How can time machine not work with some wifi routers

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by uncleMonty, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2012
    I bought a new router (Cisco EA3500) and a Western Digital 2TB hard drive with USB 3.0. The router works fine, and I can use the external drive over the network from multiple machines in the house. But I've just found out that Time Machine isn't "supported" on this router and so I can't do automatic incremental backups. How can that be--if I can read and write from the HD over the network, why does the router care exactly which program on my Mac is sending bits to be written to it? What would a router need in order to be able to support Time Machine?
  2. macrumors P6


    Jan 23, 2005
    For Time Machine to work properly with a router that router needs to support the Apple Filing Protocol (AFP). This AFP support would need to be present in the router's firmware.
  3. macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    A better solution might be using a Synology NAS.

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