What exactly can I do with an airport outside of the usual?

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  1. Mojo67821 macrumors regular

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    I know I can hook up speakers, and I know I can hook up a printer, but what is there any other sort of wireless stuff I can do with this?

    Mainly I want to know if I can hook up an external drive to the airport to play music from. I ask because I don't have any music on my internal drive, as it's a laptop with bootcamp and not much HDD space left at all.

    I also read that you can have a home "network" with the airport express, what exactly does this mean? Filesharing between computers?
     
  2. Ugg macrumors 68000

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    You can't hook up an external hard drive directly to the Airport unless it has wireless capabilities. I've never heard of a hard drive that does.

    You can network and yes, it's basically filesharing. I network with my sister's PC whenever I visit in order to directly transfer photos, etc.
     
  3. arcsbite Guest

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    I know envisage sell wireless hard drives.

    well, they take a power cord, which makes them none-wireless, but they are connected to your machine wirelessly...

    ...never really saw the point.
     
  4. dylan macrumors 6502

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    You can also do lots of neat stuff with Apple's Bonjour technology. iTunes Music and Video sharing (with Front Row now too), iChat text, audio and video chats; big bang board games; to name a few.

    The best part is there is virtually no setting up required any computer with an airport card configures itself.
     
  5. superleccy macrumors 6502a

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    Couldn't you get an External HDD with a network interface (I think LaCie do them, amongst others) and plug that into the ethernet port of (say) an airport express?

    I have been thinking about doing this because I have 2 AXs. The Ethernet port of my first one has my ADSL modem plugged into it, but the Ethernet port on the other one is just unused at the moment.

    SL
     
  6. blodwyn macrumors 65816

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    You sure can, but the ones I've tried are painfully slow - feels about the same as the old USB 1.1 transfer rates. Also because you connect via SMB, you can bump into some occasional illegal characters in file names. It works, but don't expect much in the way of performance.
     
  7. Mojo67821 thread starter macrumors regular

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    The point for me is I have a laptop, and my music is stored on an external HD. Therefore, I want to be able to be using my laptop from anywhere in my apt and be able to hear music, without all the extra wires of an external hdd and speakers.

    I can't seem to find these envisage drives you speak of, could anyone point me in the right direction?
     
  8. superleccy macrumors 6502a

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    Here, for example.

    I have often considered doing the same thing, but I'm not 100% convinced the performance will be good enough. Airport Express/Extreme will give you a maximum of 54Mbps (compare this to the 400Mbps of Firewire), which you will have to share between the serving of files from the network drive to iTunes, plus the "second leg" of streaming the files back to the AX. Plus, typically you'll be wanting to surf the Internet at the same time too.

    Has anyone actually got this working?

    SL
     
  9. Mojo67821 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'd like to know if this setup works before I spent all that money on a drive :)

    So essentially you're plugging the ethernet drive into the airport and using it as a network drive? So then you access it wirelessly from your airport enabled computer, and then stream music back to the airport station? Just wanted to make sure I understand this correctly.
     
  10. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    I'm sure you can take an ethernet NAT and plug it into an Ethernet bridge and bam, wireless storage. Frankly though, it's cheaper and more practical to just have it connected right next to the router anyway. Faster speeds and the whole idea of NAT is to have everything in one location, not have it moving around.
     
  11. pastover macrumors newbie

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    I've been wondering the same thing, about connecting an ethernet hard drive to my second AX and using it as a network drive, specifically for backing up 3 family laptops. I'd also like to store photos on it. High speed wouldn't be essential with the backups, but I'm curious how slow iPhoto would be with the image files stored on the networked drive (assuming one CAN use the ethernet jack of the 2nd AX for that purpose). Any real-life experience out there would be very welcome...
     
  12. BAspecialCake macrumors member

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    If you like terribly slow transfer times....
     

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