Apple 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation)

Apple 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation)

Apple 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation)

Apple 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation)

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  • 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
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Capacity: 3TB

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Apple AirPort Time Capsule overview

  • 1Description

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
UPC: 885909707850
In the Box
Apple 3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation)
  • Power Cord
  • Printed Documentation
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Apple AirPort Time Capsule specs

    Wireless Frequency Bands 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
    WLAN Mode 802.11ac
    Transmit Power 32.5 dBm
    Supported Protocols IPv6
    MAC Filtering
    Ports 1 x 480 Mb/s USB Type-A
    1 x Ethernet (RJ45) (Uplink)
    3 x Ethernet (RJ45)
    Wireless Security WPA, WPA2
    Storage Capacity 3 TB
    Supported IEEE Standards 802.1x
    AC Input Power 100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz at 1.5 A
    Operating Temperature 32 to 95°F / 0 to 35°C
    Storage Temperature -13 to 140°F / 25 to 60°C
    Operating Humidity 20 to 80%
    Operating Altitude 10,000' / 3048 m
    Storage Altitude 15,000' / 4572 m
    Dimensions 3.85 x 3.85 x 6.6" / 9.8 x 9.8 x 16.8 cm
    Weight 3.26 lb / 1.47 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.0 x 6.3 x 5.8"

    Apple AirPort Time Capsule reviews

    3TB AirPort Time Capsule (5th Generation) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 71.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's an Apple product... Easy to setup and use (sort of). I've been a PC user for a couple of decades. So when it comes to routers I'm expecting it to work like a router. I keep forgetting Apple doesn't expect anyone to know anything. Setup through the Time Machine software was easy on the iMac that is the main computer we want backed up. However, I'm having difficulty setting the Macbook Pro up to it. I haven't spent a lot of time delving into it since it's a church Time Capsule and I'm only around it a couple of times a week. I am happy that they support gigabit, which helps me get a good wired connection to the router that is DHCPing.
    Date published: 2015-07-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great! 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).
    Date published: 2013-12-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great solution from Apple. 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.
    Date published: 2014-06-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from More Space and Reaches Farther 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.
    Date published: 2013-08-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Using Only as a Wireless Backup Hard Drive I use this strictly as a wireless backup and have the wifi router turned off. It's connected to our AT&T provided wireless router via Ethernet cord. It works well with Time Machine to routinely backup our 2 MacBook Pros. If you see a flashing yellow light and not green, it means (or at least it did with mine) a firmware upgrade was needed. I went into utilities and upgraded the time capsule and light went green. Not using it with the Airport function makes it an expensive wireless hard drive but it's Apple so it simple to use and what I wanted.
    Date published: 2017-03-19
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Replacement to my old 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 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.
    Date published: 2014-12-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy and Fast I use this as a backup to my iMAC hard drive which has crashed catastrophically 2 x in the past 8 months. Loosing the entire drive both times. The Airporter was very easy to install, Backs up daily and allows very fast WiFi. I only give it 4 stars as Im a bit dissapointed inApples Hard Drive Technology and will wiat to see how long this one lasts as 2 drives in 8 months is below industry standards. If Apples Warranty was bettter I would have given 5 stars but Apples warranty is SUPER LACKING in my opinion being 90 days.
    Date published: 2015-11-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mostly idiot proof... I've been a long time PC user. I started programming over 35 years ago - at that time there was no object oriented this or visual that, the IT world was still steeped in punch cards and open reel tape backup, which I managed to avoid as a home user. However, I naturally fell into the PC world as Macs were still a twinkle in the eyes of Jobs & Wozniak, and the other home brew solutions didn't get much traction in colleges and the workplace. Fast forward twenty years, and I decided I needed to become more mac compatible. So, over the last five years I've done many MacOS installs, pulled machines apart, wrestled with Hackintoshes and other assorted apple branded hardware. This has gone so far as to leave me with an iPhone, Airports Express, Apple TV, and iTunes as my media distribution method of choice. And that is simply because it works, and it works pretty darn well. Until you want to do something Apple either doesn't want you to do, or something they deem as being outside of mainstream usage. At which point you either have to find the right spellbook, have extremely precise googling skills, or get lucky and find just the right nerd at the geniusbar. One of those semi-arcane usages is to purchase an Airport Time Capsule solely for use with Time machine backups, and NOT to use as a wireless device. From previous experience, I knew that it was possible to turn the wireless functionality off, and have all four ports available as basic switch ports with no WAN function. With this device though, I went through endless cycles of error messages about the device not being available and weird network behavior. And that was because of the following two key points: - When you first set the box up, if you plug an ethernet cable into the LAN port to join it to your network, the Airport DHCP server will be active, and will fight your regular (router) DHCP server to respond to DHCP requests from clients on the network. - Despite reasoning that I would need to access it from the LAN side (by default, good security dictates that you SHOULD NOT be able to administer a new router from the outside. That's just security madness, akin to walking out onto main street, bending over, pulling down your pants and yelling Come and get it!. It's not going to end well, no matter what happens. As such, if you want to disable the wireless functionality, plug your ethernet cable into the WAN port, use Airport util to turn off the WAN functionality by putting the device into bridge mode and turning the Wireless off. This will convert your WAN port into a LAN port, turn off DHCP and let all devices see the Time Capsule service. Earlier incarnations of the Time Capsule were guilty of having sub-standard power supplies (replace a handful of caps and you're good to go), so I'm hoping this generation is a little more reliable.
    Date published: 2016-03-09
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