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Apple 2TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation)

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Apple 2TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation)

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Product Highlights

  • 2TB for Time Machine Backup
  • Simultaneous Dual-Band 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Compatible
  • WPA/WPA2 Encryption, NAT Firewall
  • 1 x USB 2.0 Port
  • 3 x Gigabit Ethernet LAN Ports
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet WAN Port
  • Built-In Power Supply
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Capacity: 2TB

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You Pay: $277.99

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The fifth generation 2TB AirPort Time Capsule from Apple features simultaneous dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi support. That means it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time. So no matter which band your wireless devices use, they'll automatically connect to the best available band for the fastest possible performance.

With the AirPort Time Capsule, you get a superfast Wi‑Fi base station and an easy-to-use backup device all in one. It works with Time Machine in Mac OS X to back up your Mac automatically and wirelessly. Music, photos, videos, documents and even your apps and OS X settings are saved. The AirPort Time Capsule stores it all with its 2TB of storage space.

With three-stream 802.11ac technology, the Airport Time Capsule can reach data rates of up to 1.3Gbps, which is triple the 802.11n standard. 802.11ac Wi-Fi also provides double the channel bandwidth with 80MHz-wide channels providing more room for data to flow faster. If you're using an 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi device, Airport Time Capsule can still optimize the connection for those Wi-Fi standards as well.

Apple has redesigned the Airport Time Capsule to be taller with antennas located at the top of the device. Apple also increased the number of antennas to six, three for 2.4GHz and three for 5GHz. The vertical redesign of the AirPort Time Capsule also contributes to a smaller footprint and more desk space.

With AirPort Time Capsule, getting your new Wi‑Fi network up and running is quick and easy. That's because a setup assistant is built into iOS and into AirPort Utility for OS X. As soon as you plug in your AirPort Time Capsule and connect it to your DSL or cable modem, you can follow the simple instructions on your Mac or iOS device. There are no complicated steps to follow and no obscure terminology to learn. The setup assistant does all the work, so you don't have to.

Automatic Wireless Backup

Time Machine
The AirPort Time Capsule is designed to partner seamlessly with Time Machine in Mac OS X Leopard or later to protect your data. They work together so that after the initial backup, only the files you've changed are backed up automatically, wirelessly and in the background. Since Time Machine continuously makes a copy of everything on your Mac, as well as saves multiple versions, you can easily access and restore previous versions of a single file, a folder, or even your entire Mac. And with the six antennas and ultrafast 802.11ac Wi-Fi, backing up to AirPort Time Capsule is up to 50 percent faster than its predecessor
A Backup Plan for All Your Macs
Have multiple Mac computers in your home or office? The AirPort Time Capsule can back up and store files for each Mac on your wireless network. You no longer have to attach an external drive to each Mac every time you want to back up. The AirPort Time Capsule spares you the work. Your computers are always backed up automatically and wirelessly
Storage Space
The AirPort Time Capsule is your one place for backing up everything. Its massive 2TB hard drive gives you all the capacity and safety you need. So whether you have 250 songs or 250,000 songs to back up, storage is the last thing you have to worry about

Up to Three Times Faster Wi-Fi

802.11ac - The Definition of Fast
With three-stream 802.11ac technology, the AirPort Time Capsule takes Wi‑Fi speeds up to 1.3 Gbps, which is triple the previous 802.11n standard. This means up to three times faster Wi‑Fi. You also get double the channel bandwidth, with 80MHz‑wide channels providing more room for more data to flow faster than ever. And if you have 802.11a/b/g/n devices, AirPort Time Capsule maximizes those connections as well
Simultaneous Dual-Band Support
AirPort Time Capsule features simultaneous dual-band 802.11ac Wi‑Fi. That means it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time. So no matter which band your wireless devices use, they'll automatically connect to the best available band for the fastest possible performance
Beamforming Puts the Focus on Your Device
With 802.11ac technology comes the intelligent, powerful beamforming antenna array. Most antennas emit an equal and constant Wi-Fi signal in all directions. But the beamforming antenna array knows where an 802.11ac device is on the network. Then AirPort Time Capsule targets its signal to that device. So your Wi‑Fi signal is stronger, clearer and faster

Designed with Performance in Mind

A Top-Down Approach to Design
For the redesign of AirPort Time Capsule, Apple took an approach that centered around performance. Apple made it taller and put the antennas at the top, creating a higher platform for dispersing the signal. Apple 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 wireless technology, they let you connect faster, farther and with more power than its predecessor
Smaller Footprint with More Desk Space
The vertical design not only improves Wi‑Fi performance, it also saves you valuable desk space. At less than 4 inches square, the footprint of AirPort Time Capsule is 64 percent smaller than its predecessor. And to save even more space, the power supply is built in

AirPort Utility

Manage Your Wi-Fi Network from an iOS Device or Mac
Once your network is set up, AirPort Utility for iOS and OS X lets you manage and monitor it from your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Mac. Your AirPort Time Capsule appears graphically onscreen, so you can see all your settings to make changes, apply updates and more

Printer and Hard Drive Sharing

Simple and Secure File Sharing
AirPort Time Capsule can turn your external USB hard drive into a secure drive you can share across your Wi-Fi network and access securely over the Internet. All the documents, videos, photos, and other files instantly become available to anyone on the network, Mac and PC users alike. It's perfect for file sharing, collaborative projects and more
Print Without Wires
The USB 2.0 port in AirPort Time Capsule is also great for sharing a printer across your wireless network. Just plug it in and everyone on your network can take advantage of one centrally available printer wirelessly

Compatibility and Security

Get Online Safely and Securely
AirPort Time Capsule includes a built-in firewall that creates a barrier between your network and the Internet, protecting your data from malicious attacks. When you set up AirPort Time Capsule, the firewall is automatically turned on
Guests for Your Wi-Fi Network
With the guest networking feature, you can set up a separate Wi‑Fi network just for guests. Use a different password or no password at all. A guest network allows access only to the Internet, so your primary network - including any external hard drive, printer, or other LAN-attached device - remains secure
Connect to Wi-Fi From Any Device
Whether you have a Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad or Apple TV, you'll be able to connect to the AirPort Time Capsule. Any Wi‑Fi‑enabled 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
Go Wired
If you're looking for reliable Internet access, you can also go for a wired connection. The AirPort Time Capsule includes three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports for fast wired connectivity with a desktop computer, network drive, DVR or other wired devices
Storage Capacity 2TB
Wireless
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Six-element beamforming antenna array
  • Simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • 32.5 dBm maximum radio output power (varies by country)
  • Channels 1-11, 36-48 and 149-165 approved for use in the United States and Canada
  • Channels 1-13, 36-64, and 100-140 approved for use in Europe and Japan
  • Channels 1-13, 36-64, and 149-165 approved for use in Australia, Hong Kong, and New Zealand
  • Compatibility Interoperable with 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n and 802.11ac-enabled
  • Mac computers, iOS devices, Apple TV, Windows-based PCs and other Wi-Fi devices
  • NAT, DHCP, VPN Passthrough (IPSec, PPTP and L2TP), DNS Proxy, IPv6 (6to4 and manual tunnels)
  • Security Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2)
  • WPA/WPA2 Enterprise
  • MAC address filtering
  • NAT firewall
  • 802.1x, PEAP, LEAP, TTLS, TLS, FAST
  • Time-based access control
  • Interfaces Simultaneous dual-band 802.11ac wireless
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet WAN port for connecting to a DSL mode, cable modem or Ethernet network
  • 1 x USB 2.0 port for connecting a USB printer or hard drive
  • 3 x Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports for connecting a computer. Ethernet hub or networked printer
  • Number of Users 50
    Electrical and Environmental Requirements 100-240V AC, 50-60Hz, input current, 1.5 amp
  • Operating temperature: 32° to 95°F / 0° to 35°C
  • Storage temperature: -13° to 140°F / 25° to 60°C
  • Relative humidity (operating): 20% to 80% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
  • Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet
  • Agency Approval FCC Part 15 Class B, Canada RSS-210, EN 300-328, EN 301-489, EN 301 893, ARIB STD-T66, RCR STD-T33, AS/NZS 4268: 2003, UL 60950, CSA-C22.2 No. 60950, GB 4943.1-2011
    System Requirements Setup and Administration
  • iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 5 or later and AirPort Utility 1.3
  • Mac with OS X Lion v10.7.5 or later and AirPort Utility 6.3

    Wireless Device Access
  • Any Wi-Fi-enabled device that uses the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac specification

    Shared Printing with a USB Printer
  • 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), Windows 8

    Backup using Time Machine
  • Mac with OS X 10.5.7 or later
  • Dimensions 3.85 x 3.85 x 6.6" / 9.8 x 9.8 x 16.8 cm
    Weight 3.26 lbs / 1.47 kg
    Apple 2TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation)
  • Power Cord
  • Printed Documentation
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Apple2TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation)
     
    4.8

    (based on 62 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (53)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (38)
    • Quiet operation (18)
    • Fast (17)
    • Reliable connection (17)
    • Reliable (16)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home network (18)
      • High-end equipment (7)
      • Small networks (5)
      • Having around the house (4)
      • Portable electronics (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Quality oriented (19), High bandwidth user (12), Low bandwidth user (5)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (32), Business (8)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (20)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (31)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great router; slow data storage

      Works great as a powerful router. My Airport express wasn't strong enough for good wifi throughout the house so I got this. Works MUCH better. I use the 2tb of storage space for...Read complete review

      Works great as a powerful router. My Airport express wasn't strong enough for good wifi throughout the house so I got this. Works MUCH better. I use the 2tb of storage space for movies and media files and find that it can sometimes be slow to load the drive on my mac. Also of note is that unlike storage drives attached directly to your computer, files stored on here do not show up in the spotlight search on Mac; this also affects tags in Mavericks. This is a known issue so be sure to research your storage needs.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Replacement to my 2008 Time Capsule

      This is a replacement to the time capsule I bought in 2008 that went out on me recently.
      I have to say that I am very loyal to apple and all their...Read complete review

      This is a replacement to the time capsule I bought in 2008 that went out on me recently.
      I have to say that I am very loyal to apple and all their products.
      This one has much faster wifi speed, but the internal HDD is much slower than my previous one.
      Also, I was able to use my previous time capsule as a storage device on the network. Unfortunately, I was not able to do so with this one. After calling customer care, I was told that they do not recommend this either.

      Reviewed by 62 customers

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      5.0

      What's not to love! It's wonderful!

      By TechWiz7

      from Olathe, KS

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast
      • Reliable Backup

      Cons

      • Initial Backup Time

      Best Uses

      • Fast Wireless Access
      • Reliable Wireless Mac Backup
      • Wireless Mac Backup

      Comments about Apple 2TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

      This thing is great! It's fast, it's neat, and it wasn't terribly expensive for what it does. I love that it backs up my mac automatically. I simply opened Time Machine on my mac, picked the hard drive and 24 hours later, everything was backed up. *The initial backup did take a while for 750GB of data.

      I already had an airport express and an airport extreme, so I bought this for the backup feature to replaced my airport express. So far it seems much faster than the express was and the backup feature is awesome. Highly recommended! Love it!

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      • No

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      5.0

      As expected from apple

      By Greg

      from Az

      Comments about Apple 2TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

      Works great

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      5.0

      No-Brainer Back-Up

      By Big D

      from Texas

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Carefree

      Cons

      • Costly

      Best Uses

      • Home Network

      Comments about Apple 2TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

      Provide a wireless network for your home or office and never have to worry about backing up your data again. 2 TeraBytes of storage that automatically backs up multiple devices without a worry. Great product!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      2TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation

      By IT Master...of my home

      from Orange County, CA

      Verified Buyer

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        Cons

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            Comments about Apple 2TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

            I already have been backing up my main computer, but wanted to back up the rest in the house. And without interfering with normal day to day things for my wife and daughters. This actually has worked out better then I thought. They don't even know their data is safe. I told them and since they don't really care, and they don't have to do a thing, they love it. They will really love it if they lose something. Works so well I am now backing up my main computer with it too.

            Router function works fantastic. I replaced this with a 2nd gen airport extreme and have now set up a ethernet roaming network. Having both at opposite ends of the house getting great coverage. We have 6 iPhones, 4 iPads and laptops wireless in my house and now we have no dead zones and the devices switch to the strongest seamlessly.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Very Cool

            By Lucy's Dad

            from El Paso, TX

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Apple 2TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                  If you want to store your pictures and ITunes and have instant access and use when you are at home this is the way to go. It also increases speed.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Nice backup

                  By Jw

                  from Celebration

                  Comments about Apple 2TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                  Great storage, don't really see extra internet speed

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                  5.0

                  Great devise and fast router!

                  By somacoul

                  from boston, ma

                  Verified Buyer

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                    Cons

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                        Comments about Apple 2TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                        Apple did it again!
                        Great product... strongly recommended!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great...!

                        By Dave Winnie

                        from Joliet, Il.

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Apple 2TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                              set up was a breeze.... I'm backing up two computers at the same time....

                              seems a bit warm at times...

                              love it...

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Excellent Product/Exceptional Company

                              By Joyous Presence

                              from Ashland, OR

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Apple 2TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                                    I love this AirPort Time Capsule... it fully lives up to all of its description.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Product by Apple

                                    By Sid

                                    from North Carolina

                                    Comments about Apple 2TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                                    Love my time capsule. Easy setup which is usual for Apple. Increased my wireless speed by 30% at the least. Easy backup.

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                                    5.0

                                    Nice product and service from B&H

                                    By Mohan

                                    from Shrewsbury

                                    Comments about Apple 2TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                                    Nice product and service from B&H

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                                    5.0

                                    Very easy to setup

                                    By Manny C.

                                    from Davie, FL

                                    Comments about Apple 2TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                                    This unit was very easy to setup and be up and running in no time. Using the iOS app it was a breeze to do. Also the capacity seems appropriate to my needs, it backs up two computers every day and on the background, no worries there.

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                                    5.0

                                    Apple 2TB Airport

                                    By Serg

                                    from Los Angeles

                                    Comments about Apple 2TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                                    The person who I got this for is so happy with this item. I even got a chance to add my computer to the Airport.

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                                    5.0

                                    easy setup with professional look

                                    By Richard

                                    from San Jose, CA

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy Installation
                                    • Strong signal

                                    Cons

                                    • Not Yet Uncovered

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Apple 2TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                                      Setup is so easy and intuitive, compared to other routers. It only takes a couple of minutes and very straightforward. With this router, instability problem with Apple TV went away.

                                      Haven't had a chance to work with the storage part.

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                                      • No

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                                      3.0

                                      Replacement to my 2008 Time Capsule

                                      By Nima

                                      from El Paso, TX

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Apple 2TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                                            This is a replacement to the time capsule I bought in 2008 that went out on me recently.
                                            I have to say that I am very loyal to apple and all their products.
                                            This one has much faster wifi speed, but the internal HDD is much slower than my previous one.
                                            Also, I was able to use my previous time capsule as a storage device on the network. Unfortunately, I was not able to do so with this one. After calling customer care, I was told that they do not recommend this either.

                                            • Was this a gift?:
                                            • No

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                                            5.0

                                            Great Router with Hard drive Backup

                                            By Thematrix

                                            from Garden Grove, CA

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Comments about Apple 2TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                                            Apple product is always dependable and of high quality. Works easily and effectively.

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                                            5.0

                                            No muss, no fuss!

                                            By Lightning

                                            from Berea Ky

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Ease of Use
                                            • Good Wi-fi Performance
                                            • Straightforward operation

                                            Cons

                                            • Expensive-unless Long Ser

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Apple 2TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                                              Use to backup an imac, and two apple laptops.Have a two story 3600sq ft home and the wi-fi coverage is no problem. Looking forward to trying a new ac-equipped device to see how that performs. I can already see an improvement in wi-fi connections with iphones, ipods and an ipad. Set-up was easy and straight forward. A worthy replacement for old airport extreme. Very pleased,never been disappointed with apple!

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                                              • No

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                                              4.0

                                              Easy setup. Works great.

                                              By Michael

                                              from Charlotte

                                              Comments about Apple 2TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                                              I was a little nervous replacing my 4 yr old network TC. But the setup with super easy. It knew what I was doing once I plugged everything in and even allowed the option of expanding the network with the older unit.

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                                              5.0

                                              Why did I wait so long to use this?

                                              By sabphoto

                                              from New York, NY

                                              About Me Quality Oriented

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Adequate Power
                                              • Can Be Hidden Out Of Site
                                              • Easy To Set Up
                                              • Quiet Operation
                                              • Reliable Performance
                                              • Small Footprint

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Back Up
                                                • Having Around The House
                                                • High-End Equipment

                                                Comments about Apple 2TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                                                If you don't back up your computer, you're playing with fire. I have an Apple MBP and had been using time machine with a non-wireless external drive. Set this up quickly and now it continually backs up. Don't have to think about a thing.

                                                The wireless is super fast too.

                                                • Primary use:
                                                • Personal
                                                • Was this a gift?:
                                                • No

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                                                5.0

                                                Simple Safe Secure

                                                By Ed

                                                from Ridgewood, NJ

                                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy To Set Up
                                                • Quiet Operation
                                                • Reliable Performance
                                                • Small Footprint

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Apple 2TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                                                    Simple to set up..Safe and secure storage

                                                    • Primary use:
                                                    • Personal
                                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                                    • No

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