Airport Extreme, HDD for time machine and printer

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by 147798, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. 147798 Suspended

    Dec 29, 2007
    I have a 1.5TB external HDD that I am using with my iMac. But I have just added a MBP, so now I have two computers that need backing up. I was thinking of time capsule, but someone suggested I just get an airport extreme and hang the 1.5TB drive off of that. Is that do-able?

    But also the MBP only has 2 USB ports (my old Dell had 4). If I got the extreme, could I split the USB port and have both a HDD AND a printer off the extreme? Now that I say this out loud (or type outloud), this seems unlikely, but I thought I should check.
  2. bobdard macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2008
    Yes you can connect both the HDD and the printer to the extreme through a HUB. As for backing up to the Extreme's HDD, it is possible, though IIRC Apple didn't officially support doing that. Maybe someone else can chime in on more up to date info about that.
  3. 147798 thread starter Suspended

    Dec 29, 2007
    Interesting. It was an Apple store employee who suggested I hang the 1.5 off the extreme.
  4. fehhkk macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Yup, I tried it last week with a USB hub, and the printer + airdisk works just fine...

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