|Jan 11, 2013, 12:01 PM||#1|
Network Drive over WiFi
I want to add a networked external hard drive to my home network. The purpose is to store pictures and video, so that it can be accessed via iPad, laptops, etc.
From doing some research, I think I will go with an Airport Extreme and add external hard drive.
Here are my questions:
1. I am concerned about the speed with this setup. Can anyone comment on what type of speed I can expect? From my (very basic) understanding, I think I will be limited by the USB 2.0 of the AEBS rather than the wifi (802.11n for iMac and ipad).
2. Any suggestions on external hard drive? Is it better to connect via USB or buy a hard drive with ethernet cable (NAS type)?
3. Any suggestions on brand of ext hard drive? I am leaning towards WD MyBook Studio (or Studio II for RAID).
|Jan 11, 2013, 12:37 PM||#2|
Late 2012 27" iMac 3.4Ghz, 32GB, 1TB fusion, 675MX
Late 2011 15" MacBook Pro, 2.2Ghz, 16GB, 250GB SSD
iPhone 5 Black 32GB; iPad 4 Black 32GB
|Jan 11, 2013, 01:26 PM||#4|
Thanks for the feedback. Since I want the hard drive to a available over my home network, aren't I stuck with the wifi option?
If I connect with Ethernet cable (NAS), I think you guys are suggesting that I connect directly to my iMac instead of AEBS. That would mean other devices (like ipad) would not have access unless my iMac is on or awake.
I would like to have the hard drive available regardless of iMac status.
|Jan 11, 2013, 05:20 PM||#5|
Either way, I use a drobo FS to store all my media and when I want to see something on my ipad I just beam it over using itunes over wifi...
hope this helps..
13" MBP, 6+, Air 2, Imac 2012 27". TV & probably a few other things I can't remember. Still waiting for a touch screen iMac!
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