Can you use Airport Extreme with an attached hard drive to do wireless Time Machine backups from computers on the wireless network?

I've read that Snow Leopard doesn't allow for Time Machine backups over a wireless network - unless you buy a Time Capsule.

  • Asked by Dan H from Los Angeles
  • 28-Nov-2009
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2 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    That is NOT OFFICIALLY SUPPORTED by Apple.

    It works well for some, not so well for some, and not at all for others.

    This forum will not let me post a link to the Apple Technical article, but here's how to find it:

    Go to apple.com (slash) support (slash) snowleopard. Select Time Machine, then Other Time Machine articles, then the one titled "Time Machine doesn't back up to AirPort Extreme AirPort Disks."

    If you have a problem with this configuration and call AppleCare, you'll get little help, if any.

    • Answered by James P from Clermont
    • 22-Dec-2009
  • You can use this for Time Machine backups. The AirPort Extreme acts as a Time Capsule for Snow Leopard.

    • Answered by Robert R from Bremen
    • 17-Dec-2009