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  1. David-fr macrumors 6502

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    Hello humans,

    I'm looking to build little home network storage but I need advice on my options. This is what I think would be good however feel free to add more options.

    1. Time Capsule 500GB + 1TB external hard drive. TC would be use for my main computer back up and the 1TB HDD to share files around the house.

    2. A router w/ 2 USB ports 1 for the share drive and 1 for back up. This would be hard, since some routers do not take journuled format for time machine.

    The option to add a printer later on would be nice too :)

    What I'm mostly looking for is speed at transferring files, and have the back ups be wireless so I can stack the devices in the closet and free my desk :D

    Thank you humans.
    David
     
  2. Peteman100 macrumors 6502

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    I'm running up against the same problem. You can find NAS products that support Time Machine, through some middleman program. However, I have heard from some people that you can run into some compatibility issues with these solutions. A Time Capsule with a secondary drive will obviously have less issues, but at a much higher cost.
     
  3. David-fr thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah that seems to be the obvious solution, I've found the TC for less than 200$ refurbished and drives now days are cheaper.
     
  4. nightfly13 macrumors 6502a

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    Nas?

    Might be beyond your budgetary allotment, but a NAS (many of us choose Synology products) will give you many many more features (moat of which you won't use) and more speed and if you get a multi-bay option, then disk redundancy and expansion potential. I am very pleased with my ds411j.
     
  5. nightfly13 macrumors 6502a

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    Why you need more speed

    Afaik, a TC- attached USB drive will be too slow to stream HD video. I mention this because you said speed is a concern.
     
  6. David-fr, Jun 8, 2011
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    By redundancy you mean raid arrays? Will it work with time machine? It's kinda getting out of my budget :S

    This looks like something I can justify :D

    http://www.frys.com/product/6531673?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
    http://www.frys.com/product/6602764?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
    http://www.frys.com/product/5457969?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
    http://www.frys.com/product/6350111?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
     
  7. Peteman100 macrumors 6502

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    Really? Even a full bluray (50 Mbps) is only around 6 MBps. If the video has been re-encoded, the bit-rate is even lower. Most router-attached HDDs can manage that.
     
  8. nightfly13 macrumors 6502a

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    The prices don't look dramatically different for 2-bay solutions between those you linked and the 2-bay Synology (check ds211j). Synology is a bit pricier (since it's drive-less) but all account suggest the interface and reliability is worth-while. I'm also pleased with the packaging and build quality.

    Peteman100 - while USB over router-wifi can theoretically do this, it's not glitch-free. There are peaks and drop-outs that kill the HD playback experience. I'm not saying none can do it universally as a rule, but there are lots of complaints about TCs trying to do this and performing poorly.
     
  9. Peteman100 macrumors 6502

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    Good to know. Thanks for the heads up.
     
  10. David-fr thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That Synology looks nice, question about it.

    Can I use it for TM back up and sharedrive at the same time?
     
  11. nightfly13 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, although if you're using an older Mac and it's over wifi, you might get some glitchiness on the computer side in HD playback as TM backups hang up the system/network connection somewhat - the Synology can handle it easily.
     

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