AirPort Extreme and WD MyBook Live Duo

gc916

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I am getting conflicting info from Apple Support and WD Support, so I thought I'd ask the experts here.

I need to replace my current Netgear router (WNR2000v2), and am considering an AirPort Extreme. I have a 4TB WD MyBook Live Duo connected to the Netgear via ethernet, and use it to backup my MacBook Pro via CCC, and I also store my iTunes Library on it for use with Sonos. The setup works quite well.

The MBLD does not have the capability to connect to a router using USB. Will I be able to connect the MBLD to the AE via an ethernet connection? The first Apple tech said no. The 2nd Apple tech said "maybe." WD says yes, absolutely. I'm not sure who is right.
 

Weaselboy

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Will I be able to connect the MBLD to the AE via an ethernet connection? The first Apple tech said no. The 2nd Apple tech said "maybe." WD says yes, absolutely. I'm not sure who is right.
Absolutely. I have no idea why anyone would tell you you could not. :confused:
 

Altemose

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I am getting conflicting info from Apple Support and WD Support, so I thought I'd ask the experts here.

I need to replace my current Netgear router (WNR2000v2), and am considering an AirPort Extreme. I have a 4TB WD MyBook Live Duo connected to the Netgear via ethernet, and use it to backup my MacBook Pro via CCC, and I also store my iTunes Library on it for use with Sonos. The setup works quite well.

The MBLD does not have the capability to connect to a router using USB. Will I be able to connect the MBLD to the AE via an ethernet connection? The first Apple tech said no. The 2nd Apple tech said "maybe." WD says yes, absolutely. I'm not sure who is right.
The AirPort Extreme fully supports this connection. The only reason you received conflicting information is that to access the hard drive from the Internet, certain ports must be opened. The Apple techs may not have been familiar with your WD MyBook and did not want to give a confirming answer in case they were wrong.

The Extreme is a great router and I highly recommend you get one.
 

gc916

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Weaselboy and Altemose,

Many thanks for your help. There is an AirPort Extreme in my immediate future.