"Easy, fast, just works"4.5 starson by Stephen_Reyes
Pros: + Full function Time Machine (Mac Backup) service wirelessly!
+ Full remote data access from multiple Macs/Windows devices wirelessly!
+ It is nearly silent
Cons: - It is quite large
- It runs VERY hot
Summary: I've had two hard drive failures recently. I didn't want that to happen again, and Apple's release of revised Time Capsules this week was a signal to do something about it.*** P.S. IF you will buy this Apple Time Capsule I suggest you have compare prices before you decide at: www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0057AVXTA?ie=UTF8&ref_=dp_olp_new&qid=1314271710&sr=1-1&condition=new#?ie=UTF8&tag=***************&********=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957
It's a fairly small unit, with simple hookups - the power cord, one LAN in, three LAN outs, and one USB port. There's only one light, which only shows two colors - amber (for something requiring attention) or green (for everything running smoothly). My setup was to be using the Time Capsule for Wi-Fi, while piggybacking off a router required by my ISP. Once I hooked up everything, I loaded AirPort Utility on my Mac, which walked me through setup of the Wi-Fi network and TIme Capsule. After setting it up, the unit rebooted and the light started blinking amber, indicating a problem. Here's where the Time Capsule was proven to be worth the money.
Over the years, I've spent a lot of time dealing with network hardware and traversing through the router's confusing interface. The blinking amber light gave me flashbacks to those days. But, this was different. I loaded up AirPort Utility, and it walked me through all indicated problems along with recommended solutions. After five minutes it was running correctly, indicated by a steady green light. I hooked up my PS3 and Xbox 360 to the Time Capsule Ethernet ports and they connected to their services flawlessly.
The summary here: Thirty minutes after taking the Time Capsule out of the box, I had a perfectly running Wi-Fi network, 2 devices running through the ethernet ports, and all my data being backed up to the hard drive. I've used a lot of consumer-level network hardware over the years, but nothing was as straightforward and pleasant to use as Time Capsule. I don't know why every company doesn't make it this easy, but it is how it should be. Highly recommended.
Edit: I just got a printer and hooked it up to the Time Capsule a few days ago. As with everything else, setup was absolutely no-fuss. Through USB, everything set up automatically and all I had to do was add it to the printer list in preferences.
Updated on Aug 25, 2011
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I suggest you have to compare prices before you decide at: http://beam.to/Time-Capsule-3TB