Summary: I have had this device for two years and still havnt been able to figure it out. I took it to the apple store three times and theres some issues with my laptop preventing me from transferring my images over..... boo.
Summary: I bought this a few years ago and I was very happy with this. But one day I came home and had not wifi not to mention it was not backing up. I called Apple at the time and we tried resetting it and a couple times it worked but then stopped. It was by then out of warranty. Turns out I had bought a refurbished one at BEST BUY incase I upgraded my harddrive to a bigger one. I am using still the refurbished one.
Summary: This is an easy to setup product, but the compact design seemed to lead to overheating and premature hardware failure. Some pros and cons (below). You can configure this unit into Bridge Mode so that your WiFi devices will be on the same LAN segment as your Ethernet wired devices. You can add Airport Express units and have them share the same SSID so that as you move around your location you switch seamlessly from one Wi Fi device to another Ours worked well for 14...
Summary: This product will die unexpectantly on you. I was shocked when mine randomly quit working and I was furious when I found a forum (on apple's website under discussions.apple titled "Time Capsule Dead??") showing 74 PAGES with approximately 15 posts per page of people with the exact same problem. Phone support from Apple provided no help. How could Apple have such a defective product and do nothing about it???
didn't meet life expectations: power supply failure
Julie G, Amazon
14 January 2012
Summary: Our first Apple Time Capsule was a 500 MB. It was simple to setup and worked well, not many wireless issues. I only lost 1 file in 3 years, but time machine worked to retrieve it. My biggest gripe was the life, the power supply failed after 36 months, which was longer than others reported, but still too short for $499 and a "premium product" at a "premium price". I took it to a Genius Bar to verify failure.
Summary: The previous Time Machines have an acknowledged problem with overheating and frying the power supply (which is internal). Apple will apparently replace those. Unfortunately, they have not acknowledged that this problem exists with the 2009 models. Mine died after a few years of being the best router I've ever had because of this problem.
Summary: It was a reasonable product while it was working. Although there are few benefits to this over an airport base station with an external drive attached, which is cheaper and is upgradable. Mine did what it was supposed to do. It took me a while to configure it correctly with my Mac and PC but generally I had few issues. It would sometimes need to be reset and a lot of the firmware updates from Apple caused it to fail for short periods.