I just got a MacBook Pro (early 2011 edition). I don't yet have an external hard drive, but want to get a 2 TB drive. I am about to get Verizon's FIOS, which comes with its own router. Should I get a Time Capsule ($500, including a router) or a 2 TB ext. hard drive (such as LaCie), which costs about $225 (for example, LaCie d2 Quadra Hard Disk 2 TB eSATA/FireWire800/FireWire400/USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive 301500U (Aluminum)). Given the fact that the FIOS has its own router, and I would have to disengage EITHER the FIOS router or the Time Capsule router if I use the Time Capsule, would I be getting anything of value that I otherwise wouldn't ge, or make things simpler, if I spend the extra $250 for the Time Capsule? I can't get a straight answer from either Apple or Verizon. And if I DO get a Time Capsule, which of the routers should I disengage-the one that comes with the FIOS or the one that comes with the Time Capsule?

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  • You will want to disable routing functions on the FIOS router and have it as a pass through. In other words pass through the External IP to the TC that you have. That way the TC can keep track of all your devices IPs and properly work with features like Time Machine and MobileMe (iCloud) etc.

    If the FIOS router has a USB 2.0/3.0 or Firewire port just get a 2TB External and simplify. Although I don't know how MobileMe services like remote file sharing and screen sharing work without TC's or Airport Extremes.