Apple Time Capsule MB277LL/A (AirPort Extreme Plus 1 TB Storage)
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- A revolutionary backup device that works wirelessly with Time Machine in Mac OS X Leopard
- Time Capsule can back up and store files for each Leopard-based Mac on your wireless network
- 1TB hard drive designed to work with Time Machine in Mac OS X Leopard.
- More than just a wireless hard drive, Time Capsule is also a full-featured AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n technology
- Works with Mac and PC
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That said, I have a warning for power users who want more security than a disk password - IE; you use user accounts for file sharing, etc. Instead of following the 'easy' path, you will want to use 'manual setup'. If you initially use the 'easy' setup and want to go back and change from a disk password for security to account security, you will lose any data you have transferred to the disk - that is correct, you will lose any data you have transferred to your disk - for me that was a 7 hour, 350 GB transfer - lesson learned.
I backup two computers via time machine on the Time Capsule - a Mac Mini, and a MacBook Air. They both averaged 25 GB on the first time machine backup, which took about 2.5 hours each via Ethernet - which is another point - you will want to use Ethernet instead of WiFi for your first backup - as the Time Capsule will truncate the transfer rate to allow others to keep using the AirPort.
That said, I am using the 802.11n (5Ghz) setting on the time capsule - and when I am surfing or downloading files via the internet on my MacBook Air, I honestly can't tell the difference between that and a direct Ethernet connection - when connected to the internet via cable Modem. It is absolutely incredible. To give you an example of the 802.Read more ›
Make sure you remember to do your first backup using ethernet. Otherwise it is going to be slow. Apple does not want to bog down your network with backups, so when you are backing up wirelessly, it will intentionally throttle the connection sped.
This device also functions as a wireless router. I was able to remove my pervious Air Port Extreme from the network. The terabyte model is nice because you are able to share one large drive and backup several smaller computers My iMac and two laptops all backup just fine.
Perhaps the best feature is to store all your data on it and be able to run things wirelessly i.e. you can see pictures, play music, movies all from Time Capsule's hard disk. I have exported my entire music collection to Time Capsule now, and Itunes plays it without any delay over the wireless network.
Every computer (windows or MAC) can access the Time Capsule, which makes home networking and file exchange between computers very easy. Printer can be attached to it, and any computer on Time Capsule network can use the network.
All in all, a GREAT product by Apple. Its sold out at most Apple stores, which speaks for its high demand too.
Therefore, I don't take it lightly when I recommend that you DONT purchase Time Capsule. Unlike Apple's other wireless devices, Time Capsule just doesn't work the way it was intended. Yes, it will back up your computer; and yes it will provide wireless coverage in your house. However, when the device is backing up, it makes browsing the web or downloading email nearly impossible. There is "hang time" in which the browser or Mail will time out. I can't begin to tell you how frustrated you will become when in the middle of doing research or need to get to your email that you will be thwarted by that little clock in the menu bar going in reverse.
Life becomes even more complicated if you own a non-apple wireless device, such as the Logitech Squeezebox. The two just don't play well together, and what should be a great music enhancing device gets "sabotaged" by Time Capsule's inability to sync properly.
As much as I love Apple, this is one product I recommend you think twice about (I have never actually wanted to throw something against the wall before I used this device). If you are in need of wireless connectivity, buy the Airport Extreme--it works incredibly well, never cuts out, and supports third party devices.
Hope this helps.
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Power supply gets hot bought new one.Replaced mother board fixed the problem of getting hot.Published 9 days ago by Jim greenberg
Everything worked out well with out any problems.. Easy setup and the device works well.Published 16 months ago by Kevin Young
This wireless router and storage device all in one has made my life so much easier. It was an absolute breeze to set up. Will never be without one againPublished 21 months ago by C. Areal
I think I robbed the guy who sold this to me. For the price I paid it is 100% worth the product. I have this currently attached to my Verizon FiOS MI424WR wirelessly. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by cdelr334
I had my Time Capsule to provide wireless and to do backups on the one mac I own, and while it works well for me, It seems like the Time Capsule model with internal hard drive... Read morePublished on October 8, 2013 by _RST
This product is the best because it helped my in so many deferent ways, and I can't get enough of it.Published on March 17, 2013 by Saif M. Al Qemzi
The title says it all. This has been an excellent router/ NAS. I have been getting reliable backups for 4 years now.Published on November 5, 2012 by SccrMan13
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