AirPort Time Capsule 802.11n (1st Generation) - Technical Specifications

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Size and weight

  • Length: 7.7 inches (197 mm)
  • Width: 7.7 inches (197 mm)
  • Height: 1.4 inches (36.3 mm)
  • Weight: 3.5 pounds (1587 grams)1


  • Wi-Fi Protected Access™ (WPA/WPA2)2
  • Wireless security (WEP) configurable for 40-bit and 128-bit encryption
  • MAC address filtering
  • NAT firewall
  • Support for RADIUS authentication
  • Time-based access control


  • Line voltage: 100-240V AC
  • Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz, single phase
  • Maximum continuous power: 30W

Agency approvals

  • FCC Part 15 Class B, Canada RSS-210, EN 300-328, EN 301-489, EN 301 893, ARIB STD-T66, RCR STD-T33, AS/NZS 4268: 2003, UL 60950, CSA-C22.2 No. 60950


  • 500GB or 1TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA server-grade hard disk drive3


  • One Gigabit Ethernet WAN port for connecting a DSL or cable modem
  • Three Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports for connecting computers or network devices
  • USB port for connecting a USB printer or USB external hard drive
  • 802.11n wireless4

Included software and accessories

  • AirPort Utility for Mac and Windows
  • AirPort Disk Utility for Mac and Windows
  • 802.11n Enabler for Mac5
  • Bonjour for Windows
  • Power cord
  • Printed and electronic documentation

Environmental requirements

  • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
  • Storage temperature: -13° to 140° F ( -25° to 60° C)
  • Relative humidity (operational): 20% to 80% (non-condensing)
  • Relative humidity (storage): 10% to 90%
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet

Wireless protocols

  • Draft 802.11n4
  • 802.11a/b/g


  • Interoperable with Wi-Fi Certified 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g and 802.11n draft 2.0 Mac computers, Windows-based PCs, and other Wi-Fi devices
  • NAT, DHCP, PPPoE, VPN Passthrough (IPSec, PPTP, and L2TP), DNS Proxy, SNMP, IPv6 (6to4 and manual tunnels)

Frequency bands

  • 2.4GHz or 5GHz

Radio output power

  • 20 dBm (nominal)


  • Channels 1-11, 36-48, and 149-165 approved for use in the United States and Canada
  • Channels 1-13 and 36-64 approved for use in Japan
  • Channels 1-13 and 36-140 approved for use in Europe
  • Channels 1-13, 36-64, and 149-165 approved for use in Australia, Hong Kong, and New Zealand

System Requirements

  For Mac Users For PC Users
For backup using Time Machine Mac computer with Mac OS X v10.5.1 or later -
For setup and administration Mac with Mac OS X v10.4 or later, CD drive, Ethernet or wireless networking capability PC with Windows XP (SP2) or Windows Vista, CD drive, Ethernet or wireless networking capability
For wireless client access Mac with AirPort or AirPort Extreme wireless capability PC with 802.11a, 802.11b, or 802.11g card
For shared printing with a USB printer USB printer, Mac with Mac OS X v10.2.7 or later USB printer, PC with Windows XP (SP2) or Windows Vista; Bonjour for Windows (included on Time Capsule CD)
For AirPort Disk with a USB hard drive Mac with Mac OS X v10.4.8 or later PC with Windows XP (SP2) or Windows Vista; Bonjour for Windows (included on Time Capsule CD)

Extended service and support


The AppleCare Protection Plan for your computer covers Time Capsule.

  1. Weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.
  2. Support for Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2) requires Mac OS X v10.3 or later or Windows XP with SP2 or later.
  3. 1GB = 1 billion bytes and 1TB = 1 trillion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
  4. Time Capsule is based on an IEEE 802.11n draft specification and is compatible with IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, and IEEE 802.11g.
  5. The 802.11n Enabler for Mac works with the following computers: MacBook Pro with Intel Core 2 Duo; MacBook with Intel Core 2 Duo; Mac Pro with AirPort Extreme option; iMac with Intel Core 2 Duo (except the 17-inch 1.83GHz iMac).

Wi-Fi Protected Access is a mark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. Wireless Internet access requires a wireless-enabled computer, a base station or other access point, and Internet access (fees may apply). Some ISPs are not currently compatible with Time Capsule. Product specifications are subject to change without notice.


Published Date: Apr 6, 2016