Can HDDs be "daisy-chained" on new Airport Extreme?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Steven Jackson, Feb 1, 2007.

  1. Steven Jackson macrumors 6502

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    Just as title. Does the new Air-Disk feature allow a number of USB 2 drives to be "daisy-chained" together to have greater storage?

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  2. netdog macrumors 603

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    You can't daisy-chain USB drives, but you can connect a USB hub on the Extreme N router and hang multiple drives and a printer.
     
  3. Steven Jackson thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, I didn't know that. Don't mean to be rude, but are you absolutely sure (I only ask because it's going to seriously affect my purchasing decisions for new drives...)

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    Steve
     
  4. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    Its worded a little funny...

    http://www.apple.com/airportextreme/sharing.html

    "Do everything.

    What if you’d like to exchange files over your wireless network and still have access to a network printer? Easy. Just connect a USB hub to AirPort Extreme and attach your devices to the hub. Share both a printer and a hard drive, multiple printers, or multiple hard drives."
     
  5. WildPalms macrumors 6502a

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    USB is a serialized protocol so in a roundabout way a USB hub is handling the daisy chaining. :rolleyes:
     
  6. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    If you want to get technical, USB is actually a tiered star and doesn't use daisy chaining at all. :rolleyes:

    I think the OP wanted to know the features of the new AEBS, like if it supports more than one drive.
     
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  8. logandzwon macrumors 6502a

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    USB does not support daisy-chaining. If you have a device that you think does, it actually has a usb hub built-in. If you have a device like that, it should be sufficent, so long as your drives are self-powdered, not bus powered.
     

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