Adam C. Engst notes that Time Machine now supports backing up to a hard drive connected to an AirPort Extreme Base Station:
What’s most compelling about backing up to an AirPort Disk, as opposed to an AirPort Time Capsule, is that you’re not combining two entirely unrelated pieces of hardware in one package. If the AirPort Time Capsule’s hard drive fails, it’s difficult to replace, and if you want to upgrade the wireless gateway side of the equation, there’s no easy way to bring your backups over to the new device. With an AirPort Extreme Base Station and attached USB hard drive, you gain more flexibility.
Being able to, occasionally, connect the drive directly to the Mac is huge. It helps work around the two biggest problems with the Time Capsule: slow restores over the network and the inability to use disk repair software when something goes wrong.
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