Looking for NAS Adapter, with AFP support

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by ecker00, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. ecker00 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,
    I'm looking for a product and can quite find what I'm looking for, hope somebody can help.


    In short: I'm looking for a NAS Adapter with AFP support.
    Similar to this product: http://www.addonics.com/products/nasu2.php



    I have a 8TB external RAID (2GBx4) in an HDD enclosure ( like this ) it can connect with USB 2.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800, and eSATA to 1 computer. Now there have become more computers in the house and it would be nice to backup all computers to this drive (specialy with Time Machine) using a network drive system. It's sad to trash the current enclosure for a new NAS 4-bay RAID system (which is expensive too), so was hoping to find a NAS adapter which supports big drive capacity and AFP access for best preformance and experience with Mac and Time Machine.

    Cheers
     
  2. hafr macrumors 68030

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    What kind of router do you have? If it has a USB port supporting USB storage devices to be connected and has AFP - you don't need an adapter :) The ONLY router that has this and is not supported by Apple to use Time Machine with is the Airport Extreme (although it works without the need of any hacks or special settings).

    One option could actually be to get a Time Capsule. That way, you get a dedicated disk for the backups (the internal disk of the TC) plus turning your current setup to a NAS :) It's always a good idea to use a separate disk for backups anyway, to decrease the wear and tear and the risk of disk failure.
     
  3. ecker00 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I didn't know that some routers could have NAS built in, it's pretty clever when I think about it. Seems like my router doesn't have it, but this gives me some pointers for what I'm searching for, thank you.
     
  4. hafr macrumors 68030

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    Any router with the capability of connecting a USB storage device to it would be what you're looking for. If you want to use Time Machine (instead of another solution, such as Carbon Copy Cloner) it needs to support AFP as well.
     

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