I am looking at 3 different storage devices but I’m really hoping for an ethernet gigabit device, regardless the storage will be on my router for easy access which also is beautiful since my laptops USB ports are trashed and faulty and pretend that they are only 1.1 instead of the 2.0 that they are supposed to be. I have a laptop which the USB ports are also not replaceable since the chassis of the computer is pretty compound into one big thing.
My devices I’m thinking about are:
WD My Book 4TB (USB 3.0)
WD My Book Live (Ethernet)
WD My Cloud (Ethernet)
I hope to use Ethernet of course, but what is technically faster? USB 3.0 or gigabit ethernet?
I have read many of the complaints about all WD NAS storage devices, like slow transfer rate and unreliability - and I can understand that if your router doesn’t have gigabit ports - or that the computer doesn’t have a gigabit network card. I am planning on using the router soley wirelessly, and very rarely using an ethernet cord from the router to the laptop.
Is that something idea?
I do not care for using FTP or accessing it from anywhere over the world, even though the drive would support it and my router also supports cloud and FTP features - but none of that is a big concern for me. It may be nice but I don’t know how to do that so it’s not a huge concern right away.
My router is the NETGEAR AC1900 Nighthawk, it has all 4 or maybe 5 gigabit ethernet ports. My laptop though I have no recollection if it has a gigabit network card or even if that has a factor through wireless - or what consequences that has. I know with my USB I only get around 2.03mbps transfer speed and when transfering from my laptop through the USB 3.0 1TB Passport Ultra, and the transfer speed going to the router through the USB to the drive was 1.5mbps (so slightly slower than purely using USB).
What should I get?