Summary: First day I got it I put a 3 TB WD Green HDD in it (yes not on the supported list but it's almost the same as the Red and worked fine in my PC for 2 years), installed a bunch of apps that looked useful and began to transfer 2 TB worth of data from my PC to the NAS. SMB and NFS would start out around 100 MB/sec but quickly slow down to 0 KB/sec over the course of a few minutes then rise back up to about 10 MB/sec and continue this cycle forever.
Pros: Nice user interface and easy disk installation and setup, Decent selection of apps.
Cons: Crashes constantly due to being extremely underpowered. Whoever thought that a single core ARM processor and 512 MB of RAM was enough to run Sick Beard, SABnzbd, Transmission or anything else is absolutely crazy!
Pros: Faster than my old NAS appliance by far. Dual network for redundancy. Easy to use management interface. Lots of bells and whistles.
Cons: The diskless system has been extremely frustrating to set up. The included documentation is the same as the systems that include disks, that is to say the small 4 page instructions basically guide you through ReadyCLOUD setup, and this is NOT what you need for the diskless system. List of supported drives is extremely limited. Netgear will outright refuse support if you do not use supported drives, no matter what issue you have. Having various issues that make me not ...
Pros: Inexpensive, easy setup, quiet fan with low power HDs, expandable RAID
Cons: Claims to have a lot of features but the entire app region is broken. Installed apps don't uninstall and cause a lot of disk activity. CLaims hot swap but adding a drive to X-Raid crashed the NAS. Called support and was instructed to pull power as no response any other way. "reshaping" for est. 20h after power but data accessible, Fan started making noise after a week ... a gentle tap makes noise go away
Summary: If you understand the Unix/Linux file system, it will be a plus for setting up permissions on your shares etc... It's still very simple and has been abstracted nice in the Netgear web interface for this NAS device however.
Pros: I did my research and you can't go wrong with this NAS device. The packaging was enterprise level and top notch. Double boxed by Netgear.
Cons: One minor nit pick might be the drive tray... it was a little tricky sliding the black mounting bracket out of the drive tray. I didn't want to force anything and it only took a minute to figure out how it was intended to work. Looking at the manual before hand would have been easier! It's hardly worth mentioning.
Pros: Its easy to set up and the web interface is intuitive.
Cons: Instructions are not great, you also need to make sure if you're not using brand new drives to spend the time clearing out all the data on the drives you're using first. ( I tried a simple format on my drives first, but wound up needing to write zeroes across all the drives instead.) Also the error codes that are given on failures are not documented anywhere online and are almost completely useless for troubleshooting.
Summary: took awhile to x-raid (as they call it)used 4 3tb drives. So far it works great. Seems to drop connection at first. updated the os and seems to be doing a lot better. has the ability to run some apps on it. I really like the plex software, but found it ran faster on a windows install. I would buy again.
Summary: This is the second NAS that I have purchased and so far I've been pleased with this one. Drives installed without any tools in a nice locking system. The 4 four drives I installed had some old info on them, so the initial set-up process was a bit more complicated, as I had to reset to factory defaults (Not well documented process of using a paper-clip, restarting and cycling through the onscreen menu to find Factory Reset). After that, setup was a breeze.
Cons: I/O and general throughput performance compared to Intel based models is bad; really bad. Also, if you care about app options, go with the Intel versions. The ARM apps are as reliable as your alcoholic uncle.