when flashed with Tomato.....your USB hard drive attached to that ASUS can act as NAS device.....
Why not from Roku...... ????
I have Roku - which has wirless connection.....and USB hard drive attached to it......I wish it supports USB 3.0
First, the Roku streaming media player most likely has
to have secure software due to licensing, copyright
and DRM reasons. Thus, no outside firmware will likely
ever be available. It's a closed platform on purpose and
suits many people's needs. (But certainly not everyone.)
Next, if the Roku firmware added every feature many
NAS have, (CIFS, AFS, NFS, FTP, HTTP, etc...) some of
the current featues would likely have to be dropped.
The Roku streaming media player is NOT
Box to Rule Them All".
As for USB 3.0, the Roku does not really have the
speed or features needed to take advantage of the
additional speed of USB 3.0, (4Gbps). It's a 320Mhz
MIPS processor as I recall, certainly not fast enough
to saturate USB 2.0 speeds of 480Mbps. The only
real advantage USB 3.0 would give the Roku would
be full duplex.
All in all, if you want a NAS device, find one that
meets your needs. If you need a media player that
has a product roadmap that addresses your needs
better get that one.
In my opinion, their is no "One Box to Rule Them
All" yet, and again in my opinion, the Roku is not
it and won't be. But that does not stop me from
liking what the Roku does today and being happy
with my purchase.