In addition to the wired/wireless routing features, for automated and untethered backups its very convenient, esp. if you have laptops in the house. It can also act as a network file location for sharing between multiple computers.Have a chance to buy a 1st gen Time Capsule,but not sure what it does exactly,i know it backs up your files but does the router act alongside your current router etc?
Thanks for any help
I have a 1st-gen Time Capsule, and it has been trouble-free for 4 years. Most likely it can replace your current router, if you want, but it doesn't have to. For example, my "first" router is the one supplied by my ISP (because of the way they ran my fiber-optic connection). But the ISP router has its wireless features turned off, and the only thing plugged into it is my TC. The TC creates my wireless network and my hard-wired computer is also connected to it. You don't have to set it up this way, just saying it can work along with your router if you want to. I'd prefer to have just the TC, really, so then I'd have only 1 device to manage instead of 2.Have a chance to buy a 1st gen Time Capsule,but not sure what it does exactly,i know it backs up your files but does the router act alongside your current router etc?
Thanks for any help
There's only 1 USB port on the TC, but you can attach multiple USB drives and USB devices using USB Hub(s). I imagine you could attach as many as the protocol allows (isn't it something like 128?). You're right: there's no FW connector on the TC. It's possible that the throughput for any external USB drives may be slower than the TC's internal drive, but I'm not sure about that.Hi.
I've got a very old Airport Extreme and also an old Mac Mini I use as sort-of a backup and printer server with 3 external harddrives on it - one set up for TM.
It looks like I could replace both with a TC. What are the limits of attaching drives? I'm guessing it doesn't have the FW connector like the MM so I'd have to use USB. Are you able to set up different drives/partitions with different sharing access for different users? What else can you control / configure on it?
Thanks for all the info! I'll have to figure out how I'd backup the external drive, which has all my music, movies, photos, etc. Right now, I have 3 drives off the MM. One is just for TM for all my Macs. One is the media drive. And the 3rd is the weekly backup of everything. I use Chronosync for this.There's only 1 USB port on the TC, but you can attach multiple USB drives and USB devices using USB Hub(s).
I haven't tried it, but the attached screen shot shows you can "Secure Shared Disks" "With accounts".
Any files you store on TC disks (either the internal one or any external USB ones) cannot be backed up with Time Machine. You need to come up with a different backup scheme for those particular files.
The easiest solution is to use, for example, the internal drive for TM backups, and attached USB drive(s) for your "network storage".