Casey Bralla on 26 May 2013 03:33:29 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Raspberry Pi NAS questions, cont'd

I agree.  The Pi is fantastic, but the USB system is flawed, and not reliable 
when its taxed in any significant way.

I use the Pi (actually, 2 of them acting independently in parallel) as backup 
servers with rsync and a __SINGLE__ USB disk with no problems.

However, when I tried to use a USB wireless dongle instead of ethernet, the 
whole thing crashed and burned with similar reliability problems as you are 

The Beagle Black looks interesting and is similarly priced, but I haven't 
tried it, and don't know if it is crippled in the same way.

On Sunday 2013-05-26 6:13:47 AM Rich Freeman wrote:
> On Sun, May 26, 2013 at 1:08 AM, Will <> wrote:
> > I would just say use a different device for the NAS like a cubie board or
> > beagle bone black. The reason being is that the pi (and other ARM v6
> > processors depending on the vendor) use the USB bus for the Ethernet
> > controller.
> This came up at the PLUG N Pi discussion.  That was the recommendation
> there as well.
> Honestly, I couldn't see implementing a NAS using any hardware which
> didn't include:
> 1.  Gigabit ethernet.
> 2.  Multiple SATA/eSATA interfaces.
> You could probably get away with less if it were just a backup server,
> but you want a file server to be fast.
> Rich

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