5th Gen AEBS - Transfer Speed

christurbo

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I have just ordered a new AEBS for my home network for the intention of connecting an external HDD to use as NAS.

I am rocking a new i5 MBA SSD, a 2010 15" i5 MBP, [as well as other tech] and I will be using a 7200rpm 2.5" external HDD attached to the AEBS.

Has anyone used a similar setup, if so how quick were transfer speeds?

I want to migrate me iTunes/iPhoto/iMovie libraries onto the external HDD and connect via wifi from the MBA.

Thanks.
 

BreakGuy

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It's all going to depend on your location when you transfer. I'm in the next room over from my Extreme Base Station and using the 5GHz network, I get a transmission rate of 324Mbps.
 

DaveGee

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Has anyone used a similar setup, if so how quick were transfer speeds?
As BreakGuy already stated.... The speed you'll attain will be HIGHLY dependent on your environment.

What you are asking is similar to the following...

I just got a new XYZ-7848 receiver and was wondering how well it will receive 102.7FM in my house.
 
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christurbo

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The router will be in my living room where I do most of my evening browsing.

My studio is on my 1st floor probably 4 meters above the router. That is where i DJ so I would stream my tracks over the wireless.

The house has predominantly wooden floorboards, and plasterboard walls.

I currently run a SKY 802.11g router which works fairly well even though the range has been known to be an issue.
 

hafr

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It's all going to depend on your location when you transfer. I'm in the next room over from my Extreme Base Station and using the 5GHz network, I get a transmission rate of 324Mbps.
Seriously? What kind of drive do you use? Or what program are you using to try transfer speeds?

I get 14-18 MB/s on wireless (5 GHz) not even a meter from the router, about 20 wired and 30 when the USB drive is connected directly to the computer. You're getting 40 MB/s wirelessly to a USB drive connected to the AEBS... Monster speeds :)
 

BreakGuy

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Seriously? What kind of drive do you use? Or what program are you using to try transfer speeds?

I get 14-18 MB/s on wireless (5 GHz) not even a meter from the router, about 20 wired and 30 when the USB drive is connected directly to the computer. You're getting 40 MB/s wirelessly to a USB drive connected to the AEBS... Monster speeds :)
Option-Click your Wi-Fi icon in the menubar to reveal details of the network you're on.
 

hafr

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Option-Click your Wi-Fi icon in the menubar to reveal details of the network you're on.
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It tells me I have 405 in my dedicated 5 GHz network... But I'm not getting those transfer speeds :) I'm guessing transmit rate would be the theoretical max, and not having anything to do with actual transfer speeds...
 

BreakGuy

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It tells me I have 405 in my dedicated 5 GHz network... But I'm not getting those transfer speeds :) I'm guessing transmit rate would be the theoretical max, and not having anything to do with actual transfer speeds...
You're probably right. I don't do any transfers to external HDD's (I don't have any important files to keep back ups of, but still...), I sometimes use iTunes for AirPlay.
 

hafr

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Excellent article with real world performance tests of the Airport Extreme.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4577/

Part of the article with the performance tests.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4577/airport-extreme-5th-gen-and-time-capsule-4th-gen-review-faster-wifi-/6
Apparently, these tests wouldn't be true in Europe though. From what I've heard the EU regulations on power output (or how ever you would put it) in personal wifi equipment is a lot lower than in the states and is basically reached already in AEBS 4th gen, so changing ones 4th gen for a 5th gen would mean no actual difference in transfer speeds or reach of the network.

This is what a network technician told me at least, anyone with actual proof of whether this is true or not would be very appreciated, because if it's not true I'd switch my 4th gen for a 5th gen tomorrow ;)
 

christurbo

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I have set it up internet is snappy.

Quick test done on file transfer - 2010 MBP on a 300mbps connection with 5400rpm external drive attached to AEBS =

500MB file = 54 seconds.
1.3GB file = 2 mins 23 seconds.

I have not tried my 2011 MBA running 450mbps. I will post results.
 
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Lennyvalentin

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Option-Click your Wi-Fi icon in the menubar to reveal details of the network you're on.
That's not the true transmission rate you get across your network tho - to measure that you'll have to actually transfer some data and measure how long it takes. Chances are high it'll be far, far less than what the pop-down menu suggests...