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NAS or External Hard Drive Connected to WiFi Router

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June 22, 2014 2:08:10 PM

I need help deciding if a NAS or external hard drive connected to a WiFi router would be better for my situation.

I want storage that I can access over my home network from both my laptop and desktop. I don't intend on using the solution for anything other than storage. I don't need to serve multimedia files to TVs or anything else. I simply want it for storage.

With that said, are there any significant disadvantages to attaching an external drive to a WiFi router that would justify the added expense of a NAS.

The Asustor NASs look pretty neat and have good specs, but an external enclosure is obviously a fraction of the cost, even an external with two bays.

Thanks!

EDIT: Apparently NETGEAR now makes a router that includes a 3.5" bay, so that adds another option.
http://netgear.com/home/products/networking/wifi-router...
a b G Storage
June 23, 2014 12:55:43 AM

amsgator said:
I need help deciding if a NAS or external hard drive connected to a WiFi router would be better for my situation.

I want storage that I can access over my home network from both my laptop and desktop. I don't intend on using the solution for anything other than storage. I don't need to serve multimedia files to TVs or anything else. I simply want it for storage.

With that said, are there any significant disadvantages to attaching an external drive to a WiFi router that would justify the added expense of a NAS.

The Asustor NASs look pretty neat and have good specs, but an external enclosure is obviously a fraction of the cost, even an external with two bays.

Thanks!

EDIT: Apparently NETGEAR now makes a router that includes a 3.5" bay, so that adds another option.
http://netgear.com/home/products/networking/wifi-router...


Fundamentally, no, there's no important difference. The difference will be only performance and additional features built into modern NAS devices.
June 23, 2014 3:28:03 PM

Will an external hard drive spin down or will it always be active?
a c 888 G Storage
June 23, 2014 4:36:07 PM

Most externals have a built in spin down logic.
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