Time Capsule vs Mac Mini vs Something Else?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by seanhess, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. seanhess macrumors newbie

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    Hey everybody, I've been planning on getting a time capsule to do
    1) Backup my 2 macs
    2) Host shared files (specifically, music, pictures and video)

    I really want Time Machine to work well, and I really want the shared files to be *fast*.

    So I've been thinking, and wondering if a Time Capsule is really the best option. Couldn't you do something similar with a Mac Mini? Granted, it isn't as big, but price aside, would it be faster or slower than the TC?

    Finally, I've heard several people mention RAID and other technologies. Could I use something like that with Time Machine? Would it be faster than Time Capsule? What would you recommend?

    Thanks
     
  2. err404 macrumors 68020

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    I went the Mac Mini route. It allows for Time Machine backups and is more configurable for file/printer sharing. Another big advantage for me is that I can host other services like a personal website, FTP, web proxy, torrents, newgroup agents, iTunes, etc. In a pinch you can also use it as a G router. You can run it 'headless' and remote in for any administration, so you don't need a dedicated KVM.
    File sharing is also orders-of-magnitude faster then a TC.

    If you want to get fancy, you put it on your entertainment center and use it as a media server with optical out and HDMI at 1080p.

    You can save money and get a used or refurbished one. Any of the Intel C2D models will be able to handle all of the above with ease.
     
  3. seanhess thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You really think (or know) it would be orders of magnitude faster? I had a mac mini before, plugged into my linksys router, and it was really slow. It was a G4 though -- do you think that might be the cause?

    Hmm... that's really tempting if it is seriously that much faster.

    Any other thoughts?
     
  4. err404 macrumors 68020

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    Yes, but not because the mini particularly fast, rather the TC and AEBS are slow. I only recently got my mini (C2D 2ghz) and so far transfers are 'comfortably' quick, where as my AEBS is unusably slow for large files. From what I have heard the TC is in line with AEBS speed (slightly faster, but still slow).

    I wish I had some objective numbers to provide, but I have not had a chance to clock it.
     

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