AirPort Time Capsule 2TB (802.11ac)

by Apple

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AirPort Express (802.11n)

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AirPort Extreme

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Time Capsule (Mid 2013)

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Price Best Price: $278.00
Pros
  • Very fast TCP throughput, thanks to its 802.11ac support
  • Three send and three receive antennas for each band (2.4- and 5GHz)
  • Integrated 2TB hard drive
  • Configuration profiles
  • Full-featured 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point in a portable package
  • Can share a USB printer over a network
  • Can operate as a dedicated wireless-to-wired bridge
  • AirTunes functionality
  • Supremely easy to set up
  • Fast performance on its 5GHz network
  • Supports USB hard drives for Time Machine backups and other uses
Cons
  • An apparent bug in OS X is throttling real-world file-transfer speed
  • Slightly noisy cooling fan
  • Wireless-to-wireless performance below that of AirPort Extreme
  • Ethernet jack only 100base-T
  • USB port doesn’t support AirDisk
  • AirTunes must be controlled from your Mac
  • Very slow performance on its 2.4GHz network
  • Only one USB port to support either a printer or a hard drive
  • No FTP file server or DLNA media server
At A Glance

Apple's AirPort Time Capsule is a strong 802.11ac router that provides 2TB of shared storage for media and client backups.

The AirPort Extreme is a natural fit for Mac users, but some competing routers deliver higher performance and more features.