9 Replies Latest reply: Dec 22, 2011 12:39 PM by Cattus Thraex
timmy toad Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

hi all, is there in fact such a gadget ?, a modem, a router and a 3tb hard drive (for time machine) all in one box ? all wireless !

 

i am currently using a wireless Virgin Media Router/modem with a wireless western digital "my book live" and the performance of the hard drive is awful.

I was hoping that Apple produced a Box containg all these bits in one superfast gadget ?

 

must be in one box, and compatible with my Cable internet connection, better still also compatible with a BT ADSL connection

 

does it exsist ?

 

Tim


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2), iPad 2, iPhone 4S
  • Bob Timmons Level 10 Level 10 (87,010 points)
    I was hoping that Apple produced a Box containg all these bits in one superfast gadget ?  does it exsist ?

    Not from Apple or any other vendor that I am aware of.

  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)

    If you delete word ‘router’, the answer is yes. If you add it, I am afraid the answer is no, but may be an idea, even if rather late, modems have vanished rather than have been added to macs or PCs.

  • timmy toad Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    O dear, i was thinking that i was dreaming of the impossible, perhaps i shall be able to find out if i can completely disable the router section of my current router/modem from virgin media !.

     

    Tim

  • catmandu1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Time Capsule works just fine as a router with three LAN ethernet ports, a single WAN input, a dual band wireless network and a 3 TB drive that can also be partioned for Time Machine backups  and a seperate partition for files.  As far as the term "modem", that is simply a device to convert signals from cable systems, DSL systems or even Plain Old Telephone signals to an ethernet format for distribution to a router or a switcher.  Modems are usually supplied by the distribution system (cable TV, DSL, satellite, etc) so there is not a universal modem available and the provider usually narrows the reception/decoding down to a single MAC (Media Access Control) number unique to every device.

     

    You can take a LAN signal from the Virgin Media modem to feed a Time Capsule and go from there as a seperate network.  I just had DSL service installed but Century Link only supplies a wireless router/modem combination but it has no way to connect to any kind of backup HD.  The technician was surprised that Apple offered a HD in a wireless router.

  • timmy toad Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks catmandu1 for your very informative and detailed reply.

     

    I have looked at a Time Capsule in the Store i just cannot get my head around the £150 increase in price for a 1/3 bigger hard drive, that must be a rip off !!.

     

    tim

  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)

    ’Time Capsule works just fine as a router with three LAN ethernet ports, a single WAN input, a dual band wireless network and a 3 TB drive that can also be partioned for Time Machine backups  and a seperate partition for files.’

     

    Did I say it doesn’t? My Apple Extreme also does that with an external drive attached to it via a USB hub, as there are also two printers attached to it. Apple did a bad thing to have only one USB port on this machine, at least two would be fine, three still better, four – perfect. There is enough room for that in the rear side of it.

  • catmandu1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Your original post:  "If you delete word ‘router’, the answer is yes. If you add it, I am afraid the answer is no, but may be an idea, even if rather late, modems have vanished rather than have been added to macs or PCs."

     

    I think you meant "delete the word 'modem'" rather than router so I had to point out that it works fine as a 3 port ROUTER and does not function as a MODEM (modulator/demodulator) for systems such as cable TV/internet, DSL or satellite.

     

    The single USB port works fine with a powered hub, even a cheap one.  I have 3, sometimes 4 printers attached along with a Seagate 500 MB drive, all available wirelessly.  So a single USB can work, the limitation being amount of power supplied to devices depending on USB power.

     

    Several of us around the globe have made a business out of repairing Time Capsules (mostly the power supplies), so I think I am familiar with these and routers in general.

  • catmandu1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Right now hard drive prices are increasing due to flooding in Thailand, source of a majority of drives, but used drives are a possibility.  Also, for Time Machine backups, my experience tells me that a 7200 RPM drive is not really necessary and a 5400 RPM works just as well FOR BACKUPS in the background.

     

    Opening an out of warranty Time Capsule and exchanging the HD is really a simple matter:  http://applefritter.com/node/23907  Three Terabytes!  That is a lot of storage, more than most businesses need!  Here at home, we have 3 or 4 machines backing up to a 1 TB drive and it is about half full.  At this time 2 TB is Apple's smallest offering in new TC's.

  • Cattus Thraex Level 4 Level 4 (1,715 points)

    Oh, yes, sure, lapsus calami, read ‘modem’

    Alzheimer is about here.