Gigabit is faster then USB. And a Gb switch will only cost you about 50 bucks, so, if you go NAS, that's absolutely the way to go!
100Mb is fast enough to transfer HD rips. It SHOULD be fast enough for BD (full quality) rips, but, honestly, I've never tried it. I know it's more then fast enough for a 10GB MKV rip of a BD. 100Mb/s is 10MB/s. That's 600MB/min (call it 1GB/2mins). That's 30GB per hour; which is (IIRC) above the spec for BD. Also, remember, wired Ethernet is actually "wire" speed. 100Mb/s transfers are going to be as fast (or much faster) then a 802.11N "300Mb/s" network. 100Mb/s will transfer 10MB/s without much problem.
Also, NAS (Gb), while having the ability to be much faster (because of the higher wire speed) may NOT be faster, depending on the NAS device. Remember, now you're not limited by the computer anymore, but by the speed of the NAS device itself. Most consumer grade NAS devices are not going to come anywhere near 100MB/s (wire speed for 1 Gb networks)!! USB hard drives are not constrained by anything but the wire, so a 480Mb/s USB connection will really transfer 40MB/s pretty consistently.
NAS is better in most cases. However, a high end NAS is expensive! Things like the Western Digital MyBookWorld (NAS) are not going to be very fast, regardless of the network speed!
If you want to go NAS, look at thinks like the Netgear ReadyNAS, those are nice devices. But the cost difference between a "good" NAS and a "good" USB hard drive are pretty large. 2TB USB drive (mirror) will cost about 250 bucks, and write 40MB/s all day long. A 2TB NAS may cost 1000 bucks, and probably won't write dramatically faster then the USB drive (if at all).
NAS is great, it's just more expensive!
Originally Posted by mkedda /forum/post/15454393
What if I upgraded to a gigabit network. What would be faster ?