Summary: After posting a couple of questions on the Netgear forums and getting well thought out answers from their experts I waited until this device was on sale and purchased. I originally had 2x2TB WD Reds and now running 3x3TB Seagates. Swapping drives and adding 3rd was simple, no issues.
Pros: Definitely read all the most helpful reviews. Good information from users and Netgear. Simple, well rounded NAS device with good web based interface, helpful support forums, and simply does what it is designed to do - quietly and efficiently store and serve data.
Cons: None really. As mentioned elsewhere, the drive trays are somewhat annoying and difficult but you (hopefully) will only need to deal with them 2-4 times ever...
Pros: easy to manage. if you need it only to store files doesn't matter is ok to have it...
Cons: connected to a 1gb asus RT-AC87U router, opened a 100 mb mp4 video and took 32 seconds to open it :O for me is extremely slow. it has a 3 TB 7200 rpm HDD, I'm trying to sell it and see if I can buy the ReadyNAS 314 hopefully this will be faster than this one...
it responds just fine. (It appears to give priority to the actual ...
Mark W Rice, Amazon
10 May 2015
Summary: My rating is based on value, because I needed an exceptional value with reliable storage. For those who need advanced features and a fast processor, you may need to look at others. But this met my basic needs and at a price I could swing.
Summary: This is my first experience with such a device - I am somewhat technical but not a guru by any measure. The device was easy to setup and get going. My initial use was to place all of My laptop files on the device and automatically upload any file changes from my laptop to the NAS.
Good inexpesive file server but terrible for streaming video or movies
D. Jung, Amazon
11 March 2015
Summary: works great if you do basic stuff like using as file server. If you are planning to use as a media server, it does not have enough horse power or the memory to transcode video files. It does come with the virus scanner and plex server. virus scanner seemed to be ok.
Summary: Reading the reviews here, there are somethings you CAN do with this NAS and some things you CANNOT do. The things you CANNOT do are: Install PLEX - unless all your videos are small 20MB or 480p or less with mono audio tracks the CPU in this unit WILL NOT TRANSCODE so it will run like garbage.
Pros: Great server for keeping files backed up or accessible from a central location from multiple devices. Content and Music can be shared across multiple devices. The VPN app workls great for allowing remote devices to connect to your local network over a secure connection from anywhere.
Not recommended as a dependable NAS system for mission critical needs.
TC USCG, Amazon
6 March 2015
Summary: Not going to go into much details because as an IT person, all one has to do is use google to see what this device is all about. But here's my experience and why it's getting ONE ( 1) star (Netgear, are you listening?) Now, just to clarify, I work in IT.
Summary: Do not waste your time, or money. First of all, I am a Linux Admin by trade, and know my way around computer hardware & software. I purchased this product in September of 2014, and also purchased 4 3TB drives to use in the device.
Summary: Wow!.....15 years of using Netgear products without an issue until this thing came into my life. I am so disappointed with this product and NETGEAR support. I will not only be replacing this unit for my home with something from a different manufacturer but the other (2) ReadyNAS devices that I...