Should I get the old Time Capsule or the AirPort Time Capsule?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mossme89, Jul 7, 2014.

  1. mossme89, Jul 7, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2014

    mossme89 macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2009
    Not sure what the difference is aside from the fact that the airport version is newer and 802.11ac. But I think I'd be ok with n, plus it's $100 cheaper. I'm looking for a network drive for time machine backups and sharing across all my Apple devices. Are there any useful features exclusive to the new version that I should know about? Besides 802.11ac.

    The two devices I'm looking at:
    Refurb Time Capsule (2011)
    Refurb AirPort Time Capsule (2013)

    I should note my connection is 25 down 15 up.
  2. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Worth a read:

    If file sharing speed is important (i.e. large files you need to transfer quickly) and/or you need extended range, then the newer one might be worth getting. Especially if you have or forsee getting any 802.11ac devices in the next couple of years.

    Personally I'd probably just go with the older/cheaper version though; I'm not into movies or large media collections and the only device that'd benefit from faster network speeds would already be on hardwired ethernet. YMMV.

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