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

  • Apple TV Models

  • 3.5 Average
    3 out of 5 stars
    Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Magic

      This thing is brilliant. I have a Sky Hub which I thought was doing well until i met this baby. We live in an Apple household, 2 iPads, 3 iPhone, a Mac and an A This thing is brilliant. I have a Sky Hub which I thought was doing well until i met this baby. We live in an Apple household, 2 iPads, 3 iPhone, a Mac and an Apple TV3 and 4 so I thought it made sense to have an Apple Network to use them with. Also given the fact that we have 3.80 download speed on rural boardband anything is worth a try. So plugged into the Sky Hub, popped up Airport Utility on the Mac and within minutes it had run the set up itself and bang it was done. The longest part of the whole process was reseting the Belkin Extenders I have but that was not its fault. So does it make a difference to my board band speeds, well yes and no and here's where the magic is. I still get 3.80 download speed but before say when I was downloading a large file, my wife was streaming on her iPad and the kids where watching Netflix on the Apple Tv, something had to give - usually me. It just couldn't cope. However with this one week later we can pretty much do all our own thing at the same time without noticing any slow down - amazing. The download is still 3.80. In terms of Back-Up = be warned the first one takes forever and was the only time the Network slowed down, the first night therefore can be a bit depressing but hold your guns, after that you'll start to notice the difference. Further back-up's have been small and quick and not even noticed. So given all that I have began to replace the Belkin Extenders with the Airport Express - first one set up today and making the whole thing run even better! It is in the office with my Mac and boy do they love with other. Last word - worth every penny, no more Dad running around turning of devices to cope with bad boardband - fiddling with Sky Hub settings to change channels etc etc etc. Goodbye to all that!

      • Written by Philip Y from crumlin

      30 of 32 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Magic

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Excellent!

      I'm not really one for writing reviews, but I felt like I had to, having read all of the negative reviews below (they nearly put me off buying it). This bit I'm not really one for writing reviews, but I felt like I had to, having read all of the negative reviews below (they nearly put me off buying it). This bit of kit literally set itself up, one draw back was that I had to take it out of the box and plug it in all by myself (come on apple, surely there's an app for that?). It has made a complete mockery of my old super hub. I get wifi over my entire house now and I actually get 100 mbps over wireless. My super hub barely gave me 60 mbps and the kitchen and bathroom were dead zones. It's worth mentioning that all of my internal walls are brick, no stud walls, which is why my super hub used to struggle. This doesn't bat an eyelid. My airplay speaker system now works flawlessly, no annoying pauses like before. The hard drive is a little slow at writing large files (like your first backup) but this is easily remedied by deselecting the larger files that do not really need backing up, such as movies and TV shows. I've only had it just over a week, so can not comment on the life expectancy, but I can't see there being a problem (based on how it has worked so far). So far, thoroughly impressed!

      • Written by alan K from Bromley

      24 of 24 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Excellent!

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Solid wifi and reliable backups. I love it!

      Another beautifully designed Apple product, that works. I recently bought a wireless and cloud external drive, thinking it was exactly what I needed. On paper Another beautifully designed Apple product, that works. I recently bought a wireless and cloud external drive, thinking it was exactly what I needed. On paper, sure. In real life, it was a pain from the start. After a couple of weeks of hassle, I returned it, and caved in - paid the extra and bought the Time Capsule. I decided I wanted it to handle all the wireless in my house - because it could, and because I'd experienced channel congestion and occasional flaky connections with my old router - so I switched my Virgin Media Superb 2 over to Modem Only mode. The Time Capsule connected straight away, my ethernet connected devices connected to it and my wireless devices didn't bat an eyelid. My Mac found the disk straight away for the Time Machine backup first time too. Brilliant. I also created a guest network for visitors. I did a speed test about 15 minutes after I'd connected, and found the wifi speeds were well short of what they should be. I did the test on a Mac Air, iPad and iPhone and got the same poor results. Gutted. I ran out of time to try and find out what the problem was and went to bed, very disappointed. I tried another speed test in the morning, and got 6 mbps OVER my 150 mbps allocation. Woo hoo! I tested the other devices, and all were running at full download speed too, and have done ever since. So, my message to you all is, don't do your speed checks when a Time Machine backup is in progress! Especially the first one (which does take hours - leave it to do overnight) because you'll think there's something wrong when there isn't. The wifi from the TC is solid, it hasn't dropped out once so I trust it to just be left to do its thing now. The setup was a doddle, just make sure your ethernet cable connected to your modem is in the very bottom slot when you start it up. Also, make sure you know how to log into your modem to change any settings you might need to (such as switching to Modem Mode). And read the setup instructions - they are downloadable from the Apple Support site - plus there's the leaflet that comes in the box. All in all, I'm really glad that I got the Time Capsule and I like that I now have a more secure, reliable and fast wifi network in my house. Oh, and I love that my Mac is always backed up without me even noticing it's happening (unless I'm doing a speed test, obvs!) as well. Buy it. Honestly, I know it's way expensive, but it really does just work. Life's too short to spend fixing wifi issues. Yeah and it looks cool too.

      • Written by Jacqui D from Broadstone

      25 of 27 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Solid wifi and reliable backups. I love it!

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Perfection in every aspect

      I have virgin fibre optic internet service and used to use their super hub 2. Speed was never reaching the limit I'm paying for 200MB/s unless connect via Ether I have virgin fibre optic internet service and used to use their super hub 2. Speed was never reaching the limit I'm paying for 200MB/s unless connect via Ethernet. Also wifi signal kept dropping at least once every two days. Also the signal never reached the entire house. A year ago I went for a new MacBook and bought this baby just to use it as a back up drive and thinking the wifi signal would not be different , never been so delighted to be wrong. This router solved all the aforementioned problems and now my wifi connection is perfect : reaching maximum speed I pay for (when checked with Speedtest app or website) and stays max even if far from the router. A year down the line and I have not had a single occasions of dropping signals!!! The signal is strong anywhere in the house and the backup function for the MacBook is a breeze ( runs in the background without affecting the wifi signal in anyway) If you are thinking about a new router/ hub with additional back up feature then look no further. Worth every penny and money well spent!! P.S the same poor performance noticed with Virgin Superhub 3 when recently upgraded my speed to 300Mb, I now believe these hubs supplied by your ISP is designed in a way to limit the service you get but customers never get informed about this !!!

      • Written by Mohanad A from Derby

      4 of 5 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Perfection in every aspect

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Love it BUT

      I too love this, the set up was simple and it works seamlessly on back ups, however, as another reviewer said, I have done a lot of research as I was told by th I too love this, the set up was simple and it works seamlessly on back ups, however, as another reviewer said, I have done a lot of research as I was told by the Sales guy at JOHN LEWIS in the UK that this could be sited in another room even hidden, not so, it does have to be hardwired to the hub which is on the desk in the office in full view!

      • Written by Graham S from Halstead

      5 of 6 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Love it BUT

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Fabulous buy

      I bought an Airport Time Capsule 2 TB after a nightmare with Western Digital hard drive ( avoid at all cost as they are bad news ) so I did what I should have I bought an Airport Time Capsule 2 TB after a nightmare with Western Digital hard drive ( avoid at all cost as they are bad news ) so I did what I should have done in the first place is to bug an Apple product, they are reliable very well made and designed easy set up 5 minutes and that's it I do recommend don't buy anything else as the cheapest is always the most expensive and the best one( Apple ) but they are expensive but you buy quality

      • Written by bertrand L from airdrie

      3 of 4 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Fabulous buy

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