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I know there have been a few other threads here about storage, but it seems that they're old enough that this warrants a new thread.
I have a NewerTech Voyager USB 3.0 docking station attached to my first generation Airport Extreme with a 2TB green hard drive that contains my iTunes video library. Currently, the drive only has about 400GB free and is beginning to show some flakiness (as I've heard is often the case as Green drives fill up).
With the last Airport Extreme firmware update, I had a lot of problems where video would start playing on my Apple TV and then just freeze and the drive would be become unresponsive and require a reboot. That's mostly been resolved by downgrading to the previous firmware. However, the Voyager must have some energy saving provisions because it tends to "go to sleep" if there's inactivity for a while so sometimes my iTunes video collection can lose track of its files while the drive is spinning up.
So, two things...
First, I've been looking at an inexpensive dual-bay docking station so I can add a second drive to expand with my library for the next year or so. Alternatively, I could get two single docking stations and a USB hub, but I'd like to keep this as simple as possible. I prefer docking stations rather than enclosures because it's easy to swap out drives as my needs change/grow plus they're inexpensive. There are probably half a dozen or so dual-bay docking stations on the market under $100. Any experience or recommendations for something like this?
Second, while my Airport Extreme has worked fine for all these years, it's the model with 10/100 ethernet instead of gigabit (which I support with an external gigabit switch plugged into one of the ports on the AE). Newer models also have dual band base stations that support guest networks so something like that could come in handy allowing me to using 5.8Ghz N with my Apple TVs and iPad with 2.4Ghz used with my iPhone 4s. I probably won't buy a non-Apple router, but I'm still deciding if it's worth it to upgrade to the latest model.
Things in technology change quickly so I'm just looking for something that gets me through the next few years rather than the rest of my life.