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    Time Capsule is to cheap...
    ...and I need a more expensive alternative.

    An odd statement I know, but I have a grant for equipment. However, the minimum cost of any single item must be 400 (circa $600).

    So, I need to find an alternative network attached device that is supported by Time Machine.

    I don't need the wireless capabilities of Time Capsule, just a NAS device.

    I don't want to use firewire because of location of the device.

    My router doesn't support USB drives and I can't buy another router.

    Any suggestions?

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    The mac mini server?
    Configure - Apple Store (U.S.)
    Overkill but hey

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    Thanks Boybland. I had considered that and it is overkill.

    I would also like at least 2Tb of capacity.

    Here in the UK the Time Capsule is an annoyingly low £388!

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    Check this one at OWC.
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    Thanks, but it's firewire rather than network.

    I had looked at OWC earlier but couldn't find anything suitable. They do seem to make nice kit though.

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    Specs:
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    I'm using a HP MediaSmart - runs Windows Home Server. It's a pretty nice device - gigabit ethernet - suppose to work with Time Machine, although I have not since I have a Time Capsule also - iTunes server. It's not a bad setup in conjunction with my HTPC.

    Only problem, you need a Windows machine or be running Windows on your Mac for some of the initial setup and restore functions. Once setup, you do have full access via your Mac.

    Mine has 4 bays, so up to 8TB storage currently. I'm only up to 4.5TB in mine.
    They've had a new model since mine was released and haven't looked at it that close.
    I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
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