Airport Extreme: attached drive - USB or Ethernet?

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  1. mgpg89 macrumors 6502a

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    I bought a NAS (WD My Book Live 2TB) to work as a media server. It's connected to my Airport Extreme using Ethernet.

    I just set it up and started a 300GB file transfer and the dialog box displays:
    Really?! I bought a NAS instead of a regular external HDD because I read Ethernet was supposed to be faster than USB. Isn't that true?
     
  2. Knoodles macrumors 6502

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    How is your computer connected to the APE? Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi? If Wi-fi then you are still limited by wireless speed as compared to ethernet.
     
  3. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My Mac is connected to the APE by Ethernet cable.
     
  4. Knoodles macrumors 6502

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    Turn Airport (wi-fi) off on your Mac and try the transfer again.
     
  5. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Wi-Fi was already disabled to begin with.
     
  6. Knoodles macrumors 6502

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    Weird. I too have a NAS set up as a media server through ethernet. Connected first to USB for initial set up then ethernet. No problems. Sorry could not be more help. Maybe with more info?
     
  7. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Doesn't really matter anymore, as I already returned the drive. Wasn't too impressed with the speeds + overall user experience.

    Thanks for your help though!
     

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