Apple - AirPort® Time Capsule® 2TB Wireless Hard Drive & 802.11ac Wi-Fi Base Station - White

The all-new AirPort Time Capsule works with OS X to automatically and wirelessly back up everything on your Mac to its 2TB hard drive.1 And it doubles as a full-featured Wi-
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    Overview

    What's Included


    • AirPort Time Capsule, Printed documentation, Power cord

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2059 out of 2137)

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    Features


    Automatic wireless backup with a massive 2TB of storage space built right in1

    Full-featured Wi-Fi base station with next-generation 802.11ac technology2

    Up to 3x faster Wi-Fi2

    Up to 50 percent faster Time Machine backups3

    Powerful beamforming antenna array for higher performance and range

    All-new design with a smaller footprint

    Simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi

    Easy setup with a Mac, iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch

    Connect a USB printer or hard drive and access it wirelessly

    Secure connections and compatibility with Mac computers, PCs, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and more

    Apple, the Apple logo, AirPort, Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, OS X, Time Capsule, and Time Machine are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.


    Customer rating

    4.7
    97%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

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    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Not yet ready for prime time!

      Posted
      robert7200
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      We purchased the latest generation Apple Airport Time Casule to replace an aging Linksys Wireless-G 2.4 GHz router on August 2. Optimum Online cable also replaced our cable modem at this time. Our decision to purchase the Apple Time Capsule was mostly made to support the many Apple wireless products in our household and based on the highly positive online comparative reviews. Set-up was a breeze thanks to the Aiport Utilty program, however, we were quickly frustrated by the lack of stability in the wireless connection and the limited wireless range. We spent many hours on the phone with Apple Care attempting to resolve these issues. The Apple Care tech confirmed that the set-up was correct but could not explain why the range and connectivity was so poor. In the end, the Apple Care tech recommended that we exchange the router for another Time Capsule, which we did. The range seemed to improve, but connectivity continued to be an issue. The system kept dropping the connection at various locations throughout our two story home, and required that we re-enter the password to reconnect. Our home is approx. 3000 sq ft, but the old Linksys G router was never an issue with connectivity or range. It was slow, but always very stable and reliable. After numerous attempts to find solutions to the Aiport router issues, we finally gave up and returned the Apple Time Capsule to Best Buy, (Best Buy was very easy to work with, no issues about the two returned Apple routers). Yesterday we purchased a new Linksys EA650 dual band AC1750 wireless router, also from Best Buy. Set up was very straight forward, and the range and connectivity are superb! The Linksys router is located at one end of the house on the first floor and we can reliably get a stable wireless connection on the opposite end of the home, on the seond floor. Although we continue to be big fans of Apple products and Apple Care service, we are extremely disappointed with the Airport Time Capsule.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Not Just For Fan Boys!!!

      Posted
      PHXRJ
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I had the first gen Time Capsule, long before I had any Apple products. I made the switch then, because they were one of the first ones to successfully implement remote storage. For seven years, the old unit worked flawlessly, but as our Internet and storage demands grew, it struggled to keep up. I payed almost $300 for the original unit back in 07, which hurt bad, but can't complain about 7 years of good service. Prior to buying the unit, I was going through routers once every 1 1/2 to 2 years. They would somehow all die sudden deaths. With the non Apple units, I seemed to always be chasing down disconnects, random reboots, incompatibilities, etc., so after three units and three different brands and eventually trying unsuccessfully to add remote storage to my network, I was more than happy to try a Time Capsule. That was then....fast forward to today and I was once again in the market for a stable, reliable router with solid storage capabilities. By this time, we had added a few other Apple products to our electronics, but I still need strong Android and Windows compatibilities. I really wanted to go an alternate route this time, so I could have a bit more control over storage, so I looked at every offering out there and Synology seemed to be the only storage unit with rock solid reviews and compatibilities across the various platforms I use. The biggest problem I ran into was the inability to find a router that didn't have a slew of the old issues I used to deal with pre-07! Many had great reviews, but the negatives were all too familiar. Besides, the Synology storage solution was going to be a hefty hit to the finances...I'll still do it at some point. I read review after review about how the Time Capsule is limited in its configuration and for dummy Fan Boys only and how pricy it is, etc., etc. As a techie, I dig configuration options, but I try to balance that with how much tech support I feel I can stomach, after I've spent the whole day at work doing it.....not much. I also read many reviews about incompatibilities with older Windows systems, so I was a bit leery, but nothing else was floating to the top. Many have posted the price being too high, but in my research, all AC capable routers are in the sub $200 range, which puts them on par with the Airport Extreme. So, for roughly another $100, I was adding 2T of internal storage, which is as good a price as I can get on the drive alone! I just don't see what the complaints are regarding price. You can't get the same set up for less across any brand. At least, not as of this writing. Now, for the setup. If you already have a functioning router, you will be asked to provide the SSID and password for the old unit and Voila, everything gets transferred right to the new Time Capsule. It took me all of 5 minutes, including opening the package, making the connections and waiting for it to boot. It's a bummer the unit doesn't have a USB 3.0 port, but the internal drive is super fast. I timed copying a large movie file to the drive via a wireless N connection and the same move took twice as long to copy to a USB 2.0 drive connected directly to my computer. this limitation isn't going to a huge bummer, as most any remote storage I add will use an Ethernet connection. I've since connected several Windows 7 and 8.1 systems to it flawlessly, so not sure what others are complaining about with regards to older Windows systems. XP is almost dead, so if that was the complaint, it will soon be a non-issue. Can't wait to try in wireless AC, but so far the Wireless N side has been flawless and fast. No bottlenecks whatsoever with 10 simultaneous connections. Wow, something that actually works as advertised! What a concept. :-)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good Range & Speed, Some Limited Features

      Posted
      TreyB
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I have a new MBP retina with the 802.11ac wireless. My old 802.11n router was a few years old and having periodic dropouts anyway. So, I wanted to upgrade my router. I picked the Mac Airport Time Capsule because: it has the new "ac" protocol to use against the MBP, had the larger antenna with "pointing" feature to improve range, was from Apple (typically high quality), and had an integrated backup solution (2TB is plenty!). After about 3 months I am very satisfied, but will note some limitations in this review. Key point: I did a signal strength test with my MBP at 5 locations throughout my 3200 sq ft house using my old and new router. The Time Capsule was better by 4-5 dB on average (translates to more than twice the range at the same received signal strength) and that is pretty significant, and more importantly I notice the difference when on MBP or iPad upstairs. The better signal strength generally means faster connections if you are further from the router. It has also been reliable (not one dropout I have seen for 3 months) and has ample backup drive space. Now on the flip side, my old router had configurable passwords for the 2 and 5 GHz bands that this router doesn't have. That is disappointing as I want to reserve 5 GHz (and the ac capability) for the parents devices and not the children. I can't do that since one password controls both bands and is not configurable. Also, I can't tailor the QoS (quality of service). This is important so that when you have many devices in the household, you may sometimes want to reserve better bandwidth for the parents and limit the kids. When you have 5+ devices going, you will lose a lot of speed if you can't do this, even at 50 Mbps coming into the house. So, I am hoping Apple reads this and might provide some firmware updates that can provide these features (yeah right?).

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Best backup for Mac's

      Posted
      Wingman
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      The Good: Installation with my iMac was seamless and fast. This new generation Time Capsule allows me to stream without buffering. Time Capsule backups happen in the background without any assist. Wifi signal reception is 100%. The Bad: The 2TB Time Capsule replaces a 6 year old 1TB Time Capsule which was fried! While installing El Capitan O.S., a time capsule restart was required to reestablish its presence. Apple instructions said "unplug the power to the time capsule and plug back in". What they did not say is unplug at the wall only! .....NOT AT THE BACK OFTHE TIME CAPSULE. Unplugging at the back of the time capsule (Setup Guide p. 18) produced an arc of power surge with a visible spark. This killed the time capsule. A simple ON/OFF switch could have prevented this along with a caution not to unplug the cord at the time capsule. Also, the time capsule can not be opened for inspection or repair without destroying the case. Don't do what I diid and you will love your time capsule for years to come. P.S...the instruction which came with the time capsule, Setup Guide, is about 3.5" square printed in a font so small it can barely be read with magnifying reading glasses discouraging the use of the instructions by all but the most diligent users.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      EZ Set-Up/EZ Operation

      Posted
      SargeAtLarge
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Pretty much shook out of the box and worked. While default settings would probably have worked fine, it replaced an ancient Apple router and the change-out needed to be "seamless" (the network name needed to remain the same), so it required some easy-to-customize setting changes so I wouldn't have to run around re-educating a pile of connected stuff. Probably the most challenging part was FINDING the Airport program on the Mac - it IS there, just not really obvious to the non-regular Mac user. Apple also has an app for iPad that can manage most of this device as well. Works with Mac, iPhone, iPad and even plays nice with Windows, Blackberry (don't judge me - my Playbook from Best Buy still works) and the wireless printer. The neighborhood has two dozen Wi-Fi routers competing in the 2.5-Ghz band - while 5-Ghz doesn't have the signal penetration 2.5 does, between being the ONLY one in the selected channel and a small 2-bedroom place, 5-Ghz works just fine (don't turn off the 2.5-Ghz radio, though - my printer didn't do 5). The 2Tb model was chosen over the 3Tb model as there was no cost benefit in the jump from 2Tb-to-3 as there was from 1Tb-to-2. Of course, having the Time Capsule drive in this device makes Mac's Time Capsule back-ups effortless (although connect the Mac directly to the Ethernet port if you can for the first back-up - it takes quite a while via WiFi). After configuration and the first back-up, Time Capsule back-up via WiFi becomes something you don't need to worry about - and few people REALLY back-up their computers like they should, so this is a GREAT reason for buying this with a 2Tb drive. Time Capsule back-up for iOS is not presently supported. I read where some non-Apple apps exist, but apparently one is supposed to back-up your iThing to a Mac and THAT back-up will be backed-up to the Time Capsule. It seems you can use this as a NAS device for Windows back-up. I use a different method for backing-up my Windows devices and have NOT tried this with the Time Capsule. This MAY NOT fix a "takes forever for Websites to load" problem - while this helped a LOT to speed things up around the house, what REALLY helped was changing the DNS server (Comcast/Xfinity's is NOTORIOUSLY awful, as it turned out). If this is YOUR problem, you might want to see if switching DNS servers helps FIRST.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Works exactly as expected, with no fuss.

      Posted
      scmRaleigh

      This review is in comparison to a different brand dual-band router which was not doing the job (more below). Pros: 1) Worked immediately without fanfare to resolve my WiFi congestion issues, and continues to work nine days in. 2) Easy set-up as main router in place of UVerse VDSL modem's internal router. Nicely warned me of Dual-NAT issue which I fixed in the UVerse gateway. 3) Beautifully simple small-footprint design works without clutter and aggravation of wall-mount. 4) Documentation is technically complete, accurate, and clear, and in flawless English. 5) Solved my storage shortage for time-machine backups without spending yet more on additional NAS. Cons (Why four stars despite the fact that I'm delighted): 1) Would like easier admin of individual devices, such as a) for adding access controls, select on-line devices from a pull-down, and b) ability to assign custom names to mac addresses or cryptically named devices. 2) Would like QOS by device. This Airport replaces an expensive monstrosity (brand **us) that I returned after two weeks, which despite its high price and aggressive design, did not resolve my WiFi congestion issues. My environment: Moderately high-demand home environment with a dozen WiFi devices for six users, mostly streaming/browsing on Android, Windows, IOS, and OSx. Installation: As directed, 2nd floor, never more than 30' through 1-4 walls or floor. Firmware up-to-date. WiFi: Channel auto-select, Dual-band WPA-protected 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz, one 2.4GHz WPA-protected guest network for two of the devices. Wired: Consumer-grade NAS, one each OSx and Win7 machines. Internet: UVerse 18Mbit/s via VDSL, consistently delivering measured rates within +/- 5%. Neighborhood WiFi interference--2.4GHz: two or three high-strength and six or seven medium to low strength access points, 5GHz: one medium-strength access point. On-line Gaming: Little to none.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Range & Speed

      Posted
      DesertJay
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      After years of using the original Apple Time Capsule 500GB I finally upgraded to the 2TB Time Capsule. I've never had a single problem with my old Time Capsule over the years (maybe I got lucky as I've read users have had pretty bad experiences with them). I first needed to upgrade my cable modem to meet the new speeds of my ISP. Now that my router has been upgraded, my wi-fi speeds have tripled! The Time Machine backups are SO much faster I'm really impressed. Set up was a BREEZE! I didn't even have to re-enter my existing network info or change my extended network settings (I have a NetGear network extender in another part of my house to boost the signal). All I needed to do was give my Time Capsule a name and continue. Set-up was all of 5 minutes. Now I don't even need the network extender because the range actually penetrates my walls! Our house was built in the 60's and some of the walls are brick so I'm very impressed that the signal penetrates brick and cinder block. We have close neighbors so I didn't enable the "guest network" (it comes disabled out of the box). Netflix, my Roku, Apple TV and my smart TV's stream faster. I was in the middle of uploading 9000 photos to Apple's iCloud when I got the new Time Capsule. It had taken 3 days to upload 2000 photos & videos. After installing my new Time Capsule the upload finished uploading the remaining 7000 that same night. Awesome! I have a 3TB Seagate disk attached and accessing it over my faster network has been so much faster and no more frustration waiting for the connection. I couldn't be happier. Pricey, yes, but overall I'm very satisfied.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Problem Solver

      Posted
      prcheco
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      My mother & I recently moved into a town home 6 months ago and I have the Asus AC68U I received from T Mobile for free but retails for $200 and very feature rich. Everything worked, even had a hard drive connected for Time Machine back ups. However, my mother is a notary and prints a lot and my printing use has gone up lately as well but our THREE HP printers would always fall off the network and disappear but still showed it was connected. For months & months I tried different things from simple reboots to manual IP addresses to each printer but to no avail. Enter Apple Time Capsule 2TB. A VERY easy set up although I had to use my Macbook Pro to set it up. Not as feature rich but definitely less maintenance. I tweaked a couple settings and so far everything is running smoothly & the BEST part is ALL 3 printers work flawlessly now but only after tweaking the settings. The auto back ups are also worth the extra $100 as a standalone 2TB external drive is around the same price and only adds clutter in the end. Only unfortunate part now is having a spare high end router although I may decide to use it as an extender for the upstairs part of the house. I HIGHLY recommend tweaking the settings for optimal performance.

      I would recommend this to a friend




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