Going to buy a new router, is there one with a good compatibility with time machine?

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  1. noxfinitie macrumors newbie

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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?
     
  2. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    While I'm not using TM with my own Asus RT-AC68U, it is supported and I can highly recommend it as an excellent router overall.
     
  3. laudern macrumors 6502a

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    I hate to ask the obvious, but why don't you just use the TC as the router??

    Arrh just re read. You don't have a TC. Oh well
     
  4. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    I guess I threw you with the TM reference. :p
     
  5. MCAsan macrumors 601

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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.
     
  6. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Or an Extreme since you can backup officially to a USB connected drive.
     
  7. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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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.
     
  8. Altemose macrumors G3

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    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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