Reviews and Problems with Netgear ReadyNAS Duo RND2000
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Netgear ReadyNAS Duo V2
30 November 2012
Excerpt: The Good -Easy RAID configuration -Nearly silent -Simple storage extension -Fast Web-based interface for configuration The Bad -Drives purchased with the case are expensive -Slow-growing app ecosystem following migration -Overly complex "cloud" configuration Without a doubt, home and professional computing storage needs are escalating.
Summary: The Netgear ReadyNAS Duo v2 was a solid performer delivering some of the best results we have seen from a $200 diskless NAS device. When compared to the Synology DS212j we were surprised to find that the ReadyNAS Duo v2 was up to 35% faster in real-world situations.
Excerpt: THE CPU WARS aren’t just about x86 procs, PCs, and phones. The second version of Netgear’s ReadyNAS Duo makes the move from an older Sun SPARC chip to ARM, and the transition isn’t pretty. Netgear’s ReadyNAS Duo v2 uses a single-core Marvell 1.6GHz ARM processor and 256MB of memory. Two sliding hard drive bays are hidden behind the front door and support two drives in capacities up to 3TB each.
Pros: Two USB 3.0 ports make for easy expansion; strong build quality.
Cons: ARM platform limits add-on availability and performance.
Excerpt: Netgear's ReadyNAS is a plain-looking but extremely well-built metal box. It isn’t immediately apparent that the grille at the front swings open, but once it's pulled away you'll find a pair of hot-swap style drive caddies. Pop a button at the bottom of each and they'll release, ready to be pulled out. Installing 3.5in hard disks in the trays is incredibly simple, with each disk connecting to its tray with four screws.