setting up a wireless file/backup server

Discussion in 'macOS' started by biturbomunkie, Dec 11, 2007.

  1. biturbomunkie macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2006
    i'm thinking about making my old computers (dell PII and G4 cube) as wireless file servers. it might sound stupid, but do i need to get new airport cards for these two machines? or the installed airport card on each of these machines can be used for both internet access and file sharing at the same time? or i need to get an airport express/extreme for this? similarly, do i need to get another airport card for my mbp to access the file servers and the internet at the same time?

    another question... what app do i need to clone/backup my entire mbp's 120gb hdd onto the G4 and the dell. can this be done wirelessly?

    TIA :)
  2. kkb macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2007
    I don't see any reason to buy new wireless cards for your old machines. File serving and internet access and anything else you do over the network can all go through the same wireless (or wired) "pipe" simultaneously. The only problem might be a speed problem-- The older wireless cards might not give you the data transfer speed you would like. If you want to upgrade to new wireless cards for speed reasons, make sure your wireless hub is using the same or faster wireless protocol. BTW why aren't you just using a wired network connection to the old machines?
  3. disconap macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2005
    Portland, OR
    Yeah, as far as bandwith issues go you're better off using a modem with wireless output for your internet signals and connecting your servers to that (preferably via ethernet, but wireless will be ok). You can access them through the network, but your internet signal/band will be a lot stronger.

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