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noxfinitie

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I am planning on buying a new router. If it had the compatibility for time machine with my BUFFALO MiniStation 1 TB Thunderbolt / USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Thunderbolt Cable - HD-PA1.0TU3 with my Macbook Pro Retina. I was looking into the Netgear Nighthawk. Anyone have any experience with the nighthawk or know of a good router that can allow time machine for an external hard drive?
 

MCAsan

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Why not get at TC? It has a decent small router, plenty of disk space for TM backups, and it has good wifi broadcast using multiple beam forming antennae using AC spec wifi.
 

ColdCase

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I am planning on buying a new router. If it had the compatibility for time machine with my BUFFALO MiniStation 1 TB Thunderbolt / USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive with Thunderbolt Cable - HD-PA1.0TU3 with my Macbook Pro Retina. I was looking into the Netgear Nighthawk. Anyone have any experience with the nighthawk or know of a good router that can allow time machine for an external hard drive?

Connecting a hard drive to the computer is no issue for Time Machine. Hanging a hard drive off a router is different. There are no third part router devices approved for Time Machine backups. Many routers advertise the capability, some seem to work for some, some have issues for one but not for another. So your mileage may vary.

If you want no fuss and great performance, look at a Time Capsule or Airport Extreme base station (current version) if you want to use it for time machine backups.
 

Altemose

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Connecting a hard drive to the computer is no issue for Time Machine. Hanging a hard drive off a router is different. There are no third part router devices approved for Time Machine backups. Many routers advertise the capability, some seem to work for some, some have issues for one but not for another. So your mileage may vary.

If you want no fuss and great performance, look at a Time Capsule or Airport Extreme base station (current version) if you want to use it for time machine backups.

Should Apple change some Time Machine features around then third party routers supporting Time Machine may be useless. I don't see them as doing that but then again, why not get an Extreme or Time Capsule. It is fast, simple, reliable, and capable.
 
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