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16  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Much better than a nslu2? on: January 19, 2010, 03:16:58 AM
Other N routers than I have owned and used that have Gigabit ports:

D-Link DIR-655 : http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=530
Draytek 2820 : http://www.draytek.co.uk/products/vigor2820.html

On the Slug front.  I previously ran two Slugs - one as a file server and the one as FTP server, web-server etc.
I'd echo the point made about better transfer rates above.  However, the biggest advantage of the two Plugs I now run over the Slugs is their general responsiveness.  I'm a big fan of Webmin for configuration.  Webmin isn't fast at the best of times, but on the Slugs it was next useless due to its, ehh Sluggishness :-).  On the Plugs it's usable.
17  General Category / General Discussion / Re: eSata SheevaPlug on: January 16, 2010, 06:21:59 AM
Thats about 100.- for a plug with esata, another 100.- for a enclosure. What about directly heading for Qnap 219P? Integrated in one case, bigger (more silent) fan then the cheap enclosure. Same CPU, same amount of memory, an serial interface with a little bit of soldering. Able to install the debian on a plugged in USB stick (or the disks). two exte esata ports, two free (if one has the usb stick) usb ports. 300.-

I already had 4x500GB drives (from an old Windows server) - the QNAP would have been quite a bit more expensive than the non-eSATA Sheeva + DAS400 I did buy, and not as suitable based on what I already had.
Having said that, if I were making the decision now, I would still go with the Sheevaplug...I just find it more interesting  Wink.
18  General Category / General Discussion / Re: eSata SheevaPlug on: January 15, 2010, 01:22:38 AM
Does the esata port support port multiplication?

I'd like to echo this query.

I currently use a plug as a fileserver connected via USB to one of these http://www.amazon.co.uk/EdgeStore-DAS400-Bay-USB-Enclosure/dp/B001H54JXQ, and it works very well...
However...if the eSATA port did support Port Multiplication, that would open up a whole new world of faster multi-bay enclosures.
19  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Re: Enabling Esata on V1.3 Sheeva Plug - Progress Report. on: January 14, 2010, 09:27:48 AM
Hey guys,

I need couple of more Sheevaplug with eSATA, but I am too lazy to repeat the process. I think I will talk to Globalscale and get some units of Sheevaplug with eSATA port. It probably will be a little bit more expensive than their regular unit. Anyone interested, please send a message to me and I will give you feedback after I check with Globalscale.

http://www.newit.co.uk/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=3
20  Hardware and U-Boot firmware / Hardware / Startech 4-Bay SATA USB Enclosure - Sheevaplug fileserver suitable? on: November 22, 2009, 09:37:25 AM
I'm waiting on a Sheevaplug, and my long term aim is to use it to replace my current Intel-based file server.  This file server uses 4x500GB SATA drives, and as I'd really like to re-use these drives with the Sheevaplug, I've been looking at suitable USB SATA enclosures.

General USB SATA drive enclosures seem mostly to be single drive, although I've found a couple of dual drive enclosures and, most interesting for me, this:

http://www.startech.com/item-download/SAT3540U2E-35in-4-Drive-eSATA-USB-Multi-Bay-External-Hard-Drive-Enclosure.aspx

...so that's an enclosure that will take 4 SATA drives and offer them up on a USB interface.

Information seems to be thin on the ground, although there's a manual downloadable from the above - I can find no reviews and (relatively) few distributers, let alone Sheevaplug users.  However, it does look like they're available here in the UK for around 116, which isn't too bad if you tot up the cost of 4 single enclosures or 2 duals, and it would make things quite neat.

However...would I be asking for trouble using something esoteric like the above as my file storage in a Sheevaplug based file-server setup?
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