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

  • Apple TV Models

  • 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

      190 of 207 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

      138 of 148 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

      122 of 136 people found this useful

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

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      4 Years Later

      No issues. One restore from disk image and perhaps 5 times retrieval of lost file. As a router it has also worked flawlessly. We have very slow and spotty net No issues. One restore from disk image and perhaps 5 times retrieval of lost file. As a router it has also worked flawlessly. We have very slow and spotty net access and so are not moving to the cloud soon. I hope time Capsule is supported for some time to come.

      • Written by Cenneth C from Northport

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?4 Years Later

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Seriously, Do Not Buy

      I guess I'm one of the lucky ones cuz it took a whopping 2.5 years for mine to fail. And when (not if) this product fails, Apple will do absolutely nothing to h I guess I'm one of the lucky ones cuz it took a whopping 2.5 years for mine to fail. And when (not if) this product fails, Apple will do absolutely nothing to help you recover your data. I don't understand what happened to Apple over the past 3-5 years. I actually still have my first generation time capsule that is functional, yet slower and only 500GB. Like others have noted, this newer version is just designed to break down. The Wifi setup is also not intuitive, it can give you a green light and tell you everything is fine, yet there is no functioning internet...I end up randomly changing different settings until it works. I understand some may just want to get it in hopes of a seamless Apple ecosystem, as well as to do backups wirelessly. So if you must, I highly recommend just getting an Airport Extreme and using the extra money to get a reliable external hard drive that you can hook up via USB cable. You could also go for the cheaper 2TB Time Capsule, but note that once the hard drive fails, you also won't be able to recognize anything attached via USB. All in all, none are ideal options. The only reason I haven't totally given up is because it is nice to have my iTunes library always available on the wifi system for my Sonos speakers, but I'd imagine every single alternative solution is better than Apple's offering right now. Seriously, do not buy.

      • Written by Russell E from Chicago

      4 of 5 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Seriously, Do Not Buy

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Best solution for my apartment.

      I live in a apartment full of thick concrete walls. Only with this device i was able to have setup a one big and strong wifi network all along the the house. Ad I live in a apartment full of thick concrete walls. Only with this device i was able to have setup a one big and strong wifi network all along the the house. Additional the two tera for backup are great. Setup was amazing simple!

      • Written by rodrigo G from santiago

      1 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Best solution for my apartment.

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