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Old 08-17-2012, 09:30 PM
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<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-3132_7-57494092-98/top-five-wi-fi-routers-with-built-in-network-storage' target='_blank'>http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-3132_7...network-storage</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"However, if your needs are limited to casual usage, such as sharing documents and streaming music and photos, then a router with built-in network storage capability -- one that comes with internal storage or can host an external storage device and shares that with the rest of the network -- fits the bill better."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/dht/auto/1345228962.usr20447.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>I would have to agree with the first suggestion made in the article, that if you have serious storage needs, a dedicated NAS is the way to go.&nbsp; Networking companies have been looking for ways to differentiate themselves by adding more features to their routers.&nbsp; From NAS capabilities, to sharing USB printers to cloud functionality.&nbsp; However, if you are on a budget, a router can function as a competent NAS.&nbsp; A decent NAS can cost quite a few shiny pennies, where a NAS capable router can be had for dirty pennies.&nbsp; Transfer rates will be slower, but it does mean that you have one less device to manage for your home "data center."</p>
 
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