Originally Posted by lsc1
I just saw one of the new Linksys Wireless-N routers and noticed a newly integrated feature of providing a USB connection so that you can use any USB External Drive connected to the router as a storage device. Previously, you had to purchase a NAS drive that provided an ethernet connection. Obviously Ethernet will be faster than USB 2.0 but the selection/prices of USB drives is much more competitive. This may not be exactly what you're looking for but I thought it worth mentioning.
Not completely accurate. USB 2.0 runs at 480Mbps, while there are three commonly used Ethernet speeds: 10Mbps, 100Mbps, and 1000Mbps. Only the last one is faster than USB2. If you look closely, you'll find that a lot of the cheap and nasty "NAS" boxes are only 100Mbps, so they are slower (in raw protocol speeds, anyway).
To exacerbate matters, a number of the cheaper "NAS" boxes use inadequate CPUs, so they transfer data appallingly slowly. They'd probably be OK to store stolen music, but they are far too slow to use for storing gigabytes of images.