Summary: I wanted a NAS that could hold up to 4 drives and cost as little as possible and this has been perfect. Adding drives required no tools and management of the device is easy. The screen showing the current IP address is nice, and the unit can be powered off properly with two clicks of the power button (so you don't have to go into management to shut it down).
Good for storage but not a file server replacement
William Rogers, Amazon
21 June 2014
Summary: We got one of these thinking we could use it as a file server. It has SMB and with the SMB Pro plugin we could have pretty advanced sharing permissions. Furthermore, it integrates with our Domain controller no problem. The issue is that it has very slow seek times. We have a TEN year old file server that this thing was supposed to replace that annihilates the ReadyNAS 104 in seek times. And that is not a fast computer.
Summary: I've set mine up with four 4TB NAS HDDs and a RAID-10 configuration. While (disappointingly) my router wasn't compatible with the device's ethernet Teaming options, it still performs at an adequate speed to stream media to my local devices. My only actual complaint about the system is that its mobile "ReadyNAS Remote" apps for Android and Apple are terrible and lacking in basic functionality, but thankfully they aren't necessary for me to enjoy its use on my network.
Not for the advanced user, so-so for the average consumer, awesome hardware
Andrew Nasiatka, Amazon
7 May 2014
Summary: I intended on using 2 drives as a mirror raid configuration for backing up one drive while using another drive for media and a 4th drive to mirror that drive. I was planning on using the iTunes Server functionality for movies and music streamed to iPads, iPhones and Apple TVs in addition to computers. This functionality is not present as you can only use it as a shared library which does not show up on anything but other computers.
Very good, but btrfs could be used to better effect
David Laing, Amazon
20 April 2014
Summary: I bought this router because it uses btrfs. It was only after I started using it that I realized I couldn't put btrfs directly on the drives. It always puts mdraid on first, even if you only want Raid 1 (mirroring.) This has been the only con so far.
Summary: I bought the ReadyNas 104 diskless and added four 4 TB drives. Got a great price at $300. Have a ton of recordings from cable movies and tv shows recorded from Windows Media Center and a huge amount of pictures as well as music files that I recorded. Took about 32 hours to format, not unusual 4 TB drives take about 7 or 8 hrs each to format anyway.
Summary: I have owned several previous ReadyNAS devices including the predecessor to this device (the ReadyNAS Ultra 4). I have to admit that with previous releases of the ReadyNAS devices, the changes have been ever so slight and incremental. However, ReadyNAS OS 6 really changes all of that with the latest release of this platform. The new Web-based interface to this ReadyNAS device is nothing short of spectacular!
Summary: Up until now I had just been using a 2 bay, enterprise grade NAS with RAID 0. this of course has the huge drawback of one disk fails, you lose all data. So i wanted to make sure that i had a redundant setup where i could keep everything, hence wanting a 4 bay NAS (i'm not a fan of RAID 1 unless absolutely necessary).
Summary: I would highly recommend this product. I am not a tech person at all but needed additional storage for all of my pictures. This was easy to set up and has been very easy to use. I have been able to give others remote access to certain files which has been nice for file sharing. The ReadyCloud website is very intuitive and has allowed me easy access to my files when I am away from my home network. The metal box is very heavy duty and feels like it is built to last.