Replacing Airport Express '08 w Time Capsule 11?

How much stronger and faster a signal would the 2011 Time Caspule be over an Airport Express purchased in late 2008? The time capsule clearly offers the convenience of daily data back up. However I fear having to reconnect all my wireless devices to the new network.  Some of them are very tempermental and might cause hours of pain before cooperating.
Can anyone provide an opinion based on their own upgrade experience?  And I live in a small NYC apartment, so there really is no need for more than one to be connected to wi-fi.

Unless you are also updating all of your wireless clients, just upgrading from the older Express to the Time Capsule may not necessarily show a lot of improvement.
However, the overall bandwidth should be better as the TC uses a 3-stream antenna design over that used in the Express which would provide a higher maximum bandwidth for your wireless clients that can take advantage of it.

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  • Airport express /  wireless speakers  /  time capsule

    I use Time Capsule for my home network and backups. I'd like to be able to have wireless speakers I can move around the inside and outside of my house.
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  • Extending airport wi-fi network (time capsule airport express)

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