• 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 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.

    183 of 190 people found this useful

  • 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 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.

    149 of 162 people found this useful

  • 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 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

    139 of 153 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This is junk

    I hooked up my brand new Time Capsule and my Time machine took 24 hours to give me a disk error message. It is not as good a router as my AirPort extreme, so I disconnected it. I found that Apple has a 14 day return policy! Who does that? Is it even legal? I am disabled so this entire process was difficult, considering all of the set-up. Then I had to reverse the process to watch my Apple TV, etc. Everything about this purchase has been screwed up.

    51 of 60 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DOES NOT JOIN EXISTING NETWORKS - RUBBISH!

    The new TC doesn't join existing networks. I only found this out when I opened the box and read the instructions. I already have an old 2TB version and expected this to work just the same . Rubbish concept. I am NOT going to plug this into my decent and excellent third party router and change over 3x iPhones, 3x iPads, 2x MacBook Airs, 2x ATVs, one additional speaker and an iMac because Apple decided to mess around with the specifications of originally an excellent concept.

    50 of 61 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Beware of disk failures

    this is my 2nd TC device. Each has failed in the first two years. The disk died on my present device after 1 year. I have one of almost every apple product which mostly work well. But I think this device seems to be flawed. And of course working with apple stores to get it replaced is a real pain. I would recommended a NAS or OS X server solution instead.

    41 of 44 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    not to recommend

    After 2 years my TC 2TB stopped to boot/work. Seems that the HD got some problems so the wifi part will also stop to work. Apple takes a huge amount of money for repair and I have the feeling this product is not made for 24/7 use.
    Buy a "normal" airport and use standard backup solutions. I still see a point using airport as a router especially if you want to extend your network, but the use of time capsule is just wasted money.
    // a very disappointed user

    42 of 47 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Back up a lifetime’s worth of memories until product dies.

    I have long been a supporter and purveyor of Apple products. However, The 2TB Time Machine product provides a false sense of security as Apple's marketing leads you to believe that this device "saves a lifetime's memories."

    After purchasing the Time Machine in May 2014, I have used this device to store family photos, music and to backup countless work files as I am self employed. The product has seemingly worked great, until I purchased a new 17' mac desktop. I simply wanted to upload my items onto my new computer and come to find out the device reports it is overheating. This is a first for me.

    Upon taking it to the Apple Store, I was told by the Genius Bar that the device simply stopped working and they could sell me the same model for a $50. While I appreciate the discount, the item offered is the exact same product with the exact same deficiencies. This is not OK. This is not what Steve Jobs would have done.

    Bottom line, after less than 3 years of utilizing the product, it is dead in the water, and everything that I had stored is now gone.
    Do not buy this product as backup, as there is no guarantee that it will be there from you when you need it.

    30 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best router I've used

    I went through my fair share of WiFi routers. All of them that I've used, from Belkin, Linksys, D-link, etc were all painful to setup and had options I'm sure their makers don't even understand. They also got super slow as time went on, need to be restarted every now and again to keep things running optimally. Yes, they were cheap, probably the only good thing about them.

    Enter Time Capsule. I bought this along with my Retina Macbook Pro two years ago now in 2013. It's 2015 and is been well over 2 years, I I thought I would at least share my experience. First, it's so simple to use! The setup was painless, just open Airport Utility on Mac or iPhone and enter the network name and pretty much done! Airport Utility is one simple app as well. Not a lot of options but that's a good thing for me (not that I'm not technologically savvy -- heck I'm a software developer, but I have no patience with hard to use hardware/software).

    I also use Time Machine to back it up and encrypt my backup. Two other people in my house also back up to the same time capsule. 2TB is plenty for us. The Time Capsule automatically cleans up older backups and pretty much takes care of everything.

    After setup, there is 0 maintenance that I've had to do on it, aside from the fact that there were 1-2 software updates, which again, was painless. I don't even remember ever restarting the Time Capsule outside of power outages. Folks, this is one product that I don't mind saying, It just works ™.

    Sure it's about $100-$200 more expensive than the rest of the guys, but you know what? It's worth it, just for the experience alone. You can get a decent AC wifi router for $100 less than this. But they would be more painful to use, harder to maintain, have way lower quality of customer support, and they would need replacing after 1-2 years because somehow they manage to slow down as time goes on.

    This is hands down a 5/5 product for me. Couldn't be happier.

    30 of 33 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.

    32 of 40 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth it.

    This device will last 2 years TOPS. Apple does not provide a repair service. Once one of the fans goes out and it starts overheating, you either have to buy a new one (not worth it) or look into alternatives. For something so pricey, I expected it to last longer. The term 'durability' does not seem to be on Apple's agenda. What a waste.

    26 of 29 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!

    31 of 39 people found this useful

  • 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!

    20 of 20 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    20 of 21 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.

    19 of 20 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 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    WARNING Do not buy this product

    It is likely that this product will only last for a year or two, then it will start overheating and die. Mine lasted about 14 months. Reading the forums and reviews, turns out this is a pretty common problem and I could have avoided the disappointment if I had just taken the warnings. Think about this for a second before buying one: This is a product for back up with a high likelihood of malfunction.

    To add insult to injury Apple offers you to buy a new one for $255 instead of $299 when your first one breaks down.

    20 of 23 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.

    18 of 19 people found this useful