Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Home IT department

I finally got around and uploaded all my files from my external drive to the network drive. Did not do test the upload speeds, but will do some tests in the near future, I will post those as well.

Simple diagram of my home setup
This is the setup of my little home IT department.

Actual equipment

Before purchasing this little Linksys unit, which is a USB Network storage link. I read many reviews. Most of them mentioned speed as being a problem. My network as you can see is wired 10/100 and wireless G 54Mbps, so it actually fits in nicely. And I don't need to upgrade my router, or any of my NIC cards in my computers. Wirelessly, it doesn't make a difference how fast it can server up the files, from my tests, I can listen to music from the NAS. Now the real test will be listening to music, and from another computer watching a video. I did a brief test between the laptop, and my desktop. Over the wireless network, these are the results:
[ ID] Interval Transfer Bandwidth[ 3] 0.0-10.0 sec 25.6 MBytes 21.5 Mbits/sec[ 3] 0.0-10.0 sec 26.1 MBytes 21.9 Mbits/sec[ 3] 0.0-100.0 sec 253 MBytes 21.2 Mbits/sec[ 3] 0.0-2027.8 sec 5.16 GBytes 21.9 Mbits/sec
Will be doing more test, and and indepth info will be posted.

My Computer equipment

1. Desktop - AMD Athalon XP 1800 -1.7GB RAM - 120 GB HD - FireWire + 4 USB PCI card - TV Tuner -Web Cam - 17" CRT Monitor - Ubuntu 8.10 2. Laptop Dell Inpiron 1318 - Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz - 13.3" 1280x800 Glossy - 3 GB RAM - 250 GB HDD - OpenSuSe 11.0 3. Laptop Apple PowerBook G4 12" - 867 MGHz G4 - 640 MB RAM - 40 GB HDD - 12" -OSX 10.4 Network Hard Ware Linksys Broadband Router: WRT54G Linksys Network Storage Link: NSLU2 Dlink DSL Router : DSL-360R [polldaddy poll=1182086]