Asus WL-500gPv2 as NAS and backup?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Vezado, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. Vezado

    Vezado LI Guru Member

    I'm trying to come up with a cost effective solution for NAS, printer sharing & possibly backup. I'd also like to have OpenVPN access, so Thor's mod looks the most promising.

    The wl-500gP v2 looks like the best hardware at the moment for this, but i'd like to hear some opinions from others.

    i'm considering adding an internal notebook drive and using a usb/sata adapter and connecting to the internal usb pins.

    I'd also like to know if it is possible to add rsync and use it as a backup server. Backups would be pushed from the client to the router. I'd also like to be able to backup the internal drive to an external usb drive using rsync.

    Is this asking way too much from a router?
  2. occamsrazor

    occamsrazor Network Guru Member

    Thor's mod is great, but realistically I don't think the NAS aspect will be satisfactory for your purposes. Off the top of my head (it's somewhere in the long thread).... you'll be looking at 3-5 MB/sec transfer speeds, which is going to get very annoying if you're doing large backups.
    It's great for sharing/accessing files over the net where your internet speeds are likely to be less than this, but for the purposes of being a NAS on the local network, it's too slow for large transfers.
    Don't let that put you off though... it's a great firmware mod and router.
  3. Vezado

    Vezado LI Guru Member

    3-5 meg transfer speed would be more than adequate, the file shares are going to be fairly small collections of docs and spreadsheets. I was actually expecting less, something on the order of 1-2.

    How about the feasability of using rsync? I know first syncs are tiresome but after that rsync is amazingly fast. With my current netgear NAS, i've seen 2 GB .pst files sync up at 800x the speed of actually resending the PST. very impressive stuff! Would the router have enough memory to store the differential information? (sorry if my terminology is wrong). On that note, which is more less memory intensive for an rsync server, pulling the backup from the client or having the client initiate the sync? or does it matter?

    Another reason i'm attracted to using the router as a NAS box is that they'll be used in a somewhat hostile conditions in a "less than democratic" part of the world. :wink: The offices are occasionally raided by the powers at be and laptops, desktops and NAS boxes are taken away. A lowly router isn't worth their time and wouldn't be suspected of actually holding valuable data.

    Thanks for any input you can offer.
  4. occamsrazor

    occamsrazor Network Guru Member

    I'd be interested to hear if that is indeed possible.... though I might worry a little about heat, my router gets fairly hot, though I do live in a hot place (40C+).
  5. Vezado

    Vezado LI Guru Member

    I'm dealing with the same temps, so i've already been doing a little fan shopping and i intend to work that in as well, maybe even enlarging some ventilation holes in the process or creating new ones.
  6. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    The 5354 does get hotter than your average processor as it is an "all-in-one" solution.

    The idea of using the router for the purpose you mention is excellent!
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