4th December 2008, 12:09 PM
4th December 2008, 03:02 PM
Re: External storage options?
Can help answer this section.
Originally Posted by lurker
NAS is good if you have multiple users/computers which want to access your data. Since it's on the network, you don't need to have a computer constantly switched on. To take full advantage of its gigabit capabilities, you'll need to have a gigabit network backbone - switches, routers, NIC should all be gigabit enabled. Otherwise you'll only stuck at 100 Mbps.
USB 2.0 full-speed runs at 480 Mbps, even faster than FW400 (but more CPU intensive). But Gigabit Ethernet has a raw throughput of 1,000 Mbps (on a Gbit network). Then again, the actual transfer speed depends on a lot of other factors like supported hardware and network traffic.
Which one? In short, if you're not concerned about having network access, then the USB/FW version will do since it's cheaper (save money for more lenses!). If you're going for the NAS version, make sure your network can take full advantage of the speed.