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Paging through the latest MaximumPC, I see they have a write up on this router: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122435

Which got me thinking: with a USB 3.0 external hard drive (or specifically in my case, a 2TB SATA 2 WD green in a USB 3.0 enclosure) attached, could transfer speeds (over wired network to Gigabit computers) rival a decent NAS setup?

Basically I am looking to have a central backup drive that is easily accessible by all 3-4 computers on my network without spending a ton of dough on a NAS or building a server. It also works out that I am in the market for a decent router or Gigabit switch, and have been pondering network storage/backup capabilities for a while now... Could this router and drive setup kill all my birds with 1 stone, or is it a 'jack of all trades - master of none' type solution?
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Paging through the latest MaximumPC, I see they have a write up on this router: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833122435
Which got me thinking: with a USB 3.0 external hard drive (or specifically in my case, a 2TB SATA 2 WD green in a USB 3.0 enclosure) attached, could transfer speeds (over wired network to Gigabit computers) rival a decent NAS setup?
Basically I am looking to have a central backup drive that is easily accessible by all 3-4 computers on my network without spending a ton of dough on a NAS or building a server. It also works out that I am in the market for a decent router or Gigabit switch, and have been pondering network storage/backup capabilities for a while now... Could this router and drive setup kill all my birds with 1 stone, or is it a 'jack of all trades - master of none' type solution?

It would definately work as a centralised storage solution but you will be bottlenecked by R/W speeds of your WD green HDD. Other than that its a good cost effective solution. smile.gif

I wouldnt say it would rival a decent NAS server due to the heaps of featuers NAS servers support nowdays. HDD performance gains with a NAS running some sort of RAID configuration would probably be negligable but RAID is another feature of a NAS server.

have a look at this list, it shoes 8 port GBe switches thumb.gif

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=-1&isNodeId=1&Description=gigabit+switch+8+port
Edited by stubass - 12/10/11 at 7:05pm
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If the HDD speed is the bottleneck, I'm fine with that. 90MB/s is much better than 10-15MB/s through USB2 or 10/100LAN. I do wonder what the access time would be like though.

Especially given HDD prices now, I can't go building a multi-terabyte array, and would like to have something easily unpluggable for extra security (both physical (i.e. fire) & electrical (power surge), that could spend most of it's time off the network... At least that's what I'm telling myself to prevent the temptation of building a server smile.gif
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I edited my post earlier becasue I wasn't 100% sure, but I looked it up and the ports on the WNDR4500 are not USB 3.0 ports.
Edited by RTWilliams2 - 12/10/11 at 7:58pm
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your right, with HDD prices you would end up spending more on HDDs than a NAS... plus your plan is solid... hoe that helps the temptation wink.gif
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. plus your plan is solid... hoe that helps the temptation wink.gif
At least for now... ask me in 6 months rolleyes.gif

Thanks for the help though! +rep
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I just bought a Western Digital My Book Live 2TB. It has a Gigabit Ethernet Port, 800MHz processor and a Web GUI. Plus, I can log into it from the WAN without having to use a VPN.

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=280

I use it for my Work Laptop. I do all my backups on it, plus it replaced my use for DropBox.

As for my connectivity to it, I just mapped the drive on my computer. No need for 3rd party software.

They also have an iOS and Android App that allows you to connect your tablet/phone to it as well. As with the computer, you don't have to be on the same Layer 2 network to connect to it.

Plus it acts as a media server too, so you can stream movies off it.

They also have a 1TB and 3TB version.

Yes, I could have built an actual File Server, but I don't have the cash right now. Work funded this and it works really well.

For someone that doesn't have the cash or time to build a file server, just needs something for backups and general file storage, I can recommend it.
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Patience in not a virtue I have learned... Just picked up a gigabit switch and a copy of WHS'11 for an old e5300 build & spare parts I had laying around...
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