Need help with a USB 3.0 router pick.

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Need help with a USB 3.0 router pick.

Postposted on Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:38 pm

Hello all,
I have recently bought a WD external essential 3 tb drive. It's a 3.0, and i figured It was due time to upgrade my router anyways so I thought I would go with a router with a 3.0 usb drive. I have used external drives on 2.0 routers before and it wasn't plausible then, but since I have the drive already, I thought I might as well buy a router with 3.0 and give it a shot.

Most of my searches brought me to the Dlink DIR 865. I am turned off of this model because it apparently only supports drives up to 500g. The closest I have been able to find that is 3.0, is the RT-n65U http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.as ... 6833320131. I found this chart that shows it should support up to 2 g. http://event.asus.com/2009/networks/disksupport/

Can anyone make a better suggestion? I would like to fully utilize the 3tb I have. but I guess the r65u will do if I can't find anything better.

Thanks,
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Re: Need help with a USB 3.0 router pick.

Postposted on Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:22 am

Nothing specific, but most of the routers I've read about just don't have the horsepower to act as a NAS, so performance suffers a lot. I'd definitely look specifically at people who have used the USB ports for information before committing.
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Re: Need help with a USB 3.0 router pick.

Postposted on Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:32 am

Hmmm,
As a secondary thought, what is the fastest wireless read/write speeds someone has got on an external hd attached to a router? I wasn't expecting miracles with 3.0, I just figured if I was going to buy a new router anyway, i should aim for the 3.0 slot considering I won't upgrade it again for another 2 years. Has anyone had experience with usb 3.0 on a router?
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Re: Need help with a USB 3.0 router pick.

Postposted on Thu Aug 09, 2012 6:51 am

I was thinking you could go with the WD router that has the hard drive built into it.
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Re: Need help with a USB 3.0 router pick.

Postposted on Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:51 pm

Well, you could go with this n65u model since it does have USB 3.0 ports, but as a router it's not really the best model - for example, RT-N66U has more powerful hardware, more RAM and external antennas which seem to provide better wireless coverage... But, it only has USB 2.0 ports... Asus really is unpredictable/irrational in terms of spreading various features across the different models :-/ Personally I went with RT-N66U, as I have no need to use its USB ports (I already have network printer and an external NAS with RAID1), and as a router it works better (better range) than any other model from Dlink or Netgear or Linksys/Cisco that I've tried.
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Re: Need help with a USB 3.0 router pick.

Postposted on Thu Aug 09, 2012 4:12 pm

I was really hoping there would be higher end routers with 3.0 ports. The n65u looks the best to me so far, but I am really disappointed it does not have the specs of the rt-n66u. Thanks for everyones input so far!
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