time capsule alternatives ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hyperlinkz, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. hyperlinkz macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2011
    hi guys,

    im looking for time capsule alternative, a relatively bit cheaper and reliable.

    any helps?

  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Are you looking for a router, a wireless external, or something that'll do both like the time capsule does?
  3. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    Is price the reason you don't want to buy the Time Capsule?

    It's funny I was just looking into it, I have an old Linksys that I have no problems with whatsoever (it doesn't do 802.11n but I'm debating the necessity of that) ... I do need an external network drive and at the price of external network HDDs, the Time Capsule isn't priced too bad in my opinion.

    I don't really think anyone makes a combination of router and external HDD, your other bet is to buy a router and connect it to an NAS.
  4. randomrazr macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2011
    western digital my passport 1tb hard drive.

    3 year warrenty , usb 3.0 powered and easy to carry. i use it to back up my macbook pro so its all good :D
  5. Maschil macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2011
    thats what i got have you had problems transfering more then 100 gb at a time???? i have may have to return it...
  6. BAC5.2 macrumors regular

    May 16, 2011
    I tried other options. None will be as invisible as the Time Capsule. I'm going to get a 3Tb one soon.

    I do portable backups also, to my LaCie 1Tb Rugged.
  7. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2011
    for a hard drive just buy one from the store. it works just as well as time machine.

    not really sure, but if you wanted to replicate a time machine couldn't you just do a NAS to a router?
  8. randomrazr macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2011
    ive restored my computer from my western digital hard drive that had 350gb of a backup for my mac. no issues.
  9. cfedu Suspended


    Mar 8, 2009
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    Connect a USB hard drive to a used extreme or express router.

    Out of site automatic backup
  10. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2011
    Boca Raton, FL
    Was under the impression that the express couldn't be hooked up to a HD, it would only do USB printing?

    I just ordered three 3TB WD externals in addition to the two 1TB MyBooks I have now, a powered USB hub, and an airport extreme. Have a throwback linksys now and am sick of it.

    I haven't really looked into it much so I don't know if this is possible, but I'd like to run the 3TB's in RAID 0 so it's like a 9TB for .mkv BluRays and music, the 1TB's in RAID 1 to run TimeMachine backups of our 2 MBPs, and also hook up my brothers color laser printer. Hopefully that works, and in the future if I need more storage would I just be able to add another 3 or whatever externals?

    If it simplifies anything, I would rather have the printer downstairs, and would also like having an express to pump music to my home theater. So if necessary I could get an express sooner rather than later, assuming it will do optical audio?
  11. cfedu Suspended


    Mar 8, 2009
    I think you are correct, the express will not work. I picked up a current gen extreme and express for 60$. I the resold the express for 50$.

    For 10$ I have airport extreme. I picked up a 1 tb pocket as well on kijiji for $30.

    For $40 I have my time capsule.
  12. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Synology NAS or Netgear WNDRMAC and an external USB drive.

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