Airport Express Ethernet HDD

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Tymmz, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. Tymmz macrumors 65816

    Tymmz

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    Hi.

    Just bought an Airport Express.

    I was wondering if anyone had any experience with connecting an ethernet HDD to it.

    Is the drive easily accessible? Does Time Machine work with it? Any drawbacks?

    Essentially: Is it worth it?

    Cheers!
     
  2. Lance-AR macrumors 6502

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    As long as the NAS supports the time machine protocol, it will be a little slow across the wireless but I think it should work when plugged into the LAN port.
     
  3. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

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    The only potential drawback is the slower ethernet speeds vrs. connecting your NAS to a gigabit network.

    For what you're using the drive for, it may not matter at all to you.
     
  4. Tymmz thread starter macrumors 65816

    Tymmz

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    Just streaming movies should be alright then.
     
  5. Tymmz thread starter macrumors 65816

    Tymmz

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    Thanks by the way for the replies. Much appreciated.
     
  6. marzer macrumors 65816

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    Unless the drive supports TM out of the box you'll probably have to do a little manual setup so TM can see it.

    http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20110808120424119

    I've successfully used this on a NAS in the past.

    As it was already pointed out, backuping up a network drive connected to the Express will be very slow because it doesn't have a gigabit port.
     

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