The Acumen IT Support blog provides you with helpful articles about NAS devices.

Several web sites provide good overviews.

NAS Overview

NAS Wikipedia

Speed Test for NAS

Speed Test for NAS

I recently bought a new router (Linksys e3000) that has support for usb hard drives.

NAS Solution:

After setting up the drive and sharing it out on the network I was interested in the read/write speed across the network.  I saw dismal performance with TomatoUSB firmware as well as the Toastman builds so I went back to the stock Cisco firmware.

I don’t trust Windows 7’s built in speed calculations (especially for reads) so I went looking for a free tool to measure the speeds.  Enter parkdale.  This is a free utility that you can point at a drive and tell it to measure the read/write speed with a specified file size.

parkdale2 NAS

Parkdale can be downloaded for free at http://thesz.diecru.eu/content/parkdale.php

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