Apple Time Capsule 3TB ME182LL/A

Are you an avid Apple device fanatic? If you are, you will please to know that Apple released the Airport Time Capsule a while ago. You can use this best home wireless router witch with their 6th Generation base station. You can choose between a 2TB or 3TB model.

The other exceptional thing is the Airport ME182LL/A has the same shape and size as the AirPort Extreme Base Station. Once you lay your eyes on the wireless router, it looks like an oversized hard drive. When compared to previous models the 3TB is more compact and great looking.

So what do you think? Do you think the Apple Airport Time Capsules made to use in your home? Let us look and see.


What makes the Apple 3TB ME182LL/A Unique?

With the compact design and well-known white Apple design, the router now supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. This is a fast wireless speed to transfer data. Further, it has internal storage and network storage performance.

DesignImportant Features and Hardware

There is no need of upgrading from the older Time Capsule version to the new one, except if you have bought a MacBook Air. This notebook supports the latest 802.11ac and once connected to the Airport Time Capsule gives you an outstanding gateway. Gone is the traditional square tile shape and has a rectangular tube structure. The wireless router stands 6.6-inches high and is 3.85-inches wide. They have cut down on the footprint, but the eminent Apple style remains.

There are small status lights found on the front with a green shine to it when working. Once it loses connection, the light turns to amber. In a vertical display, you find three (LAN) wired ports, one (WAN) internet port on the back. All of them are GB compatible. The overall speed is 1000Mbps.

One disappointing feature is the 2.0 USB ports and one would think they would upgrade it to the latest 3.0 USB. This allows you to connect external devices for hosting other devices or printers. You can use the port to archive content on the AirPort internal drive and transfer the data to an external one.

Another disappointment is, the complete housings closed, making it difficult to replace or service the internal drive. You will need the AirPort Utility and desktop software to setup and manage the router.

The Apple Airport Time Capsule is two things in one. You can use it as a network storage server and a wireless router. Apple designed it with dual-band with 2.4 and 5GHz frequency bands. You can use the bands simultaneously for the best coverage. No matter what your user’s standards are, the Wi-Fi router got you covered.

Further, it supports the latest networking to support devices using the 802.11ac standard and available on the 5GHz frequency band. While used you can get up to 1.3Gbps data speeds, and if you use 802.11n, it supports data speeds up to 450Mbps.

With the internal storage, you can backup data to the Time Machine to share with other connected devices. The downside is the features are limited on this unit when it comes to customization. For guest networking to create wireless networks for your visitors you only have it available on the 2.4GHz band.

You can reserve users, IP addresses, but complicated to set up. You will need to type in the users MAC address and this is the same when you want to control their access. The software does not allow you to set up web filtering if you want to block sites and has no QoS firewall service.

When used as a NAS service it is the best host when using Time Machine backup and done in a few clicks. After setting, up the device, the backups are done automatically and you can transfer data to an external hard drive. Furthermore, the AirPort does not support Windows NTFS formats and does not offer you an option to format external drives to the MAC (HFS+) format.


Standout Features:

  • The Time Machine is great to use as a file server to share data that are stored on the internal drive
  • You get three sharing options: via a disk password, via device password, or via the user account
  • File sharing works on both Window and MAC machines
  • The Time Capsule can be used as a print server and easy to set up
  • There is only one USB port supporting external devices
  • Has designated MAC remote file and printer sharing
  • Unfortunately, you cannot use the wireless router as a server for Web and FTP functions
  • At the base of the AirPort Time Capsule, there is a ventilation system built-into the base
  • Designed with two internal storage models 2TB and 3TB
  • Has built-in wireless access point, print server, and router
  • The encryption algorithm is LEAP, TLS, PEAP, WPA, TTLS, WPA2
  • Works with an RJ-45 and type A connector
  • Supports DHCP, DNS proxy, IPv6, NAT, Radius, VPN pass through, firewall, routing, and MAC address filtering
  • You get a one-year warranty included with your purchase

Apple Airport Time Capsule 3TB ME182LL/A

Performance

With the Time Capsule, the overall performance is fast, but not one of the fastest routers available. When used as a wireless router with the 802.11ac at short range it scores 254Mbps. Once extending the range to 100 feet the speed is 219Mbps and only available on the 5GHz frequency band. While using it as a wireless-N using the 5GHz band it scored at a short distance 182Mbps and for long distances 118Mbsp. The 2.4GHz band offers you 84Mbps at short range and 28Mbps at long range. When used as a NAS server, it offers you 26Mbps for writing and 29Mbps for reading and pretty fast.


What is in the box?

  • The Apple Time Capsule (2TB or 3TB)
  • Power supply with a cord
  • All printed documentation

If you do want to mount the Apple to a wall or ceiling you can buy the AirBase mounting kit separate.


Pros and Cons while using the Apple Time Capsule

Overall, customers are pleased with the Apple Time Capsule. They feel it is worth spending the money if you have the latest 802.11ac devices.

Pros
  • Super compact
  • Small footprint
  • Aesthetically attractive
  • Supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Fast performance
  • Excellent backup file server
Cons
  • Not the best home network if you need added features
  • Does not allow you to do media streaming


Hardware Requirements

For the Apple Time Capsule to work the principal software is MAC based. You can use it with Android, iOS, and Windows platforms. Some of the OS required is as follows:

  • Windows Vista SP2
  • Windows XP SP3
  • Apple MacOS x 10.7.5 or later
  • Windows 7 SP1
  • Windows 8


Final Thoughts

The Apple AirPort Time Capsule is not everyone’s cup of tea. If you need additional features, flexible admin tools, redundant backup, or a Windows user, you need to look at the TP-Link AC1900. The Time Capsule has an outstanding design with a small footprint, making your desk clutter-free. If you are a MAC user, the superfast 802.11ac Wi-Fi offers you a lot and is great to use as a backup server. If you do have, the money to spare this is a decent, hard drive and wireless router with simple functions.