Reburbished Time Capsule or Airport Extreme?

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  1. Robdmb macrumors member

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    Going to pick up one of the latest generation Time Capsule or Airport Extremes. Probably going to go the refurbished route to save some money. It seems the Time Capsule is only $50 more than the Airport Extreme. Any downside to the Time Capsule? Seems worth it for that amount. Thanks.
     
  2. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Most Time Capules were usually hard drive problems. So when you get it check out the hard drive.
     
  3. Robdmb thread starter macrumors member

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    Wouldn't apple have checked the hard drive as part of their refurb process?
     
  4. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Yes.
     
  5. Hauyser macrumors newbie

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    I got a refurbished Time Capsule last year, not had any issues with it yet.
     
  6. squirrrl macrumors 6502a

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    it's way cheaper to get the refurbished airport extreme and hook a back-up drive to it via USB. That's my set up and it works pretty well.
     
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    Does time machine work as seamlessly if you hook up an external drive versus just using a time capsule?
     
  8. tibas92013, Oct 22, 2015
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    Last March I purchased a Refurbished latest generation 2TB TC from the Apple On-line Store and I am one "happy camper"!

    Why??; Excellent Wi-fi connections to my MM and Apple TV in the next room(s), No-effort Time Machine capability; More External HD Space that I will ever use and if need-be I can connect an external HD to the TC; my Applecare on my Mac Mini can be applied to my TC, etc.,etc.
     
  9. swindmill macrumors 6502a

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    I'm picking up one of these two as well, to replace my 2nd generation Time Capsule. My fear is that it's been over two years since these have been updated. I'd hate to pick one up and then a new generation be released soon after. I guess it's an unavoidable predicament.
     
  10. Richdmoore macrumors 65816

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    I purchased a refurb time capsule, but it arrived with the hard drive broken. I had used a visa gift card, which would have made it a hassle to return. Instead, it was covered under my AppleCare, and I got it fixed that way instead.

    I would go with the AirPort Extreme and add the hard drive via USB, unless you need the compact setup having it all-in-one using a time capsule.
     
  11. squirrrl macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah.. it works seamlessly. I haven't had to do anything since I set it up and it backs up my mac mini and my macbook.

    Like the poster above me said, if you need the compact setup then you could just go with the TC, but I've found it works well with mine. My HD is set up to work with time capsule though.. I think it's a western digital drive, but I don't have it in front of me right now.
     
  12. Altemose macrumors G3

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    The Extreme + USB drive option is completely seamless. I have never had an issue with my Extreme.
     
  13. Donfor39 macrumors 6502a

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    I've found for a few years, this setup doesn't delete old backups when external hdd becomes full, and restore from time capsule backup doesn't work.

    If I required +500gb storage would get a time capsule next time.
     
  14. Smileyboy macrumors 65816

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    I'm eyeing one of these too. Is it a worthwhile upgrade to go from a 3rd gen TC to the current 6th gen?
     
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    The new one has better wifi reception and adds 802.11ac. So if you have any client devices with AC wifi, it is a nice update. Otherwise not so much.
     
  16. Donfor39 macrumors 6502a

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    Hi Weaselboy....whats the best non ac tc...might do a refurb or eBay search..capacity not a concern-1TB+ is more than enough.
     
  17. Weaselboy Moderator

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    MD032LL/A MD033LL/A

    I would shoot for one of these fourth gen models. The older ones had power supply issues that seemed to make them die young.
     
  18. Donfor39 macrumors 6502a

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    Apple Time Capsule 3 TB,External (MD033LL/A) Hard Drive...wee eBay bid ,thanks
     
  19. Donfor39 macrumors 6502a

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    Change of purchase tactics 24 hrs and the cost has risen, not getting involved in bidding wars for the tc...more searching required, maybe get one from a previous UK owner (to avoid 5-7 delivery time)
     
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    Thanks thinking refurb or previously used to keep cost to minimum,i'm biding via e-bay tonight. a 4th gen tc from uk seller, there a few bids in though 1 day to go, its very reasonably priced.
     

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