Comparison between R7000 and Time Capsule

Spec comparison between Netgear R7000 wireless AC1900 and Apple Time Capsule wireless AC1750 routers


Both Netgear R7000 and Apple Time Capsule are Time machine support for Mac automatic backup. For small businesses in homes or small offices, both routers are suitable to support business needs and multimedia purposes.

In mission critical businesses where information is very valuable asset, losing any single critical business file must be avoided. A well managed backup strategy is one of the preventive methods to recover any data loss. For Mac machines with OS X Leopard or later, Time machine is very essential feature to help manage the backup strategy automatically. So that’s why both routers are designed to support Time machine to backup data to the USB attached storage.


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What the products do

I have discussed the comparison between Netgear R7000 and Airport Extreme previously. Let’s have a look at other comparison with Time Capsule.

Both routers are designed based on the latest 5th generation of wifi technology (draft 802.11ac) with gigabit wireless speed, high performance wifi routers for large homes with multiple types of clients including desktop computers, Mac machines, Laptops, iPads and other Android mobile devices.

Wifi technology

With 5G wifi technology, what we did in the past with wired can now be done in wifi. The fastest wifi technology introduced by Apple is based on wireless ac1750 delivering the speeds of up to total 1750Mbps. Two models are offered i.e. Apple Airport Extreme ac and Airport Time Capsule (a full feature of Extreme router with internal storage).

Netgear comes with the 5G wifi technology in various models including the R6300 v2 with wireless ac1750 and the latest one is R7000 with wireless ac1900. The difference is in 2.4GHz band which the speed is up to 450Mbps in Capsule, and Netgear comes with the speeds of up to 600Mbps in 2.4GHz band.

Netgear R7000 wireless ac1900 router
Netgear R7000 wireless ac1900 router

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Netgear designs the R7000 with different antenna model, 3x detachable external antennas while the other ac models are designed with internal antenna arrays. On the other hand Apple Time Capsule puts its antenna arrays on top of tower body, higher position for much better coverage. Both routers come with Beamforming and high power amplifiers for much better wifi solid connection, focusing on each of the wifi clients on the network. Beamforming broadcast the signal in all directions like Omni but it gives focus and lock the wifi clients to allow them roam and move within the household.

Ethernet ports

Tradition of Apple routers is always coming with three RJ-45 LAN ports and one WAN port. It is contrary with other routers from other vendors that always come with one more Ethernet port (4x ports). Both routers come with Gigabit ports both LAN and WAN interfaces. With gigabit WAN port you can connect with maximum throughput to the DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem such as best seller high performance Surfboard SB6141 by Aris (originally by Motorola) which the Ethernet port comes with Gigabit spec.

USB port

Apple Time Capsule comes with internal storage you can opt to use 2TB or 3TB disk storage, huge space for small business needs. However storing multimedia files including movie or HD video files, games, images and other music files would cause the storage to run out of space much faster than storing normal business data. The presence of one USB port is reasonable since you don’t need to attach external Disk storage unless the maximum 3TB space is reached. You can use the port for sharing the printer only, eliminating the clutter of disk storage on your table.

Apple Airport Extreme 6G
Apple Airport Extreme 6G Wireless AC router

Netgear R7000 is fair enough with two USB ports since it doesn’t designed with internal storage, one with USB 2.0 and the other one with USB 3.0 which is 10x faster than USB 2.0.  By attaching the external disk with USB 3.0 port such as WD My Book 3TB Hard Drive, it would perform with optimal throughput eliminating storage traffic bottleneck.

With the storage, your router is ready to support the automatic backup for your Mac machines. Time Machine will only work on Macs running the Leopard, Snow Leopard or Lion operating systems, it doesn’t work with Windows. Windows has its own backup utility you can configure for automatic backup.

The price of the R7000 plus external USB 3.0 disk storage is almost the same price of the Time capsule with 2TB storage. Well, the price between the two routers with the same 2TB storage would not be much different. Except that Netgear comes with fast USB 3.0 data rate throughput – ideal for bulk of large data transfer.


Netgear routers, even though they don’t mention that they can be configured for wireless access point but they can. You can configure the device as the wireless access point (AP) should it connect to the same router device. In a situation when you subscribe DSL broadband internet, typically the provider gives you a modem with NAT feature (a modem gateway). Therefore you should configure the R7000 as the wireless AP. You can do this by enabling the AP mode. Logon to or http://<router ip address>; in advanced tab > advanced setup and in wireless settings enable the AP check box.

Netgear comes with easy to use software genie to let you manage all your connected network. Watch this video what Netgear Genie is all about (courtesy by Netgear)


With Apple time capsule you can configure it, beside its default setting as the router, as the wireless bridging for expanding your existing wifi network. Or you can configure it as the wireless repeater.

Comparison table Netgear R7000 Vs Apple Time Capsule

 Model Netgear R7000Apple Time Capsule (full feature of Airport Extreme)
Wifi technologySimultaneous dual band based on wireless ac1900Simultaneous dual band based on wireless ac1750
Antenna technologyBeamforming technology


High powered amplifiers & 3x detachable external antennas

Beamforming technology


Six-element antenna array


Ethernet Ports4x Gigabit LAN


1x Gigabit WAN

3x Gigabit LAN


1x Gigabit WAN

USB Ports1x USB 3.0


1x USB 2.0

1x USB 2.0
Time MachineYesYes
Guest NetworkYesYes, 2.4 GHz only
Hardware performance1GHz processor


128 MB flash and 256 MB RAM


Broadcom CPU


512MB RAM and 128 MB Flash

On-Off buttonsWifi and power On-Off buttonsN/A
ModesWireless router, APWireless router, WDS bridging and repeating
Internal storageN/AYes, 2TB or 3TB
Cloud readyN/AN/A
MSRP$199.99$299 (with 2TB), $399 (with 3TB)

Now, you may consider one of the two products to purchase:

  1. Click here for Netgear R7000 spec details and see reviews on Amazon
  2. Or click here for Airport extreme ac spec details and shop from Amazon

You may also like Netgear storage router – WNDR4700 with internal storage which also supports Time Machine.

Cheers, KG

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