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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple & Painless, July 2, 2011
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I switched to this router from my old modem/wireless router in one and am very pleased. Installation of this router was simple and painless, with the Mac doing all the work, literally. Plugged it in and OS X recognized it and setup went without a hitch. I've also paired this with an external hard drive, and now I can use Time Machine to wirelessly create backups, which is perfect for any MacBook/MacBook Pro/MacBook Air owners who don't want to continuously plug in a hard drive to allow backups; just set it up and Time Machine takes care of the rest! Very happy customer.
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Initial post: Jan 27, 2012 6:12:31 AM PST
Apple tech support told me that Time Machine will not recognize a drive attached to the extreme. This was after I tried everything to get it to work. Everything on the network sees the drive except Time Machine.

How did you do it?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2012 1:30:57 AM PDT
iMe says:
Make sure you format the drive in journaled format first (Apple's native disk format). After that, just plug into the router and make sure it's recognized. When you go into Time Machine Preferences, the drive should show - you might need to go into Preferences twice for some strange reason. ...and that's how easy it should be.

I do believe that Apple doesn't officially support using either of the Airport routers for Time Machine backups. That doesn't mean it won't work, I've had much luck with it. What it means is that if you loose your data you can't blame Apple. Time Capsule, on the other hand, is the supported router for Time Capsule.
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