Summary: This is my second ReadyNAS product, joining my NVX. As of the latest firmware update, both models offer the same features, which is nice. I used to use large rack-mounted computers as my file servers at home, which was fine until I moved to a place that didn't have enough power in the places where I needed it. The ReadyNAS uses less power, is more compact and has enough features for me to not miss the big file servers.
Summary: I've had the ReadyNAS Ultra 4 for over a year and it has operated flawlessly. Started w/ 2 drives and once they were full popped in a third unformatted disk and it was automatically formatted and data re-striped without incident. Last week my 3 drives reached capacity and I popped in a 4th which was automatically formatted and all 4 drives again re-striped without incident. With the current firmware, you can now plop 4 3TB drives in this box (12TB total raw capacity).
"Great NAS with lots of features and good add-ons"
1 September 2011
Pros: Very reliable, great features, add-on applications are very useful, great performance. I bought this NAS as primarily a backup, but the additional functionality is awesome. I now have a complete home theater integration with XBMC front end and the NAS h
Cons: I'd love the Frontview interface to be more clear and straight-forward for novice owners. It's a bit clunky to figure out how to set up and control rights on volumes, and certain other things. It would be great if one could import email contacts from Ou
Summary: My initial installation went smooth, but then the unit got really slow and I was unable to use the NetGear RAIDar utility. After an endless email exchange with support, they asked me to call them for help. I did. Things went down hill from there. NetGear's support is the worst I have ever encountered. I was willing to pay for support to resolve my issue.
Great speed, features, support, all rolled into a tiny box!
2 May 2011
Summary: I bought the Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 4 after weeks of serious searching and reviewing. Here is what pushed me into buying this product: - Value Major review sites drool over the offerings from Synology such as the DS1511, but what they fail to take into account is that you will be paying 30% more for a single additional bay and a significant speed increase.
Summary: I'm a network engineer and I chose the diskless because I wanted to control my drive specs. In general avoid power-saving, "green" drives. There have been a lot of issues and power-savings translates into slowdowns managed by the drive's internals. Similar to how CPUs lower power consumption and heat by slowing down. If you want speed, green is not a "go". I bought 2 x 2tb 64mb cache drives. I have a third, same spec at home, which I need to migrate data off first.
Pros: Works great with PS3 and streaming of music and most videos.
Cons: Poor quality, firmware and workmanship. Terrible tech support. There were heat sinks rattleing around the unit when i got it. READYNAS? Ready for what is the question. Not for any data of value. There are cheaper, better solutions
Summary: I've been using this unit with 4x 2TB hard drives for four months now, and it has performed flawlessly. The user interface software (RAIDar) is incredibly easy to use, and I had no trouble setting the unit up just the way I wanted it. I use it to share files over a wireless home network with 3 laptops, 2 smartphones, a DLNA TV and a DLNA DVD player. I had no trouble whatsoever getting these devices connected to the NAS.
Problems when syncing two drives (volume lost) & really bad support
Bob Keenan, Amazon
24 December 2010
Summary: Received this unit two weeks ago, and it worked great on one drive. When adding a second drive, the sync process would go through, and then would lock the NAS unit up losing shares, etc. Thought I troubleshot the initial issue down to one bad drive, and had Amazon cross ship me a new drive as I sent the other back to them. I got my new drive, popped it into the ReadyNAS. The NAS recognized the new drive, and went through the sync.
Summary: It has been a while since I've gotten a new NAS system, and I am totally impressed with this unit. It has been almost totally painless. Now all the computers at my house can have plenty of backup storage, and easily share all the data, video, photo, and music files you are likely to have. MY ENVIRONMENT I am a Computer Engineer - been in the field for 35 years, so I'm fussy about my hardware. I have a house hardwired with CAT5 plus a WiFi router.