Worth buying a 4th Generation Time Capsule?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Cassady, Jun 17, 2014.

  1. Cassady macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2012
    Hello all,

    I apologise in advance for re-hashing this -- I've seen similar threads, but not too clear on what the Forum's views are on necromancing, or piggy-backing on someone else's thread... :confused:

    I have the option of buying a 2TB MDO32LL/A Time Capsule for about $200.

    I currently have a Asus DSL-N55U router, that I purchased close-on two years ago. It works well, and has good range (we have a double storied house that is quite spread out...).

    In-house we have:
    1x Mid-2012 MBP
    1x iPhone 5S
    1x iPhone 5
    1x iPad Air
    1 x iPad 1
    2 x iPad Mini (original)
    1x Dell Windows 8 laptop (the wife's)....

    Buying the Time Capsule will allow for seamless backups through TM, which is a nice-to-have, but not a must-have?

    I say that simply due to my using CCC and an 1TB external (that is plugged in regularly), together with a different 1TB external at work, using TM, that it also plugged in regularly -- surely doing as good a job of it... :)

    I gather from some of the other threads that I could plug the TC into the back of my router, and switch off its WIFI (it has a button on the back for that) - which will presumably (and hopefully, automatically) put the TC into bridge-mode(??) - and this will then have all devices connect to the TC (without my having to do too much more) - turning the Asus into a simple modem?? Is that correct - I'm not really clued up on these things...

    If so - would there be a benefit to some of the iOS devices, in having access to the 2TB of storage?

    By this I mean -- whereas my wife's iPad Mini, and my iPad Air, sync to our respective iTunes libraries on our respective laptops - my daughter's 16GB iPad Mini only relies on the Cloud... Would she be able to "back-up" to the 2TB in the TC?

    Is it fairly straight forward to get Windows' machines talking to the TC as well?

    I guess what all of the above boils down to, is that considering I already have a capable Modem/Router, and a fairly robust back-up regime - is there any real benefit to be had by throwing a TC into the mix?

    Would really appreciate some feedback and opinions!

    Many thanks!
  2. phositadc macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2012
    Not a direct answer to your question, but I have both Mac and windows machines on my home network and was recently thinking about getting a new time capsule. I ultimately bought a synology NAS instead and am thrilled with the decision. Infinitely more options and my network throughput is over twice as fast to the synology (over 100 MB/s) as it would be to a time capsule.
  3. Cassady thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2012

    Thanks... I guess if I cannot (mentally) justify purchasing a NAS system, then why should the TC be any different... Was just hoping to confirm if there might be any other benefits to using a TC over that of any other possible solution...
  4. rkuo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2010
    The only benefit to the TC is the automatic wireless backup. It is a terrible NAS.

    The new 802.11ac extreme has support for time machine on an external usb drive, which might be the way to go since it's more future proof.

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