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Standard User astanden
(member) Sat 07-Sep-19 15:45:29
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Mesh Wifi and NAS


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Hi folks,

Is it possible to attach a USB or NAS drive to any of the MESH Wifi systems (Netgear, TP LInk, Linksys, BT etc. . .)?

I want to replace my ageing Apple Time Capsule with a Mesh system but still use Apple's Time Machine for wireless backups.

Also are there any Mesh systems that are combined modem and router, or are they all routers only and need to be wired to a modem?

Thanks for any help.

iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, Late 2015) 3.3 GHz Intel Core i7 16GB Ram 2TB Fusion drive
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iPhone 7 128GB
BT Infinity 80/20 Unlimited
Huawei Openreach VDSL modem/Apple Time Capsule

Edited by astanden (Sat 07-Sep-19 16:18:07)

Standard User jchamier
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Sat 07-Sep-19 16:47:27
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Re: Mesh Wifi and NAS


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The Asus router range has support for TimeMachine through the USB3 port, and also does their own AiMesh. The downside is this combination is likely to be more expensive than say the BT WholeHome mesh system. What you could do is buy an Asus router and if coverage is poor, add later a BT WholeHome mesh system or Asus AiMesh routers to add on.

Depends which broadband you have, I use FTTC / VDSL and have an external modem with an Asus router. The Asus routers with built in DSL (ADSL or VDSL) are not as good. The BT WholeHome is a mesh system you add on to an existing router.

I have the RT-AC88U, specifications here:
https://www.asus.com/uk/Networking/RT-AC88U/

here is a CNET review which talks about using with TimeMachine:
https://www.cnet.com/reviews/asus-rt-ac88u-router-re...

and here is information on AiMesh:
https://www.asus.com/microsite/AiMesh/en/index.html

BT WholeHome mesh, 2 disc starter pack, or you can get 3 discs:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/BT-additional-existing-seam...

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Edited by jchamier (Sat 07-Sep-19 16:49:57)

Standard User Hawthorns
(committed) Sun 15-Sep-19 17:50:39
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Re: Mesh Wifi and NAS


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Yes.

I have a Synology DS413j NAS attached via a wired connection to a TP-Link Deco M5 that I've recently installed.

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