Original Time Capsule Datasheet

Time Capsule
Source: apple.com – Time Capsule

The Original Time Capsule also known as “Apple Time Capsule 1st Generation” was a wireless network-attached storage device manufactured and sold by Apple from 2007 to 2009 as part of the AirPort Time Capsule series. Introduced on January 15, 2008, the initial price for the device was set at $299.

Functioning as a backup appliance, the Time Capsule automatically and wirelessly backed up data from one or more Mac computers running Leopard, the then-latest release of Apple’s Mac OS X operating system. This backup was facilitated by Time Machine, Apple’s automatic backup software. Combining an 802.11n base station with a server-grade hard disk, the Time Capsule provided users with a seamless backup solution.

Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO at the time, described the simplicity of the setup process, emphasizing that with just a few clicks, every Mac in the household could be backed up automatically. The Time Capsule ensured that irreplaceable files such as photos, movies, and documents were protected and easily retrievable in case of loss.

The device seamlessly integrated with Time Machine, allowing users to wirelessly back up their Mac data, locate lost files, and even restore entire systems. Time Capsule also functioned as a full-featured Wi-Fi base station, supporting the latest 802.11n technology, which offered improved performance and range compared to previous standards.

In addition to its backup capabilities, Time Capsule served as a Wi-Fi base station with features such as a built-in power supply, wireless printing support, and the ability to create secure networks for up to 50 users. With prices starting at $299 for a 500 GB model and $499 for a 1 TB model, Time Capsule provided an affordable backup solution for multiple computers while also serving as a high-speed wireless network backbone.

Key features of the Time Capsule included dual-band antennas, Gigabit LAN and Ethernet ports, USB 2.0 connectivity, and built-in security features such as WPA/WPA-2 encryption and a NAT firewall. The device boasted compatibility with 802.11a/b/g and Draft-N protocols, offering versatility in networking setups.

However, despite its innovative features and utility, the Time Capsule (1st Generation) was discontinued on March 3, 2009, marking the end of its production cycle.

As of today, the Time Capsule celebrates its 16-year anniversary, symbolizing its legacy as a pioneering backup solution in Apple’s product lineup.

Original Time Capsule Details

IntroducedJanuary 15, 2008 – 16 years ago
ReleasedFebruary 29, 2008 – 16 years ago
DiscontinuedMarch 3, 2009 – 15 years ago
Time on the Market12 months (1 year)
Model NumberA1254
Order NumberMB276LL/A (500 GB)
MB277LL/A (1 TB)
Original Price$299 (500 GB)
$499 (1 TB)
Weight3.5 Ibs.
1.587 KG
Dimensions1.4″ D x 7.7″ H x 7.7″ W
3.55 cm D x 19.55 cm H x 19.55 cm W

Wireless Specs

Wireless Data Range200 – 540 Mbps
CompatibilityWi-Fi (802.11a/b/g and draft 802.11n)
Frequency2.4 GHz or 5 GHz
Radio Output Power20 dBm (nominal)
WEP (40-bit or 128-bit encryption)
Capacity50 users
MIMO Config3×3:2
Supported ProtocolsNAT
VPN Passthrough (IPSec, PPTP, and L2TP)
DNS Proxy


Ports4 – Ethernet (10/100/1000BASE-T)
1 – USB
Storage500 GB
1 TB
Power over EthernetNo

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