Reviews and Problems with Apple AirPort Time Capsule 4th Gen 2011 (A1409) / MD033 / MD032
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Apple Time Capsule (Summer 2011)
20 December 2009
Summary: The new 2TB Time Capsule brings improved price competitiveness and faster networking performance to Apple's Wi-Fi router/NAS drive combo device, which will satisfy consumers in need of a multipurpose networking device.
Pros: Apple's new 2TB Time Capsule offers more storage for the dollar than previous models and significantly improved wireless networking performance.
Cons: Experts will wish the Time Capsule offered more networking configurability, and users that copy large files frequently between systems will want a traditional NAS drive and its faster data read speeds.
Summary: The Apple Time Capsule is a convenient and simple wireless router and NAS server combo for your home. Unfortunately, especially in the case of the 1TB version, you can find better deals on devices that offer greater storage space and many more features for the price.
Pros: Fast wireless 5GHz throughput; fantastic NAS performance; storage included; easy to use; true dual-band; guest networking; printer and network storage support; works with Apple Time Machine software; good-looking design.
Cons: Expensive; limited networking and network storage features; no bundled backup software for Windows; hard drive is not user-serviceable; no media or iTunes server; picky support for USB printers; only three Ethernet ports; no Web interface; no remote access for Windows users; setup, administration, and storage sharing require OS X 10.4 or later; runs hot.
Summary: Apple's hybrid 802.11n wireless router/networked hard drive offers some powerful data backup features for Mac owners, as well as Apple's typical pleasing design. Windows users and anyone who demands speed from their 802.11n network will be disappointed.
Pros: Clean design; good deal for Draft-N router and 500GB or 1TB of storage; low maintenance data backup for Mac users; extensibility via USB port.
Cons: Only average networking performance; few advanced storage features beyond backup capabilities, and those only for Mac users.
Excerpt: Right out of college we opened a communication firm. As it turns out we are doing more public relations than we originally anticipated. Our office is equipped with Mac Leopard OS and a variety of software options including Leopard Time Machine.
Excerpt: Apple updated the Time Capsule recently, increasing its storage capacity up to 3TB, while also cutting the price. It also enhanced the Time Capsule’s wireless capabilities, giving it dual-band Wireless N networking as well.
Pros: Fast, versatile and easy to use; dual-band Wireless N networking; useful connection ports
Cons: Expensive; limited control over the backup process