Time Capsule or Airport Extreme?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by macswitcha2, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. macswitcha2 macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2008
    Would you buy a wireless 1TB Time Capsule for $150


    a wireless Air Port Extreme for $130?

    I have a chance to buy either for those prices.

    However, I read better reviews in he Apple Store for the Airport Extreme than I do with the Time Capsule.

    Is the TC the better choice?
  2. Miker2k macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2009
    If they are both equal as far as wireless capabilities then it comes down to the disk. Do you need the 1 TB disk or not? Are either of those simultaneous dual band (2.4 and 5)? If performance is your goal make sure you go dual band.
  3. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    That depends which models and what you are looking to do with it. Make sure that they're the newer models, at least with the capability to do simultaneous dual band. If you're looking to use the Time Capsule with Time Machine, that might be a better choice for you.

    The reason you read better reviews for the AirPort Extreme is because the Time Capsule has (had?) a tendency to overheat and stop working. I'm not sure if the latest ones have had this issue resolved but just be aware that this might affect you down the line. This is also another reason to make sure it's the latest model as that is the one most likely to have that issue resolved.

    My recommendation would be to get the AirPort Extreme, and if you require Time Machine backups, get a NAS that has Time Machine support.
  4. macswitcha2 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2008
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/532.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.5 Mobile/8B117 Safari/6531.22.7)

    I'm looking towards the Airport Extreme but the story the seller gave me sounds fishy. He does not have the packaging but he says it's the latest and its brandnew.

    He writes, "Part number MC340LL/A, Model #A1345)." 
  5. midloman macrumors regular


    Feb 10, 2010
    Midllothian, VA
    Extreme or TC?

    I just went through this dilemma. I ended up buying a refurb simultaneous dual-band Extreme from Apple for about $135 and added a Lacie 1 TB external drive (from MacMall) to it. Time Machine's been working great with that setup. Backups work wirelessly.

    I had heard stories of external drives sometimes not cooperating with TM. One thing I had read was that the external drive should have its own power supply.

    I went the Extreme route because I couldn't tell for sure if the past TC problems had been completely resolved.

    Now I'm looking for a way to modify the Time Machine backup schedule to something other than every hour.

  6. devan963 macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2010

    sudo nano /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.backupd-auto.plist

    Change: 3600 in bold below to (desired seconds*60)
    (1800 for 30 min etc.)

    then Ctrl+X,
    do you want to save? Y/n

    <plist version="1.0">

  7. Stoutman11 macrumors member

    Aug 17, 2010
    heard nothing but bad things about the storage on the time capsule. I would stay away. i do have the airport extreme and it is a dream.
  8. sportster macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2010
    Katy, TX
    I tend to try to stay away from all in one bundled items. I would go with the airport extreme and add a usb drive to it. It then would pretty much be the same as a time capsule, but with expandability
  9. keaide macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2010
    I have asked myself the same questions these days. After reading in several mac and tech forums that the TC has issue with heat and stability (some even wrote that it's quite slow), I got the AE. Works great. I now may add a FireWire 2TB disc for time machine directly to the iMac. Then I also don't block the wireless bandwidth for TM backups.
  10. born4sky macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2008
    its pretty much same thing, except that one has hard drive... even if its fails you still have airport extreme, also you can always replace the hard drive.

Share This Page