i bought a used airport extreme and a new 2tb external hard drive and i saved 350$ vs buying a time capsule
I've heard of many people having hdd failures in their time capsules and needing apple to replace them. if my external hdd is full just plug in another.
my setup works great with time machine. you wouldn't need your original router anymore. i have a single ethernet cable from my cable modem to my airport extreme. the benefit to the extreme over your router is the usb input on the back. i did have a net gear router that my macbook pro didn't like. once i swapped it out for the extreme everything was happy.
FYI your first backup is huge, normally with entire contents of your hard drive. i would hardwire to the router for that one and use wireless for the rest of the backups.
Take a look at this. Very small, bus powered, Firewire. My daughter (college student) has been using one with her MBP for 3 years with no problems. OWC is a good place to buy, very reputable.Hey
Thanks for that. Yeah I see you have a point. It's only my MBA really. However wanted something wireless. I see most external hds are all USB only.
option one:does your internet signal come in through a coaxial line? like a cable line? if so you probably have a modem that hooks up to the coaxial line and from there you can plug up 1 ethernet cable.Sounds good your set up. However my current router is a wifi router. Connected to my MBA through wifi. So would I connect via Ethernet cable my current wifi router to airport extreme? And then airport will act is the main wifi router.?
no. its not worth it."Is time capsule actually worth the money it is? Or do people recommend any good alternatives at a decent price?"
If you're just going to back up one or two computers, my opinion is NO, it's not a good choice.
My suggestion for an alternative backup (and other usage) scenario:
1. Spend about $20, and get one of these:
(many items shown, all work the same, just pick one you like that's cheap)
2. Then, get one (or more) "bare" hard drives from the vendor of your choice (you may even have one laying around)
3. Download the FREE "CarbonCopyCloner" from:
Connect the dock to the Mac, put the bare drive in, turn it on, use Disk Utility to initialize it, and use CCC to clone your internal to the docked drive.
Quick 'n' easy backup solution. You can even boot from the docked drive and run maintenance on your internal.
The USB/SATA dock will become one of the most useful peripherals you have around....
that thing hurt my eyes to look at it. too pink for me. it should work.I have the same question in my mind. I have one MBP which I care about though I have two other macs but no backup is needed.
I was thinking of the pogoplug device.
The idea is that I can connect two cheap USB drives, so if one fails I still have a good backup.
Any suggestions of this?