Apple - AirPort® Time Capsule® 3TB 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 3TB hard drive.1 And it doubles as a full-featured Wi-
Hard Drive Capacity:

Overview

What's Included


  • AirPort Time Capsule, Printed documentation, Power cord

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (519 out of 544)

Included Free


Shutterfly - $25 to spend or 8x8 Photo Book
Shutterfly - $25 to spend or 8x8 Photo Book
Choose your free gift: $25 to spend or 8x8 Photo Book

Features


Automatic wireless backup with a massive 3TB 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


Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars with 544 reviews

96%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My mother-in-law could have set this up

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

    I'm a network engineer by trade and this is replacing my dd-wrt based unit that the radios died on. I decided to go this route since I really didn't "need" all of the features that the dd-wrt software allowed and the hassle of setting anything up with that outside the basic router/firewall features was getting old. Having a mix of Windows, Mac, and Linux PC's, I almost skipped over this unit thinking it was designed to integrate with Apple products only. Windows PC can take advantage of the internal storage as well with ease. The setup was extremely simple as most modern day router/firewall units are, but the interface and setup wizard made it simple enough that my mother-in-law could have done it (no offense to mother-in-laws, mine just doesn't happen to be computer literate). Out of curiosity, I downloaded and installed the AirPort Utility for Windows and that is just as easy to use as the Mac version and it allows to add your Homegroup to the router. While the interface and wizard look simple at first glance, there are plenty of advanced options that can be set. By default, the radio's have the channel selection set to Auto (which seemed to really mean channel 1) and if you live in an area with multiple wifi routers around, you can select a less commonly used channel to reduce interference and get better speeds. The only thing that was tricky to find was the setup of the 5Ghz radio. Other useful options that I was glad to see where DHCP reservations, Time based access control, ability to set your own DNS servers, and port-forwarding/mapping. If you have a Mac, you get the bonus of using Time Machine to backup your computers, but you can use the built-in hard drive for storage with Windows as well. Back to My Mac works flawlessly as well as accessing your files stored on the internal hard drive, if you decide to enable that (your own personal Dropbox without limits), without having to use DynDNS like service. The wireless range is fantastic. I haven't run into an issue with signal quality inside my house (2000 sq ft), and I have the unit in the basement and still have excellent signal strength on the second floor of the house. I really like the design. This could be a center piece on the dining room table if it wasn't for the fact that you have to connect the power cord, 1 Ethernet cable, and the wife ;) Hope this was helpful as I tried not to be too technical or use too many technical terms.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good coverage--Reliable Backup

    Posted
    arjay67
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I purchased this primarily to serve as a Time Machine server for all of the Mac's in the house. I had the previous generation with a 2TB HD but it would often fill up. 3TB will give me the space I need for a while. Even with my most important need already met, I began to explore the WiFi features. Having the 802.11ac technology it's definitely faster than my previous. Performance is on par with the unit supplied by my ISP. But their box in located in the basement so often if I went into the garage or outside, my signal would drop off rapidly. Since I have this located on the 2nd floor of my house, outdoor and garage coverage is now much stronger and more reliable. But, as I said, my primary use is for Time Machine backups. To that end it's a wonderful device. Recently, I discovered that I needed some files that were previously on my desktop but I had deleted them 3 months prior. I had moved them to external storage, but then had a mishap that wiped them from the storage drive. Ok, Time Machine, now's your chance. I opened Time Machine on my Mac, clicked a period in time that I knew the files still existed, viola they were shown there. I selected the folder, clicked Restore and within a minute that folder was back on my Desktop as it was before. Thanks TM, you saved my butt. Setup is easy also. Plug in the power, run a cable from your router/switch to the lower Ethernet port and then launch AirPort utility from your Mac or iOS device. Run through the configuration and you're in business. Then to setup Time Machine to continuously backup your machine you just enter Time Machine preferences, select the unit, enter your password and you're all set. Every hour it will backup your files with ease. For most people this will handle all of your networking needs without a lot of configuration hassle. There are several advanced options that even I don't use. But for some, the primary complaint is configuration. It does not provide for many of the advance configuration options that other dedicated WiFi routers do. But you're also not spending an additional $300 for a special router. Since I have an ISP supplied router already I'm using this as more of a bridge/switch so it's irrelevant to me. Another use I found is that I can connect my USB printer to share across the network with all computers. That is an added benefit that allowed me to remove the USB print server that I had been using and was rather flaky. I did try connecting a USB hub and connecting both my printer and an external drive. It worked rather well. This function is not officially supported and a few folks have reported issues, but in a pinch it can also serve as a NAS. Though I didn't intend to use it as my Ethernet switch, I would up doing so in the end. So this one piece of equipment has now replaced three and is using far less energy. Pros: * Easy setup * Reliable backups * Strong, fast WIFI * Printer sharing * Small footprint--you can stash it anywhere. Cons * May not provide the level of config you require

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Terrific Router and Hard Drive Combo

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

    I bought this at a nice discount after Best Buy price-matched the cost to what another retailer was offering. I couldn't believe how easy THAT process was - the sales associate just looked it up on his tablet and applied my discount upon checking me out. Took a couple of minutes is all. I already had an Airport Extreme, same generation. This device is basically just an Airport Extreme with a hard disk inside, but no you can''t just add a hard disk to the Extreme, as some of the connectors are missing. The router portion of the Time Capsule is identical to the Extreme in terms of specs. I could have set this tip as my base station, but since I already have the Extreme as the base station, and didn't want to reconfigure my whole network and have to re-authenticate all my devices, but I needed better coverage in the west side of my house, I added this as an extender. Could not have been easier. Went into the Airport utility on my computer after powering the device up (all I did was plug it into an outlet), and the Airport utility found it and asked me if I wanted to set it up as an extender. I clicked "yes" and in a couple minutes the light on it turned green, and I was up and running. My devices logged into it automatically, and it assumed all of the configuration of my existing network with no input from me. You can see which device is attached to which unit (the Time Capsule or Extreme) in the Airport utility. My modem and Airport Extreme are in a bedroom at the far end of my house. I put this unit on a table in my living room, roughly in the center of my house (it's attractive enough to be fine in an open area where everyone can see it), and now I get 150-170 MB/s (wireless) consistently on my iMac at the other end of the house (up from about 30 or so). It has three Gigabit ports, just like the Extreme, and even on this Time Capsule which is set up as a wireless bridge, I get about 280 MB/sec on its ethernet port (my internet service is 300 MB/sec). Pretty astounding for an extender sitting in the middle of the living room several yards away from the main router. The hard drive in the Time Capsule is easily accessible in Finder on my Mac, and effortless to back up to with Time Machine, even with this set up as an extender and not as the main router. Note that you can plug a USB hard drive into either the Airport extreme or Time Capsule, and that USB hard drive behaves and is visible in the exact same way the Time Capsule's internal drive is - only difference is you can format the Time Capsule from the Airport utility, but you can't format a USB drive via the same Airport utility. However, the Time Capsule is expensive, and this might be an alternative for whose who don't want to or can't shell out the money for one of these. If you have a large house (I don't), or a house with an awkward setup that makes connection speeds difficult in areas (I do), this is a great option to extend your network with the AC protocol and super fast speeds in a seamless, quick way. It is terrific for those not technically strong who don't want to mess with configuration settings, particularly if you have Apple devices. The configuration is all wireless, and you do not need to connect it via ethernet to set up the initial config, as with many routers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Using with Windows 10

    Posted
    JM20
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Updated a 5th Gen AirPort Extreme with this ATC. Super easy to setup. Make the connections, Power it up, Open Wifi settings on your iPhone (not sure about Android) Click on the device and it'll walk you through the setup. Type in your wifi name, password and in two clicks it'll setup everything automatically. I kept all the default settings. I'm using the new ATC in Bridge Mode with my Comcast gateway modem with Blast 105 service. (With wifi turned off on the Comcast device of course). The Wifi seems ok (125 Mbps wifi with my iPhone 6s near the unit and fluctuating ~40-60 Mbps on another floor in my two story residential home). Also using the 3TB drive with Windows 10 File History and had no problem automatically updating documents. As the hard drive hibernates with no use, it can sometimes take a few seconds for it to spin up to retrieve data. Not sure if this is an issue with Mac computers. But if the drive had been recently accessed it's quick. Also backed up a Windows 7 desktop without issue. Tip for Windows users: The hard drive is accessible in Windows Explorer by mapping a drive to the devices IP address\Data (Ex. \\10.0.0.1\Data). I do not think you will see it in Explorer by just Browsing the Network. I did it by installing the Apple Airport utility for Windows (downloaded from Apple), after installation open Windows Explorer and browse to C:\Program Files(X86)\Airport and click on APDiskPrefs.exe. Click Automatically Discover Airport Disk, then click Show Airport Disk in the System Tray. Go to the system tray in Windows (bottom right near the time) click on Airport Base Station Agent, in the menu click the name of your time capsule, choose connect with password, type in your password and the device should now by visible in Explorer / My Computer under Network Drives (no mapping required). Hope this info helps someone as it took me a ton of research to find the simple answer of "Can the drive be used in Windows?". Yes it can and no reformatting was needed. It's been almost two weeks and so far so good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great product for any Mac owner

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

    I have had AT&T U-Verse for a number of years and have had every generation of gateway Ethernet/WiFi router they have used. I have had terrible WiFi performance. Two years ago AT&T gave me an external Cisco 802.11n WiFi router. This gave me better WiFi but not good. I have a split level home with the WiFi router on the 3rd of three levels and my main WiFi usage area on level one. Until I got this Apple device I never had more than 8 or 9 Mbps on WiFi on level one of my home, even when I was getting 45 Mbps on the ethernet connection to the gateway. Now, with the Apple AirPort Time Capsule, I consistently get 10 - 15 Mpbs, and sometimes as much as 33 Mbps (down load speed. Uploads are always around 4.5 - 5.0 Mbps). In addition to the great speed and strong signal, the Time Capsule provides 3TB of hard drive for use with all my Apple computers (1 iMac, 1 G5, 2 Mac Minis). The set up of the WiFi and the Time Capsule with Time Machine is trivially easy. (I wasted 2 whole days one weekend trying to set up a LinkSys. It took 3 minutes to get WiFi going with Apple Air Port. It took about 2 minutes per Mac to get the backups running). There is a USB port on the device that will allow you to hang another storage device or a printer on the Air Port. I have not used this feature yet, but I am sure that I will do so in the future. Like most things Apple makes, this is a great product that might seem expensive until you consider that it does exactly what Apple claims and does it without requiring you to have a Doctorate in Geek and a weekend to kill or a death wish. It is worth every penny.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent signal & throughput, simple setup

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

    I've used just about every small scale network device in the last 20 years, and have had a home network since before wireless networking was available to the consumer. I used "NG" devices, then "LS" devices for the majority of the time, until recently when the new AirPort Extreme router came out, as well as the new Time Capsule. With the Time Capsule, I get NONE of the issues I had with any of my other/older routers. I get the max real-world speed you can get from it, and it always connects after a particular device upon awake. SOLID connection is the key. It doesn't matter what device I use (Android phone/tablet, Apple devices, Windows computers/laptops, XBox, etc.) The Time Machine portion of the Time Capsule (the big hard drive) is great and all my Mac computers back up to it seamlessly. Setup is effortless. The caveats... Three network ports. Three (3). No kidding. If you have more than three network devices or locations/jacks in other parts of the house, you have to add a gigabit router. If it even had four ports, I would be set. This adds another Jackson or Grant (or even a Benjamin if you get a really nice gigabit switch) to the cost of the Time Capsule. The cost is one of the larger complaints. However, it seems that most of the leading edge equipment from NG & LS is pretty expensive too. When you take the big internal hard drive into consideration, it's not too bad. I don't feel that the lack of network ports is enough to demerit a full star, so if I had to give it an exact number, it would be more like a 4.8 out of 5, especially considering how well the wireless performs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product as network backup server for Mac

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

    Two TimeCapsule devices (3TB each) were quickly configured to provide alternating network connected TimeMachine backups for three Macs (MBPro 512GB SSD, MBPro 2TB SSD, and iMac 3TB fusion). A Seagate Backup Plus 4TB was formatted then connected via USB to one TimeCapsule to provide the extra backup space for the first complete backup of the iMac 3TB. Another external drive can be easily added on the second TimeCapsule if the sum of the backup stores become larger than the internal 3TB. While I do have some experience with non-Mac systems this was my first time to configure a network backup system for Macs. Happily with the online documentation it took less than 90 minutes. While the initial cost of the device is more than some solutions the ease of use for me to set up and maintain the configuration, and my wife and children to restore files including photos and videos is almost priceless. The compliments for this system are for its intended use as a straightforward network backup system. It is not a general purpose network file server nor does it provide a high level of redundancy if there is a simultaneous multisystem failure.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simply amazing product - A life saver!

    Posted
    BenLaC
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I purchased my Mac Air laptop several months ago and about a week ago I finally got around to addressing a backup solution. I learned about this product, which is a combination of a backup device and a wireless router. My wireless was several years old, so this solved two birds with one stone. I installed it, and started the Time Machine app on my Mac. Within a couple of hours my Mac was backed up. Yesterday, I made a big mistake and installed the new El Capitan OS. The upgrade failed and after several hours, Apple support tossed in the towel and told me to take it to a service center. I did that today and after analyzing my Mac, the only option was to erase the hard drive and reinstall Yosemite OS. I crossed my fingers and hoped that the backup on the time capsule would work. I got home, connected to my Wifi, clicked the option to restore from the Time Capsule and several hours later, all my apps, data and settings were fully restored. I was exactly where I was before starting the upgrade. The device combined with the Apple backup/restore functionality is nothing short of amazing. Hands down this is best hardware investment I have ever made.

    I would recommend this to a friend



Product images, including color, may differ from actual product appearance.