Can I use a Gigabit Ethernet connection for ext. storage?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by JesseW6889, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. JesseW6889 macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2010
    I'm looking for external storage for my iMac. I did some researching and apparantly gigabit ethernet is a lot faster than even firewire 800. It's a 2011 iMac, and I realize Thunderbolt will be faster, but for now...

    Is this something that actually works and is faster? What do I need, just any NAS, or what?
  2. FearGhost macrumors member


    Apr 4, 2011
    Cambridge, UK
    I use a Synology DS710+ NAS for external storage (etc) and get data rates of 80-100Mbps in both read and write. The transfer speeds are dependant on the NAS though as cheaper ones can be quite a bit slower. Make sure you check the specs.... You may need a gigabit switch as well depending on how many devices you have attached to your 'wired' network.

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