NAS Vs USB Drive on AEBS?

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  1. spiritlevel macrumors 6502

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    Please can someone tell me what the advantages are of a proper NAS (like a ReadyNas Duo) connected to an AEBS as opposed to a simple USB drive?

    I want to store my itunes library on this networked drive so it is accessible to a couple of Macs and my ATV1 as well as non-itunes movies that I can stream to my JailBroken ATV1 via XBMC.

    Obviously the simple USB drive is much cheaper so I would like to fully understand the advantages of something like the ReadyNas duo to see if the extra cost is worth it for me.

    thanks
     
  2. gabicava83 macrumors regular

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    Higher level of redundancy.

    I.e a NAS drive has some kind of RAID (many different types) that can tolerate a drive failure or several depending on your RAID.

    USB single unit drive = none :)

    Plus many other features......

     
  3. spiritlevel thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It's those many other features that I would like to know more about please...

    I already have a 2 drive enclosure with raid 0, 1 and JBOD - so what would something like the NetGear NAS give me on top of that?

    And are there any restrictions on what can be streamed or shared on a standard USB drive compared to a proper NAS like the NetGear?

    thanks
     
  4. spiritlevel thread starter macrumors 6502

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    OK so I've hooked my 2TB raid enclosure up to my AEBS via the usb port and this seems to work well (if a little slow accessing files compared to connecting the disk directly to my laptop)

    It seems that the AEBS turns any external disk into a NAS right?

    In which case there's probably no point in me spending more bucks on a dedicated NAS
     
  5. dongmin macrumors 68000

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    A proper NAS (that supports gigabit ethernet and other goodies) will be multiple times faster than an AEBS. I find file transfers via AirDisk torturously slow.
     
  6. spiritlevel, Mar 13, 2011
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    spiritlevel thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ahh - OK thanks

    Well the NAS I have been looking at is the Synology DS211J

    So you're saying that if I were to connect that by ethernet to one of my AEBS Gigabit LAN ports, it would be much faster?

    (I don't have a separate ethernet switch)

    Or...is what you're saying only valid if the entire network is wired? (gigabit ethernet)

    What I am after is the fastest way of having a networked disk that can be shared over wifi.
     
  7. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    Well, if you access your data via wireless LAN, the dedicated NAS unit won't be any faster than the USB drive.

    If you go wired the DS211J will be faster than a USB drive, though.
     
  8. spiritlevel thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I see. Unfortunately wired isn't really an option as I will be connecting to the disk via either a laptop (which could be anywhere in the house) or an ATV which is in a place that is difficult to run a wire to.

    Looks like I'll be sticking with the AEBS/USB disk solution.

    Thanks again for your help.
     

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