Time Capsule

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  1. Oldmanmac, Mar 17, 2016
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    Oldmanmac macrumors 6502

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    In looking at Apple the only date I see is '13 for a last revision date. Will there be an update? Or, will this be the std for a while, so go ahead and get this one>* i
     
  2. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    I would get an Extreme and hook up an external drive of any size you want....not the few choices in TC. Unless Apple puts a new wifi spec in Macs.....an update of what?
     
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    IIRC, it's much cheaper to buy an Airport Extreme base station and hook up a USB drive to it. Same functionality as a TC, I believe, much less cost.
     
  4. Oldmanmac, Mar 18, 2016
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    The 2TB is only $50 more than a base TC at the Refurb store. That'd be $50 for 2TB, doesn't sound too bad to me.
     
  5. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    And how do you upgrade it to a larger HD? Very simple using an external drive hooked up to an Extreme.
     
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    Not too bad, actually.

    Another thing to consider - if EITHER the disk or the router goes out, you lose the whole thing. Don't know what the likelihood of either is, however.
     
  7. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    Disk fail. Only when, not if. Much easier to swap an external one.
     
  8. Oldmanmac thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I agree about the external being easier.
    If the internal one dies, would that render the router dead as well? Hopefully not.
     
  9. redmac macrumors regular

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    A failure of the internal HDD shouldn't effect the wifi router functionality. HDDs usually die from mechanical failure which wouldn't stop the wifi. Likewise, if there is something wrong with the electronics, you should be able to open the TC and save the hard disk too.

    Unlike cheap external HDDs, the ones used in Time Capsules are server grade hard disks. They are a lot more reliable than the ones that you would attach to an AEBS. Also, keep in mind that you can always add an external HDD to a Time Capsule to create a second Time Machine backup. Go with the refurbished TC, it's a good deal.
     
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    I know Apple would like everybody to believe that, but it is not the case. It is just a plain old desktop drive. See the teardown here.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 10, 2016 ---
    Nah... you can tear it apart and put in a new desktop drive.
     
  11. ksec macrumors newbie

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    802.11ac Wave 2, which is MU-MIMO, Higher WAN Speed which is currently capped at 300Mbps, 160Mhz Band ( Not sure if the old Airport Supports it or not ). 802.11ax is supposed to be out in 2019. Which means router will likely appear in 2018. So between now and then vendors will try to clear as much 802.11ac wave 2 chipset as possible.
     
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    That is because of wireless 802.11 standards! Please go out and reasearch yourself!
     

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