Summary: I won't repeat much of what's already been said in the other reviews in other pages, but to summarise, I've been using this ReadyNAS for over 3 - 4 years now, so my review is based on proper hectic usage rather than out-of-the-box or 1 month usage. Overall, i'm very impressed with its performance and ease of use. It's solid, sturdy (bit heavy but i like)..
Summary: This works okay as a NAS, but the user interface is pretty buggy. I just hope the inner workings are more stable than the poorly written web interface. The interface is slow and lots of things don't work correctly or hang.
Summary: I own two NV+ v1 boxes for the last three years. It's a great (but slow) product with lots of features and functional add-ons. One of my boxes is dedicated for media streaming and usually ON during the 6pm-2am timeframe. The other box is just for backups. Holding all the personal files plus serving as a TimeMachine server for Macs in the house. The biggest problem with the Readynas is that it works great until it breaks.
Summary: I purchased 2 of these. I have experienced some problems getting the configuration to work with one but have since after many array rebuilds worked it out. One had inoperatve drive indicator lights out of the box. All in all not bad just not the type of quality I've come to expect from Netgear.
Summary: The software for photos and music worked great; however, not quite as promised. It only worked on wifi as the current firmware (as of 03/2012) would not allow the iPhone and iPads to connect. Their support line was very nice, but even they were unable to get it working. Considering the main reason we targeted this device was iPhone/iPad access remotely it made the product an overpriced, external hard drive.
Summary: I have an Infrant ReadyNAS NV that has served as a file server for my household as well as a music streaming server for my SlimDevices Squeezebox. It has been running continuously since mid-2006. The USB backup has functioned perfectly. Those who complain about the backup destroying their data on the NAS have probably confused the Source and Target when setting up the backup so that when the process kicks off, it is restoring a blank backup drive to the NAS containing...
Summary: Would not recommend this product if you are planning on using disk mirrors. I purchased this to replace a HP Media server. Going back to the Media server based on performance of this unit. Write times are very slow when you set up disk mirrors on this device, I am using 7200rpm drives in this unit.
Summary: I bought this to use it to store video files for my media center system, I installed four 2TB Western Digital Cavier Green Hard drives. I immediately was having performance issues, so I replaced my D-Link gigabit switch for a Netgear GS724T-300 - ProSafe® 24-port Gigabit Smart Switch which was on the compatiblity list for the NAS, I also upgraded the memory on the NAS from the default 256MB to the max of 1GB.
Summary: I've been using an NV+ for 3 1/2 years. Originally with four Seagate 500s and now with four 1.5 TB drives. It's never once failed which of course is very good. But I can't speak for its recovery abilities. Overall I'm very pleased. I do wish it were a little quicker to spin up, but that could be the drives as well as the NV+ itself. Infrant/Netgear have been good with updates (for instance Time Machine support). I do wish the throughput were faster.
Summary: The ReadyNAS is a wonderful idea - abundant storage available on your network without requiring an additional computer. Additionally, this unit supports a wealth of streaming media protocols (e.g. iTunes, RTSP, etc.) and the standard services you'd want in a server (FTP, HTTP, rsync). It's as if a room full of computer geeks who love media designed this device. That said, it's not perfect. The fan is too loud.