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Wall Mount for Apple Airport Extreme or Time Capsule 6th generation

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This is the most elegant solution for wall mounting your Apple Airport Extreme or Time Capsule. Designed specifically to safely hold your device on a vertical surface it features unobstructed airflow for the cooling fan and a handy cable runner in the back. Installation could not be simpler thanks to planed clearance in front of the screw holes for both marking and driving screws.

Material is white ABS plastic. This product is 3D printed. Using flat head screws will split the plastic and risk a fall. Only use pan head screws. Mounting screws are not included since mounting surfaces vary.

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Apple AirPort Extreme sits perfectly in this. Works great, very grateful something like this exists!

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Apple’s AirPort Time Capsule and AirPort Express, Networking Options That Don’t Suck

I’ve been using Apple’s line of AirPort networking products since 2008 and have purchased and installed more than 20 AirPort devices in that time. While Apple doesn’t have a reputation for being a leader in networking devices, most likely because they’re busy leading in 3-4 other product categories, but I’m a strong supporter of these products, and in the often unreliable world of networking, finding stuff that doesn’t suck is worth writing about.

AirPort Time Capsule, 5th Generation

The AirPort Time Capsule is Apple’s flagship wireless router, complete with built-in hard disk drives, enabling Time Machine support right out of the box. (It’s twin brother, the AirPort Extreme, is identical in every way, but it lacks internal hard disk drives, so if you want to use Time Machine over your local network, you’ll have to hook up an external hard disk drive to it’s USB2.0 port).

The AirPort Time Capsule is wicked fast and makes the most out of my Fios connection, while its six-element beamforming antenna array blows through multiple walls to ensure my devices have a stable connection. If you want an easy-to-setup, high-performance wireless router with built in backup capabilities, you can’t go wrong with the AirPort Time Capsule.

  • It supports 802.11 b/g/a/n/ac and uses the 2.4GHz and 5GHz spectrum with a six-element beamforming antenna array, letting you create two separate wireless networks to isolate slower legacy devices from high performance devices (which means all devices can achieve their top speeds).
  • It has excellent reliability, as I’ve only experienced 1 failure in 10 years across 20 devices
  • Built-in Time Machine back ups take place wirelessly, so no matter what, your precious data is covered
  • Apple has a history of removing features, which gives me concern about the future viability of the AirPort Extreme in an enterprise environment; they should only ever be adding functionality, not taking it away.
  • Its one USB 2.0 connection is painfully slow, so you’re better off hooking up a gigabit NAS device to a free LAN port if you need storage that can achieve higher transfer speeds
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Six-element beamforming antenna array
  • Simultaneous dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • Radio output power: 32.5 dBm maximum (varies by country)
  • Channels 1-11, 36-116, 132-140, and 149-165 approved for use in the United States and Canada
  • Channels 1-13, 36-64, and 100-140 approved for use in Europe and Japan
  • Channels 1-13, 36-64, and 149-165 approved for use in Australia, Hong Kong, and New Zealand
  • Dimensions: 3.85 inches (98 mm) by 3.85 inches (98 mm) by 6.6 inches (168 mm)
  • Weight: 3.26 pounds (1.48 kg)

AirPort Time Capsule Price:

  • 2 Terabytes 299.00 – Apple.com
  • 2 Terabytes 199.00 – Apple.com (Refurbished)
  • 2 Terabytes 277.99 – Amazon.com
  • 3 Terabytes 399.00 – Apple.com
  • 3 Terabytes 299.00 – Apple.com (Refurbished)
  • 3 Terabytes 399.00 – Amazon.com

AirPort Extreme Price:

AirPort Express 2nd Generation

If you’re not addicted to all-out performance and just need an efficient solution to setting up a wireless network at your home, the AirPort Express is probably a better fit for you.

While it’s technically the “watered down” version of its bigger brother, the AirPort Express has the exclusive functionality in the AirPort family of products that allows a set of speakers or an audio receiver to plug into it so music can be AirPlayed at the touch of a button. It has great wireless performance in terms of speed, but its coverage area is significantly reduced, so if you have a lot of square-footage you might want to stick with AirPort Time Capsule or Airport Extreme.

  • It supports 802.11 a/b/g/n and uses the 2.4GHz and 5GHz spectrum simultaneously, which enables the separation of slower legacy devices from high performance devices.
  • The added audio jack means any AirPort Express added to any set of speakers combines to become an ultra reliable AirPlay device.
  • A slick design, employing typical Apple build standards, makes for a well-built device; I expect this to live a long time.
  • At just 99, the price is right and won’t hurt your wallet.
  • It doesn’t have the same snappy throughput as the AirPort Time Capsule, but for the price this shouldn’t bother you.
  • The WAN/LAN ports are only 10/100 capable; there’s no reason why these couldn’t be gigabit ports.
  • It’s USB port can only be used to connect a printer to your network
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Simultaneous dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz
  • Radio output power: 20.5 dBm maximum (varies by country)
  • Channels 1-11, 36-116, and 132-165 approved for use in the United States and Canada
  • Channels 1-13, 36-64, and 100-140 approved for use in Europe and Japan
  • Channels 1-13, 36-64, and 149-165 approved for use in Australia, Hong Kong, and New Zealand
  • Dimensions: 3.85 inches (98 mm) by 3.85 inches (98 mm) by 0.9 inch (23 mm)
  • Weight: 8.5 ounces (240 grams)

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AirPort Utility Version 6.3.5

To manage these devices, Apple forgoes the typical web interface and instead developed native OS X and iOS apps. These Apps provide you with a detailed map that actually shows you how your devices connect with one another to form your network, something you don’t usually get from consumer level networking products.

My only real complaint about the AirPort Utility, other than Apple randomly removing features version to version, is that some menus require you to hold the option key to see all the available configurations. It’s not such a big deal, but hiding configuration options keeps people from exploring the possibilities and teaching themselves a bit more about these devices.

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Blinking Yellow Light on an Apple Airport– what it means, what to do

A blinking yellow (Apple calls it “amber”) light is the Apple Airport’s way of getting your attention. It does not necessarily mean the Airport has a problem. Most of the time, it means there’s a firmware update for the Airport. Here’s how you check, and here’s what you do about it.

An Airport with a blinking yellow light may be working absolutely perfectly. Just because Apple has a firmware update for the Airport doesn’t mean there’s something wrong or that your internet service is going to stop working if you don’t apply it right away. Remember, previous to the update being provided, your Airport was working fine. But, since Airport updates almost always provide enhanced security or performance or both, if an update is available, it’s a good idea to apply it.

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How to use the Airport Utility on a Mac to update Airport firmware

On your Mac, launch the Airport Utility. This is Apple software, installed at the factory, so it ought to be on your Mac. You can search for it (Spotlight menu), or find it in the Utilities folder (inside the Applications folder). (Easy shortcut: click somewhere on the Desktop, which takes you to the Finder, then Command-Shift-U for Utilities. You’ll find the Airport utility in there.)

You can, alternatively, use the Airport Utility app on your iPhone or iPad. See below.

When you open the Airport Utility you’ll see the Airports that are part of your network. It could look something like this:

In that picture we see three devices– the devices on the network that our Mac is connected to. The one on the top, the Time Capsule (essentially an Airport with a hard drive inside, for backing up with Time Machine), is blinking yellow. You can see, to the left of the unit’s name, an orange (amber) dot. We will FOCUS on that unit, for now. The steps are exactly the same for any modern Apple Airport, whether an Airport Express, AirPort Extreme, or Time Capsule.

A nice feature of the Airport Utility is its display is very dynamic. If your Airport (or Time Capsule) is blinking yellow, Airport Utility shows you a blinking yellow light also. This is really handy if you have multiple Airports because it means you don’t have to see each unit in person to know whether their lights are blinking or not.

You also see a red circle with the number 2 in it to the right of the Time Capsule’s name. This tells us there are two issues. If we click on it, we see this:

If instead of this picture you see a message asking you for a password, this can get tricky. Airports have passwords for protection. This COULD be the same password as the one you use when joining your network, but sometimes it’s not. Try the one you use when joining your network. If that doesn’t work, maybe you used a different Mac when setting up the Airport. Typically, the password for the Airport is saved on the Mac that sets it up. So that might be the ticket for you.

The red arrow points to an “Update” button. There’s a software update for the Airport, so we want to click that button. When we do, we get this:

So now we click Continue, the firmware updated downloads, and then it’s automatically applied to your Airport (or Time Capsule). This involves a restart of the device, also done automatically. It will take few minutes to download and install, and then a few minutes to restart the device. Plan on your network being down for about 5 minutes, all together. Obviously it is good to let other people know you’re doing an Airport firmware update before they get kicked off the network. Tell them it’s for their own good– it’s for the security of the network.

Generally speaking, that’s all there is to it. Quit the Airport Utility. You’re done. Sometimes, however, you’ll get a message like this:

In my experience, the error almost never occurs a second time, so try updating again.

Let’s see some other examples (next page).

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Review: Speedy new AirPort Time Capsule is a good buy

Apple’s AirPort Time Capsule is a strong 802.11ac router that provides 2TB of shared storage for media and client backups.

AirPort Pro — How Apple DESTROYS Wi-Fi!

Apple is ahead of the curve when it comes to adopting the IEEE 802.11ac wireless networking standard. While 802.11ac routers are not new, Apple’s latest AirPort Time Capsule is the first to include an integrated hard drive. Apple is also one of the first manufacturers to include an 802.11ac client adapter as standard equipment in its computer lineup.


When I used AccessAgility’s WiFiPerf benchmarking tool to measure the 802.11ac Time Capsule, with a 2013 MacBook Air as the client, I measured a very respectable TCP throughput rate of 451.9 mbps at close range (with the router and client in the same room, separated by about nine feet). That’s more than twice as fast as the older 802.11n Time Capsule’s 218.7 mbps (operating a network on the 5GHz frequency Band).

What’s more, the 802.11ac Time Capsule delivered TCP throughput in excess of 100 mbps in two other rooms inside my house where the 5GHz 802.11n Time Capsule wasn’t able to maintain any connection to the MacBook Air.

Unfortunately, something is crimping Apple’s 802.11ac network performance. As I reported in this earlier story, Apple’s gear is radically slower when tasked with transferring real-world files over the network (WiFiPerf is a synthetic benchmark for measuring TCP throughput).

When I copied a 10GB collection of files and folders (videos, music files, word documents, spreadsheets, and the like) from the hard drive in an iMac hardwired to the Time Capsule to the SSD in a wirelessly networked MacBook Air (which was again about nine feet from the router), I measured throughput of just 84.8 mbps, meaning the transfer required more than 16 minutes to complete (each test was performed three times and the results were then averaged). Reading those files from the MacBook Air and writing them to the iMac happened at a slightly faster pace: 132.1 mbps (nearly 10.5 minutes).

The Time Capsule’s network performance improved only a little when copying a single 10GB file from the iMac to the MacBook Air, to 134 mbps (averaging 10 minutes, 13 seconds). Copying that same file back to the MacBook Air: 163.5 mbps (about 8.5 minutes). Obviously, none of those figures are anywhere close to WiFiPerf’s result of more than 450 mbps.

Based on my experience testing 802.11ac routers with Windows machines, I expected the 802.11ac Time Capsule to be considerably faster than the 802.11n model. And that’s certainly what my WiFiPerf results indicate. But these real-world file transfers defy that expectation.

The current theory, first published at Anandtech, is that OS X is not properly scaling TCP window size during file transfers to allow the MacBook Air’s 802.11ac client adapter to achieve peak performance. While Apple has not confirmed this to be the problem, the company is aware of the performance discrepancy and is reportedly working on a solution.

Backward compatibility

In addition to operating a 5GHz network based on the 802.11ac standard, the Time Capsule can also operate a 2.4GHz network to support older 802.11b-.g, and.n clients, as well as a 5GHz network to support 802.11a and 802.11n clients. This is important, as the new MacBook Air is one of the few devices to support 802.11ac. Most computers, smartphones, media streamers, and other networkable devices rely on the older standards.

Using WiFiPerf once again, I measured TCP throughput with a mid-2011 13-inch MacBook Pro connected first to the older 802.11n Time Capsule (at 5GHz) and then to the new 802.11ac Time Capsule. TCP throughput was only a little higher at close range—301.7 mbps with the 802.11ac Time Capsule versus 285.3 mbps with the 802.11n model—but the new router was dramatically faster at longer distance: 67.7 mbps compared to just 32.3 mbps with the client separated from the router by 65 feet and three insulated interior walls.

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Once Apple fixes the file-transfer problem, upgrading to the 802.11ac Time Capsule should also deliver better network performance with older Macs outfitted with 802.11n adapters.

Feature set

The new Time Capsule also supports an optional feature of the 802.11ac standard known as beam forming. With this technology, the router and each of its clients exchange information as to their physical locations. They use this information to concentrate their radio energy to achieve the highest possible throughput.

The Time Capsule is currently available with either a 2TB hard drive or a 3TB drive. Both models are equipped with an accelerometer that will park the drive’s read/write heads if the router is dropped or tipped over (older Time Capsules do not have this feature). Unlike some other hard-drive-equipped routers, the Time Capsule uses a SATA interface to the hard drive, versus a USB-to-SATA bridge. Apple, however, declined to disclose the rotational speed of the drive’s platters and if the drive has a SATA 6 Gbps interface or a slower SATA 3 Gbps interface.

On the back of the Time Capsule, you’ll find a gigbit WAN port (for connecting to the Internet) and three gigabit LAN ports (for hardwired clients). There’s also a single USB 2.0 port, to support either a shared printer or additional storage. You’ll need to plug in a USB hub if you want both at the same time. The power supply is built into the enclosure, which is much better than having an outlet-hogging wall wart, but an inline power brick would have been a better alternative. Between the 802.11ac chipset, the hard drive, and the power supply, the Time Capsule needs to shed a lot of heat. Apple put a fan inside there to keep things cool, and you can definitely hear it spinning in a quiet room.

Bottom line

The solution to the file-transfer shortcomings I’ve covered here will most likely arrive in a future OS X update; I really don’t think there’s anything wrong with the 802.11ac Time Capsule’s design. My WiFiPerf benchmarks indicate that this router is at least as fast as the best non-Apple 802.11ac routers I’ve tested.

If you’ve purchased a new MacBook Air, you’ll get significantly better performance with the 802.11ac Time Capsule than you will with Apple’s 802.11n Time Capsule. In my test environment, the new MacBook Air was unable to maintain a wireless connection to the router’s 5GHz network at longer range. This was less of an issue on the 2.4GHz Band, but that spectrum is so congested in more typical environments that you probably won’t want to use it (I happen to live on a 10-acre parcel in a rural area relatively free from other wireless networks).

If you’re using an older Mac client with an 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter, my benchmarks indicate the new Time Capsule will also deliver much higher performance—provided Apple fixes the file-sharing issue, that is. So if you’ve never purchased a Wi-Fi router, and you like the idea of automated local backups, the 802.11ac router is definitely a good buy.

Editor’s note: This story was updated on July 16 to correctly report the number of antennas inside the 802.11ac Time Capsule.

What’s the Diff: Time Machine vs. Time Capsule

The “What’s the Diff” series is here to explain in plain language what makes up the computer terminology we talk about, to help give you a clearer idea of what it is and how it works.

Apple tries to make things really easy and non-intimidating for people who aren’t computer experts. But backing up your data can be intimidating, no way around it.

Let’s try to demystify a couple of things related to backing up on the Mac that can be confusing to people new to the platform, and even not so new to the platform. This week we’re talking about Time Machine and Time Capsule.

To summarize, Time Machine is the Mac’s built-in backup software. Time Capsule is a network device sold by Apple that works with Time Machine, but does a lot more, too.

Interested in finding out more? Come take a look.

What Is Time Machine?

There are different ways you can back up your Mac—several companies offer backup software that does the job, including Backblaze. We’ll get to why Backblaze is important later. But Time Machine is Apple’s solution to this problem. It’s free, it’s included on the Mac, and it’s pretty foolproof.

You have to turn on Time Machine yourself, but that’s just a matter of flipping a switch. Time Machine works whenever the Mac is on. With Time Machine, your Mac keeps hourly backups for the previous 24 hours, daily backups for the previous month, and weekly backups for all previous months, until the Time Machine disk is full.

This means you can always restore your Mac to its most recent working state. Time Machine also gives you a window into the past with each of those snapshots, so you can restore deleted files or even previously saved versions of files.

Time Machine works with external hard drives. Some network attached storage (NAS) makers like Synology and QNAP enable their devices to be configured to work as network-based Time Machine servers. You can also use Time Machine with a stand-alone drive from Seagate or Western Digital, for example.

Time Machine is designed to work as a local, primary backup of your Mac—meaning the data stays physically close to the computer, and is intended to be the first line of defense should you have to recover. If anything happens to your computer, Time Machine and the hard drive it’s backing up to can be used to restore your computer to right where it was before the problem happened.

Apple has its own Time Machine network server, too. And this is where confusion sets in for some of us, because it’s so similarly named. I’m talking about Time Capsule.

What Is Time Capsule?

Apple sells a network device called a Time Capsule which is designed to work with Time Machine. Time Capsule currently comes in 2TB and 3TB capacities.

Time Capsule isn’t just a hard drive. It’s a full-on network router, one that supports IEEE 802.11ac networking, the same fast Wi-Fi networking supported on most newer computers and mobile devices.

Apple makes it easy to configure a new Time Capsule using an app called AirPort Utility which you can find in your Mac’s Utilities folder. Once it’s up and running on your network, the Time Capsule is visible to any Mac on the network as a valid Time Machine backup location.

This makes Time Capsule a great way to make sure all your Macs are backed up all the time. While its backup features are Mac-specific, Time Capsule works as a network router with devices from other manufacturers, too.

What’s Wrong With Time Machine?

For many of us backing up to an external hard drive with Time Machine or using a Time Capsule on our network is as much backup as we think we need. In fact it’s probably more backup than we ever had before. Better safe than sorry, eh?

Well, as I’ve said before, Time Machine and Time Capsule are good primary backup systems. But they shouldn’t be your only backup. Because with either Time Machine or a Time Capsule, you’re depending on a single hard drive to store all of your precious data.

All hard drives fail. It’s just a matter of time. We at Backblaze happen to know something about this—we use a lot of hard drives, and we track which ones work and which ones don’t work so well. You’re welcome to read our latest hard drive reliability review for more details.

A single drive means a single point of failure. If something happens to your Mac and your Time Machine backup drive or Time Capsule isn’t working, you’re not going to be able to recover.

Your Backup System Is Only as Good as Your Last Backup

There’s one thing worse than having a Time Machine backup that doesn’t work, and that’s having one that’s out of date, or not having one at all. It’s not uncommon for someone to run Time Machine on an external hard drive once, put it in a drawer, and forget about it again until there’s a problem.

Network problems can disrupt the transfer of data to your Time Capsule. Time Machine will nag you to fix things that go wrong, but you can turn off the nags, too.

At the risk of self promotion, that’s why adding Backblaze Personal Backup to the mix is so vitally important. You set up Backblaze and then forget it. And all of your important files are backed up safely, securely and quickly to our servers. The best part is that Backblaze will work with Time Machine or Time Capsule to provide both on-site and off-site data backup.

If you need one file back or an entire drive’s worth of files, we can deliver. You can download those files from any web browser and access them from your iPhone or Android phone, or you can even order a flash drive or hard drive to be delivered with your backup on it.

But enough about Backblaze. Hopefully we’ve given you some good info about Time Machine and Time Capsule. Still confused? Have a question? Let us know in the Комментарии и мнения владельцев. And if you have ideas for things you’d like to see featured in future installments of “What’s the Diff,” please let us know!

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