Pros: Compact form factor. Easy to setup. Nice feature set including support for Squeezebox. Upgrading to larger hard drives is easy thanks to X-RAID.
Cons: Unfortunately, the ReadyNAS NV and NV+ use an inferior power supply. I am now on the the fourth (!) one. Failed power supplys are a common problem for this device based on forum posts. Dealing with Netgear's technical support to get the power supply replaced has been a super frustrating experienc...
Summary: Drobo's solution is cleaner and faster, utilizes all space regardless of drive size. Drawback is that it only connects to one computer (USB or Firewire), unless you also invest in the separately purchased DroboShare box.
Pros: Reasonably priced for initial entry. $525 with 2-500GB drives. Replaced 2-500GB drives with 4-Black Caviar 1TB drives at initial setup in May '09. Upgraded to 4-Hitachi 2TB drives. Process took 48 hours. 9 hours per drive, two reboots and included an upgrade of the firmware. No data lost, system ...
Cons: Long process to update system. Documentation to expand system is hard to find. System does not send email alerts as software indicates. Raid-x configures to smallest drive in the box. Excess space can be utilized in a non-Raidx configuration.
Summary: We were looking for a low cost solution for our data storage, and backup. However, accessing the files to use proved limited. We ended up getting a new computer to act as our file server. Watch that restocking fee. Do your research first and decide before you buy.
Pros: Easy setup, small form factor
Cons: Slow processor, didn't work with our network setup in the office. works more like an external hard drive with built-in RAID.
Summary: Drive bays in the netgear actually open easier than in the Infrant but otherwise both are nearly identical. When you can afford four enterprise model WD 1TB 7200 rpm drives in here in X-RAID (raid 5); the product really shines.
Pros: Compatible with Sonos music. Can easily hold 4 disks of 1 Tb each in RAID5 (raid x is their proprietary name). After sending a D-Link RAID package back to Newegg and buying this; I never had second thoughts. Firmware upgrades are easy and Windows XP always recognizes the NAS drives.
Cons: None so far. Netgear buying Infrant made me a little anxious but this product seems as good as the Infrant that came before.
Pros: Works great for pushing database and server backups to. We also use the ftp server (built-in) to help our employees and customers xfer files. Lastly we have our scanner send files directly to this. Users just UNC to the network drive and presto.
Cons: When we first got it the unit was damaged. Netgear immediately dispatched a new unit and the return packaging. Since then we've added drives and now have a bit more than 1 TB raid 5.
Summary: If you are planning on using this as a media server, I would recommend investing in a gigabit network. 10/100 is just too slow when transferring and streaming large video files.
Pros: I bought this product to allow my media library to grow and add a layer of redundancy at the same time. The NV+ is very user friendly. The web user interface is intuitive and easy to use. It initially had some issues with Firefox 3, but Netgear quickly fixed it with a firmware update. The X-RAID ...
Cons: A bit on the pricey side, but if you want gobs of redundant storage, its worth it. File system checks and disk rebuilds can take a while, but its not a big deal.
Pros: I cannot think of anything to say that is positive.
Cons: NetGear Frontview (the GUI to manage this device) is run from a browser. I tried I.E. 6 and I.E. 7 on two different squeaky clean Windows machines. No luck. The two units intermittently responded to set up and changes but most of the time, no response from the LED's and no feedback through the GU...
Summary: If your needs are home-based, such as for a media server or a simple file server, then this product is for you. If you are small biz with domain or AD, look elsewhere. You don't want to be in the mess we are currently in because the software does not work properly.
Pros: Fast, reliable - overall good hardware
Cons: Absolutely the WORST support imaginable. You cannot get worse than these guys. If the product works for you, great - you will love it. If not, don't even bother trying support - just get a refund. The software is clunky and it does not work properly with Active Directory or with file shares on Wi...
Summary: I have had little time using this NAS as of yet but so far everything has worked great. Setup is easy. Added many users with permissions, https access works great, and did a firmware update with no problems.