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The specs on my Buffalo ls-ws500gl/r1 network drive say it has 1GB network connection and 480mbps data transfer rate.

I have a WRTSL54GS router, which has 802.11b/g, which I believe the specs describe as having a 54mbps data transfer rate.

It is safe to say my router is the limiting factor on the speed of PC to Buffalo read/writes?

And if so, what might be a good 1GB wireless router, plus associated hub for extra ports?  I've been generally happy with LinkSys.

Any guidance on this would be appreciated.

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Your router has a wireless maximum data rate of 54mb/s (in actual use you'll get less than that);  and a built-in 100mb/s switch.    The Buffalo drive isn't wireless, so the limiting factor is the 100mb Ethernet ports on your router.

If you get a new router, simply be sure it has Gigabit ports, and the Buffalo will work at full speed.    Of course, if your PC's are connected wirelessly; or don't have Gigabit Ethernet adapters; then there's no reason to do that :-)

This is a nice little Wireless-N router with Gigabit ports:  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124497
Note that since it's Wireless-N, you'll also get faster wireless speeds if your wireless devices have Wireless-N adapters (almost 6 times the speed of Wireless G)

If you don't have any wireless devices you need to speed up; an alternative is to buy a Gigabit switch, and connect the Buffalo drive and any gigabit PC adapters to the switch -- this will give you Gigabit transfer speeds for those devices; but won't speed up your wireless connections.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124486
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