2011 Time Capsule v4 - 2TB A1409

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  1. neteng101, Jun 26, 2011
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    neteng101 macrumors 65816

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    Ok this might help some who are wondering, finally made the move, and upgraded my v1 500GB (1st gen) TC to a 4th gen 2TB.

    The Time Capsule has its own FCC cert - BCGA1409, model A1409, so I believe it does have a similar radio change as the AEBS. I don't really have a terrible/bad location for signal strength, but testing 3 positions between both units, there is definitely a slight improvement (looking at 5 GHz RSSI)... both TCs with wide channels and a late '2010 MBA max out at 300mbps (no 450mbps mode).

    The big change is file serving speeds. The following is wired (GigE) with Windows 7 Robocopy/SMB...

    1st Gen TC (Write)

    Speed : 15621111 Bytes/sec.
    Speed : 893.847 MegaBytes/min.

    4th Gen TC (Write)

    Speed : 31179838 Bytes/sec.
    Speed : 1784.124 MegaBytes/min.

    4th Gen TC (Read)

    Speed : 31522685 Bytes/sec.
    Speed : 1803.742 MegaBytes/min.

    Synology DS210j Mirrored WD15EARS (Write)

    Speed : 28190869 Bytes/sec.
    Speed : 1613.094 MegaBytes/min.

    Synology DS210j Mirrored WD15EARS (Read)

    Speed : 63334819 Bytes/sec.
    Speed : 3624.047 MegaBytes/min.

    Did not test read speed of the 1st gen, but this is a 2x improvement in speeds, and its even a bit faster than my Synology 2-disk NAS with mirrored drives (the mirroring does slow things a slight bit) with write speeds. But the read speeds are pretty similar to the write speeds, unlike the much greater read speed I can get my from Synology NAS. All in all its a pretty nice performance bump/upgrade from a 1st gen (not sure how the 2nd/3rd gen TCs perform).

    Edit - seems like this one gets pretty hot too, just like the old one did.
     
  2. mrfoof82 macrumors 6502a

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    Temperature does seem to get up there like my previous 2nd generation Time Capsule, but I will say that the unit is quieter. The 2nd generation wasn't exactly noisy, but there's no longer a perceptible whirr at close distance.

    The speeds are markedly improved as well. Whereas before it would be a miracle to see transfer rates for a single computer peak at 20MB/sec, it's certainly not unusual for me to see transfer rates peaking at 40MB/sec. I'm a big fan of quicker backups.
     
  3. urkel, Jun 27, 2011
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    Increasing wireless speeds is nice, but I really wish they put a thunderbolt Port on these things so we can push data back and forth wired once in a while.
     
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    Are you able to stream an hd movie from it :)?
     
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  7. dr4g0n macrumors member

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    Hi, I bought yesterday the same model as neteng101 and I can confirm that I'm able to stream HD and FullHD video from 1TB WD drive attached to TC via USB :)
     

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