing necessary security. AirPort Utility could also use more features, like the ability for an owner to pause internet access to given devices for a chosen amount of time, or for a period of the day like 10PM to 6AM. AirPort devices are a backbone of the Apple Ecosystem and shouldn't be disregarded, since it's the seamlessness of the ecosystem that makes it so valuable. If people have to go outside it for these devices, it becomes easier to do so for TV, computers, and phones.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 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 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.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A Winner

    I must say I was a bit hesitant on this after reading the reviews, but it sure is a hit with me. My late husband had built a complicated network that I could not get into with 4 different servers. When he passed and I had to unhook what he had built I had a mess on my hands. I received this yesterday, unpacked it, turned it on and now the three main apple computers in the house are completely backed up and runnning and all of my devices are purring right along as well. I was even able to get into the Apple TV which was wonderful as I had not been able to access it at all. So, I am a happy camper and my backups are all completed. PLUS it is tons faster than my Netgear modem ever thought of being.

    Thanks Apple!

    15 of 19 people found this useful

  • 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!

    14 of 17 people found this useful