1. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    Shopping myself over the weekend for a possible purchase of a MBP I was hit with this extra add on and that extra add on and wonder if or what I really need and what I don't? What is everyone else's opinion?
    05-06-2013 10:44 AM
  2. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    You don't need any of it.

    A Time Capsule is nice to have but you can use any other drive to do a Time Machine backup.

    Any wifi router should work fine.

    If you want an external keyboard and mouse almost any will work even those designed for Windows.

    Just about any USB or network printer will also be fine.
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    05-06-2013 11:30 AM
  3. kch50428's Avatar
    A Time Capsule is nice to have but you can use any other drive to do a Time Machine backup.
    I never could seem to make any 'network attached storage' work for TimeMachine... if an external drive was connected USB - it worked fine for TimeMachine... the TimeCapsule was worth it's $$ to me for ease of use on TimeMachine... everything else about it is a bonus.
    05-06-2013 11:35 AM
  4. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    I never could seem to make any 'network attached storage' work for TimeMachine... if an external drive was connected USB - it worked fine for TimeMachine... the TimeCapsule was worth it's $$ to me for ease of use on TimeMachine... everything else about it is a bonus.
    Yes I meant via USB. If you're on a budget the Time Capsule is just a nice to have.
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    05-06-2013 11:49 AM
  5. jclisenby's Avatar
    Shopping myself over the weekend for a possible purchase of a MBP I was hit with this extra add on and that extra add on and wonder if or what I really need and what I don't? What is everyone else's opinion?
    There is not really any of it that you necessarily must have. A good router will run WiFi just fine to your Mac. Any external can be formatted to do Time Machine backups. If the machine you're Getting doesn't have a DVD drive installed, you may want to go ahead and spring for that when you purchase one, so all of your CDs and DVDs that you already have will be able to work with the machine.




    Tappin and Talkin from my iPhone 5
    05-06-2013 12:15 PM
  6. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    There is not really any of it that you necessarily must have. A good router will run WiFi just fine to your Mac. Any external can be formatted to do Time Machine backups. If the machine you're Getting doesn't have a DVD drive installed, you may want to go ahead and spring for that when you purchase one, so all of your CDs and DVDs that you already have will be able to work with the machine.


    Tappin and Talkin from my iPhone 5
    As far as a router goes I have always used and preferred Netgear because they have never failed me. Right now I have a G but if I purchase a MBP I would upgrade my router to an N although my G is pretty fast now. The MBP 13" already has a built in DVD drive. It was suggested to me in order to save money on the Time Capsule that I can simply purchase for $70.00 bucks a WD Passpoert external USB HD for Mac. That would suit me just fine since I am opting for the larger HD in the Mac to begin with.
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    05-06-2013 01:35 PM
  7. jclisenby's Avatar
    As far as a router goes I have always used and preferred Netgear because they have never failed me. Right now I have a G but if I purchase a MBP I would upgrade my router to an N although my G is pretty fast now. The MBP 13" already has a built in DVD drive. It was suggested to me in order to save money on the Time Capsule that I can simply purchase for $70.00 bucks a WD Passpoert external USB HD for Mac. That would suit me just fine since I am opting for the larger HD in the Mac to begin with.
    You are absolutely correct about the Time Machine drive. I have a 1 TB external that I do my backups on. It works well and it's so much cheaper.


    Tappin and Talkin from my iPhone 5
    05-06-2013 01:37 PM
  8. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    You don't need any of it.

    A Time Capsule is nice to have but you can use any other drive to do a Time Machine backup.

    Any wifi router should work fine.

    If you want an external keyboard and mouse almost any will work even those designed for Windows.

    Just about any USB or network printer will also be fine.
    See this is my problem not knowing the ins and outs of Mac... Time Capsule i get but please explain to me to this simpleton...lol A Time Machine?
    05-06-2013 01:38 PM
  9. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    See this is my problem not knowing the ins and outs of Mac... Time Capsule i get but please explain to me to this simpleton...lol A Time Machine?
    Time Machine isn't hardware, it's the name for OSX builtin backup solution. If you have a Time Capsule, it can back up to there. You can also use Time Machine with any external hard drive or even a secondary internal hard drive. There are even various NAS solutions that are supposed to be able to be Time Machine backup enabled.
    05-06-2013 02:19 PM
  10. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    Time Machine isn't hardware, it's the name for OSX builtin backup solution. If you have a Time Capsule, it can back up to there. You can also use Time Machine with any external hard drive or even a secondary internal hard drive. There are even various NAS solutions that are supposed to be able to be Time Machine backup enabled.
    Got ya thank you as I have just been reading more about this on Apple looking at various accessories and the MacBook Pro.
    05-06-2013 03:41 PM
  11. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Just ask if you have any questions.
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    05-06-2013 04:22 PM
  12. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    Just ask if you have any questions.
    I will and TY for the offer.
    05-06-2013 05:56 PM
  13. Fausty82's Avatar
    There is not really any of it that you necessarily must have. A good router will run WiFi just fine to your Mac. Any external can be formatted to do Time Machine backups. If the machine you're Getting doesn't have a DVD drive installed, you may want to go ahead and spring for that when you purchase one, so all of your CDs and DVDs that you already have will be able to work with the machine.

    Good point on the external CD/DVD drive...but there are as good/better models available and cheaper than the Apple drive. I picked up a blu-ray drive for about $30 online as opposed to the $70-80 Apple DVD drive.


    Tappin and Talkin from my iPhone 5
    05-06-2013 06:38 PM
  14. Fausty82's Avatar
    I will and TY for the offer.
    We’re gonna get you "up to speed" one way or the other...
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    05-06-2013 06:39 PM

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