Summary: I bought 2 of these about 5 years ago. One died about a year ago - wouldn't power on. This weekend, the 2nd one died. It will power on but initially couldn't get past a filesystem check. I gave it 3 days to run, but nothing so I cold booted it. Now it's displaying a kernel panic error.
Summary: Support and warranty are almost useless. Contacted Netgear support via online chat and chatted with their tech (Rene). At one point I took issue with the warranty coverage and asked (twice) to speak with a supervisor, her response was (direct quote), "what's the point, Sir!
Pros: The NAS chassis is better than the alleged warranty.
Cons: Free tech support is only 90-days, in spite of what the warranty covers. Tech support personnel have attitude problems and are very hard to understand. Products made in China. Where is the good old Made In America brand?
Summary: this NAS somehow eats harddrives. I have never had more issues with failing drives until i used this NAS. I can take a harddrive and put it in a desktop or server and it will run years without throwing out bad sector warnings.
Summary: The gigabit connection is a joke because this thing can't go over 12 MB/s that's about 100 Mbits And no, it's not because a link misconfiguration, the link is configured to gbit the problem is that the CPU on it is so slow it goes to 100% usage with just that much data comming to it of course, the...
Summary: As the IT professional at my department I am accustomed to computer builds and network storage server setup. However, I thought this would be a shortcut for a student that has 4+ terabytes of data to back up.
Summary: The drive is solid and well made, and swapping drives is very easy. The software works well on both PCs and Macs. The power supply is unreliable and I'm on my second unit, having modified the first according to the manufacturers 'fix' release.
Summary: I would suggest spending a little more money and going with a different NAS if you are wanting something you can really count on. I would have given a 1 egg, but the cost and ease of basic setup is nice for those that aren't use to storage solutions. Otherwise, it shouldn't get any eggs.
Pros: Cheap and for standard use it is pretty easy to setup. Install the drives and it does the rest.
Cons: Unstable OS. Within the first couple days of tweaking the add-ons and setting up the security, I found inconsistent access to the shares. I originally set it up with domain user security. When I found most share would only let me in around 30% of the time I tried to change the security type to lo...