Apple Time Capsule Wireless Router / Storage Device Price and Features

In an effort to prove that innovation in technology is still alive and kicking and in the process scream out that they lead the pack in terms of innovating, Apple came up with the Apple Time Capsule, a sleek network device that functions as a wireless router and a backup drive at the same time.
Folks are asking however: Does it work? Do its features justify the hefty price tag that comes with the device? Read on as we dissect and analyze the Apple Time Capsule.
Design and construction
The Time Capsule is housed in a sleek white case that measures 7.7 x 7.7 x 1.4 inches in keeping with the minimalist design theme of Apple. A single LED indicator on the front edge glows a steady green when everything’s fine and blinks if there is something wrong. A silver, mirror-like Apple logo adorns the top of the device and completes the ensemble.


Connectivity
The wireless router of the Time Capsule adheres to the draft 802.11n standard so compatibility with other Wi-Fi devices including 802.11 a/b/g access points and adapters made by manufacturers other than Apple is not an issue here.
In addition to its function of being a dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) wireless base station, the Time Capsule can also be added to an existing wireless network and have it act as an additional access point and the router is managed via the AirPort Utility application.
Setup and ease of use
Setting up the Time Capsule is very easy and a pretty straightforward process. With the AirPort Utility application, setup of the Time Capsule is very easy that even novices would have no difficulties in doing the process.
The Wizard mode of the AirPort Utility will walk you through the configuration process step by step. Should a user want to customize the router beyond the recommended settings, the utility has a manual mode that provides access to more advanced functions.
After the configuration process is done, the Time Capsule needs a restart for all changes to be applied. There are no hitches when setting the Time Capsule up and a user would be able to get it up and running in about 10 minutes or so.
Features
With the network established, Windows users should be able to see the hard drive in their network folder and read and write files to it just like any network-attached storage. You can also setup a password to connect to the drive and at the same time access Time Capsule’s drive remotely through a .Mac account which you have to pay for.
Mac users can also utilize the Time Capsule’s hard drive for basic storage but they get more benefits from the Time Capsule compared to the Windows folks due to the interface of the device with MAC OS X Leopard’s Time machine feature.
Time Machine for those not familiar with it enables you to setup automated backups from Macs on your network straight to the Time Capsule. Apple also has preset Time Capsule to perform several backups a day for the first week that it gets setup, several backups a week after the first week, and then through out each month until you run out of storage space.
Each backup session only saves changes in information so you don’t have to do the complete multi-gigabyte data transfer every time the backup process kicks in. A manual back up can also be done whenever you feel like doing so.
Performance
The capability of the Time Capsule as a storage device is good enough especially when a system is connected to it via Gigabit Ethernet cable. That kind of connection should make you feel comfortable knowing that the data transfer speeds lie within the range of what we expect especially when compared to other network-attached storage devices.
As a wide-bandwidth 802.11n wireless router, the Time Capsule is somewhat mediocre. Though backing up and moving data between the drive and various systems was reasonably fast, if you need you network to be speedy, several options in the market will fare better compared to the Time Capsule.
The verdict
With the Time Capsule, Apple was able to deliver a user-friendly, all-in-one router/backup device that offers good wireless range and simple archiving solutions, for Mac users that is. For the Windows crowd, it’s a bit of a different story though.
But anyway, if you are looking for a true NAS drive with RAID and remote management features, you better start looking elsewhere. However, if you are just a simple home user and don’t mind the big bucks you have to shell out, then the Apple Time Capsule will do just fine.
Apple Time Capsule Wireless Router / Storage Device Price in the Philippines:
Time Capsule 2TB: Php 25,990.00
Time Capsule 1TB: Php 14,990.00

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