Reviews and Problems with Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 2
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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.
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 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.
Pros: I got a ReadyNAS because it's the only NAS box that can run the Logitech SqueezeServer music streaming server natively... saving me having to get a whole system or leave one running all the time. If you want to do the same thing get atleast the Ultra 2 like I did as everyone on the Logitech forum...
Cons: Make sure you check the hardware compatability list before buying your drives or you won't be supported. I got 2TB Western Digital Caviar Greens since I wanted low power and quiet. These certainly aren't the fastest drives out there but to sync the mirroring took 6hrs.