Testing - Transfer Speeds
In order to give you an idea about how the ASUS WL-HDD performs, we performed three different tests to compare read and write speeds on each different connection medium.
First is the LAN file copy test which tests how long it takes in seconds to copy 1GB of data to and from using 100mbps Ethernet. Next is the Wireless HDD test where we used our PC again on a Wireless NIC to test the time taken to do the same tests over 54mbps Wireless. Finally we have our USB test where we filled up a 256MB flash drive with data to see just how long the unit takes to copy the data file over.
Wired to HDD Test - 1GB of data
Here we can see that transfers to and from are just about equal with what we would expect. The data transfer average is also quite good at around 9MB/s.
Wireless to HDD Test - 1GB of data
Using the Wireless to transmit the data to the HDD in large files is not the most effective solution but you do pay a data transfer speed penalty for the flexibility of any Wireless device.
We would have liked to see ASUS uses some sort of Turbo or Super-G technology to boost the data rate to 108mbps which would have boosted transfer rates quite a bit.
Flash Drive to HDD - 256MB of data
Here as we said the USB 1.1 does slow the unit down. With a max of around 10MB/s, large flash drives become slow to copy from. USB 2.0 "Hi-Speed" would have been better. Still, the inclusion of the USB port is handy and will be useful for many users.