Summary: Okay, I was impressed by this unit. Not jump-out-of-my-seat impressed, but definitely stand-up-and-notice impressed. In my testing, this was fast, but not as fast as I expected, and not as fast as others have reported. First setup was RAID1 for redundancy (how I would be using this NAS) for a maximum of 1TB storage.
Summary: I've been trying to solve a problem for a while - I need to share files between a mac and a pc and do it in an elegant, seamless and fast way. I've tried setting up shared folders, but these don't always work the way I need them to in certain situations, and sometimes disappear off the network or hang and slow everything I'm trying to do down.
Fantastic performer. Great features like compression & volume encryption. Expensive but professional build quality and warranty.
17 November 2013
Summary: This is my third ReadyNAS. The first two I purchased outright and this one I received as part of the Amazon Vine program. The other two ReadyNAS' that I've purchased over the years are the ReadyNAS DUO v1 and the Ultra 6+. My experience with ReadyNAS products ranges from the sparc based DUO to the x86 Ultra 6+ and 312. Two architectures and three different operating systems: RAIDiator SPARC, RAIDiator x86 and finally ReadyNAS OS6.
Summary: Netgear is very aggressive with firmware updates on the product. Beyond the fixes, it adds functionality where it either doesn't exist or was broken previously. I recommend doing this before you get really involved in the configuration of the product to fit your needs. I also have the Synology DiskStation 2-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS212j (White) , and I really prefer the interface of the Netgear product.
Good for small office. Too much for home. One mess of a UI.
25 October 2013
Summary: This is an intriguing product. The market for network drives presents many choices--each tailored to a specific need. Some are simple network disks. Some are media servers. Some provide the ability to access a share from elsewhere in the world. This device covers them all. This may prove to be too much for many users. This is a well-made heavy-duty chunk of hardware.
Summary: The Netgear ReadyNAS 312 is clearly aimed at small business users, but it also has many features that would appeal to home users as well. Though I don't have a ton of experience with NAS systems, I decided to give the ReadyNAS 312 a try and make some broad comparisons with the Synology NAS that I've been using for about a year now. Setup of the ReadyNAS was extremely simple and quick. I was expecting a little more user interaction, but it wasn't required.
Summary: Pros: Many options and built-in functionality. * Ability to run it in RAID-0 or RAID-1 * Dual gigbit NICs * Multiple avenues for support, including active forums * Integration and/or function with other services such as PLEX, WebDev apps (e.g. WordPress, Joomla, Drupal), MySQL, PHP, MediaWiki, SABnzbd, various torrent clients, etc * Seems to have a pretty solid, growing list of apps.
Summary: This comes with 2 1Terabyte harddrives installed. There's no software or hardware to install, pretty much just plug it up and it works. I used a 10base-T cable to connect mine to my router. Then you plug it into power, and turn it on. Pretty simple. It comes with a CD that has the instruction books and documentation, as well as a program RAIDar that you can run to set it up. You do not have to. I did it both ways, it's pretty much easy either way.
Nathan M. Rose "Movie Guy from FlickDirect", Amazon
8 October 2013
Summary: Great little storage for backing up files or streaming media. Only complaint is does play that nicely with macs unless you know what you are doing. Also you have to load the bios yourself on the internal hd you insert.
Summary: So I bought this to replace my ageing Iomega Home Media NAS. First impression are really good. It was incredibly easy to setup, the OS6 is very simple although has a problem with google chrome until the OS is updated to 6.1.8. The X-raid is a great feature making for easy drive expansion for a novice of raid functions. The cloud feature and Apple time machine features are also a big win. It has a number of apps including Plex Media Server and built in anti-virus.