The appearance of the special external networking storage device designed for small local networks is a truly curious occasion. Of course, a device of the kind that allows storing data for multiple users, and even transporting this data to another location will definitely find its fans. The design and functionality of the new drive are remarkable. No questions asked here. We were a little bit surprised to see that it uses far not the fastest network interface. The artificial limitation of the data transfer rate to 100Mbit/s makes the drive used inside this storage device absolutely unable to take advantage of its speed potential.
As a result, the drive performed on a pretty mediocre level throughout our test session. Of course, there still exist local networks using 100Base-T interface, but they are very few, and Gigabit controllers are not that much more expensive than their predecessors, especially since most mainboards have them already integrated.
From this viewpoint, the only reason for launching a device with morally outdated interface combined with a potentially fast hard disk drive can only be the manufacturer’s intention to later launch new “enhanced” product, which we have already mentioned in the beginning of our article. Although, the advanced newcomer will definitely cost more than the current solution, which is no good for the end-user. Anyway, we’ll see :)