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Arno Wagner
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      Dec 20th, 05, 8:17 PM
In comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.storage wrote:
> Hi all,


> I have 5 desktop machines running a mix of Linux and XP on my network
> at home. Two are wired the rest are wireless (g). Am thinking about
> adding a Network storage unit, firstly does anyone have any
> suggestions.. something not too expensive.


Use older hardware that you know is reliable. Say, a P2 200Mhz and
up. Use Linux and Samba.

> I am also contemplating wifi or not, moving data (5mp pictures etc.)
> round could be really slow when going wireless even if it's 54Mbps.


Haha, that is what they want you to believe. But it is 54Mbps for
_all_ stations combined, i.e. also only half-duplex. You can maybe
expect it to be as fast as 25Mbps Ethernet if you use it with just 2
computers.

> Would appreciate any feedback on brands/models etc that anyone has
> experience with. I have a new 300G Maxtor IDE that I could put into
> whatever new enclosure I buy for starters.


I would advise to use RAID1 (disks are cheap). With Linux
software RAID is fine.

Arno

 
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