Need a NAS

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  1. Euclid

    Euclid New Member

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    My parents really like my SimpleTech SimpleShare NAS device. It's a 500 GB hard drive with a NIC built-in and enough brains to do ftp, etc.

    I'd like to get them something similar, but they don't need more than 250 GB. I was thinking maybe there is a quality NAS enclosure that would help save me some money on the deal. Or, maybe you can just recommend a consumer NAS like my SimpleShare.

    Any advice? :wavey:
     
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    I should add that I have considered just getting them a USB drive and hanging it off the desktop PC. That's an option but I want to see if I can get a NAS for maybe $50 more.
     
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    honestly, unless they need a specific feature of NAS (such as multiple PCs accessing the device at different times without the requirement of the "host" pc to be on) then I would just recommend a USB solution. It's faster, too.
     
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    Is this because cheap NAS doesn't have the hardware to fully use an ethernet pipeline?
     
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    typical networks are still 100Mbps; A good device (note I say good) can get 80% efficiency, so that's 80Mbps. 8Mb in 1MB = 10MB/sec.

    USB is 480Mbps. 80% efficiency puts that at 384Mbps. So 48MB/sec.


    USB2 is faster than a 100Mbps network. Unless you need the functionality provided by network connectivitiy, you're better-off with a USB2 enclosure.
     
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    I'd just always assummed...

    Thank you.
     

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