Original product was defective, have received 3 replacements that have also been defective.
D. Bloom, Amazon
4 September 2013
Summary: I purchased ReadyNAS Ultra 6 Plus from Netgear via Amazon.com which was received on June 15th, 2012. I began to immediately experience problems with the device. In the first week of running the NAS device 4 of the 6 installed drives became non-operational.
Pros: Quiet, relatively quick. The Raid functions as expected, but a nice suprise: After installing my 5th drive to expand the capacity, the 4th drive developed errors. The NAS didn't kill the RAID, (I think it was a function of the NAS 3GB WD Drives, not just the NAS), merely expanded to the 5th drive...
Cons: Slow RAID functions, ReSynching and expansion seems slow at 38 Mb's/sec. But I don't have anything to compare it to. 9 - 13 hours to add 3TB to existing 3 drive RAID 5 with 4 TB of data.
Summary: I wish the NIC's could be teamed for better transfer rates, but all in all, I've come to like the box. I wish it could be more like a dr*b* with the upsizing of drives for a mix-matched RAID that's also expandable, and perhaps that's what the RAD-X functionality was supposed to do, but I'm content...
Pros: It is very quiet! My initial review was fresh out of the box, and I had problems with configuring things. A lot of the shortcomings were caused by purchasing 2 drives initially. Had I bought a 3rd drive to start with, I would have unlocked a lot more RAID functionality and not had the partitionin...
Cons: Not very straightforward. Had to redo the RAID and config 2 -3 times before understanding some of the nuances.
Summary: If you have a smaller spare drive lying around, start with that, and update the firmware, then do a factory reset. Otherwise, here is what I had to do since I was starting with 3TB drives that the unit would not recognize correctly: -Setup system and realize that it won't support 3TB drives.
Pros: Functions as expected, including speed, interface, and quality of materials. Search for reviews outside of NewEgg; there is a great site that catalogs NAS systems and other networking gear for SOHO and SMB use, including benchmarks for all of these products. I'm not surprised by anything I have f...
Cons: If you start with 3TB drives, you're going to have a bad time. The default firmware that comes on the device does not support 3TB drives natively, so you'll see the 742GB capacity with the 3TB drive.
Summary: Interface could be more intuitive. Should show how much space is used for Storage/recovery/expansion.
Pros: Simple to configure. Plugged nic cable into laptop. Set nic 192.168.168.xxx install Raidar software on latop and manage the NAS.
Cons: Installed 3 TB Drive. 742 GB available. Installed 2nd 3TB drive. Re-Sync C: (1 hr 30 min. An additional 742 GB configured, but inaccessible. Notification displayed that additional storage for expansion available after reboot. Attempted to reboot via the Web Interface but the accept button was gre...
Summary: We originally planned to use this as our main file server but because of slower speed, we ended up using it as backup storage only. Speed isn't that bad. It's probably adequate for most general purposes such as media streaming and such. Just not fast enough for our production need.
Pros: Very easy hardware setup. Very quiet. Low power consumption.
Cons: Transfer speed is okay but I expected faster. Compared to RAID 10 setup we have on our file server, this NAS is about 30% slower. Software setup is not as straight forward as hardware.
Summary: If your looking for a very simplistic NAS to just to local network file sharing and storage, aside from the corrupting core firmware, the box is great. It's small, quiet and energy efficient.
Pros: Hot swap drive bays, software X-raid 2 is pretty cool, allowing you to expand the RAID without having to do a full re-build. Firmware lets you do a decent amount of ad-ons and access control.
Cons: This is NOT a user friendly beginner NAS, just to get it set up requires knowing how to perform a factory reset, as well as most add ons require php and other forms of scripting usage. Firmware stability is HORRIBLE. I've owned this for 3 months and the firmware has corrupted on me twice by just ...