AirPort Time Capsule - 3TB

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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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  • 2.5 Average
    2 out of 5 stars
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    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Intermittent shutdown problems...Latest version has engineering problems!

      I have had Apple routers and Time capsules for many years and until recently the experience has been mostly good. However, that said, I am very disappointed wit I have had Apple routers and Time capsules for many years and until recently the experience has been mostly good. However, that said, I am very disappointed with the performance of my second 3TB TC purchased in late 2014. I have had to return and exchange it twice now and am currently "testing" the third unit. It would appear there is a serious hardware or firmware problem that leads the device to power down intermittantly. It can power down once or twice a day sometimes, or may go for a week or more just fine then quite. The only way to reset it is unplug and replug the power cable and it sputters back to life. The sign of failure, apart from the obvious is the LED light goes off (while still plugged in). Apple have been pretty good and quick about providing a new unit. I am surprised though they cannot seem to read or access the TC diagnostics on board which supposedly get sent back to the mother ship also? Looking into the logs it is, and should be possible for the techs to see if thermal or other factors tripped the unit OFF. Oh well..I'll continue testing #3 and hope for the best this time. I think its most likely the latest engineering version thats at fault. Its worth noting my original 3TB TC purchased in 2010-2011 works just fine and has never given any problems.

      • Written by Laurel D from Anchorage

      236 of 259 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Intermittent shutdown problems...Latest version has engineering problems!

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Poor range & Inconsistent connection:

      In order to maintain connectivity you will find yourself cycling wifi on and off on your devices throughout the day. Better to use something else or wait until In order to maintain connectivity you will find yourself cycling wifi on and off on your devices throughout the day. Better to use something else or wait until Apple corrects whatever is wrong with the firmware on these.

      • Written by Richard M from Indianapolis

      168 of 182 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Poor range & Inconsistent connection:

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Love it, but it's got it's it's quirks

      Seamless, invisible, reliable, inane. This product serves well and transparently as both a WIFI router and backup. It's the second iteration of Time Capsule th Seamless, invisible, reliable, inane. This product serves well and transparently as both a WIFI router and backup. It's the second iteration of Time Capsule that I've relied upon for years. Yet, in the two instances they've each been called upon to save the day, they just didn't quite deliver. Each failure was accompanied by a permanent "Disk Temporarily Unavailable" notice. These occasions were hair-raising and tense, and after days of round-about-work-arounds I was able to retrieve my data. Imagine that, my data actually coming back to me from a device that was purchased to do just that. Sounds easy enough, but this product just doesn't deliver when it's needed. Either that, or I've had some pretty lousy luck. The process by which success came was circuitous, doubtful, annoying, and tedious... All words I've never used to describe an Apple product. As much as I like Apple and the concept of this product, I'll be foregoing it shortly in favor of a different strategy.

      • Written by John R from Clarence Center

      157 of 174 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Love it, but it's got it's it's quirks

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      Some Issues, but Mostly Fine

      I am about to purchase a 2nd one of these 3TB models to replace a 12 year old 2TB b/g/n Time Capsule (older generation). You read that right, I got 12 years out I am about to purchase a 2nd one of these 3TB models to replace a 12 year old 2TB b/g/n Time Capsule (older generation). You read that right, I got 12 years out of the old model before it completely died (no lights, although it always ran hot)! The server-grade hard drive from the dead unit was transferred to a small USB 3.0 case so I can continue to use it although I've been informed that mechanical hard drives really should only be reliable for "5 years". So… I'm buying another 3TB to replace the "dead" older generation 2TB unit. The 3TB model I currently own HAS been problematic, but once I get it all configured I have no problems until I do certain "management" functions through AirPort Utility. The issue with my CURRENT 3TB unit is that there is a problem reading the settings. I don't know if there is defective memory in the unit or what, but you get into a continuous loop of "Reading Settings" and "Enter Password". I've found that turning off "Back to my Mac" and "Send Diagnostics to Apple" helps get things going, but trying to update the firmware has ALWAYS been an issue (and I'm a fairly technical guy!). I jump through hoops resetting, reconfiguring, trying this and that until it finally works! Then I leave it alone without issue! So… why am I buying another one?? I like the design, I'm familiar with it's operation, and when it works, it works! Hopefully this new one will not have the issues my current 3TB Time Capsule has!! A few pointers as I read through these reviews: If you want faster data transfer rates for big backups and restores, CONNECT WITH AN ETHERNET CABLE!!! WiFi is MUCH SLOWER than a good hardwired ethernet connection!! Secondly, we own two homes next to each other and have one ISP internet connection, so in order to have Ethernet cable connectivity "next door", we "Extend" our primary network with the use of a second Time Capsule physically located in the second building. The point is: "Extending" a network when you DON'T need to (read: when the signal strength is adequate everywhere you need it around your home) slows the WiFi down. There is a lot of extra overhead when two Time Capsules are talking to each other wirelessly. Don't "Extend" unless you really need to! Thirdly, one idiot said his "range" was so poor that he had a better signal from his neighbors unlocked WiFi 650 feet away. Don't believe that for a second. Either the guy is lying, or he is woefully poor at judging distance! WiFi transmission issues can be fixed by finding a better spot for the base station AND heeding the guidelines when troubleshooting. READ THE MANUAL!!

      • Written by Jeff P from Green Valley

      3 of 4 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Some Issues, but Mostly Fine

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Back up process is very slow.

      I have bought 3TB one . I have used at the beginning then I have stopped using because of very slow buck up . It has HDD memory thats why it’s very slow But id I have bought 3TB one . I have used at the beginning then I have stopped using because of very slow buck up . It has HDD memory thats why it’s very slow But idea and design is awesome. But it doesn’t work as expected

      • Written by Sheroziy K from Monroeville

      2 of 4 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Back up process is very slow.

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Not the best Apple product ever made

      I have an older 1TB Time Capsule that has always (6+ years) performed perfectly. We have several MacBooks in the house and it had no problem keeping up with th I have an older 1TB Time Capsule that has always (6+ years) performed perfectly. We have several MacBooks in the house and it had no problem keeping up with them but over time did not have the capacity to backup everything on every MacBook. Bought the 3TB to resolve the problem. It worked fine for about a month. Now, nothing on my system can ever find it for a backup. EVER. The only way to locate this steaming pile is to go and unplug it and them plug it back in. It works great as a gateway, no complaints there but when it quits working as a backup, there is no indication there is a problem. I was running along dumb and happy thinking all was well until I noticed I didn't have a backup for 3 months. This has occurred across multiple OS cycles (I always run the latest) with no improvement. I now back up my main computer using the old 1TB TC. I only use the 3TB for a gateway and for manual backups of the remains computers in the house - which always requires a reboot. It looks like this problem has been around since at least 2015. Sad comment on Apple's performance.

      • Written by W G from Jacksonville

      5 of 6 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Not the best Apple product ever made

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