ioSafe N2 versus 3TB Time Capsule

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by werthan, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. werthan, Dec 8, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2012

    werthan macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2012
    I have been a windows user my entire life, and just bought an iMac. Very excited. Now trying to consolidate digital life. We currently have:

    1 iPad
    2 iPhones
    1 Roku
    1 Dell Windows 7 laptop (wife will not let this go)
    1 Dropcam

    We are shopping both for one or more routers and a backup solution. (We will likely need two routers because, while our house is not very big, we have dead spots upstairs and downstairs.)

    I was originally just going to get a 3TB Time Capsule. It is very appealing because of the simplicity.

    However, I just ran across the ioSafe N2, which appears to be synology in a fireproof box. It is appealing (simply because I would not worry about losing all the family photos, tax records, music etc.) as much. We have scanned everything over the years, so losing our digital records would be a mess. So the solution here would be the N2 with one or more AEBSs.

    I know no one can really advise on the N2 since it hasn't been released yet, but wondering what people think about the options generally.

    I am really out of my element here. Thank you in advance.
  2. jelwell macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2003
    I bought the N2. I have a Time capsule, and when the hard drive in it failed (as drives inevitably do), it's not replaceable. You have to replace your backup system & router at the same time. On the other hand, the N2 is not (that I know of) a wireless router.

    Also, if you're prone to putting files directly on your time capsule - it offers no backup system for those files. The N2 is raided, so not only are your backups, backed up; but any stray files you upload to the file share are also backed up. I made this mistake when my Time Capsule hard drive failed - all my files stored on it for sharing on the home network were lost.

    The N2 is also a big improvement over other fireproof drives in that the drives are replaceable. Every fire proof drive I've owned would fail due to hard drives before any fire tried to destroy them.
    Joseph Elwell.
  3. talk macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2007
    My suggestion:

    Backup your data into Amazon Glacier.
    At a $0.01 per GB of storage, I don't think it makes sense anymore to backup long term stuff into your own box.

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