Question about connecting hard drive to Airport Extreme

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mgpg89, May 10, 2012.

  1. mgpg89 macrumors 6502a

    mgpg89

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    I'd like to connect a hard drive to my Airport Extreme so I can access it from anywhere within my network.

    However, if I connect my Mac to the Airport Extreme using an Ethernet cable, I'd be able to read/write to this drive blazing fast, right? (or will I still have to access it wirelessly?)

    If so, how do these Ethernet speeds compare to Firewire 800 ?
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

    GoCubsGo

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    It depends on your ethernet really but I'll cite gigabit ethernet.
    Anyway:

    USB 2.0 = 480 Mbps
    Firewire800 = close to 800 Mbps
    Gigabit ethernet = 1000 Mpbs

    I believe.

    And if you are hardwired into the AEBS then it should access it via the cable and not over the internet. I've never tried and I do have drive plugged into my AEBS but I access it over my wifi.

    Oh I found this old thread:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=292164
     
  3. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    mgpg89

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    However, seeing I'll connect that drive to the AEBS using USB, the USB connection will be the bottleneck, right?

    I also want to connect a drive to the AEBS to use it as a media drive so I can stream the content to my AppleTV (jailbroken).

    Good idea?
     

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