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Apple AirPort Time Capsule 3TB with 802.11ac Wi-Fi (ME182LL/A)


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Apple AirPort Time Capsule 3TB with 802.11ac Wi-Fi

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Back up a lifetime’s worth of memories with AirPort Time Capsule, a wireless hard drive that works seamlessly with Time Machine in OS X.
  • MacMall Part #: 9690675 
  • Manufacturer Part #: ME182LL/A 
  • UPC: 885909707850 
  • Platform: Macintosh 

Apple NAS AirPort Time Capsule 3TB

Apple's Airport Time Capsule gives you the best possible storage of your most important files using the network-attached storage technology. Featuring a Wi-Fi base station with an advanced 802.11ac technology and dual-band support, the 3TB time capsule allows you to store huge amount of data and share them over a network.

Syncing it with Time Machine in Mac OS X, the AirPort NAS wirelessly backs up your files and Mac devices. The Airport Time Capsule serves as a network attached server, a technological innovation that lets you upload files in a personal cloud drive. It gives you an advantage of free cloud service and authorization on who can access it.

Powered by the latest 802.11ac technology, the wireless capacity of the Apple Airport is at its finest, providing 3 times Wi-Fi speed, power and coverage. Transmitting at 2.4GHz and 5GHz signals simultaneously, it can identify which bandwidth will work perfectly on your Internet-ready device so it can work at its best potential. Antennas are designed at the top of the Airport Time Capsule so it can maximize providing you stronger Wi-Fi signals and easier connection.

When you connect a DSL or cable modem to the Airport Time Capsule, the setup assistant automatically guides you to proper installation of a new wireless network through your iDevice, or through the pre-installed Airport Utility app in Mac devices.

If you'd like to share your external devices to your family or peers, the Airport Time Capsule serves as a gateway to all your files so it can be instantly and securely accessed. Printers can also be accessed through the same process. Your cloud storage and devices are also in good hands, as the Airport Time Capsule features a built-in firewall against malicious software that you may encounter online.

AirPort Time Capsule 3TB

Back up a lifetimes worth of memories with AirPort Time Capsule, a wireless hard drive that works seamlessly with Time Machine in OS X. Its also a full-featured Wi-Fi base station with the latest 802.11ac technology and simultaneous dual-band support. Choose from 2TB and 3TB models.

Automatic wireless backup.

AirPort Time Capsule includes a 2TB or 3TB hard drive that works with Time Machine in OS X to create the perfect no-hassle backup solution.1 There are no cables, and you can back up all the Mac computers in your home to a central location - automatically, wirelessly, and in the background.

Easy setup for iOS and OS X.

Connect your DSL or cable modem to AirPort Time Capsule and use the built-in setup assistant to create your new wireless network in just a few taps from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. If youre using a Mac, use the built-in AirPort Utility. Setup is just as fast and just as easy.

Ultrafast 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

With 802.11ac technology and a powerful beamforming antenna array, AirPort Time Capsule gives you up to 3x faster Wi-Fi and a stronger, clearer signal. And because it transmits at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies at the same time, your wireless devices will automatically connect to the best available band for the fastest performance possible.

Share your hard drive or printer.

AirPort Time Capsule can turn any external USB hard drive into a secure drive you can share across your Wi-Fi network. So all the documents, videos, photos, and other files instantly become available to anyone, Mac and PC users alike. You can even connect a printer and share it wirelessly.

Designed with performance in mind.

With the antennas at the top of the elevated design, AirPort Time Capsule now has a higher platform for dispersing the signal. We also increased the number of antennas. There are now six of them - three for the 2.4GHz band and three for the 5GHz band. Together with 802.11ac technology, they let you connect faster, farther, and with more power than ever before.

Compatibility and security.

Any Wi-Fi device you have will work with AirPort Time Capsule. Thats because its compatible with devices using the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, and 802.11ac specifications. And since AirPort Time Capsule features a built-in firewall that protects your network from malicious Internet attacks, you can enjoy the web with peace of mind.

System Requirements

  • Setup and Administration
    • Mac with OS X Lion v10.7.5 or later and AirPort Utility 6.3
      iOS device with iOS 6 or later and AirPort Utility 1.3
  • Backup Using Time Machine
    • Mac with OS X v10.5.7 or later
  • Wireless Device Access
    • Any Wi-Fi-enabled device that uses the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac specification
  • Shared Printing with a USB Printer
    • Mac with OS X v10.2.7 or later
    • PC with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), or Windows 8
  • Shared USB Hard Drive
    • Mac with OS X v10.4.8 or later
    • PC with Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), or Windows 8

Technical Specs

Device Type NAS server
Host Connectivity Gigabit Ethernet / 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Total Storage Capacity 3 TB
Width 3.9 in
Depth 3.9 in
Height 6.6 in
Weight 3.3 lbs
Built-in Devices Print server, router, wireless access point
Localization English / United States
Storage Controller
Type SATA - internal
Hard Drive
Type HDD
Capacity 1 x 3 TB
Type Wireless access point - integrated
Data Link Protocol 10Mb LAN, 100Mb LAN, GigE, 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac
Network / Transport Protocol PPTP, L2TP, IPSec, PPPoE, DHCP, DNS, Bonjour
Network Services Compatibility Apple Bonjour Protocol, DNS, DHCP
Features Firewall protection, routing, DHCP support, NAT support, print server, MAC address filtering, IPv6 support, VPN passthrough, RADIUS support, DNS proxy
Encryption Algorithm LEAP, TLS, PEAP, TTLS, WPA, WPA2, WPA2-Enterprise
Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.1x, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac
Expansion / Connectivity
Expansion Bays 1 (total) / 1 (free) x internal
Interfaces 4 x Ethernet 1000Base-T - RJ-45 ¦ 1 x USB 2.0 - Type A
Cables Included 1 x power cable
Compliant Standards UL 60950, FCC Part 15 B, RSS-210, AS/NZS 4268, EN 301.893, ARIB STD-T66, RCR STD-33, GB 4943, EN300-328, CAN/CSA C22.2 No. 60950
Power Device X internal power supply
Voltage Required AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Software / System Requirements
OS Required Microsoft Windows Vista SP2, Microsoft Windows XP SP3, Microsoft Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, Apple MacOS X 10.7.5 or later
Manufacturer Warranty
Service & Support 1 year warranty
Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year
Environmental Parameters
Min Operating Temperature 50 °F
Max Operating Temperature 95 °F
Humidity Range Operating 20 - 80% (non-condensing)
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Great product with curious Apple lapse

By Bob Sproull 
This product is fine. Easy to set up, does what is advertised, etc. For me, it replaces a 1TB Time Capsule
(the earlier, "pancake" model) whose performance was becoming more and more bizarre. The TC holds
the backups of 5 computers in my household, so it's a vital piece of gear. I'm almost certain that the old
model became too flaky to use because of a failing (or failed) disk in the TC. But (here's the lapse):
Apple provides ZERO ways of inspecting the disk's health. There is no way to run the equivalent of
"disk utility" on the device. Older software versions used to let you turn on syslog-style logging, but
even that did not reveal any disk performance glitches. How can it be so hard to let me run Disk
Utility on a Mac that examines, over the network, the disk on the TC? By now, there are many products
that combine a WiFi base station with USB ports for disk/printer access that could just as easily serve
for my backup storage. I chose the new TC in the probably insane optimism that the new disk will have
a longer lifetime than the old one. So the real review of this product should arrive in, let's say, 6 years.
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Best wifi router on the planet!

By Mr. D 
We recently bought a larger home in a neighborhood where everyone has a WiFi network, and our Frontier FiOS ActionTec router couldn't reach the far corners of the home. On top of that, all of our Apple devices (15 of them!) would struggle connecting even if we were in the same room as the router. My assumption was that there was some interference from the 28 different WiFi networks nearby.

I've wanted an AirPort Time Capsule for awhile, but the cost held me back, but don't let that stop you from getting it. This thing is the bomb! Bye Bye interference! The AirPort chooses which of the dual WiFi bands work best. Full WiFi bars in every room of the house now, and all of our Macs and iDevices connect right away, and even our POS Windows laptop connects right away.

Setting it up with the AirPort Utility was easy, and set up from opening the box to surfing the Net took about 10 minutes. I had watched some YouTube videos on how to bridge the AirPort with a FiOS router prior to receiving the AirPort Time Capsule, so I knew all of the steps when it got here. I've also noticed improved speed with the AirPort compared to the ActionTec, and I'm now getting the speeds that I've paid for.

The initial backups for the iMac and MacBook Pro took about 9 hours each, but I let the Time Capsule do it over night and in the morning it was finished. Now the daily backups take just a couple of minutes running in the background and I don't even notice it.

Like every Apple product I've ever owned, "It just works."
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I love it

By Jerry Swat 
I am extremely happy with this Time Capsule work so good Thanks Apple
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