I just flashed tomato to my Asus RT-N16 and attached a 2TB WD Elements. I would like to use the drive as a backup drive for my system and I set it to backup in windows 7 but it's been running for 10 hours now and is not even half way done. I have only 130Gigs of data, shoulnt it have finished already? How can I check my data transfer rate and is there anything I can do to speed up the network to write to this drive?
Date: 30 Apr 2011 06:50
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Transfer rate normally can be view from Status->Bandwith, you can see the receive and transfer speed indicator.
I dont recommend using your router as backup folder for your notebook. Too slow due to router CPU constrain. If you have budget, buy powerful NAS router that has the sufficient CPU power and transfer speed.
A router that can access a local USB disk is a router, not a NAS.
If you want a NAS you have to buy a NAS. I've been looking at these, and they cost anywhere from $100 to $200 plus the price of the hard drives.
I thought I may need a nas so I was looking and since I already have the external hd can I just get one of those ez-nas devices that can convert usb to Ethernet? Any experience with those? Reviews seem to be mixed.
lamski, Why would you want to do that? USB is slow slow slow compared to ethernet.
No personal experience yet, but……
Once you get a NAS box, you can change out the firmware just like we've done on routers with Tomato ;-)
A big yes to that. My Buffalo Linkstation Pro V2 (LS-GL, board version 2) runs Debian Lenny, and I have access to the full Debian repo of packages - around 10000 I think. I even hacked/patched its uBoot bootloader source & recompiled it so that I can remotely control its booting process via netconsole (ethernet). [other uBoot incarnations have netconsole enabled or at least available in the source - Buffalo & Marvell used a very old source tree that was pre-netconsole, unfortunately]
At least 2 or 3 times as fast for data transfer speeds. My tomatoUSB box does 7.5MB/s write, 9 MB/sec read, the LS Pro does around 15MB-20MB/sec write, 18-25MB/sec read.
Yes, I _do_ use my RT-N16 w/ a 2.5 inch hard drive for TimeMachine and for a "lite" NAS, but just for my AirMini hackintosh nettop. It is, however, very easy to max out a router, and thus degrade its performance.
BTW, on the Buffalo NAS boxes, one can even debootstrap the stock firmware so that you can install optware on it - thus keep the stock webinterface, and add on "goodies" from the ARM9 branch of the nslu2 optware feed (we use the mipsel ddwrt branch on our tomatousb boxes).
Various Broadcom Routers Running TomatoUSB (or DD-WRT) with Airprint & Cloud Print
See my Repo's at http://github.com/davygravy
Extra/Newer Optware ipks not in the dd-wrt/nslu2 feed
davy's 1-wire weather, courtesy of TomatoUSB, Optware & Maxi
I found out it is CPU bound. It also depends on what filesystem you are using.
To verify it, telnet into your router, use the "top" command when you are backing up. You will find "smbd" on the top. If your harddisk is NTFS, you will also find ntfs-3g on the top too.
If you really want to use your RT-N16 as NAS (which I am doing now), format your harddisk to ext3. Then you save a lot of CPU resources by not running ntfs-3g.
Hope it helps.