What's the general consensus on Time Capsule?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by the state, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. the state macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2008
    I have an old, junky Belkin router that I'm currently using for wifi. It's slow as molasses and I'm in need of an upgrade. What's the general consensus of the Time Capsule? I've read some less-than-stellar reviews online, and wanted to know if it's in my best interest to wait for an upgrade, or purchase one now. If not, how are the standard Airport Extreme?
  2. Thorbjorn macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2008
    I love mine--it's not slow at all, and the range is fine for me--but I don't have experience with other routers for comparison.
  3. kuebby macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2007
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A102 Safari/419.3)

    Its awesome. Get one. So conveinent.
  4. tMac85 macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2007
    in a great place
    yeah, i havent heard any problems with them, but there isnt much to them. so what can really be so bad.
  5. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    First off I want to say that I've had no problems with mine and I love it. Got one in N-only 5 GHz mode with a Linksys serving b/g wifi in bridge mode.

    However, if you have no use for the hard drive part of it, I say go for the AEBS. The TC's first gen and is bound to give more problems as the kinks haven't had enough time to be worked out. Some would argue that since the update, you could also use an external HDD connected to the AEBS for Time Machine, but I've read online that it's an unsupported feature and prone to problems (which subsequently won't be supported by AppleCare).

    If you do have use for the wireless backups/NAS features of the Time Capsule, I say go for it. It's quite convenient and saves on the clutter. And keep in mind that you won't be reading about the happy customers on these forums as much as the ones that have had problems with their device.
  6. Diode macrumors 68020


    Apr 15, 2004
    Washington DC
    If you intend to use it as advertised you'll love it.

    I love mine.
  7. MattZani macrumors 68030


    Apr 20, 2008
    I Always wondered, if i get a small cheap Modem, 1 ethernet kind of thing is there any disadvantages?
  8. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    You're going to need a modem whether you get the Time Capsule or not. The MAIN advantage of having a router is the fact that you get to share your internet connection with multiple computers...
  9. MattZani macrumors 68030


    Apr 20, 2008
    I know that, what I meant is that ATM I have a netgear router, which doesn't like stress (all night gaming sessions with 3 ps3's and 2 360's fighting for bandwidth....) and if I plugged the time capsule in, wouldn't all the stress still be put onto the netgear? Or will the the capsule do a good enough job with all its ports full and 3 consoles connecting wirelessly?

    I'm trying to work out if the time capsule will be able to process the information, or will it just lock up like the netgear I am using ATM
  10. MrFrankly macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2006
    I love the idea of time capsule. The execution however is less than what I expect from Apple (1st generation product, I know). Setting it up was a disaster for me, wireless backups failed constantly and the connection often dropped, performance was bad.
    When I finally had it up and running it actually worked great. Sometimes the external drive on the USB port would not mount. But a quick reboot of time capsule solved that and it was not all that common.
    However currently my time capsule is unable to make any backups. I suspect that the backup disk image got corrupted all of a sudden. If you look around on the apple discussion board you will see a lot of people with this problem.

    A backup solution has to be reliable and stable more than anything. But my experience with it is that it behaves very quirky.
  11. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Mine has been flawless in backing up 3 separate machines.
  12. MBHockey macrumors 68040


    Oct 4, 2003
    New York
    I really like mine as well, but the speeds are definitely not great. When backing up single, large files (will full signal) I only get around 1.5-2Mbps...quite low. It's running in b/g/n mode, but i should be getting closer to 15 MB/sec.
  13. localnet macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2006
    No problems here...

    Let's see. we have the one TB Time Capsule which has been flawlessly backing up 5 Macs.

    We have 2 Airport Extremes one running in "N" mode and one bridged "b/g". The TC is a stand alone on an extended "N/b/g" 2.4 network.

    And I read of all of the problems associated with the TC before purchasing one at my local BestBuy. I checked out the Apple support forums and set up the network using info off of there. I had no problems, in fact it was the easiest network I ever set up! I thought I would be in for one heck of a time, but all worked flawlessly right out of the box on the very first try.

    As of now, I would highly recommend the Apple Time Capsule.


    Oh, and all of my Macs from the G5 Dual to the MacBook Air are running the latest Mac OS along with the latest AirPort software. I didn't cut any corners or had to use older software to make the above work, as I have read in other forums.
  14. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    Mine is working fine. I have it bridged through a Linksys b/g/n router so the Time Capsule is running 5 GHz Wireless N only. The Linksys serves my Windows machines and the Time Capsule is serving my Macs.

    Wireless speed and range are fantastic. As others have said, backing up isn't real fast but after the initial backup runs, it doesn't really matter. The Time Capsule works quietly in the background.

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