Apple Time Capsule 2TB (summer 2011)
Manufacturer: Apple Part number: MD032LL/A
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- The new 2TB Time Capsule brings improved price competitiveness and faster networking performance to Apple's Wi-Fi router/NAS drive combo device, which will satisfy consumers in need of a multipurpose networking device.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $259.99
- Reviewed by: Rich Brown
- Reviewed on: 07/14/2011
- Released on: 06/21/2011
The good: Apple's new 2TB Time Capsule offers more storage for the dollar than previous models and significantly improved wireless networking performance.
The bad: Experts will wish the Time Capsule offered more networking configurability, and users that copy large files frequently between systems will want a traditional NAS drive and its faster data read speeds.
The bottom line: The new 2TB Time Capsule brings improved price competitiveness and faster networking performance to Apple's Wi-Fi router/NAS drive combo device, which will satisfy consumers in need of a multipurpose networking device.
Powerful WIFI, friendly, and it works with PCs.
by getclay on April 26, 2012
Pros: 1. Most powerful wireless connection that I ever installed.
2. Easy to configure and manage on PC.
3. MS Vista and 7 backup app works great, and other backup applications work.
4. Fastest connection that I ever had after d-link, netgear.
Cons: 1. Has some limited network configuration, but I am not running a big business (8 devices on my small business network).
2. PC users will need to purchase backup software or depend on MS apps, but they work great.
Summary: Been in IT for 20 years, mostly a PC advocate, but Apple is really turning things around. This is really a great device, and it works well for PC users. ...
Summary: Been in IT for 20 years, mostly a PC advocate, but Apple is really turning things around. This is really a great device, and it works well for PC users. I purchased Ipads and apple TV for the family, and I we were primarily PC users in the past.
I can't even begin to explain how many problems we had connecting with the most expensive d-link, netgear, and linksys wireless routers. I just purchased the time capsule on a whim, and all of our devices connected with full signal strength. I really don't care about anything else since all of our devices are working without failure (PCs, ipads, ipods, and other devices).
I realize the cost of this device is expensive at $299, but you would spend that much on a wireless router without the same signal strength and a 2T backup device that required a hassle in backing up all devices. The darn thing works without any hassle and is attached by any wireless device.
So some would say that this is a a terrible NAS and you could lose all of your data, but redundant NAS devices also fail. I do backup my devices on a portable usb 2T drive also, and this is my fail safe. You should also have a contingency plan even if you use a redundant NAS device.
The Apple experience in the last year has been fun, especially the IPAD and Apple TV. I think there is a place for both the PC and Apple products, and I am really happy having both products on my network.
Everything is working on the time capsule!!!
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Solid performer, quirky to those not familiar with OSX.
by buckeye_guy on August 2, 2013
Pros: Consistent performance deals with structural obstacles well provided all devices are -n spec. Reliable hard drive, easy configuration with OSX devices.
Cons: With -g wireless devices in the network the performance takes a noticeable hit, particularly in usable range. Of note the device should be on the lower level of a multi floor home. Location is challenging if you are trying to use with -g devices.
Summary: I initially had a -g wireless device. When I first set up my TC I was miffed by the inconsistent response. Finally, I identified the degraded performance was related to ...
Summary: I initially had a -g wireless device. When I first set up my TC I was miffed by the inconsistent response. Finally, I identified the degraded performance was related to the -g device. upgraded it to -n and turned of all but -n transmissions and performance went well above what it had been previously.
So convenient and works seamlessly, as advertised.
by shiningstarr83 on May 23, 2012
Seamless integration with time machine
Apple Time Capsule is nothing but trouble
by SoneyMathew on March 11, 2012
Pros: I cant say anything at this moment
Cons: Repeated disconnection from the existing network
Summary: I bought this as my wireless storage, two weeks back. Still couldn't connect this with my Linksys ADSL WIFI Router WAG 120N to an existing home network. Initial setting ...
Summary: I bought this as my wireless storage, two weeks back. Still couldn't connect this with my Linksys ADSL WIFI Router WAG 120N to an existing home network. Initial setting up was ok. But It gets repeatedly disconnected from the network. i might have done 10 resets by now. I am getting frustrated by this. If anybody could give me a solution for this? i wil be quiet thankful or else i would have to throw this apple out. I never had such a bitter and frustrated experience from any of my other apple products. I blindly bought this without checking because it was from APPLE.
by lhall102 on February 4, 2012
Pros: 2TB storage, time machine backup, easy install, and guest network login
Cons: If anything the price but it is Apple so you expect that.
Summary: Works well for my backing up with time machine also added an external hard drive for additional storage. Seems to have my wireless speeds more faster. Was running at 15mb/...
Summary: Works well for my backing up with time machine also added an external hard drive for additional storage. Seems to have my wireless speeds more faster. Was running at 15mb/s with my old router, now running 23-25 mb/s with this one (wirelessly).
GREAT Accessory to the iMac & a MUST have for back-ups.
by DOMINUCE on January 29, 2012
Pros: Works on Wireless N,Completly wireless, can function as a Wireless Hub.
Cons: can't be connected via ethernet, for more Back-up options.
Summary: While there are a lot of External HD's out there...I find that this one works better with Mac's & iMacs because of the Time Machine functions. The ...
Summary: While there are a lot of External HD's out there...I find that this one works better with Mac's & iMacs because of the Time Machine functions. The only REAL gripe i have is that like all OTHER External HD that i can connect via ethernet, this one can't be done with the Time Capsule which can put a strain on your Wireless Network if you have more than one device connected then having another connection option would help.
Easy setup. Long Range Router.Backs up apple computers.
by polaek on November 10, 2011
Pros: Really easy set up. Backs up my macbook and iMac wirelessly. Not sure if it can back up my PC - need to figure that out.
You set it and forget it!
Cons: pricey but I think worth it. apples service is the best
Summary: If you have apple computer products you will like this
Summary: If you have apple computer products you will like this
Great product, easy to install, Love the 2TB drive
by ashkasto on November 3, 2011
Pros: Easy to setup and use. My ipad and iphone are able to change wirless setting with air port app.
Cons: price high, but got good discount for refurbished on apple website
Summary: Networked my PC and Mac with out a problem, love the dual band router option and option for guest network and limited login times. Good options for my home/home ...
Summary: Networked my PC and Mac with out a problem, love the dual band router option and option for guest network and limited login times. Good options for my home/home office. Time Capsule is a must for back up of computer as well. network printing works fine as well.
Wanted one for a while, Finally got it.
by leatherboy41 on July 23, 2011
Pros: The 2gb storage is great. I actually almost bought one the day before the product refresh and was really confused on the day the new ones came out because I couldn't find the 1gb anymore. I think its a great deal as my att provided router is sketchy
Cons: The power and range could be better. Also I've had a little bit of lag when accessing files on the hard drive that I had hoped wouldn't be there.
Two floors down, expect very slow connection speeds.
by mrgk--2008 on May 2, 2013
Pros: Works OK as wireless HD for back-up with Time Machine.
Cons: Very slow connection speeds (10 fold reduction in download speed), unless you are sitting in the same room as the Time Capsule.
Summary: I live in a home with multiple levels, and used an ASUS, RT-N56U, previous to getting the Time Capsule. In addition to being less expensive, the ASUS router had a ...
Summary: I live in a home with multiple levels, and used an ASUS, RT-N56U, previous to getting the Time Capsule. In addition to being less expensive, the ASUS router had a much better range. For what Apple charges, Time Capsule should work a lot better.
0 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Apple
- Part number: MD032LL/A
- Description: Back up a lifetime's worth of memories with Time Capsule, a wireless hard drive that works seamlessly with Time Machine. It's also a full-featured 802.11n Wi-Fi base station with simultaneous dual-band support.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Device Type NAS server
- Host Connectivity Gigabit Ethernet / 802.11a/b/g/n
- Total Storage Capacity 2 TB
- Width 7.8 in
- Depth 7.8 in
- Height 1.4 in
- Weight 3.5 lbs
- Built-in Devices Wireless access point,
- Type Serial ATA - Integrated
- Type Standard - 3.5" x 1/3H
- Capacity 1 x 2 TB
- Interface Type Serial ATA-300
Hard Drive (2nd)
- Type None
- Type None
- Type None
- Video Output None
- Type Wireless access point - Integrated
- Data Link Protocol IEEE 802.11a ,
Fast Ethernet ,
Gigabit Ethernet ,
IEEE 802.11b ,
IEEE 802.11n ,
- Network / Transport Protocol PPTP,
- Remote Management Protocol SNMP
- Network Services Compatibility DHCP,
Apple Bonjour Protocol,
- Features DNS proxy,
MAC address filtering
- Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11g,
Expansion / Connectivity
- Expansion Bays 1 (total) / 1 (free) x Internal - 3.5" x 1/3H
- Expansion Slots x None
- Interfaces 4 x Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45,
1 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 pin USB Type A
- Features Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)
- Compliant Standards AS/NZS 4268,
FCC Part 15 B,
CSA 22.2 No. 60950
- Power Device x Power supply - Internal
- Voltage Required AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
- Power Consumption Operational 34 Watt
Software / System Requirements
- OS Required Apple MacOS X 10.5.7 or later,
Microsoft Windows 7 SP1,
Microsoft Windows XP SP3,
Microsoft Windows Vista SP2
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year
- Min Operating Temperature 50 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 95 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 20 - 80% (non-condensing)
Specs: 3 TB,
4 pin USB Type A,
Specs: 2 TB,
4 pin USB Type A,