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Topic # 115105 14-Mar-2013 09:11
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I'm looking for a local file storage solution for our small office, and am looking at a NAS Server. I'm told though that remote access or VPN into it will be limited to our upload speed (0.91). Can anyone confirm this and is anyone aware of any other possible solution? We have 2 or 3 remote users so really need them to be able to access files from the drives. Currently we have a VPN to an offsite server - the offsite server has a fairly quick upload speed apparently. I struggled to see why we couldn't obtain the same speed given our download speed is OK but I'm told it doesn't work that way. Any suggestions?

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  Reply # 781404 14-Mar-2013 09:35
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Assuming your are using ADSL then your upload speed is about right. You could go to VDSL or UFB to get a better upload speed.

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  Reply # 781405 14-Mar-2013 09:37
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Hi vroom,

"Upload" on your internet connection refers to any data being transferred from your location to the internet. If remote users are accessing the NAS, the data is being "uploaded" from the NAS to the remote user.

So yes, your connection's upload speed will restrict the speed on any remote access. The only way to resolve this would be to increase your upload speed, e.g. by upgrading to VDSL.

Offsite servers in data centres typically have a 50 or 100 Mbit upload speed, so it's not a problem for them.


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  Reply # 781907 14-Mar-2013 20:21
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The remote access shouldnt be a problem via FTP or http if the upload speed is between 700kbits and 900kbits and the remote users are only downloading files from the NAS that are around 3 megabytes or less, and re uploading them when they want to save.

The average ADSL connection will upload at 60 kilobytes per second so a 3 megabyte file will take about a minute to download for a remote user.

Dropbox may be a better option if the files are not being worked on by multiple people within a short period of time. Eg. If a remote/inhouse user saves a file, it wont be opened by another remote/inhouse user for at least an hour for most documents while it uploads the file to dropbox servers, and other users download them.

The benefit with dropbox is that it syncs files in the background so that if another user edits a file, it will pre-download and sync to your computer wherever you are automatically so its instantly ready when you want to open it. Its just the time it takes to upload and download to the other computers that takes the time to catch up after an edit.
An hour would be a good estimate for a 20 megabyte file. A file of less than a megabyte can be synced to other computers using the dropbox account 5 minutes.

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  Reply # 781914 14-Mar-2013 20:36
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Hi, upload speed from the NAS is a reality, I have been playing with SynoBox which is s 2way sync between a Synology DSM server and Dropbox, so far a good solution, you just have to remember to only share the files you really need to share or pay a premium for massive Dropbox storage.


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