I run a number of backups on an SBS 2003 network using a 500GB Freecom NAS/USB drive. I did try setting it up using the Ethernet connection, but the performance was dreadful and I took the USB 2.0 path.
Anyway I now need to replace it with a 2TB external drive, which is both USB 2,0 and ethernet, but this time has a gigabit connection.
My first question would be is the gigabit connection better or worse than a USB 2.0? It's a cheap Seagate drive (£110) but I'm on a budget and USB 2.0 works quite well.
However, if the ethernet solution would be better I would like to make some changes to the network and I need some help here.
The server's old and will be replaced in 12 to 18 months time. It has an internal gigabit (the only NIC on the server) and this connects to a Netgear firewall FVS318 (100Mbps), which in turn connects to a D-Link ethernet ADSL modem.
A 8-port 100Mbps switch connects to the Netgear and another 8-port switch daisy chains from the first one. These serve 10 network devices.
Ideally I would like to take this opportunity to connect the server to the 2TB drive and two PCs using a second gigabit NIC on the server and a 5-port gigabit switch to get the full 1000Mbps. The second NIC on the SBS 2003 server will need a unique IP and this will mess up my SBS settings. I am sure there is a routing method around this, but I'm not sure how.
All the cabling we use is marked "CAT 5e", "Verfied for Gigabit". How much better is CAT 6 and is gigabit noticably faster than 100Mbps?