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Airport Extreme supports Time Machine backup

updated 04:25 pm EDT, Sat March 22, 2008

Airport Extreme backup

On March 19th, Apple released a nonspecific update regarding its Airport ecosystem and Time Machine - simply stating optimizations and driver fixes - but it is revealed to allow Time Capsule-like functionality with standard Airport Extreme Base Stations. According to Macworld, the update allows users to back up using Time Machine to a standard USB hard drive that is connected to an Airport Extreme Base Station.

The lack of Airport-capable Time Machine backup was a sensitive subject among users, with many lashing out at Apple for denying them such an obvious feature, especially after insinuating the capability to do so during the build-up to Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard's release. Macworld writes that while the feature was not documented in release materials, several users have indicated that the feature is now present in Time Machine.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    It's tough to be...

    a dedicated Apple user. We have to learn to be patient, it seems. Many of our problems get resolved, but just not soon enough. All those people that went out and bought Time Capsules because Time Machine wouldn't work with their Airport Extreme Basestations and Airport USB drives. Apple made a pretty penny of those users.

  1. Grrr

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Better late than never..

    Only 3 days late after other sites such as MacRumors posted the same news. lol Macnn.. What happened!? This place used to be good..

  1. ClickSpace

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    integrated solution

    I don't think those people who bought Time Capsules have buyer's remorse at all. They now have a simple to use INTEGRATED solution that other users do not have. People pay for that. That's why we're Mac users. We are willing to pay a bit more for ease of use.

    Perhaps the software just wasn't quite ready to support AirPort disk backups for TimeMachine. Software takes a long time to produce. Great software takes even longer. It's amazing what Apple is able to accomplish as it is. Lets not bicker about Apple not doing things fast enough for us. It's not easy to keep everyone happy all the time.

    Anyway, I bought separate hard drives for each of my workstations for TimeMachine rather than adding a drive to my Airport Extreme. It's just way too slow to backup over wireless compared to a direct attached hard drive. Even with 802.11n.

  1. libraryguy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    march!

    It was on March 19th not February. This is old news finally a making it here and it's still wrong.

  1. Meovv

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    march?

    Perhaps MacNN has something wrong with its Time Machine...

  1. Meovv

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    First post!

    ...

  1. ShALLaX

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Tell me about it...

    "Only 3 days late after other sites such as MacRumors posted the same news. lol Macnn.. What happened!? This place used to be good.."

    I even posted a "news tip" before any other site had it posted as news and MacNN still managed to delay it until now.

  1. ddma

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    GREAT THAT I WAITED

    I was one of the first pissed off AEBS users ... and the 100M one... and good that I waited and waited and waited... I was about to go get myself a 1000M AEBS then Time Capsule... Good that I kept my original AEBS 100.

  1. sixcolors

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Really

    I don't believe it

  1. 64stang06

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    re:really

    Not sure if you're sarcastic or not, but I can attest that this indeed works great. Have 3 Macs in the house doing wireless backups and it works flawless. :)

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