Reliability of TM via Airport Extreme

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  1. adam9c1 macrumors 65816

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    I have a 3rd gen Airport Extreme and I'm thinking of connecting a USB HD to run TM from.
    Is this type of setup working OK?

    Wikipedia states this is not officially supported (is that info wrong / out of date)?
     
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    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202784

    It is not officially supported and I would not risk my data with this setup. Some people have no issues with it, but many do.
     
  4. belvdr macrumors 603

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    Funny, it used to be supported on the 4th gen as well. I guess they wanted to sunset support older model support. I can't say I blame them.
     
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    My memory may be off, but I don't think it was ever supported on the Extreme until the new AC model.
     
  6. belvdr macrumors 603

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    It was one of features Apple touted if you wanted to bring your own hard drive, which I did because, at the time, the Time Capsule power supplies seemed to religiously fail at 18 months.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/AirPort_Extreme
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    Also, Apple says it is supported here:

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202807

    I am not sure which is authoritative.
     
  7. Weaselboy Moderator

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    This is at the bottom of your link. I really think it is just the AC models that are supported.

     
  8. belvdr macrumors 603

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    Good catch. I misread that. Strange they would support 802.11n TC but not AE.
     
  9. kwikdeth macrumors 6502a

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    you're confusing USB disk sharing and using that disk as a time capsule. Apple does not consider the two the same thing. The disk sharing on airport was merely intended to be a sort of home NAS for multiple computers to access. Apple never officially supported time capsule disk usage on airports prior to the AC.
     

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