Reviews and Problems with Apple AirPort Time Capsule 4th Gen 2011 (A1409) / MD033 / MD032
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Apple's 802.11ac-enabled Time Capsule is fast and beautiful but lacks originality
6 October 2013
Summary: As long as you don't need expert-level features, the 2013 AirPort Time Capsule is an excellent backup/file server for Apple fans -- especially for those with 802.11ac-enabled Macs.
Cons: A Wi-Fi speed boost and a new design are the only real improvements versus the previous model. Not the best option if you're looking for advanced features, household media streaming, and non-Mac options.
Conclusion: The Time Capsule is the best thing we’ve seen the world of backup for ages, making networking shared devices hassle free. It's pretty pricey though, and only works with Apple products.
Pros: This little beauty from Apple is the perfect way to protect your Mac against fire, flood and acts of God. Why? Well it’s an all-in-one router with a wireless hard drive. In the flesh we found that it shovelled data from your Mac speedier than Lewis Hamilton can drive in the wet – that’s thanks to the use of N-standard Wi-Fi. Also, as with most Apple products, it looks stunning. We were even able to hook it up to a printer thanks to a USB slot on the rear. Bonus!
Cons: Unfortunately, the Time Capsule only works with Mac computers, so if you're a dedicated Windows devotee there's not really much here for you to get excited about. Also, for best performance it can't be too far from your machine despite its N-standard talents.
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.
Summary: If you're uncertain about whether to get an
, or a Time Capsule, look at it this way. An AirPort Extreme base station costs Â£119. The entry-level Time Capsule gives you all of the features of the base station and 500GB of built-in storage space for an additional Â£70. The 1TB Time Capsule adds Â£470 to the cost of a base station (for a total cost of Â£599).
Summary: Other NAS drives, such as the Buffalo TeraStation, let you easily stream and remotely access files. However, the Time Capsule works better than software backup solutions because it integrates so smoothly with Apple’s Time Machine. It’s so easy to use, that Mac users now have no excuse not to back up their content.
Pros: Very fast network drive, Excellent integration with Time Machine, Good router throughput and range,
Excerpt: (2 items) Time Capsule should be the 2008 equivalent of what a fax machine was a generation or so ago. The fax machine slapped a scanner, printer, and modem into one box, and swept the world in the ’70s and ’80s through a combination of simplicity and utility. Time Capsule, unveiled at this year’s Macworld Expo , pairs an internal hard drive for networked Leopard backups via Time Machine with all the sophistication and ports of a 802.11n AirPort Extreme Base Station for...
Pros: Includes all AirPort Extreme features, Allows both internal and USB-connected drive Time Machine backups for Leopard users, Archive option for simplified off-site backups, Houses drive, power supply in one tidy case, Includes all AirPort Extreme features, Allows both internal and USB-connected drive Time Machine backups for Leopard users, Archive option for simplified off-site backups, Houses drive, power supply in one tidy case
Cons: Time Machine’s hourly backups are too often for networked system, Can’t swap internal drive, Storage capacity will be strained in multi-user environments, Time Machine’s hourly backups are too often for networked system, Can’t swap internal drive