View Full Version : Attach External HD to Airport

Feb 2, 2002, 11:44 PM
I'm just curious. Does anyone know if it's possible (or of there's a hack) to connect an external hard drive to an Airport Base Station and share the drive over the network... I have a couple of PowerBooks and would like to buy a 120GB drive to share wirelessly. Any ideas?

Feb 3, 2002, 04:09 AM
As a fellow laptop user i have to say that if that were possible it would be great. im really surprised apple hasnt allowed more connections on the airports. a usb and firewire port would be great. that way a airport could server as a print server and file server.

perhaps the easiest way to work around this is to get some old pre g3 mac (can buy these for like $20) connect it to your airport and use that as your file server. definietly not the best solution but perhaps the only feasible one.

Feb 3, 2002, 11:38 AM
Yes, I had considered that. I have an old 8100 under my bed that I could use. Except that I wanted to get an external firewire drive... and I don't want to upgrade the 8100. I guess I could get an internal SCSI drive, it just wouldn't be portable. Oh well...

Feb 4, 2002, 12:02 PM
But rather expensive.

They're called Network Area Storage devices. They connect by Ethernet or occasionally FW.

$500.00 USD to $5000.00 USD

Storage from 40Gb to 400Gb

Requires a 2.0 base station or a 1.0 base station w/ 10/100 Base-T Ethernet hub. It may also work with virtual base station, but I haven't tried it.

I hope this answered your question. :cool:

Feb 4, 2002, 01:22 PM
Go to http://www.bluearc.com]

Really cool but VERY expensive.:eek: :D :cool: :p

Feb 4, 2002, 02:08 PM
Where can I get one? (Network Area Storage devices) I've done some looking on the web, but I can't seem to find anything in an online store. Is this something you can just go out and buy?

Feb 4, 2002, 03:10 PM
Go to : http://www.macmall.com]


The nicest one seems to be the SNAP server. Search under NAS, SNAP or storage.