I would like to set up energy saving schedule such that my computer is woken up at 2:58 AM.

At 3 AM, stuff that is really, really important to me is backed up to Amazon Glacier. I'd also like to perform a Time Machine backup at that time to my Airport Extreme that has an HDD attached to it. [I know that Apple does not recommend using an Airport Extreme for that, but it works.] Problem is that I'm only connected wirelessly, and sometimes there seems to be trouble mounting the backup drive.

I disabled hourly backups, because a) I don't need them b) it disturbs me

No backup is not an option either, so I'd love to go for the nightly way.

What I know: - how to wake up my Mac at a specific time of day - how to get time machine to only perform backups at a scheduled time - how to use Airport Extreme as my backup device

What I do not know: - how would I make my Mac connect to wifi at login screen, so it can connect to the AE - how, without being logged in, get the Mac to actually mount the backup drive before login

Right now my setup should work (I will see for sure tonight) for when my Mac is sleeping, and my user is logged in. Mac will wake up at 2:58 AM. Will mount_afp the AE drive at 2:59 AM, will start Amazon backups, and start Time Machine backups at 3:00.

  • As written, this could be interpreted as three questions. How do I wake up at 3? How do I schedule one backup a day? How do I set Airport Extreme as a Time Machine backup. Might you edit this down to one question and optionally ask the other two separately?
    – bmike
    Jan 22, 2013 at 16:10

2 Answers 2


To schedule your Mac to boot or wake up at a particular time every day, you can use the Terminal command pmset. In your case, the appropriate pmset command would be:

pmset repeat wakeorpoweron MTWRFSU 02:58:00

To schedule Time Machine backups on crucial servers after hours, I've relied on TimeMachineEditor. With this app, you can set backups in a very granular fashion.


maybe you whant to concider restic backups: https://restic.readthedocs.io/en/stable/Manual/ It's available over homebrew and has a amazon s3 connection. I also scheduled my backups see here: check if storage is available and if it is execute a backup routine with passwordphrase

Its realy fast and i love it. Plus if you once need a file from the backup you can attach the backup as if its a usb storage and browse thorough the files with finder just as if it's still on your machine...

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