Trying to optimize the Boxee Box Experience, I'm curious if anybody out there, knows which would be better?
A) A standard 500Gb 7200 rpm USB external hard-drive, always on, connected to the box through the back. Or..
B) Hard-drive on a Windows 7 machine, shared via the LAN.
Bottlenecks are either the USB or 10/100, at the Boxee. I know USB 2.0 has a theoretically higher transfer rate of 480 MBit/s, but in practice, how much overhead is involved in the communication compared to the 100 MBit/s assumed on the Ethernet.
I'm pretty sure, USB is the fastest option. So...
Does anybody know of a technical reason, why the USB would be slower? Or, is anything I'm thinking, wrong? Or, are both so fast, that neither will matter - for instance, if the Boxee Box caches/buffers almost everything it can?