Airport Extreme or Time Capsule??

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by LGShepherd, Jun 28, 2009.

  1. LGShepherd macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2007
    Teesside, United Kingdom

    I have been looking to purchase an Airport Extreme and today I went into my local CEX and they had a used one for £50. I looked on their site and the price is £50 for an Airport Extreme (used) and £150 for a 500Gb Time Capsule (used).

    I cant decide whether to buy the Airport Extreme and then a 1Tb external for around £150 or the Time Capsule with 500Gb storage for the same price.

    What does everyone think?

  2. u49aa2 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 3, 2008
    Between Heaven and Hell
    I would go for the first option. As the airport extreme is more portable so you can use when you are traveling or visiting places which don't have wireless network i.e only Ethernet (at work, hotels). Also if the external drive is of brand which is compatible with the airport extreme you will still be able to backup wirelessly.
  3. neiltc13 macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Neither, they are terrible routers. My Time Capsule failed on me and it also had difficulties connecting to non-Apple hardware.

    Please also remember that these are ROUTERS, they do not include a modem. So if you get your broadband connection over your telephone line then you will need an additional box with it too to act as a modem.
  4. skye12 macrumors 65816


    Nov 11, 2006
    Austin, Tx
    Cannot disagree more. You deserve what you "got" using non Apple hardware. AEBS's are incredible routers-make sure you get the new dual band version.
  5. tayshon macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2009
    Philly, PA
    I brought the Time Capsule, because it's was two in one. I had both mine and hubby back-up on there, and we have so many devices we use wirelessly in our house.
  6. drewster macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2008
    My two expresses have been rock solid - more so than the linksys the one replaced, especially when downloading torrents, the linksys used to freeze and need a reboot. (Never happened on the Express)

    So I can only imagine the Extreme is as, or more solid, in that regard.

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