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Apple's Midas touch has extended into the rather dry subject of home storage and backup solutions. Having tried other products in the past I can clearly see the appeal of the Time Capsule.
Visually it is sleek and stunning with its gloss white exterior. It is incredibly easy to set up both on a Mac and PC although Mac users will find it easier because of Apples Time Machine software. If you did want to expand the already mammoth storage space you can plug in an external hard drive using the USB port. Another great feature is that he Time Machine can serve as its own wireless network but I have found the best solution is to augment it to a wireless route.
I'm not sure if you can call it a disadvantage but if you are looking for a storage drive for your media files etc to be accessed by multiple devices then this may not be the right solution for you. Because of some clever engineering the hard drive 'spins down' and shuts off when it's not in use so you don't get the quick and responsive file access that you might want if you were planning on playing movies and music.
That said, this perfectly fine for storing files as well as automated backups so on all counts well worth the extra money.
I bought this for its huge capacity and to upgrade to wireless "n" speeds.
Out of the box the device is easy to set up, and in seconds I have a new network. My MacBook found the storage easily and time machine was simply configured and running its initial backup. WARNING: do this first backup with your computer wired to the network... Especially if running laptops as it takes forever. My desktop machine stays on 24/7 and so wireless speed wasn't an issue there.
Before long my trusty MacBook was all backed up and back wireless. Later backups are sequential so, running every hour, they take a matter of seconds.
Next job, internet. I decided to connect to my old router by cable... As wireless I'd be back to G network speeds for internet access. This all went smoothly, and my new network now supplied internet.
Whilst the time capsule does everything it says on the box extremely well, I can't help but ask why Apple didn't include ADSL or Cable support for what it would cost development wise, I think Apple have made a mistake here. So my new beautiful Apple box has an ugly old router sat on top of it :(
Backing up is something we all know we should do, but often don't. And while disaster is a great motivator, now it doesn't have to be. Because with Time Capsule, the nagging need to back up has been replaced by automatic, constant protection. And even better, it all happens wirelessly, saving everything important, including your sanity.
Time Capsule includes a wireless hard drive designed to work with Time Machine in Mac OS X Leopard. Just set Time Capsule as the designated backup drive for Time Machine, and that's it. 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. So you never have to worry about backing up again.
Have multiple Macs in your house? Time Capsule can back up and store files for each Leopard-based Mac on your wireless network. No longer do you have to attach an external drive to each Mac every time you want to back up. Time Capsule spares you the work.
Time Capsule is your one place for backing up everything. Its massive 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, room is the last thing you'll run out of. And considering all that storage and protection come packaged in a high-speed Wi-Fi base station starting at 2 895 kronor, data isn't the only thing you're saving.
More than just a wireless hard drive, Time Capsule is also a full-featured AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n technology. Experience a high-speed wireless network and a breakthrough way to back up all the Mac computers on your network.
Time Capsule uses the 802.11n draft 2.0 specification, so you can rest assured that it works with certified 802.11n draft 2.0 products. And it's compatible with Macs and PCs that use 802.11a, b or g technologies, as well as wireless devices such as the iPod touch and Apple TV.
The included USB port is great for sharing a printer throughout your wireless network. Time Capsule and the Bonjour networking technology let everyone in the house or office - Mac and PC users alike - take advantage of one centrally located printer. And if you want to share both a printer and an additional hard drive, you can. Just connect a USB hub to Time Capsule. Whatever the combination, Time Capsule divides and conquers.
Time Capsule with Time Machine in Leopard is the ideal backup solution. But that doesn't mean Tiger, Windows XP and Windows Vista users can't enjoy the benefits of Time Capsule, too. Because it 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.