Airport Airdisk nearly useless with Leopard 10.5.1

January 12, 2021

Oh god, I just bought an Airport Extreme 802.11n thinking it would be the best networking experience of my life. I just bricked up my Linksys (flashing power light) by trying to upgrade to openWRT and needed to replace it.

So I picked up an airport extreme at BB along with a nice 360GB USB drive to serve as an airdisk.

I connect the airport, configured the network side with not much problems (except for the silly reboot every time you make a small config change… god, is this thing running Windows 98 or something ;-))

Next I connected my new Seagate HD enclosure. OK, airport complain about it and tell me that the disk need to be repaired… what? Don’t tell me the disk I just bought is defective!

I connect the disk to my mac and it came up with not problems what so ever. OK, what is the problem then? I simply reformat it as HFS+ to please the airport and connect again.

OK, now it see the thing. I configured file sharing on it and “restarted” it for the 10th time (it must really be running on windows)

What? Now I have two new network names in my finder bar… Airport and some strange cpe<mac address> name. Apparently airport won’t put a nice name on the CIFS side of the house… can I fix this please? How?

I could leave with all of the above… but what really kill me is the SLOW, SLOW, SLOW network transfer rate of the airdisk. Trying to copy a small 16MB application take like 2 minutes! But if I zip it it will transfer in like 10 seconds! What the heck is this? Is the airport that slow when transferring large qty of small files? Large file transfer rate is blazingly fast but lot of small files just kill the thing.

The other very slow thing is erasing files from the airdisk. Almost a minute to erase the 16MB application.

I am really really really disappointed with the Apple product. It is the 1st time I feel I tried a bad product from Apple… But everyone need a 1st. I hope this is the last bad Apple product I ever encounter.

I really hope there is a fix for this. I even downgrade my Airport Extreme firmware to 7.1.1 from 7.2.1 so the Airdisk would stay connected properly. With 7.2.1 it would simply not connect to airdisk after a while.

Please give me some advise!

P.S.: I don’t know if it is any better with Tiger (10.4.x) since I migrated completely to Leopard…

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  1. Chad Parker on September 6th, 2008 3:05 pm

    I setup an airport network nearly 2 years ago in OSX 10.4 and the airdisk ran great, I stored all of my movies and music on it. It was awesome. Then when I upgraded everything to 10.5 the airdisk stopped working. I’ve struggled with it for a long time with no luck and I can’t seem to find any good documentation that either addresses the problem or states a fix. If anyone finds a solution or explanation for what’s wrong, please post it

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