Improve Apple Services with AirPort Base Stations
You can make iChat file transfers, iDisk, and Back to My Mac work better by turning on a setting with Apple AirPort base stations released starting in 2003. Launch AirPort Utility, select your base station, click Manual Setup, choose the Internet view, and click the NAT tab. Check the Enable NAT Port Mapping Protocol (NAT-PMP) box, and click Update. NAT-PMP lets your Mac OS X computer give Apple information to connect back into a network that's otherwise unreachable from the rest of the Internet. This speeds updates and makes connections work better for services run by Apple.
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The long-standing prohibition against Time Machine backing up to a USB hard drive attached to an AirPort Extreme Base Station has quietly disappeared with the 802.11ac model released in June 2013. So quietly, in fact, that Apple hasn’t even updated a support document warning that such a setup isn’t supported.
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