Wireless Storage Over Airport Express

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Designer Dale, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

    Designer Dale

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    I really like my wireless desktop but want to have access to either my self powered Toshiba HD or the Western Digital 500GB MyBook. I don't want to give up wireless printing but only have one USB port to work with. Can I use a powered USB hub to act as a port multiplier and access both my printer and HD?
    I read the Airport FAQ at Apple. It gives a green light for using a powered hub and several printers, but doesn't address HDDs.
    I know, they want to sell me Time Capsule.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Airport Express cannot access hard drives over the USB. The Airport Extreme Base Station can and can use a USB hub to access multiple drives and printers.
     
  3. Designer Dale thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks. I should have gone for the Extreme in the first place.
    One wire won't kill me.
     
  4. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    If it makes you feel any better, the performance is going to be a lot better with a direct connection than wireless. Even with a gigabit hardwired connection to my AEBS (which is theoretically much faster than USB2) I was disappointed by the speed--much slower than the same drive shared from a Mac mini, and I would periodically get weird errors with it, too.
     

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