Summary: This NAS will serve the basic needs well. The newest OS 6 (6.20 at the time of writing), is both better and worse than the previous iterations. On one hand, the interface is much cleaner, and most tasks are more easily understood. On the other hand, they stripped out basic functionality that should be on every NAS. For example, there is no way to format an external hard disk to use as a backup drive. What's good: > Basic file sharing setup is easy to setup and use.
Unit locks up frequently and becomes inaccessible on LAN
Matt Hartzell, Amazon
3 weeks ago
Summary: Very dissatisfied with this product. Will lockup daily and need rebooted. In the process of returning it after 3 months of trying to get it to function properly. Unit was purchase for home use, can't fathom how it is considered business grade.
Summary: The product crashes everytime I need to update the firmware. Impossible to use, without loosing data. Another negative point is the long time to format it takes, after installed 4 HDs with 3TB, it took 30 hours to format. The app store, is awfull, there are some applications that still installed after the uninstallation.
Summary: Wow. I've dealt with some poor tech support before, but NetGear has set a new RECORD LOW! Using drives on their compatibility list the ReadyNAS 104 was taking over 13 hrs with estimated 26 HOURS left! This was a completely unattended setup, per their initial boot firmware and instructions. It booted, updated firmware, started preparing the 4 Seagate ST4000VN000 drives. Actually it was REBUILDING the drives. Perhaps a mfr partition? Who knows.
Summary: I received this unit from NETGEAR for Beta testing and then updated it to full release 6.2.2. Here is my review of this product: Quick Review: ============== First, I want you to know that I have had this unit now for almost 3 months and have run it through just about everything that I can think of to see what works, what does not work so well, and what does not work.
Summary: Argh... I purchased the ReadyNAS 104 back in June.... I've had nothing but problems since getting it. 1. I was told it could be used as a print server. (not exactly- there are a small number of printers this unit supports) 2. Installed drives (ReadyNAS approved drives) - Loaded it up with pairs of 2TB & 3TB in XRaid configuration. 3. After 3 months one of the 2TB drives failed. I replaced/updated drives (with 2 4TB readynas drives).
Great Product That Makes For A Great Personal Cloud
Abhinav Tella, Amazon
10 December 2014
Summary: The ReadyNas104 has proven to be a very useful product for me, unlike cloud services I have a lot more space at my disposal with faster access especially at home. Netgear made remote access easy with their ReadyCloud web service, desktop and mobile apps for Android and iOS. The drag and drop feature of the NAS user interface is also a great plus making file transfers and copying easier.
Summary: I own several NAS devices, including older ReadyNAS, which makes it easier to compare. This one has really impressive set of hardware and software features. Dual NICs and tool less drive installation are on the top of my list. OS 6 is easy to use and, starting with version 6.2, is very stable. Loading OS is very fast, comparing to the older versions; web interface works much better and faster. The downside - some volume related operations are very slow.
Excerpt: I bought this to backup my three computers. It seemed to be a good value based on the list of services that it provided. However, this NAS cannot even manage to do a backup of 300 GB of data without taking six hours, and them choking before it gets done... This product is sorely underpowered. If you watch netgear videos for it, the say that is is good for up to 5 users, and that it has all of these great streaming media features, and raid options, plus active antivirus.
Netgear does not update Plex (Does not work on your Xbox one or remotely from your computer for Media)
Javier V., Amazon
26 November 2014
Summary: I wanted to get this to be a plex media server. Netgear does not update the software for their applications so what this means is that the Plex application is too old to play on my computer remotely and the Xbox one will not see the media server. this is Netgear's fault for not updating their software for years (I am not talking about the new firmware 6.2) for media applications that are advertized in their sales material.