Need Recommendation: Airport Extreme & Nas or Time Capsule?

Discussion in 'Mac Peripherals' started by Robdmb, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2008
    With the release of the new Airport Extremes and Time Capsules I am looking to purchase one or the other. I currently have a mac and pc environment and am looking for a universal backup solution. My question is - should I go with the Airport Extreme and then buy a NAS for storage or should I just go with the all-in-one solution with the Time Capsule. Any pros/cons to either route? Thanks.
  2. macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2008
    My 1st gen TC at the house took a lightning strike this weekend. I am also looking to go with an Airport extreme or another TC.
  3. Drezin, Jun 21, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2011

    macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2010
    i too, havent made a decision yet:
    - Time capsule with USB hub connecting to printer and 1 HDD (2 hds one for time machine and the other for wireless file access)

    - Airport Extreme with usb hub connecting to printer and 2 HDDs (2 hds one for time machine and the other for wireless file access)
  4. macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2009
    Airport extreme is $179. 2 TB external hard drives run as low as about $100, but these are easily replaceable. I would go with the Airport Extreme just for the ability to swap out your HDDs.
  5. macrumors 68030


    Nov 5, 2007
    TC is probably the way to go if there aren't reliability problems like the last generation. But that is probably a big if. I'm leaning toward TC, but that is partly because I want to tuck it away in a corner on a book shelf and not have a second peripheral sitting there. So it is somewhat an aesthetic decision.
  6. macrumors 68030


    Dec 18, 2007
    NY State of mind
    I'd recommend the Extreme with NAS. TC is a single disk - no RAID - greater chance of data loss due to disk failure. Plus, today's NAS devices do much more than just serve up disk space....take a look at the Synology 2 or 4 bay products, they'll stream media, do torrents, connect to IP webcams - all without a computer having to be powered up.
  7. macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2008
    Does the Synology 4 Bay operate under a RAID type system? Can I set it up wit 2 or 3 TB hard Drives, configure one to backup and the others to act as RAID Backups. Can I use it to backup my entire network?
  8. macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg MB
    Default is the 1-drive redundancy, so if you have 4 drives you can have 1 fail and still all the data will be fine. You can specify manual raid levels too. And yes, you can backup anything to it, including via Time Machine.
  9. macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2008
    Thank You!!
  10. macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2011
    Berkeley, CA
    RAID is not a backup solution
  11. macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg MB
    It is for 95% of people. If you house burns down your data is the least of your problems probably.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2011
    Bismarck, North Dakota
    I would go with the Time Capsule. The hard drive is built right in, and I've had no problems whatsoever with mine. If you decide to get an Airport Extreme with, let's say, 2TB of storage, it's going to cost the same as a 2 TB Time Capsule. And of course the Time Capsule is smaller and a lot more portable. You can tuck it away disguised as a book in a bookshelf or something!

    Also, it you get an Airport Extreme, you have to manage three wires and two devices instead of just one wire and one device. And if the hard drives falls over and the wire disconnects, you'll just stop backing up and you won't know until a week or so later when Mac OS X alerts you. And lastly, the hard drive will be connecting to the Airport Extreme through USB 2.0. That's SLOW!! Backing up and restoring from a backup will take forever! Time Capsules are much faster, and I can even use mine as a server for accessing my iTunes content instead of storing everything on my computer, it's great! The Time Capsule is the better buy in my opinion, and if for whatever reason it costs ten dollars more than the Airport Extreme and hard drive combination, it's still definitely worth it.
  13. macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2008
    Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
    Have they fixed the overheating issue that was on the first generation time capsules? Disk use heats the machine up, and bulges the capacitors in the interntal power adaptor, preventing the machine from powering up.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2009
    The Netherlands
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    Time Machine backup to a HD connected to an Airport Extreme is not officially supported by Apple. And there are mixed opinions on how reliable this works.

    Despite this I'm still interested in this solution :) and like to hear other people's opinion on this.

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