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Advantage of a NAS vs RAID enclosure connected to router?

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I basically need a storage solution with some redundancy for doing nothing but storing media files, which will be accessed by XBMC and other DLNA devices. Is there any advantage to buying a NAS rather than just a RAID enclosure connected to a router? Some of the newer routers have a USB 3.0 port for sharing drives, and are DLNA compatible also. I'm assuming I can just plug a USB 3.0 raid enclosure right into the router and access all the media via shares off the router?

A similar NAS enclosure costs hundreds more. I'm just wondering if throughput will be less, or power consumption or reliability will be worse. I really don't need any of the new "cloud" or media server features that are built in to some of the newer NAS servers.
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I know one thing, I never trusted my NetGear router's USB port and DLNA server. 90% of the time, it simply doesn't work. I use Windows Home Server. Performance wise, it is faster than most NAS out there. But that's just me.
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