After upgrading to the new 6th Gen/latest Airport Extreme / Time Capsule wifi router, my 2011 Mac Book Air connects at twice the speed: 300 Mbit/s.If I was using a newer Mac Book Air, like my brother in law, that link speed would jump to an incredible 1 Gbit/s.My brother-in-law uses both Apple and Windows-based computers at home and work, and he helped me use the built-in “Network Utility” app on my Mac Book Air to view my actual connection speed to our home wifi router.
Since my sister and family live in a part of Kansas City which has Google Fiber availability and they recently got it installed, their home bandwidth to the “commodity Internet” is absolutely incredible.
We can’t touch their connectivity speeds here in Oklahoma City at this point.
A few years ago I tried to do a backup using Carbonite, but I could never get a full backup to complete.
(It kept timing out due to how much data we needed to backup, and probably our slower home wifi setup and ISP’s upload speed limits.) Over the years I’ve also dabbled with remote backups using Jungle Disk (saving to Amazon S3) as well as Spider Oak.
(With 17 different devices, that would have taken awhile.) Setup of the Apple Time Capsule was a breeze: The new Apple wifi router showed up as an un-configured wifi hotspot in my Apple laptop’s wifi menu, and immediately launched the “Airport Utility” app to configure it after I selected it.
The entire process of setting up the new Apple wifi router took less than five minutes.
Prior to that time, we’d just used “el cheapo” Linksys (now Belkin, formerly Cisco) and Netgear routers of the variety which I’d bought at Wal Mart.
Since members of our family literally live large portions of our lives connected to the Internet, it’s very important that we have fast, reliable and robust home connectivity.
The move from a 2nd Gen Air Port Extreme (released in 2007) to the 6th Gen Airport Time Capsule (released in 2013) turns out to be a HUGE jump in wireless capability.