What the different between an Airport Extreme + Hard Drive, and a Time Capsule?
- Asked by Ken L
QA AirPort Extreme Base Station
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3 Answers from the Community
Airport Extreme + Hard Drive: you plug a separate USB hard drive into the Airport Extreme. So you would not be able to also plug a USB printer into it since there is only one USB port.
However with both the manual says you can "Connect a USB hub to your AirPort Extreme, and then connect multiple USB devices, such as printers or hard disks. All of the computers on the network have access to those devices."
Both have the same number of ports.
Time Capsule: Is an Airport Extreme with its own hard drive built in. So you could still plug a USB printer into it for wireless printing, without adding a hub.
- Answered by Ron D from Austin
One needs an external hard drive, one has it included, basically. They both work identically beyond that.
- Answered by Raymond M from Clinton
Note that Time Machine backups via an Airport Extreme are NOT SUPPORTED BY APPLE.
This page won't let me post a URL to the tech articles; but see DISKS THAT CAN BE USED WITH TIME MACHINE in Mac Help.
- Answered by James P from Clermont