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Extending Wifi Router for faster NAS connection

creativepaddler
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Extending Wifi Router for faster NAS connection

Hello, new to using routersand NAS. Here's my situation:
I have an R8000 typically delivering about 200kbps to my desktop computer located the floow below. We installed the router upstairs in our bedroom because it more equally  distributes fast Wifi signal to all our devices on both floors.

I wanted to connect a NAS RAID via Ethernet to the Router, but adding a twin 7200 rpm NAS RAID will be too noisy for serving my large photography collection to my lower office computer apps, and secondarily for nighttime file backups. 

Ideally I'd like to connect my NAS in my downstairs home office via bridged/AP ethernet so the noise is mitigated and signal is optimally high. I'll need the fastest connection possible that to keep files writing/reading quckly enough to work in real time in my photo processing apps. Hardwiring the NAS to my computer is not much of an option as the computer is used offsite and in other rooms, hence my desire to serve via Wifi and also for remote access to files. 

My BIG questions is if aPowerline adapter with ENet ports can serve a NAS as well as if the NAS were connected directly to Router. There are several Powerline products out there, Netgear and less costly Zytel for example.

 

I'd deeply approeciate if anyone here has sound experienced advice for me regarding the specifics of my inquiry and setup.

thanks!

Model: R8000|Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Smart WIFI Router
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> I have an R8000 typically delivering about 200kbps to my desktop
> computer located the floow below.

   200Mb/s?  200kb/s (although faster than a dial-up modem at 56kb/s)
seems (to me) pretty slow.

> [...] We installed the router upstairs in our bedroom because it more
> equally  distributes fast Wifi signal to all our devices on both floors.

   Ignoring esthetics and potential installation difficulties, optimal
would be to run a cable from the router to the "downstairs home office",
and use a (cheap) gigabit Ethernet switch there to spread the (wired)
joy among the NAS and any other nearby computers.

> My BIG questions is if aPowerline adapter with ENet ports can
> serve a NAS as well as if the NAS were connected directly to Router.

   Unlikely.  Does the Powerline equipment supplier guarantee a
wire-speed connection?  I haven't seen such.  Given the known unknowns
of what the Powerline gizmos can do over your wiring, it's tough to say
whether that scheme or radio would work better/faster.

   Whether that link would be the bottleneck might depend on other
factors, too, of course.  Less-than-1gb/s might be enough, if there's
another, narrower bottleneck elsewhere.

> [...] if anyone here has sound experienced advice for me regarding the
> specifics of my inquiry [...]

   I wouldn't trust free advice about the Powerline stuff from anyone
who hasn't run the Powerline experiment at your site.

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My BIG questions is if aPowerline adapter with ENet ports can serve a NAS as well as if the NAS were connected directly to Router.

 


I doubt if Powerline can match a direct connection, but it may be fast enough, especially if you go for newer 1000Mbps plugs.

 

I haven't tried putting an NAS on the receiving end of a Powerline network, but most other stuff works fine. Maybe I'll give it a whirl with a clapped out old NAS box I have sitting here. But that won't provide reliable speed tests, and my plugs are not 1000Mbps.

Just another user.

My network DM200 -> R7800 -> GS316 -> PL1000 -> Orbi RBR40 -> Orbi RBS50Y -> RBS40V
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