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Thanks for the quick reply Bob.

I actually purchased the 8000. My thought was to keep the old 4700 (4720 essentially since it has a drive in it) and just use it as a NAS only. I figured converting it to an AP would be the best option. This way the setup would use the 4720 to stream NAS files only, while the 8000 would handle everything else to maximize their processors and spread out the load.

Is this worth the trouble do you even think? Should I just pull the drive in the 4720 and put it into a USB 3.0 enclosure and connect it to the 8000, then sell the 4720 or something?
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Thanks for the quick reply Bob.

I actually purchased the 8000. My thought was to keep the old 4700 (4720 essentially since it has a drive in it) and just use it as a NAS only. I figured converting it to an AP would be the best option. This way the setup would use the 4720 to stream NAS files only, while the 8000 would handle everything else to maximize their processors and spread out the load.

Is this worth the trouble do you even think? Should I just pull the drive in the 4720 and put it into a USB 3.0 enclosure and connect it to the 8000, then sell the 4720 or something?
If you don't need the increase wifi coverage of an Access Point then using the 8000 by itself would be best. To use the 4720 as a NAS only is not something I would do. Using it as a router like I do is something it is fine for. But to shut down all the routing functions gains nothing. The 8000 is even faster then the 7000. It is significantly faster then the 4720. So again if you don't need added wireless range of the AP then just use the 8000. Simpler is always better.

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If you don't need the increase wifi coverage of an Access Point then using the 8000 by itself would be best. To use the 4720 as a NAS only is not something I would do. Using it as a router like I do is something it is fine for. But to shut down all the routing functions gains nothing. The 8000 is even faster then the 7000. It is significantly faster then the 4720. So again if you don't need added wireless range of the AP then just use the 8000. Simpler is always better.

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Sounds good, thanks again!
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Sounds good, thanks again!
Maybe a little off topic for this thread, but you did say you had an 8000 as well, correct? I was curious if you utilize the 'smart connect' for the two 5GHz bands, or turn that off and designate exactly which devices you want on each band?
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Maybe a little off topic for this thread, but you did say you had an 8000 as well, correct? I was curious if you utilize the 'smart connect' for the two 5GHz bands, or turn that off and designate exactly which devices you want on each band?
I use the Smart Connect on the 8000. This is easiest if you want 1 SSID. Using it without is fine too. Know that the lower 5ghz channels have lower performance then the higher. So if you use it separately then put your slower devices on the lower channel.

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