Yes, that’s right. If you have an AirPort Extreme 802.11n and want to use Time Machine, it looks like you now can.
I have successfully backed up my 12-inch PowerBook G4 over Wi-Fi to my AirPort Disk… and then restored the entire backup via Wi-Fi from my AirPort Disk. It took an excruciatingly long time to do, but it worked without a problem.
So, bottom line, if you want to use AirPort Disk as a Time Machine backup, make sure you’re running firmware 7.3.2 on the base station, and make sure your Mac is running 10.5.4 or later.
Thank you for the post. I will retrieve the Apple Extreme N station I lent my neighbours and try it with my MacBook Air.
Glad it worked for you Christopher. No luck here. MacBook running 10.5.4 with AEBS on 7.3.2. Seems to be having random results across the board according to all the forum posts I’ve read…though mostly on the positive side of the fence. I’ve tried all the tips on those posts. Lacie Little Disk Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled): failed. Connected directly to Mac first then to AEBS: failed.
The LaCie always appears on my Time Machine pane, but Time Machine still never accepts it as a Backup destination. I hope Apple managed to sell a handful more Time Capsules by not providing this option, because if they didn’t then that means all they’ve accomplished is to annoy more than a handful of their customers.
Nick, you might want to search newer posts to see my follow-ups. Apple has decided to abandon this, despite their prior commitments.