Connecting HDD via Wi-fi

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  1. gngan macrumors 68000

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    I've been searching for a while but don't get it. Here's the problem.

    I am using a ethernet for going online at home. I can't use my router because the wall is too thick and i can't connect. However, i would like to use my external HDD as Time Machine. I do not want to connect it through USB. I found something call AirPort Extreme Base station that i can connect my HDD using USB and backup through wifi. Is there something similar to this that is cheaper?
     
  2. brijazz macrumors 6502

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    AirPort Extreme Base Station *is* a router, and a good one at that... maybe good enough to blast through your "thick walls". Plus, you can do the wireless backups as you wish.

    To answer your question though, no, I don't know of anything cheaper that will allow wireless Time Machine backups.
     
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    Curious, why the hate for USB? I mean, you're still going to plug it into a USB port, just on the router instead of the computer. :confused:
     
  4. balamw Moderator

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    You can save a lot by buying one from the refurb store for US$129 if you are in the US. other Time machine compatible NAS are available but will cost more than $129.

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  5. gngan thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Can i just plug the HDD to AirPort Extreme Base Station and use it as wireless Time Machine without plugging ethernet?
     
  6. brijazz macrumors 6502

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  7. gngan, Mar 6, 2011
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    gngan thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thank you very much. I plan to back up when i'm asleep during the night. i am surprise that no other company has something similar to AirPort Extreme Base Station. I do not want to usb because There will be more than one computer that I use Time Machine. Wifi can do both at the same time.

    Edit: I have a Dlink DIR-655 and it's supposed to be very good (http://www.dlink.hk/products/?pid=530). I still can't get any signal from one room to another room.
     
  8. brijazz macrumors 6502

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    If you're backing up more than one computer, make sure to partition your external drive. One partition per computer.
     

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