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Apple Time Capsule 3TB MD033LL/A

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  • Package Content - Time Capsule, Printed documentation, Power cordFeatures
  • Automatic backup with Time Machine - Time Capsule works automatically with Time Machine in Mac OS X Leopard or Snow Leopard to create the perfect no-hassle backup solution. There are no cables, and you can back up all the computers in your home to a central location. New technologies in Time Capsule and refinements to Time Machine make backing up to Time Capsule using Snow Leopard up to 75 per cent faster than before.
  • Server-grade storage - The massive 3TB server-grade hard drive gives you all the capacity and safety you need for backing up all your Mac computers.
  • Easy wireless networking - Connect your DSL or cable modem to Time Capsule, then quickly set it up with the easy-to-use AirPort Utility, which is available as download for both Mac OS X and Windows. In minutes, you and up to 50 others can use your Mac computers or PCs to surf the web, stream video, share photos and more - without wires.
  • Simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi - For maximum range and compatibility, Time Capsule works simultaneously on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, allowing all the devices on the network to use the most efficient band automatically. It uses the latest 802.11n wireless technology.
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Apple
  • Model: MD033LL/A
  • Hardware Platform: Mac, Pc
  • Hard Disk Description: portable
  • Weight: 0.00 grams

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.4 x 7.7 inches ; 5.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0057AVXTA
  • Item model number: MD033LL/A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 22, 2011

Product Description

Product Description

With the Apple Time Capsule, you'll be able to give your computer automatic, constant protection over a blazing-fast, secure wireless connection. Time Capsule includes a wireless hard drive designed to work with Time Machine in Mac OS X Leopard or later. Just set Time Capsule as the designated backup drive for Time Machine, and that's it.

This 4th generation version of Time Capsule features a 3 TB hard drive. It also operates in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands simultaneously to ensure top performance for all your devices, and it provides a Guest Networking option for easy Internet sharing. You'll be able to share your entire wireless network with up to 50 users at the same time as well as turn a USB hard drive into a shared drive that's accessible wirelessly on your network and now over the Internet.

Time Capsule is your one place for backing up everything. Its massive 3 TB server-grade hard drive gives you all the capacity and safety you need. So whether you have 250 songs or 250,000 songs to back up, you won't run out of room.

Depending on how much data you have, your initial backup with Time Capsule could take overnight or longer. After it completes, only changed files are backed up--automatically, wirelessly, and in the background--you'll never have to worry about backing up again. And new technologies in Time Capsule and refinements to Time Machine make backing up to Time Capsule even faster than before.

If you have multiple Mac computers

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With the Apple Time Capsule, you'll be able to give your computer automatic, constant protection over a blazing-fast, secure wireless connection. Time Capsule includes a wireless hard drive designed to work with Time Machine in Mac OS X Leopard or later. Just set Time Capsule as the designated backup drive for Time Machine, and that's it.

Time Capsule
One-click continuous backup for your Mac using Time Machine.

 

 

Multiple Macs
Works with multiple Macs.

This 4th generation version of Time Capsule features a 3 TB hard drive. It also operates in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands simultaneously to ensure top performance for all your devices, and it provides a Guest Networking option for easy Internet sharing. You'll be able to share your entire wireless network with up to 50 users at the same time as well as turn a USB hard drive into a shared drive that's accessible wirelessly on your network and now over the Internet.

One-Click Continuous Backup

Time Capsule is your one place for backing up everything. Its massive 3 TB server-grade hard drive gives you all the capacity and safety you need. So whether you have 250 songs or 250,000 songs to back up, you won't run out of room.

Depending on how much data you have, your initial backup with Time Capsule could take overnight or longer. After it completes, only changed files are backed up--automatically, wirelessly, and in the background--you'll never have to worry about backing up again. And new technologies in Time Capsule and refinements to Time Machine make backing up to Time Capsule even faster than before.

If you have multiple Mac computers in your house, Time Capsule can back up and store files for each Mac running Mac OS X Leopard or later on your wireless network--no need to attach an external drive to each Mac every time you want to back up.

Mac + PC

Works with Mac and PC

Time Capsule with Time Machine in Mac OS X Leopard or later is the ideal backup solution. But that doesn't mean Mac OS X Tiger, Windows XP, and Windows Vista users can't enjoy the benefits of Time Capsule, too. Because Time Capsule mounts as a wireless hard drive, Tiger and Windows users simply access Time Capsule directly from the wireless network for exchanging and storing files quickly and easily.

Simultaneous Wireless-N Dual-Band Support

The Apple Time Capsule is based on the Wireless-N (IEEE 802.11n) specification and it uses multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) to transmit multiple data streams simultaneously--resulting in data transfer speeds up to five times those of 802.11g wireless networks while also providing up to twice the range. It's compatible with Mac computers, PCs, and wireless devices such as iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch that use 802.11a, 802.11b, or 802.11g technologies.

Additionally, some Wi-Fi devices use the 2.4 GHz wireless band (such as the iPhone, iPod touch, and other devices using 802.11b/g). And other devices can use both the 2.4 GHz spectrum as well as the higher speed 5 GHz spectrum--such as 802.11n-based Mac computers and Apple TV.

Time Capsule operates simultaneously on both bands, without you having to choose one spectrum over the other--enabling your Wi-Fi devices to receive optimal performance in speed and range. Plus, devices that can connect to Time Capsule on either band will automatically use the best available band.

Wireless printing
Share a printer with your networked Macs and PCs.

Gigabit Ethernet

In addition to Wi-Fi networking, Time Capsule includes three Gigabit Ethernet ports for fast wired connectivity with desktop computers, network drives, and more.

Guest Networking Capabilities

Allow guests to use your Internet connection without sharing your password or giving them access to the rest of your network. Simply enable the guest networking feature using the AirPort Utility application and create a separate Wi-Fi network just for your friends. You can set up this guest network with a different password or with none at all. Your primary network--including your printer, attached drives, or other devices--remains secure.

Wireless Printing

With its wireless printing capabilities, you can plug a printer into Time Capsule, add it to the printer list on your Mac or PC, and start printing--all without a cable tethered to a computer. Time Capsule uses the Mac- and PC-compatible Bonjour networking technology to let everyone on the network take advantage of one centrally available printer.

Airport Extreme

Specifications

Storage
  • 3 TB Serial ATA server-grade hard disk drive
Wireless Protocols
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Frequency Bands
  • 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz simultaneously
Compatibility
  • Interoperable with Wi-Fi Certified 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n enabled Mac computers, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Windows-based PCs
  • NAT, DHCP, PPPoE, VPN Passthrough (IPSec, PPTP, and L2TP), DNS Proxy, SNMP, IPv6 (6to4 and manual tunnels)
Size and Weight
  • 7.7 x 7.7 x 1.4 inches (LxWxH)
  • 3.5 pounds
Interfaces
  • One Gigabit Ethernet WAN port for connecting a DSL or cable modem
  • Three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports for connecting computers or network devices
  • USB 2.0 port for connecting a USB printer or USB external hard drive
  • 802.11n wireless
Security
  • Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2)
  • Wireless security (WEP) configurable for 40-bit and 128-bit encryption
  • MAC address filtering
  • NAT firewall
  • Support for RADIUS authentication
  • 802.1X, PEAP, LEAP, TTLS, TLS, FAST
  • Time-based access control

What's in the Box

Time Capsule, power supply with cord, printed documentation


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

And because it is native to apple it works flawlessly with Time Capsule.
David
You can set up your own network as well, forgoing the need to buy a separate Airport Base Station or other router.
Shelley Gammon
Like most of the Apple products, simplicity applies to its installation/configuration process and its use.
Paul Huang

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By lnferno on February 4, 2012
One of the best purchases I've made in a while is my new Apple Time Capsule. After using this thing for a couple of hours, I regret not getting it sooner. I've had Century Link's 40 Mbps Internet for a few months now. The devices that I had plugged into my Actiontec Q1000 router were able to take advantage of those speeds. I had DirecTV, AppleTV, and I ran a 50ft Cat6 ethernet cable to a convenient location if I ever wanted/needed to be hard-lined in, but my wireless devices (iPad, laptops) were only able to get between 12-18 Mbps speeds. Respectable, but not really taking advantage of the high-speeds that have been paying for. My wireless home security cameras have always had about a 3 second delay when viewing them on my iPad. Now, with the Time Capsule, having the ability to use the 5GHz band, those devices are now realizing the same speeds as if they were hard-lined in with ethernet!

I originally bought this device for network storage for my MacBook Air backups and as a general use wireless file system. Time Machine on my Mac coupled with Time Capsule really provides for such a seamless and transparent backup solution -- A lot more elegant than what I did with creating my own crude batch files with 7zip and Windows Scheduler on my old Windows laptop.

I also really like the ability to create a guest network on the fly so that guests can take advantage of my home network speeds, but I don't have to compromise my home's network security.

If anyone is considering getting an Apple Time Capsule -- DO IT -- you will be very glad you did!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MK Reagan on January 4, 2012
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I considered Time Capsule a couple years ago when I needed a new router to replace an Airport Extreme zapped by lightning. I just didn't want to spend the extra money, and so I got a new AEBS. When looking for a new backup strategy last month, I read the reviews here and decided to get the Time Capsule for the wireless capability. I had tried to use Time Machine with a 2T My Book drive networked via the AEBS. It didn't work. Now I'm backing up my husband's MacBook Pro, my iMac and my external video drive all via WIFI in the background. If you love the ease of use of Time Machine, it's even better using Time Capsule. Setup took 5 minutes and my settings were automatically transferred to the TC. Now my AEBS is working as an extender on the network in a hard to reach part of the house and I will have a backup router if lightning strikes again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Huang on December 1, 2012
I bought this from Apple store during black Friday to replace CISCO WRT310N. Like most of the Apple products, simplicity applies to its installation/configuration process and its use. Time machine setup is no brainer, and it is nice to have an additional guest network for internet only access. So far the WI-FI has been very fast and stable. Great product.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shelley Gammon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 25, 2013
As parts were constrained, I ended up waiting literally 2.5 months for my custom iMac to ship from Apple. Meanwhile, my 6-year-old Mac was struggling all the time. I didn't realize I had a failing hard drive. Literally 2 days before the new Mac arrived, the hard drive bit the dust and was replaced by Apple... so I couldn't transfer my data from the old machine and I had no back-ups. I now have back-ups... 3TB worth for my 3TB fusion drive on my iMac. If you've never seen how TimeMachine works (the software that works with your Time Capsule) - then go to an Apple Store and ask for a demo. You will cry, pee in your pants and leave with one in a shopping bag or order one online here immediately. It is the most human-friendly back up and restore system EVER. You can set up your own network as well, forgoing the need to buy a separate Airport Base Station or other router. This system truly makes me feel more at ease.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hiram on June 12, 2013
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Really aesy to use and connect ! Apple is THE solution to network solutions. After 25 years with Microsoft practice, it is incredible how much it is so easy to do computer !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Apple Fan on May 1, 2013
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Apples Time Capsule was so easy to install, just plug it into your router and let it do its thing. It took overnight and most of the next day to back up both my wife's and my iMacs, but once that's done the backups happen every hour for just a few minutes. And all done wireless! Fantastic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark LeMerise on April 18, 2013
I received this item as payment for work that I did and it has helped relieved a lot of anxiety in the wake of my last hard drive crash. Everyone thinks their mechanical hard drive will last forever: here's a wake up call, they're fragile machines. Having an always-on, constant backup negates any worry of data loss when the fateful day does actually arrive. On top of the automatic backups by Time Machine, you can upload arbitrary files to the Time Capsule as it's simply a network drive. This makes it accessible by Windows PC backup solutions as well.

Having never used an Apple network solution, I was worried about setting it up. There is a really nice app for Mac that makes creating guest networks a snap. I also wanted to be able to take advantage of both 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz receivers, also a snap to set up in the app. Quickly create an SSID and password for each network, and you're set. When the connection does occasionally drop, I get an instant notification on my laptop. I can also see all the devices connected to my network, invaluable if security (ever) gets compromised. Too many routers come with shoddy, poor configuration software that practically requires a network admin to use. Most people don't need to configure ports, or blacklist MACs, or assign IPs in certain ranges. No, most of the time, we just needs the basics.

Really, the integration of the hardware and software is really where the Time Capsule shines.
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