Summary: Get this if you want speed! The memory can be upgraded without voiding the warranty, but netgear can refuse to provide support until the original memory is put back in. The processor can also be upgraded, but may void the warranty if netgear finds out.
Pros: Bought this to be used primarily as a Plex media server so that I didn't have to keep my PC on all the time. So far it's been working with no real issues, except it stutters for about 2 seconds when i'm watching a 720p movie with transcode subs enabled. I have not tried a 1080p yet.
Summary: ReadyNAS *was* a pretty great platform and community. Netgear is actively killing it. Netgear employees virtually never reply in the ReadyNAS Forum. As a long tim ReadNAS user (since it was owned by Infrant) it's a sad thing to see.
Pros: These are pretty good NAS boxes especially considering they were introduced a while back.
Cons: Just realize that you will NOT EVER get an OS upgrade. There will only be updates to RAIDiator v4.x *NEVER* an update to v5.x or to the VERY sweet new OS 6.0. Also developers will have to make the conscious choice to continue making Add-On's for the old OS and not just for the new Genie+ marketpl...
Summary: I was happy with the unit until the main chassis fan started failing. That in itself could be forgiven if it can be resolved to my satisfaction. But NetGear is unable to send me a simple replacement fan. Instead they want to warranty exchange the unit.
Pros: Six-bay, good capacity, clean design.
Cons: Cooling fan failing after 60 days in service.
Summary: The device is complaining about over voltage on VCC_1_5, They told me it was due to the disks I was using. I replaced the disks with ones on the HCL, same problem. As an Computer Engineer I'm not sure how wrong disks can cause an Over voltage on the power supply.
Pros: The device seems to have a good feature set the hardware less so.
Summary: Not a big deal to download updated firmware and easy upgrade process. Will update with speed and iSCSI details.
Pros: Small footprint Easy drive install Fast RAID access Good cooling Powerful CPU Good memory (1GB)
Cons: -NIC bonding doesn't appear available (although an option in web interface it is grayed out. Might be PEBCAK) -Comes with 2 year old firmware (!) that does not support 3 TB drives (although combo deal includes 3TB drives...)
Summary: This was is an upgrade to my NV+ and I couldn't be happier with the purcahse. Alot faster then my old NAS and same reliablity. Got it on sale but well worth it if you can afford the high price.
Summary: For a fraction of the cost of a pre-configured system, I loaded up this "Diskless" model with 6x2TB Seagate green drives. Configured in X-RAID2 that's something like 7.7TB of usable space. Setup could not have been any easier. I was up and running in minutes.
Pros: Super-easy setup / configuration Expandable, flexible mass storage Recovery up to 2 drive failures! Easy web management Decent user community & plug-ins Root access available
Cons: Not the cheapest mass storage solution; value depends on how you'll use it.
Summary: I'm going back to a Windows Server setup or possible Overland Storage.
Pros: Fault tolerant Storage. Expandable
Cons: Security on the device keeps failing. Have to reset permissions constantly. One day an account will have full access to their files, then the next, the permissions are lost. have to log on as the administrator and reset permissions at every directory and file level to restore access. Device canno...
One happy nerd's scalable whole-network backup solution
Ian R., Newegg
24 January 2012
Summary: I spent a week or so after this arrived testing configurations and automatic volume expansion. I decided to use the X-RAID2 system (which is basically md + lvm + Netgear scripts) over FlexRAID (standard RAID 5, 6) because it allows for opportunistic volume expansion in non-rectangular RAID...
Pros: - Intuitive, flexible, and responsive ajax web interface - More file sharing protocols than you can shake a stick at: samba, afp, nfs, rsync, http/s access, ftp/s (no sftp out of the box) - User accounts for gradated security - Enable or disable each protocol by share - Email alerts - Backup sche...
Cons: - No backup rotation using integrated tools (but easy to script with root login and cron) - Easy to bork all your data if used without UPS, or if hard-shutdown during restripe (to be expected) - Root access voids support contract until next factory reset (full wipe) - but this is understandable -...