• 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.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    it does just work

    I had previously bought a nether and a linksys router. Both died after just over a year. I am now going on my 3rd year with the AirPort TC and it is still going great. Coverage is, not great. As with all routers placement is key. Thats one advantage of this device. Its compact enough and looks good enough that you don't have the need to hide it off in a closet.

    The TC portion does work good. The HD speed is a bit slow so data recovery is not real fast, but haven't everything built into my device is good. As with all HD, you quickly realize that you probably need a larger HD and its not easy to replace in the TC, though you can plug a USB HD into the back, but then speed is even slower.

    The device is pricey for what you it appears you are getting, but I am very happy with it and would buy again (though probably not with the TC portion and just use my own HD).

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I would not repeat. Lack of Windows support since 2015 with last firmware.

    5GHz/2.4GHz Wifi Coverage is not so good... I have the same or even better wifi coverage with some cheap branded wifi equipment (about 40€).
    I would say it's the worst product I've never seen from Apple... but it's not true, because I really think MAC PRO LATE 2013 is even worse.
    Apple has decided to stop supporting driver control from Windows, so if you sell your MAC (let's say, for example, this piece of metal called MAC PRO LATE 2013) then you will probably have no way to control your Airport from Windows since they stopped support with last firmware (7.7.8)

    For sure... I would not repeat with Airport neither with MAC PRO LATE 2013.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A bit pricy but it just works

    Bought this to replace my netgear router several years ago. Quiet, fast, and so far, reliable. Seemless switching between 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz. Very easy setup. No issues with WiFi dropouts on connected devices. Good strong signal. Use it as the base station for my home network talking to multiple Airport Expresses placed around the house. Have a USB hub connect driving 4 additional USB network drives. No issues recognizing the drives. Only issue I've had is when the internet goes down it sometimes doesn't find one of the Airport Expresses when the internet comes back up. Restarting the affected Airport express resolves the issue. Bought a 2nd one as a spare after Apple announced they were stopping further development. Very satisfied.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great

    Personally, I got my mac and AirPort because my grandfather didn't know how to use it. I never really knew what the AirPort was either. But I had some trouble at first but otherwise, I love it.

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  • 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.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy setup - and reliable

    I have used Apples Time Capsule for now many years in an extended network. Wanted to replace my first model recently, even if it still works flawlessly. But I needed a bigger harddrive, and replacing the capsule was no sweat at all. Hope that Apple will continue to develop and produce capsules and routers.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It works for me

    I have had this tallish white tower sitting by our Mac for a year and a half. We are average users in ComputerLand and run a Roku . I have had nothing but great performance from our Apple device. It performs backup to the Mac just as scheduled and Wi-Fi signal is strong though out our 1500 Sq Ft home. The ease of setting up the network was amazing. I have a friend who this past weekend attempted to install a new Wi-Fi device and has yet to get it to work properly...I just don't get it. Apparently it is not as easy as the AirPort. We haven't had any of the issues mentioned in the reviews, just flawless performance. And on top of all that, it looks pretty cool too.

    3 of 3 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!

    16 of 16 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.

    22 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AirPort Time Capsule to the Rescue!

    I have had an time capsule for a very long time (flat type) I bought a new 2 TB air port time capsule in January great wireless On The 31st I backed up my 2011 mac book pro for the first time (company issued) The 500 gig hard drive failed on Feb 7th with 270 gig of important files plus pictures from a 35 year anniversary trip I restored my mac book pro from the time capsule ( new 500gig SSD installed) in less than two hours like the hard drive never failed . Great Product !!

    9 of 9 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.

    25 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Newer should be better, faster, stronger??

    I had the older flat square Airport Extreme w/no hard drive for storage & that was great, no issues, never a problem, great connection & reception strength always full bars on all devices. I live in a 2 story condo which isn't very large, normal size 1300 square feet & the old Extreme handled it beautifully.

    This newer version although works fine I thought I'd have this killer speed boost & performance would just be off the charts!!?? But uhh no, not any better in fact sometimes worst than the old version. Youtube videos are a great tester & on my Apple TV & MBP w/touchbar the video's load somewhat slower than I thought, still the spinning wheel??

    I was expecting much better

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Turns itself off while you're using it.

    I constant walk to the router to start it up again.

    Good for 20 feet of wifi, beyond that not so good.

    Storage is more than adequate.

    Easy to recovery lost photos , documents. etc.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost three years and no problems

    I bought this to replace an Airport Express in 2014 and so far so good. No problems whatsoever. No dead spots in my 2 story bungalow, although signal is not that strong outside. Still a good product.

    8 of 9 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!

    11 of 13 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

  • 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.

    31 of 39 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

  • 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.

    17 of 18 people found this useful