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It is an interesting device, but how can someone actually benefit from the 2,5 Gbit WAN port? I know that SOC cannot do 2 x 2,5 NIC and USB3, so adding a second 2,5Gbit port will not be possible.
Technically having it as LAN port could see higher than 1 Gbit traffic if used with vlans and a switch. In that case you would have traffic between vlans run through that LAN port twice on different VLANs.
With 1 Gbit LAN and no wifi I do wonder how I could saturate that 2,5 Gbit WAN (with ‘useful’ traffic; You can run iPerf on the device, but I do not call that useful)?
If it had 2 x 2,5Gbit it would make sense, but this device sadly has only 1 2,5gbit WAN and 1 gbit LAN. Not 2,5 gbit for LAN and WAN. That means it can sort of receive/send more on WAN than it can ever get from/to LAN. More routers have that the other way around.
Drop in gateway is indeed a fair use-case for 2,5Gbit WAN. That’s a bit like the 2,5Gbit LAN/VLAN use-case I mentioned.
Would you be sharing the USB storage with LAN or WAN. I believe that would likely be more with LAN then with WAN (unless you make it a download-router!).
You could indeed add USB-to-Ethernet to make higher speeds to WAN possible.
I do not mind it having a 2,5Gbit port, just wondered how its use was meant in this specific device.