06-29-2012 12:29 PM
No progress. I've tried downloading the firmware again but still only get the 20120413 version. I'm also waiting for my friend to find the Airport Extreme that he said he'd lend me. I have family visiting this weekend, so won't have endless time to muck about with the thing.
06-29-2012 03:04 PM
The firmware has been withdrawn for the time being due to unspecified issues, which is why you can't download it. It downloaded without issue for me, however, if you check THIS out, you will see you may not be missing much.
07-02-2012 12:08 PM
I checked that thread and no, I don't seem to be missing much.
My friend found the Airport router; it turned out he was using it.
We are now trying to get a different router from TalkTalk, but I don't expect a quick response.
07-05-2012 12:44 PM
The new router, a D-Link DSL-2780, arrived today from TalkTalk, and I've set it up (just by plugging in cables; no configuration).
Everything seems to be working exactly as it should do. Bonjour can see the MBL over Ethernet and wirelessly. The iMac has backed up successfully over Ethernet and the MacBookPro over wireless, without having to reboot anything. iTunes can see my Airport Express for Airplay via the router (I switched off AirPort on the iMac to check that). The next thing will be to see if it all keeps on working over an extended period.
07-06-2012 02:39 PM
What you really need to do if you are going to carry on backing up wirelessly though is bite the bullet and initiate a full restore. No good employing the "ignorance is bliss" strategy until something does go wrong only to find your backups don't work. I would however make sure you have a second Ethernet backup on an external USB drive just in case.
07-06-2012 04:36 PM
Wirelessly or otherwise, I'd say.
Files that I update regularly are on dropbox (and I've excluded that folder from the TM backup list, for obvious reasons). Just about everything else is written and kept. I have restored a file from TM to the desktop successfully, and that's good enough for me at the moment.
Everything is still working as it should; nothing has dropped out or failed. Time Machine seems to be working just the same as it used to before the demise of my Time Capsule. I use those words with care: TM has its little quirks, but the MBL isn't making them worse.
07-07-2012 01:22 AM
Following your success yesterday I decided to switch on the wifi for my iMac (never used it before) and attempt a wireless backup to my MBL. I will say at the outset that this was an existing TimeMachine Ethernet backup file. The backup went without incident though it did hang for a while about 1mb short of completion. Having said that I find TM backups via Ethernet to MBL somewhat erratic too. They often start off slow, hang, then race forward only to hang again at the end. This never happens with TM to an external USB drive. Is this something you find too?
07-07-2012 07:39 AM
There should be no difference in the backup from using cable vs. wireless except speed. If I know that I have a lot to backup from the MacBook, I'll take it into the other room and plug in the ethernet. To be sure that you did connect via wireless, you would have to unplug the ethernet cable, because the Mac knows that's a faster connection and will select it for preference, given the option.
I've never tried backing up with TM to a directly connected USB drive -- only to NAS such as the Time Capsule and now the MBL. I'm not surprised that a direct connection is more stable than NAS though; there's no software interface looking for competing demands on the drive. iMovie, for example, can run using external storage, but it must be a direct USB connection; it won't work with NAS even if you mount the share on the desktop. Nor does it work to edit movies stored on the other computer's hard drive, attached via the LAN. I guess that's because of latency issues on LAN-attached storage that don't exist with a dedicated drive.
07-07-2012 08:37 AM
Hello Jim, first thing I did was unplug the Ethernet cable, though you can set priority in Network Settings if you wish. I find I have the same stop start hang issues with TM to MBL whether Ethernet or wireless. I just wondered if you experience the same "stagger? You want to try a TM to USB external backup. It's like comparing high speed rail travel to local branch line, the high speed being USB. That's why I have gone back to USB for TM, they're quick, very very smooth and faultless. Whenever I back up to MBL it never inspires one with confidence. Yes TM gets there but the journey can be fraught.
07-09-2012 01:25 PM
Strange thing: the LED on the front of the MBL is flashing blue. That's not a signal that's mentioned in the manual. It seems to be working as far as access etc. is concerned.