Time Capsule backup speed?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by taptic, Aug 21, 2016.

  1. taptic macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2012
    I have a DSL internet connection. If I get an AirPort Time Capsule, will backups be sent to it at my 5Mb/s internet speed? Or will it transfer more quickly between the Mac and Time Capsule?
  2. mic j macrumors 68030

    Mar 15, 2012
    You're DSL speed has nothing to do with it. If you get a TC, your file transfer speed will be whatever your local TC uses (5/2.4GHz; g,n or ac) and that depends on a lot of factors, e.g. interference, distance from source, walls, etc. I always recommend buying a Airport Extreme Base Station (AEBS) and attaching a USB HDD to it. That way, you can always upgrade (or replace in case of a hardware failure) the components individually. I speak from personal experience about this. I had a power source failure in my TC so the whole unit (including it's internal HDD) had to be replaced.

    There is no advantage to buying them as a unit from a performance standpoint. The only advantage is the form factor (let's say you have your AEBS sitting out on your desk and you don't want to look at a HDD hanging off of it). The TC is also more expensive/GB storage than buying the pieces separately.
  3. deany, Aug 21, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2016

    deany macrumors 68030


    Sep 16, 2012
    North Wales
    Your back up is via LAN to Time Machine not via the internet - so fast but as mic says dependent of thickness of walls who is using network etc. but the simplicity of Time Machine cannot be over overemphasised.
    I have a Time Capsule (attached to router with router wifi switched OFF) and airport express to extend the wifi thoughout the house via cat 6 as a roaming network.
    The cat 6 cable runs along the ouside wall of the house.
    I mention this as Time Capsule is not just a backup device.
    I used to add a 1 TB hard drive to the TC for offsite backups but now simply connect the usb 3 to my rMBP and use Carbon Copy Cloner (comparing TC and USB 3 data) and keep the USB 3 drive in my car.

    (Time Capsure is also quite attractive and has a good solid feel about it.)

    I highly recommend the above for a good solid wifi and backup home setup.


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