From the title you are thinking upgrade your router,nic,etc, but the set up a bit unique. I have a gigabit router and port on my desktop, but my WD Live has only a 100Mbit port. I have an old WD MyBook 350GB attached to a WD Live via USB2. This means I average 8-9MB/s over a wired or even wi-fi(using a Wireless Ethernet Bridge). I want to keep my WD Live, rather then upgrading to a newer WD Live Streaming unit or WD Hub, but I also want to increase transfer speeds. I had an old Seagate HDD I converted to an external for my Xbox360. I tried this enclosure connected to the WD Live via USB and via eSATA to my Kubuntu Desktop. No luck. The Live detected the HDD, but the desktop did not. I disconnected the USB2 cable, quick power cycle and my desktop picked up the HDD. So it seems the enclosure is meant to only use USB or eSATA but not both at the same time. I suspect the only way to accomplish faster transfers would be using a true NAS or a new WD MyBook Desktop NAS with USB and Gigabit port. However I really don't want to spend $100+ if I can avoid it. Plus the new MyBooks seem to be pretty questionable in terms of reliability for now. I think waiting for the next gen WD MyBooks may be a better idea. I looked for USB/Ethernet enclosures, but the only one I found with a gigabit port is almost $100, almsot the same price as the WD MyBook NAS, so for that price I could just upgrade to 1TB of storage. So anyways can any one think of a way to increase the transfer rates for a cheap price?