Airport Extreme dual band vs 500GB Time Capsule

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by chromey, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. chromey macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2009
    So I just bought an Airport Extreme simultaneous dual band base station about two days ago for $179 but now have come across a friend of mine selling their 500GB Time Capsule for $125. I had plugged in a 160gb 2.5" SATA drive into an external enclosure and into the Airport Extreme for time machine backups. The initial 40.5GB backup took about 4 hours. My question is that if I get a Time Capsule, would my transfer speeds increase due to the drive being built into the router or would they decrease due to not being dual band (I have several wireless G devices in the apartment that would probably drop the data transfer speeds to 54mbit instead of 300mbit)? I'm trying to figure out what the best bang for my buck is here for a solid router and decently fast wireless backups.
  2. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    Backing on with Time Machine is a slow process. Keep you AEBS.
  3. chromey thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2009
    OK, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing out on any significant speed advantage with the Time Capsule over the AEBS.

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