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Apple Time Capsule 2TB MD032LL/A

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  • Time Capsule works simultaneously on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, allows the network to use the band automatically.
  • Connect your DSL or cable modem to Time Capsule, then quickly set it up with the AirPort Utility, which is available as download
  • Time Capsule works with Time Machine in Mac OS X Leopard or Snow Leopard to create the perfect no-hassle backup solution
  • Package Content - Time Capsule, Printed documentation, Power cord
  • The massive 2TB server-grade hard drive gives you all the capacity and safety you need for backing up all your Mac computers
  • Time Capsule works with Time Machine in Mac OS X Leopard or Snow Leopard to create the perfect no-hassle backup solution.
  • The massive 2TB server-grade hard drive gives you all the capacity and safety you need for backing up all your Mac computers.
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Product Description

Product Description

Apple Time Capsule works seamlessly with Time Machine in Mac OS X to deliver automatic backup for your Mac. It features a built[in hard drive that makes it easy to back up the data on multiple computers wirelessly. This automatic backup for your Mac and other computers features a simultaneous dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi base station to deliver great range and performance. Just a few clicks, and you'll never have to think about backup again with Apple Time Capsule.


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 2 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 2 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


  • 2 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Time-based access control

What's in the Box

Time Capsule, power supply with cord, printed documentation

Product Information

Product Dimensions 11.3 x 11.3 x 5.8 inches
Item Weight 5 pounds
Shipping Weight 5.2 pounds
Manufacturer Apple Computer
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Item model number MD032LL/A
Customer Reviews
4.3 out of 5 stars 269 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #459 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
Date first available at Amazon.com June 21, 2011

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By 🎭 FreeSpirit TOP 50 REVIEWER on October 26, 2012
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I was very nervous about setting this up, didn't want to have to spend hours on the phone with Apple Care, tech setups like this scare the big jeez outta me. But I had switch to this device because the NetGear router we had was not enough to carry the signal through the house. So I bought the Time Capsule to work as the router as well as a backup disc, along with two Airport Express stations to serve as network extenders to enhance the wi-fi signal in the house.

From the time I opened the box to the time I had all three devices fully operational was probably 20 minutes! The set up couldn't have been simpler! If you are in the same shoes I was when considering this device, here's a quick summary of steps:

1. Connect Time Capsule to ethernet cable coming from your cable or DSL box
2. Connect printer or other USB device using USB jack
3. Connect any other ethernet device that requires a hardwire (I had to connect my Vonage router and AT&T MicroCell)
4. Now connect power to the Time Capsule
5. TC light will turn from solid yellow, to flashing yellow, to solid green
6. Open Airport Utility on the Mac (Applications -> Utilities -> Airport Utility). If you don't have this, it can be downloaded from the App store or Apple website. Note the Mac does not need to be hardwired into the Time Capsule.
7. Airport Utility does the rest, it prompts you to give a name to the network and the password.

That's it!! There was nothing simpler that I could have imagined! No website to go to to set up the network, no hoops, nothing. That was it. Now if you have a PC or an older Mac (I have the 2012 MBPro 13), it might take a few extra steps to set up.
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I'm a professional photographer with three Macs in my studio and a pc. Before I purchased the Time Capsule I was using an Airport Extreme dual-band. Since my place is two stories, I was also using an Airport Express to expand my network downstairs, basically because my old Airport Extreme did NOT send signal through both floors. The 4th Gen Time Capsule absolutely covers both floors and I no longer need the Airport Express. That's pretty impressive in itself. I currently have the 4th Gen Time Capsule connected to two quad-core iMacs with Cat6 gigabit cables, and the connection is fast! Super fast. Basically as fast as USB 2, not quite as fast as Firewire 800. The 2TB hard drive inside the Time Capsule allows me to share huge galleries between all the computers in my studio. It's certainly a lot more convenient than moving external hard drives around between computers. With my old Airport Extreme I tried hooking up a 2TB hard drive to the USB port on the back, but the transfer rate was abysmal. The transfer rate from the 4th Gen Time Capsule is soooo much faster and has really solved all our problems.

I want to take a minute to talk about value. First, think about how much a good dual-band wireless router costs. You can get an average router for $50, a decent one for $100, and a super fast router for $150. The range and speed of the 4th Gen Time Capsule are both comparable to the fastest routers sold by Netgear or Linksys, which by themselves would cost you $150. Now think about how much a 2TB external hard drive costs. You can get one on sale for like $70-90 sometimes, but you often see them for $150. So to reproduce what you get with the 4th Gen Time Capsule, you would have to spend anywhere from $200-$300. Now, how much is the Time Capsule - $300.
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The Time Capsule portion of this device is fantastic. Every once in a while, I'll notice my computer's Time Machine icon spinning as it backs up changes to the drive, and it's as simple as that. I never have to think about it. If a computer gets broken, stolen, or upgraded, it is magnificently simple to restore it from the last backup. I've made use of the restore function a number of times now, for files that I've accidentally deleted, and for upgraded machines. It just works.

The router, however, lacks a number of features that you'd expect to have from a wireless router. The interface is iOS-like, going the simplistic route. Most routers have a web server hosting several pages where you can make all sorts of adjustments. The Time Capsule has only a few user-configurable areas. You can set your network names, passwords, static IP addresses and a few other options. There is no option for Dynamic DNS or QoS, which is a key aspect of a house where people download things and use self-hosted web services. A modern home has people downloading movies, making VoIP calls, playing online games, and doing a host of other things. It's important to prioritize the traffic, which is so far impossible using the Apple routers. This is a glaring omission, and is enough for me to not recommend this router to most people who would benefit from prioritized network access. Whenever I set up someone's home network (yeah, I'm that guy) I set up their QoS so that downloading a big web file won't kill Netflix, and so on. I know it sounds like I'm harping on the same point here but... it's definitely worth mentioning. Also, I really don't like the new interface for the router. So there's that too.
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