Network setup question--Time Capsule or Airport Extreme

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by dbd7, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. dbd7 macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2009
    To date I've used an airport express as a wireless router for my macbook and macbook pro. Both have been manually backed up routinely on external hard drives. I use the macbook as my main media center/media storage and the hard drive is starting is nearly full. I'd like to set up a system where I move my media to an external hard drive and also automate the backup of the mb, mbp, and external hard drive. Would time capsule be the best approach for this and will it backup an external hard drive tied to its usb port. Alternatively, could I tie 2 external hard drives through a usb hub into airport extreme, using one for backing up the laptops and the other external drive?
  2. spiritlevel macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2007
    OK - I'm no expert on this but as on-one else has come in yet I'll try and help as best I can.

    I don't think you can use time machine to backup to an external disk attached to an AEBS via its usb port - you need a time capsule to do that.

    So - you could get a time capsule for time machine for backup of the macs and attach an external usb disk to it for storing your media files - which will be accessible to all the macs on the network.

    I'm not sure if time capsule will also back up the external disk attached to it, but I think it may well do.

    Hope that helps a little.

    EDIT: cancel the above - further reading suggests that since March last year, you can now tie 2 external hard drives through a usb hub into airport extreme, using one for backing up the laptops and the other external drive?.
  3. dbd7 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2009
    Thanks..this is very helpful. I like the idea of TC but not the price. If your edit is correct, this would be the best bet for me as I already have one external hard drive suitable for my media. The combination of airport extreme and a 1tb drive for backups would be much less than comparable TC
  4. bubbamike macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2009
    For less than the price of a TC you can buy a NAS and use it to store your media. I use a D-Link DNS 323, just add two drives of your choice, set them up to run as RAID 1 and off you go. It plugs into your router and then you can use it as you wish.
  5. ajampaniki macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2009
    Sry for the topic hijack, but was wondering how you liked the DNS 323 in combination with your mac. Does it work with time machine and such? I am looking for a NAS atm and this was one of my choices.
  6. 929406 macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2009

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