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Ethernet v eSATA for NAS box

By k.jacko ยท 5 replies
Jan 28, 2008
  1. Hi all,

    Say if you wanted to use a central hdd store for your dvd library, so that pc's running vista media center could browse across the network to it to pick and watch a dvd, what would you go for, Ethernet 100/1000mbit or eSATA?

    Obviously the ethernet connectivity doesn't require a pc for it to attach to, which is a bonus.

    But, if connecting to a pc wasn't an issue, as its always on, would you vote for eSATA connectivity?

    your opinions would be appreciated, thanks. :)
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    I like eSATA (obviously with a fast compatable eSATA connection)
    There is no networking issues, and it's portable
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    eSATA for sure. It is the fastest one with direct connection to the drive - no conversion chips or software involved.

    Then again, if you are connecting to a PC anyway, why use external drives at all? With more than two eSATA devices running it will be one ugly cabling mess taking up a lot of space.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    Like always, there's pros/cons to most issues.

    The SATA connection will then required a folder to be shared if another system is
    to have access to the same data.

    The Ethernet connected NAS solution will allow any system to access the data without requiring File Sharing support from another system.
  5. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,425   +112

    Media Storage with NAS and without NAS

    NAS with a good FS system not FAT32 like I see with cheaper ones selling for $39 bucks. You could build one yourself too.. Stick two 500GB HDD SATAII in there they're cheaper now. There is a company that makes this...

    Put all your DVDs on this HDD that 320GB, 500GB and 750GB not a nas though

    This one is like a NAS it also has media storeage features and uses wireless or wired LAN with 320GB, 500GB and 750GB


  6. k.jacko

    k.jacko TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 493

    tipstir, they do look nice.
    But, my NAS will sit in the loft/attic and will only require an ethernet connection to the firewall/router.
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