Home Network Set-up, need ideas help

Discussion in 'iMac' started by maninthemoon, Oct 8, 2007.

  1. maninthemoon macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2007

    My current Hardware is a mac mini G4 (soon to be a 1.83 C2Duo), a powerbook 1.67 and an airport express connected to my stereo. I have a printer connected by usb to the mini which is shared with the powerbook through airport express. When I upgrade to the C2Duo mini I will need an external modem as we only have dial up internet. Currently we have no external hard drives for backing up and I would like to get something to take advantage of time machine and start keeping back-ups. I would also like to have a wireless connection from my printer to my mini to cut back on wire mess. Both computers only use wireless G.

    Idea 1
    Purchase apples usb modem for my modem, purchase a refurbished airport extreme N and a separate usb hub to connect an external hard drive to be shared and for the printer.

    Idea 2
    Purchase the older airport extreme with 56k modem (ufo model), connect printer to airport extreme, use airport for modem and purchase an ethernet hardrive such as, http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/NASP7500GB16/, to share with the computers.

    Idea 3
    Purchase the older airport extreme with 56k modem (ufo model), connect printer to airport extreme, use airport for modem and connect a hardrive to the mini, leave mini on and share with powerbook.

    Idea 1 seems the least appealing as it would be the most expensive and cluttered with the external modem on usb hub. Idea 2 is the most appealing as it would have least amount of clutter (all peripherals centralized together) and the hard drive would be independent of either computer. I suppose if i purchased the above ethernet hard drive it has a usb port so I could connect it to the mini if the NAS option wasn't working out. The advantage of option 3 would be I could get a firewire drive which would probably give the best performance.

    The one big question I have is how realistic is it to use time machine to make wireless backups over a g network. I will wait until after leopard is released before purchasing a drive to make sure my set-up will work with time machine.

    Any thoughts?
  2. elec999 macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2007
    Theres no way to get highspeed in your area. The new airport extreme is really nice, with usb hard drive support and printer sharing. Wireless A G maybe be slow for large file backups. Cant you plugin whenever you need to back something up, then go back to the wireless connection.
  3. maninthemoon thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2007
    I live a rural area. The only alternative to dial-up is satellite which I'm not interested in. I could defiantley plugin if I need to do large backups but for auto backups like time machine would provide plugging and unplugging seems unrealistic.

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