Share via Airport Extreme or DAS to iMac and use Back to my Mac?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by AndrewMRiv, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. AndrewMRiv macrumors regular

    AndrewMRiv

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    I want to have a large drive that both my iMac and MacBook can access that has all of my data on it. Everything from my songs recorded in Garageband and Logic to my iTunes, iPhoto, and iMovie Libraries.

    Which would be reliable and have better performance?

    Option 1 - Thunderbolt RAID DAS:
    The first option would be for me to get a LaCie 2big and directly attach it to my iMac. It would be shared via Back to my Mac so that my MacBook could access it while I was in a different room or even offsite.

    Option 2 - USB Attached to Airport Extreme:
    I use an Airport extreme and could attach a USB External HDD to it and access files from there on both my iMac and Macbook.

    What do you recommend?

    Thank you.
     
  2. satcomer macrumors 603

    satcomer

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    The directed connect device will be a lot faster on the Thunderbolt port over any wireless.
     
  3. AndrewMRiv thread starter macrumors regular

    AndrewMRiv

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    Thank you.

    When accessing that drive on my MacBook remotely, I realize that it won't be as fast as the iMac since it won't be connected directly.

    But will that performance on the MacBook still be better than any NAS?
     
  4. satcomer macrumors 603

    satcomer

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    Well as long as you are using CAT 6 and an Ethernet 1000 Switch and running 5 GHz connections in your wireless router (using channels in the Hundreds range).

    Th only thing I found was 1080p was good as long as nothing else was running except the TV.
     

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