can i backup my macbook with the airport extreme

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    no. you'll need to buy a time capsule.

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  • There are other WiFi routers that are compatible with Time Machine, so you don't necessarily need a Time Capsule, even though I do use a Time Capsule.

    Another option is to use an AirPort Extreme (not Time Capsule) and connect one or more USB drives to the Extreme. I used that architecture for years prior to buying a Time Capsule.

    The final option would be to use a NAS (Network Attached Storage) drive or array connected directly to the network.

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