Apple AirPort Time Capsule, Network Attached Storage Drive for Mac & Wi-Fi Base Station, 2TB

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With the all-new AirPort Time Capsule, backing up your Mac couldn’t be simpler. It works with Time Machine in OS X to automatically and wirelessly back up your data to its 2TB or 3TB hard drive, so you never have to worry about losing anything important. And AirPort Time Capsule doubles as a Wi-Fi base station with next-generation 802.11ac technology, for speeds up to 3x faster than the previous 802.11n standard. It’s easy to set up and highly secure, letting you share your broadband Internet connection, a USB printer or a hard drive. And the new vertical design has a smaller footprint, so it saves desk space, as well as your files.

Key Features:

  • Automatic wireless backup with a massive 2TB of storage space built in
  • Fully featured Wi-Fi base station with next-generation 802.11ac technology
  • Up to 3x faster Wi-Fi
  • Up to 50 per cent faster Time Machine backups
  • Powerful beamforming antenna array for higher performance and range
  • All-new design with smaller footprint
  • Simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi
  • Easy setup with a Mac, iPad, iPhone or iPod touch
  • Connect a USB printer or hard drive and access it wirelessly
  • Secure connections and compatibility with Mac computers, PCs, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV and more.

Please note: Cables sold separately.

Compatible with
Storage is Mac only.
1x USB 2.0, 1x Gigabit Ethernet WAN, 3x Gigabit Ethernet LAN
H98 x W98 x D168 mm
Frequency Bands
Simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz
Internet Connection Type Information ADSL connections typically use a BT phoneline. Cable connections in the UK can include Virgin Media and BT Infinity
Cable or Fibre Optic
Model name / number
Router Security


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  • UK delivery

    Standard delivery within 5 working days
    Named or Saturday UK delivery
    Named day UK delivery pre-10.30am
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  • International delivery not available


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Q & As

Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 18 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good product Does what it's supposed to do and is easy to use. Haven't had it long as yet so can't comment on longevity but as with other apple products, it is good quality. 16 February 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by better than before Existing router kept dropping out, Apple AirPort much improved with constant connection. Good for streaming to TV. Good NAS system, quiet running, easy set-up, 2 or 3TB capacity. Immediate compatibility with Apple Macs etc. 09 February 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Really pleased with it! It just works. That's what I wanted - I'd tried a different wireless and cloud external drive, but it really didn't work with my Mac running El Capitan. It was griefy right from the start, so I gave up, returned it and paid the extra for the Time Capsule. I wanted to use the TC to handle all the wireless in my house, and I wanted a guest network for visitors, and it does both admirably. I have a Virgin Superb 2, and I changed it to Modem Only mode so that the TC ran the wifi. No problems at all. The initial Time Machine backup takes hours - best to let it run overnight - but it did it first time, and subsequent backups are un-noticable because they're much shorter with less data to move across. I did speed tests when I'd first set the TC up, and I was disappointed to see that the speeds had dropped to half of what I was getting before. My heart sank, as I was hoping the speeds would improve. The next morning though, I did a speed test only to find I was getting 6mbs OVER my allocated 150mbs! So, if you do want to look at your internet speed levels, do it when the TC is NOT in the process of doing a Time Machine backup. Another tip, make sure that you connect your modem/router into the very bottom ethernet slot of the TC and use the others for peripherals. You can't use the TC as an external hard drive, just for Time Machine backups. But you can connect another external drive to it via USB.There might be a way to partition the TC to have a hard drive function but I have yet to look into this. Everything I have connected to use the TC wifi has joined up without any problems and there have been no dropouts so far. A great Apple product. Recommended. Great to have an extra year's warranty peace of mind from John Lewis too. 31 January 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent product Set up in less than 10mins & it just works! Brilliant 10 November 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Really useful product As usual Apple provide quality products which also include an excellent additional year warranty from john Lewis 20 October 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Does what it says on the box Plugged it in, switched on, set the password; my MacBook Pro recognised it I followed instructions and the backup began. Took several hours to do first backup (loads of photos), now tops up daily. Turned my Lexmark printer into an air print style model ( please note if you want airprint for all your Apple products you will need a proper airprint printer available at John Lewis) so i have freedom to move around and still print. My ageing Blackberry Playbook also downloads quicker too. 18 August 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by EASY PEASY TO SET UP Fantastic product with the additional free warranty from John Lewis..The Apple Airport Time Capsule is just so easy to set up with the peace of mind that it automatically backs up and so compatible with my Apple Mac..Worth every penny.John Lewis in Bristol provided the initial specialist advice which was found to be very helpful in making this choice. 11 August 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Simply the best Opened the box, connected up, followed instructions, short time later all done. It really was that simple. Excellent product - now I am confident that I won't lose data, photos, etc. 10 March 2015
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  • 2 year parts and labour, battery not included

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