All in One WiFi Router?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Xtreambar, May 14, 2008.

  1. Xtreambar macrumors regular

    Aug 2, 2006
    Washington, DC
    I am trying to find a WiFi router OR set-up that will let me do the following:

    1) Have a fast WiFi speed
    2) Back-up my MacBook's HD via Time Machine wirelessly
    3) Stream my iTunes to a stereo

    From what I can tell:
    - All of the Apple routers can do 1 as they all offer Draft N
    - AirPort Extreme w/an external HD can do 2 for cheaper than a Time Capsule
    - Only an AirPort express seems to do 3, but it cannot do 2

    Any suggestions for a set-up or device that can do all three? I don't mind buying a router plus external HD. Form factor is not an issue.
  2. italiano40 macrumors 65816


    Oct 7, 2007
    i would get an AirPort Extreme for the fast wifi and time machine backup wireless and an AirPort Express to stream iTunes to a stereo
    that is my throught
  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    afaik there are none that can do all three, i suppose picking the one that fits your needs better is what you should go with. ie if wireless backup is a bigger priority go for the extreme, if wireless music is more important go for the express. or if its cost, go with the express.
  4. Xtreambar thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 2, 2006
    Washington, DC
    Perhaps there is a non-Apple router than can handle all three issues?
  5. MacinDoc macrumors 68020


    Mar 22, 2004
    The Great White North
    AFAIK, there is no non-Apple router that can do AirTunes, only the AE. Also, I'm not sure that any non-Apple router can do wireless backup through Time Machine (does anyone else know this?)
  6. chrisgeleven macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2002
    Manchester, NH
    There is no non-Apple router that can do Time Machine backups. This is probably due to the fact that there is no non-Apple router that can read the file system Macs use.

    Your best bet is to get an Airport Extreme with an external HD (or a Time Capsule) and then get an Airport Express to do the stereo part.
  7. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Time Capsule is also a router, so you can have
    - Time Capsule (time machine and wifi)
    - Airport Express (optical audio out)
  8. TJones macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2008
    Maybe consider using bluetooth speakers for the audio instead?

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