Reviews and Problems with Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 2
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Netgear has fraud warranty
Michael S., Newegg
3 March 2015
Summary: The techs tell me to put my unit into Tech Support mode so they can look at it, since I have done everything else. When doing so, they respond "so should I sign you up for the $75 per incident fee?" I'm an IT systems Engineer so I have a pretty good idea when something is broken.
Pros: Worked for a running total of about 4-5 hours. I bought this so I could encode my DVDs to stream to my TV. I transferred 4 movies and installed Plex on the NAS and on my smart TV. Worked great for 2 movies. Since then, it has been powered off for about 1.5 years, never to be powered on. Wifey ask...
Cons: I power the thing on and boom, no volumes found. I pull the drives and slave PC, the files are there and the drives work fine. I search Netgear's site for FAQs. I do everything in the knowledge base. I perform an OS reinstall, I reset it back to factory. Nothing works. I use a second HDD, same de...
A great choice for this non-technical user. Performance is outstanding and it handles 4TB drives
1 September 2013
Summary: I know just enough about technology to be dangerous. That is, I know enough to want my own big home NAS and to have the redundancy of a RAID configuration, but beyond that I know nothing about networking. I need to rely on the built-in software.
Non existing technical support unless you pay them.
Peter F., Newegg
30 March 2013
Summary: I would not recommend Netgear products unless you have deep IT knowledge and do not need to read manuals or contact support.
Pros: Fast transfer over my gigabit network.
Cons: I can't delete files so I called the technical customer support. I was transfered 1st time as I was told that I did not call the right support department. I have dialed netgear published support phone number: Home products: 1-888-NETGEAR (1-888-638-4327) I was told that I should have called 877 6...
Summary: Despite my wife's arguments against this purchase, that's a great product. And the price tag was great too, under $200. It took me a little bit more than just a few clicks to set it up, but I wasn't expecting a "plug and play" device. Also it is a peace of mind.
Summary: Connect to ethernet on your LAN network for much faster transfer speeds when you need to backup large databases or files.
Pros: I don't know why people keep saying this is so hard to set up. Its really not that bad at all, you only need to follow the directions. Updating the OS can be a bit tricky because there's a slightly confusing cyclic instruction on the interface about powering down the device, but once you figure t...
Cons: I can see how if you're really not into tech (aka your son or daughter bought you an iPhone to get you up to tech speed...) this might be too much to take without assistance. Other than that, don't worry - you'll be fine.
Summary: I've tried several work arounds including disabling header and data digests, setting static discovery, different nics, cables, even going so far as to get into the NAS itself and mess with the ietd.conf. Hopefully a newer firmware will make this dude love iscsi.
Pros: Fast enough in ESXi 5 using NFS (up to 80mbps). High quality construction and running a fully usable linux distribution.
Cons: Bought to use as storage in ESXi 5 via iscsi. Firmware 4.2.20 is the first version to support esxi 5, I installed 4.2.22 which is supposed to have further refinements. Using dedicated intel gig nics and a crossover cable, I can only get around 2 to 4mbps to the NAS over iscsi. NFS is much higher ...
Summary: I don't TRUST Netgear anymore. I though I'd try them. But no more after this. That's just shady. Companies just don't get it...word of mouth is huge. If they had not made me pay for support, and just gave me the replacement, I would have told everyone about them and used them at my company.
Pros: Faster than my d-link, hot swappable (maybe never tried it cause it broke on me before I could), software is ok
Cons: Slow on apple TV, not a real iTunes server (it only sees music). The real killer is that the 3 year warranty is useless. because you can't get it replaced if you don't have an extended phone support, which only lasts 3 months. This thing broke in 4 months. Phone support to get a replacement (onli...
Summary: Rating of 5 on the hardware minus 2 for the poor documentation. If you have a tech savy friend, consultant you can hire, or a just want to get some hands on learning with networking , go for it. It's been a rock solid device so far.
Pros: The drive works well with the a pair of 2TB Seagate ST2000DL003 drives purchased together from Newegg. Drives physically installed quickly and easily; the mounting screws were even included. The hardrive and CPU temps stayed within their normal range even during the initial 1TB+ load to the drive...
Cons: I didn't notice when purchasing this item that all the other reviewers rated themselves as somewhat high or high in technical knowledge. While I have extensive computer knowledge, it is not in the area of networking. I believe this is the source of my poor initial experience with this Netgear pro...
Summary: After being a generally satisfied user of a ReadyNAS Duo for a few years I was looking to upgrade our home NAS. I use the NAS for Mac "Time Machine" backups and as a home media server....nothing too extreme.
Summary: I make a living supporting NAS (EMC Celerras) and looked at a bunch of others. Synology, Drobo (ugg), IOmega, and some of the smaller players, and this one was the best of the mid range in my opinion.
Pros: Easy Peasy. I don't understand why people buy the drobo when this is out there. It's raid is much more reliable, and the features are anything you could want. I can stream pictures/movies/etc to my Blu-Ray player, backup 3 Macs using TimeMachine, and not have to worry. I use this to backup my pic...
Cons: The GUI interface is a little kludgey. Effective, but it's not the best. Drive's including are Green. While not a deal killer by any means, they are fairly quiet. So if you are looking for the MAX speed possible, keep in mind these are 5900RPM drives.