Airport Extreme connected drive - optimum speed?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by askywalker, Sep 15, 2007.

  1. askywalker macrumors regular

    Aug 18, 2007
    Does the hard drive speed matter on an external hard drive that is connected to the Airport Extreme? I am going to buy the AEBS and connect a drive to it - does the drive speed matter at all, or will the USB on the AEBS (and the LAN connections) make that irrelevant?

    Also - does anyone know if I can access the external drive from Windows 2003, XP and Vista boxes? I sure hope so!
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    No. The AEBS CPU can't even keep the USB connection running at full speed. Expect top speeds of 5-10MBps max regardless of drive.
  3. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000


    Oct 31, 2005
    Twin Cities, MN
    Really? Even with 802.11n? That's disappointing...I was looking at getting the 802.11n for a faster network in my house :(
  4. askywalker thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 18, 2007
    Yah - my place is also wired, so I was hoping the gigabit lan speed would be helpful. I suppose I need to invest in a proper NAS, but was hoping to cheap-out on the Airport Extreme...

    I wonder if any NAS devices will be any better? I suppose that if I want to have 'fast' access I will have to use e-sata or fw800 - which means carrying around the drive with me... kinda killing the portability of the mbp.

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