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Apple 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation)

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Product Highlights
  • 3TB 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

The fifth generation 3TB 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 3TB 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 3TB 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 3TB
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 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation)
  • Power Cord
  • Printed Documentation
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Apple3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation)
     
    4.7

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (13)
    • Reliable connection (13)
    • Fast (10)
    • Fast connection (10)
    • Secure connection (9)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home network (13)
      • Small networks (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • High bandwidth user (11)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (9), Business (4)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (14)

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      5.0

      3TB Airport easy to use

      By tmhuud

      from hollywood

      About Me High bandwidth user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Fast
      • Reliable connection

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home network

        Comments about Apple 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

        I have this working wirelessly with my new Mac Pro and it works in the background effortlessly. It does get a little warm (which surprises me) but it makes no noise.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        4.0

        Apple Time Capsule

        By James

        from Kansas City, MO

        About Me High bandwidth user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Fast
        • Reliable connection

        Cons

        • Pricy

        Best Uses

        • Home network

        Comments about Apple 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

        Paired this with a 2TB Airport Time Capsule to extend my wireless network across the house. Works great! Wireless AC between the devices is super fast, and was even able to attach a laser printer to one of the Ethernet ports. Still very pricy, and Apple Airport features are somewhat limited, but for a home network it has everything you need.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        Another great solution from Apple.

        By sonomamike

        from Santa Rosa, CA

        About Me High bandwidth user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast
        • Reliable connection
        • Secure Connection
        • Simple Clean Appearance
        • Small Footpring

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home network
          • Small Networks

          Comments about Apple 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

          The Apple Time Capsule continues the company's tradition of leading edge, stylish tech gear. The TC (I got the 3 terabyte version) solves home/small office networking and backup problems at the same time. Working with Time Machine software, automatic backup is a breeze.

          The unit can be configured for many types of networks on both the LAN and WAN sides. This makes it flexible and preserves value over time, but it does mean that setup takes a little time. Online guides are readily available from Apple and others, but having access to an alternate web link (like a smartphone) is a good idea when setting this up.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          4.0

          Apple Airport Time Capsule

          By Jim @ almanid

          from North Carolina

          About Me High bandwidth user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Fast Connection Speed
          • Reliable connection
          • Secure Connection

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Small Networks

            Comments about Apple 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

            Works like a charm.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            really easy to install and configure

            By Alvaro

            from Porto Alegre

            About Me High bandwidth user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Fast
            • Fast Connection Speed

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home network

              Comments about Apple 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

              Replaced an Asus RT66 and a Seagate NAS 3TB with this fancy item. Really easy to configure and I was ready within minutes. Also the staff from BH was outstanding as usual.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              Simply Great

              By Brett

              from Ipswich, MA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Fast
              • Fast Connection Speed
              • Reliable connection
              • Secure Connection

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home network
                • Small Networks

                Comments about Apple 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                I found setting up the Time Capsule as a backup drive to be a fairly simple task. Using the Time Machine software on my iMac allowed me to set it up quickly. My whole family has appreciated the boost in Wifi signal as well. Great piece. No more worries. Makes it easy to setup a guest network too!

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                2 in 1

                By JJJJ

                from Cranston, RI

                About Me High bandwidth user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Fast
                • Fast Connection Speed
                • Reliable connection
                • Secure Connection

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home network

                  Comments about Apple 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                  Not only does it backup my computers, it performs as a router as well. It's seamless and it doesn't hog the computer's memory like online, cloud backup services.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Easy install

                  By Zeke B.

                  from Hollidaysburg PA

                  Comments about Apple 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                  Installed quickly, with no effort. Time capsule in use with one laptop. WiFi powerful. Great service from BH Photo.

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                  5.0

                  great upgrade

                  By Brett

                  from Ipswich, MA

                  Comments about Apple 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                  Big upgrade from a d-link router. WiFi coverage is much better. Setting up time capsule for a backup of my Mac is simple.

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                  4.0

                  Good

                  By Farzinemami

                  from Fairfax, va

                  Comments about Apple 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                  Speed is good. Of course I couldn't get 1 g, as my laptop doesn't support ac

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                  5.0

                  I would buy this again

                  By CDJR

                  from Hawthorn Woods, Il.

                  About Me High bandwidth user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Fast
                  • Fast Connection Speed
                  • Reliable connection
                  • Secure Connection

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home network

                    Comments about Apple 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                    The time capsule arrived very quickly. Set up was fast and easy. I use it for backing up three computers. The capsule is in the basement and one computer is on the third floor so, no problem with range. It's a hassle free way to back up.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    4.0

                    Works great!

                    By Lou

                    from Southern California

                    About Me High bandwidth user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Fast
                    • Fast Connection Speed
                    • Reliable connection
                    • Secure Connection

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home network

                      Comments about Apple 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                      I purchased the Airport Time Capsule for the very reason Apple makes this, as a backup device that can be placed in a room away from the main computer. It works great. I did do the initial backup with the Time Capsule hooked up directly to my computer with an ethernet cable since I have over 1.3 TB of data for the initial backup. This took about 20 hours, but all subsequent incremental updates using Time Machine take only a few minutes. The only reason I didn't give this five stars is due to the USB port still being USB 2.0 instead of 3.0. Oh, and it works great as a wi-fi extender (I use it to extend my wireless network and have the upstairs TV and blu-ray player hooked up to it with hardwire ethernet cables).

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      5.0

                      Obvious Choice for Existing Mac Owner

                      By Matt

                      from San Diego

                      About Me High bandwidth user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Fast
                      • Great Appearance
                      • Reliable connection

                      Cons

                      • Height May Be Issue

                      Best Uses

                      • Home network
                      • Small Networks

                      Comments about Apple 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                      Replacement for 3rd generation airport extreme. I had the new Airport Time Capsule online in minutes using the Airport Utility. The built-in storage is great for a compact solution in a home office. I am presently using only the most basic of functions, plus Time Machine on two laptops. I hope to add remote access in the near future.

                      Whole house coverage is great, including the guest room, which is on the other end of the house from the device.

                      No complaints so far.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      5.0

                      Apple AirPort Time Capsule

                      By Lew

                      from Rhode Island

                      Comments about Apple 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                      As with most Apple products, the Time Capsule was easy to install and worked well instantly. B&H pricing was quite competitive and their shipping and delivery was fast. Every step between purchase and installation was smooth and uncomplicated.

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                      5.0

                      Time Capsule does an excellent job

                      By quartz

                      from KY, USA

                      About Me Low bandwidth user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Excellent Wifi Range
                      • Fast Connection Speed
                      • Reliable connection
                      • Secure Connection

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home network

                        Comments about Apple 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                        After using the Airport Extreme for the past three years with an external HD for the Time Capsule backup, I decided to upgrade to the 3TB Airport Time Capsule. The backups for my MBP and iMac now work much faster and without any effect on the operation. I use now the airport extreme to extend my network through my house.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        5.0

                        Great !

                        By Ben

                        from NYC

                        About Me High bandwidth user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Fast
                        • Fast Connection Speed
                        • Reliable connection
                        • Secure Connection

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home network
                          • Large Networks
                          • Small Networks

                          Comments about Apple 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                          Easy setup from the box, extended the range of our home-network to all corner of the house. Fast and quiet.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          4.0

                          More Space and Reaches Farther

                          By Tommaso

                          from Chicago, IL

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Fast Connection Speed
                          • Reaches Farther
                          • Reliable connection

                          Cons

                          • Price

                          Best Uses

                          • Home network
                          • Small Networks

                          Comments about Apple 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                          As a photographer, my hard drives fill up quickly. My old 1TB backup started getting too full so I upgraded to this one.Not only do I have more room, but there's 2 major perks:Faster WiFi.More distance!I used to frequently drop WiFi connection just a few feet away in my bedroom and had to switch to LTE on my cellular plan out of frustration. I now can access my WiFi from my phone or iPad while lying in bed.The price is a little high, though. I would have given it five stars if it was $100 cheaper.

                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          4.0

                          Easy Setup

                          By Dave S

                          from Oakland, NJ

                          About Me High bandwidth user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Fast Connection Speed
                          • Reliable connection
                          • Secure Connection

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home network

                            Comments about Apple 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                            The product was easy to setup out of the box. I was able to start backing up my data in about 15 minutes. Setting up automatic backups for my Mac Book was easy as well. Great product...

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            5.0

                            The best

                            By Claudio

                            from F.L. Florida

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Apple 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation):

                                  Perfect for Mac users. Amazing data storage and speed transfer!

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