Burton Kelso, Tech Expert
How to Keep Using Apple's Discontinued AirPort Time Capsule for Your Home or Small Office
Updated: Feb 10, 2021
Apple jumped on board with a setup years ago that I always loved. The Airport Capsule provided a robust router wifi system and gave folks like yourself a way to store and backup all of your precious files and photos. Apple got out of the Airport business which leaves many of you Apple users in a tight spot when it comes to switching to products that will provide wireless and backup your stuff. Lucky for you, it's my job to keeping up with what tech items you should be using at home and work and I've been checking out alternatives to Apple’s Time Capsule which will work for Macintosh and Windows users.
Apple hasn't sold AirPort Express and AirPort Extremes for a while, although they still provide security updates for them. The challenge is most wifi routers usually fail between 5-7 and router technology changes drastically in that time period as well. For example, we had a customer who was using a fiber provider. After some troubleshooting, we discovered the AirPort was the device slowing down Internet speeds. Several similar experiences we've had over the past year make think that if you still use an AirPort Time Capsule, it is time to think about replacing it so can have a device that will allow you to take advantage of your Internet provider's speeds and that you will have a consistent backup system in place.