Apple Time Capsule Winter 2009

The Good Fast wireless 5GHz throughput; storage included; easy to use; true dual-band; guest networking; printer and network storage support; works with Apple Time Machine software; good-looking design.

The Bad Expensive; limited networking and network storage features; no bundled backup software for Windows; hard drive is not user-serviceable; no media or iTunes server; picky support for USB printers; only three Ethernet ports; no Web interface; no remote access for Windows users; setup, administration, and storage sharing require OS X 10.4 or later; runs hot.

The Bottom Line Apple Time Capsule is a convenient and simple wireless router and NAS server combo for your home. Unfortunately, especially in the case of the 1TB version, you can find better deals on devices that offer greater storage space and many more features for the price.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 7.0
  • Features 5.0
  • Performance 6.0
  • Support 7.0
5.9 Overall

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Review

Apple Time Capsule Winter 2009

Editors' note (July 8, 2011): This is an older version of the Apple Time Capsule. The current (June 2011) versions of the Time Capsule can be found here: Apple Time Capsule (2TB) | Apple Time Capsule (3TB).

Editors' note: The Apple Time Capsule was upgraded by Apple in November 2009. Check out the new review here.

The Apple Time Capsule is one of very few Wireless N routers with built-in storage, making it a rare and simple all-in-one router-and-backup option for your home. Unfortunately, it's also painfully expensive. The Time Capsule costs $300 for the 500GB version and $500 for the 1TB version, and suffers from some key shortcomings, like the lack of many NAS and networking features, a non-user-serviceable hard drive, slow network-attached storage (NAS) throughput, no iTunes or media server support, and no Web interface management. For about $400, you can get the Linksys WRT610N plus a 2TB Western Digital My Book Mirror Edition external hard drive, which would give you all the basic functions of the Time Capsule as well as the aforementioned missing features.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $499
  • Brand Apple
  • Total Storage Capacity 2 TB
  • Compatibility Mac, PC
  • Type standard
  • Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft)
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model 2TB, Winter 2009

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