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On the serious side, running NAS can be a bandwidth hog so I'd say upgrading may be worthwhile. However, think about the state of your cabling as performance can be seriously hampered by cabling issues (interference, degraded copper, poorly wired plugs etc...)
Upgrading to optical may be a step too far for your needs.
Anyone wanting to get an idea of how cabling/interference may be the issue on your network should pick up the first part of the Cisco CCNA coursework. It covers the basics that often cause issues, meaning you can make sure you are making the best of what you have before upgrading.
The diference between 10/100mb and 1g switches was literally staggering, further more , we use network applications which are very demanding of bandwidth an have multiple users
The performance characteristics, ie hangups, slow loading, ocassional aborted transactions, it all improved dramatically.
Mind you, as suggested above, we also got new cabling an new switches and new nic cards between all the relevant connected machines
or else, max speed is constrained to the speed of the slowest component
> large nas
I went with a 2 terabyte Buffalo tera station. It is 10/100/1000 out of the box. We have it in parity mode which gives about 1.5tb usable space. You can plug in up to 4 usb drives for expansion. That's plenty of space for us at the present.