Refurbished Apple AirPort Time Capsule - 2TB £149 @ Apple
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Refurbished Apple AirPort Time Capsule - 2TB £149 @ Apple

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Found 4th AprEdited by:"Steeljedi"
Looks a great price, £299 new price £149 refurbished with full Apple warranty. It is an expensive piece of kit but the user feedback is best in class.

Won't bore you with the specs (you can look these up on the site). Basically it is a wireless router with built in 2TB hard drive for backups.

Cheapest on ebay is £200 used.
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21 months of £6.99 a month 2tb iCloud storage costs £146.79. That gives access to your 2tb across your devices, anywhere in the world.
Rastafari4 m ago

21 months of £6.99 a month 2tb iCloud storage costs £146.79. That gives a …21 months of £6.99 a month 2tb iCloud storage costs £146.79. That gives access to your 2tb across your devices, anywhere in the world.


Is it possible to do time machine backups to iCloud? I’ve never found a way to do it.
Rastafari5 m ago

21 months of £6.99 a month 2tb iCloud storage costs £146.79. That gives a …21 months of £6.99 a month 2tb iCloud storage costs £146.79. That gives access to your 2tb across your devices, anywhere in the world.


iCloud storage isn't the same as TimeMachine backups on a Mac. Arguably you can enable backup from Desktop and Documents to iCloud but if you want an actual on-site image of your Mac then TimeMachine is the way to go.

FYI as macOS Sierra/High Sierra now supports TimeMachine over SMB rather than AFP lots of NAS boxes support TimeMachine to them instead, so it may be worth buying more storage for a NAS if you already have one and back up there instead. Or plug a HDD into a router if you want a low cost option.

Voted hot on this though because although it was released years ago its still the current standard and my TM to NAS tends to not play nice all the time.
Thanks, I didn’t know about the SMB support.
This is a fantastic piece of kit, which I’ve had for about four years now - unfortunately it sounds like the HDD is beginning to fail. Other than that, it’s a brilliant router, and allows me to plug an HDD to use as a NAS to watch downloaded content with my Apple TV
If my setup is VM hub in modem mode and an ethernet connected (to the VM hub) Asus router for wireless connection around my home can I just use this upstairs on the same network. I just want it for time machine backup but will this give me anything more as I get fantastic wireless speeds via the Asus around the home.
Edited by: "OllieSt" 4th Apr
OllieSt8 m ago

If my setup is VM hub in modem mode and an ethernet connected (to the VM …If my setup is VM hub in modem mode and an ethernet connected (to the VM hub) Asus router for wireless connection around my home can I just use this upstairs on the same network. I just want it for time machine backup but will this give me anything more as I get fantastic wireless speeds via the Asus around the home.


Short answer: It depends.

If you have a static Mac like an iMac or a MacBook which sits in one location you'd be better off getting an external drive as the TimeCapsule only really offers you a better standard of router, but you have an ASUS one already. You could use the TC as a bridge or extender but i'd see no real point. You might want to see if you can plug a HDD into your router if you have a USB port on it.

All you'd need then is to create the file system for a TM backup which is called a sparsebundle, which you can google for more info.
Very tempted. Unsure about how long Apple will continue to support this. Don't want to get one then in a few years it won't sync through Time Machine as it's no longer supported.

Just haven't seen any updates to it and Apple have been building massive Cloud storage sites lately so...

Other thing I'm wondering is whether I can use it instead of my Sky router. It's the 802.11n type. Would this be noticeably faster?
Edited by: "Vanderlust" 4th Apr
Rastafari34 m ago

21 months of £6.99 a month 2tb iCloud storage costs £146.79. That gives a …21 months of £6.99 a month 2tb iCloud storage costs £146.79. That gives access to your 2tb across your devices, anywhere in the world.


Indeed, but this is also an exceptionally good wireless router (the main reason I bought it)
Vanderlust17 m ago

Very tempted. Unsure about how long Apple will continue to support this. …Very tempted. Unsure about how long Apple will continue to support this. Don't want to get one then in a few years it won't sync through Time Machine as it's no longer supported. Just haven't seen any updates to it and Apple have been building massive Cloud storage sites lately so... Other thing I'm wondering is whether I can use it instead of my Sky router. It's the 802.11n type. Would this be noticeably faster?


I agree with some of the reviews around which have the opinion of: Apple don't need to update it because its dual-band wireless AC and any update would be incremental. Once Wireless AX comes then I bet it'll update, but Apple are usually good with backward compatibility.

Theoretical wireless speeds would show AC is much faster than N however bare in mind that your ISP may not allow you to use your router over ADSL without a password they have to give, or over VDSL2/+ (fibre) you'd need to use your fibre modem or your Sky router as a modem.
I was looking to put my Virgin 'Super' Hub 3 into modem mode and use something like Google Wifi to get better wireless range. What are the pros and cons of the Time Machine vs. a mesh solution?
Buxty1 h, 2 m ago

Short answer: It depends. If you have a static Mac like an iMac or a …Short answer: It depends. If you have a static Mac like an iMac or a MacBook which sits in one location you'd be better off getting an external drive as the TimeCapsule only really offers you a better standard of router, but you have an ASUS one already. You could use the TC as a bridge or extender but i'd see no real point. You might want to see if you can plug a HDD into your router if you have a USB port on it. All you'd need then is to create the file system for a TM backup which is called a sparsebundle, which you can google for more info.


Thank you for that. I actually have an iMac mini and a MacBook Pro I do have the facility to plug USB drive into router, but like you I didn't have a trouble free time using Time machine backup on what was a cheap NAS drive. I suppose I must try drive in router before buying this.
Edited by: "OllieSt" 4th Apr
searsp1 h, 3 m ago

I was looking to put my Virgin 'Super' Hub 3 into modem mode and use …I was looking to put my Virgin 'Super' Hub 3 into modem mode and use something like Google Wifi to get better wireless range. What are the pros and cons of the Time Machine vs. a mesh solution?


Mesh is good because you can easily add additional wireless stations and its all on the same SSID rather than extenders which broadcast their own, but the problem is that they are quite pricey and tend to lack some functionality routers can include. I'd say get mesh only if you live in a biiiiig house and handing off between wireless stations is important.

The Time Capsule at this price is basically similar to any other router but its got an Apple badge on it, a hard drive inside and it lets you configure it completely from a Mac rather than having to use a dodgy web portal.
Can I go back to the time when iPhones had headphone jacks?
Thanks OP! Just purchased one, wanted one over the years but the price was too high IMO and used HD's are a big risk.
But at this price & with warranty
Apple is rumoured to have abandoned Airport products, well development of I guess, so AX may be a no go. I ditched my 3tb for an ASUS and a usb drive, good price though
Edited by: "marcgreen11" 4th Apr
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Just be careful... The link provided does NOT return any results for the Apple Airport Time Capsule... The only items remaining are the Refurbished AirPort Extreme (no HDD storage) which looks the same and priced at £145 and the Express.


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Edited by: "mistachesta" 4th Apr
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Best wireless router i've used, well worth the price
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Works extremely well, TimeMachine on the Mac is rock solid. Heat!
mistachesta1 h, 54 m ago

Just be careful... The link provided does NOT return any results for the …Just be careful... The link provided does NOT return any results for the Apple Airport Time Capsule... The only items remaining are the Refurbished AirPort Extreme (no HDD storage) which looks the same and priced at £145 and the Express.[Image]


Yea, the timecasle ones are all sold out now.
searsp5 h, 55 m ago

I was looking to put my Virgin 'Super' Hub 3 into modem mode and use …I was looking to put my Virgin 'Super' Hub 3 into modem mode and use something like Google Wifi to get better wireless range. What are the pros and cons of the Time Machine vs. a mesh solution?


my view is that the Apple kit is ideal if you have a home that can be covered by it or with another airport express connected. That meant you could have the same SSID/wireless and wonder around the house using the same setup. Worked for me for years. Now though i found that with speeds of > 200Mb on Virgin I wasn't getting very high speeds. Having moved from this to a Google mesh i find i can get 120-150 pretty much everywhere. The main problem for me was coverage though - eg in the garden / garage (where I have a chromecast) just wasn't reliable. That's more about the Airport Extreme than the Time Machine to be fair though..
Great news for anyone who got one, these are brand new 'white box', not refurbished!! Apple keep supply of all devices they sell in 'white boxes' incase of warranty replacments, I myself had Aiprods and an iPad Pro Keyboard replaced under warranty and noticed, so the Apple employee explained how the system worked.
As the possible warranty period mostly over, Apple must be shifting their surplus!
Thanks again OP
Oblix823 h, 24 m ago

Great news for anyone who got one, these are brand new 'white box', not …Great news for anyone who got one, these are brand new 'white box', not refurbished!! Apple keep supply of all devices they sell in 'white boxes' incase of warranty replacments, I myself had Aiprods and an iPad Pro Keyboard replaced under warranty and noticed, so the Apple employee explained how the system worked. As the possible warranty period mostly over, Apple must be shifting their surplus! Thanks again OP


Fingers crossed they list a few more then.
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