External Storage: USB or ethernet?

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rjscott2005's picture
External Storage: USB or ethernet?


I'm heading to Fry's this afternoon to pick up my WNR3500L. It's going to replace my Airport 500GBwhich I haven't been satisfied with (hdd access/transfer time). My question is this: Should I use USB on the WNR3500L or would it be better to use a NAS for attaching a hard disk? If NAS, any particular brand/type? My priority of importance is-

1. HD video streaming

2. Access from outside the home network

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Peter Redmer
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The ReadyShare feature of the

The ReadyShare feature of the WNR3500L is great for sharing files over the Internet, but I'm not sure how HD media streaming would work, since I haven't tested that. Has anyone on the community tested this, and if so, with what streaming device?

martin82's picture
Go for the NAS. Even the

Go for the NAS. Even the cheapest one will give better performance than connecting a USB-drive to the 3500l.
I got 5MB/s read and 1.5MB/s write using a 1TB NTFS-formated drive. It also had trouble with files larger than 4GB.

I thought I could get away with the cheaper solution 3500l + usb-drive, but ended up buying an external NAS anyways :\


achilles's picture
I would suggest NAS ... bcoz

I would suggest NAS ... bcoz it will surely fair better than USB drive ..
For the performance & set up related detail u can have a look at the following link :

gugavieira's picture
Hi guys I also have the same

Hi guys I also have the same doubt and as long the last post here was 1 year ago I was wondering if anything changed.

My question would be: how the transfer rates of a nas connected to the ethernet port compares to a usb drive connected to the router?