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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for backups and simple networks, 29 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Apple 3TB Time Capsule 4th Generation (Accessory)
Reviewing this in the context of the 4 tasks this product is designed to do:

Time Machine Backups - Can't fault it. Macs see the Time Capsule as a Time Machine backup target and have no problem backing up to it. No way on the Time Capsule to limit the amount of total space backups are allowed to consume tho. This can be achieved other ways with a little fiddling and google is your friend. Left to its own devices, your backups will potentially eat all your disk space.

Wireless - Fantastic, especially the 5GHz facility. Greatly increases range and throughput. Facility to enable a guest network that can allow people to access the internet but not your attached machines. Note that if you configure the Time Capsule in "Bridge Mode", you lose this facility (for some reason)

Router - Works well, but limited tweakability. Some annoying things include no ability to disable DHCP and keep routing. I have another internal server running DHCP. To get around this, I set the TC DHCP to only dish out 2 addresses, and created DHCP reservations with "fake" MAC addresses so that they would never be issued. Another annoyance is that you cannot set the subnet mask for your internal network, and it insists on a 10 network having a 255.255.255.0 subnet mask!

File Sharing - Good but limited. Access to the whole device (the internal disk and disks attached via USB) can be limited by a password. Each disk can be limited by a password. Can create accounts and then access is controlled by these. Each account can see their own directory that is created automatically, and the rest of the drive. No granular control of permissions on a folder by folder basis.

So, on the whole it's good. However if you have a mac you can run as a server and plug external devices into, then the OS X server software is only 13.99 on the App Store. You can then share out locations on that machine to be Time Machine targets, and any shared folders have much better granular control of permissions
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