Apple Time Capsule vs. Airport Extreme?


macrumors regular
Original poster
Aug 31, 2009
My NETGEAR WNR854T died and I am looking for a replacement.

I do a lot of online gaming and HD video streaming, and have several wired and wireless devices in the home network. I also have been thinking of getting a shared backup hard drive.

I started looking at the NETGEAR WNDR3700 unit, but there are a lot of people complaining about dropped connections. So, I am now looking for an Apple Airport Extreme.

During my research, I found also the Apple Time Capsule. Is there any advantage to getting the Time Capsule? Or should the Airport Extreme be better by adding any external hard drive to the USB port?

Also, is model number MC340LL/A the correct one for the Apple Airport Extreme?



macrumors 603
Apr 2, 2009
Southern California
its probably a cheaper route to go with a AEBS and add your own Ext Hard Drive. The TC are for those who want a hard drive and a router in one.


macrumors 6502
Aug 25, 2008
While I agree with the above comments, I'll say I have a TC for the simple ease of use of backing up both my macbooks wirelessly.

From what I've read, there is extensive problems backing up wireless with an AEBS and an external HD.

Have these issues all been fixed? I've never had one problem with my TC. In fact I just did a complete restore on a macbook with a new hard drive, wireless off of the TC and it worked like a charm.
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