Summary: It's a little more expensive than other brands I've seen, but I'm very happy with it and didn't mind spending a little more to get exactly what I wanted. It works great with my Linux and Windows computers at home (and also works with Mac, although I don't have one to test with). For Windows you map a drive through Windows Explorer, for Linux you run "mount" using NFS. I was able to share and use the same files/directories on both operating systems without any problems.
Summary: I bought an NV+ 1GB with no drives and populated it with my own seagate 500GB 7200.10 drives, which saved me about $150 over the price of buying a 2TB unit. Results so far are very good. Installing the drives and getting the NAS up and synchronized was easy and went just like the instructions said. I started at 9pm and by morning the unit was initialized and ready to receive files. Using the X-Raid setting the device shows 1.3TB available for storage.
Power Supply Melts/Fails, Customer Service Won't Reply
18 May 2009
Summary: I am not happy with this NAS. While it's a good product, it's something most of us need powered all the time. When I smelled something burning from it a year into owning it, I called customer service. They said they had a "bad batch" apparently and issued a new power supply. Or so I thought - it's been a month with no NAS and they still have not sent the part, which I have to install and replace myself by the way.
Summary: After some really bad experiences with other Network Attached Storage, I finally spent the money and got this one. It is expensive but it really does the job. I use it to back up all my documents including my photostock and I really need something I can trust. This one has real RAID, so if/when it loses a harddrive, you can re-build it. Well engineered, excellent software, and a real manual. One minor complaint, the fan may be a little too loud to use in your media room.
Netgear Leaves Original Buyers Behind... and is Clueless (with Updates)
John N. Twist, Amazon
18 May 2009
Summary: I purchased the ReadyNAS NV+ before Netgear bought Infrant. The unit worked flawlessly on a Gigabit Ethernet allowing users to share files and as a print server for over 2 years. Suddenly the unit died with a "pop" and the smell of a fried power supply. I called Netgear and eventualy spoke to a "technical" support person.
Summary: It seems to do all it is supposed to do though a little slow as far as I am concerned. Yet after less than a year the power supply unit failed and after checking on line this is a common problem. There is no quick fix or replacement. This makes me very nervous about the stability of this product.
Summary: The ReadyNAS product was very easy to setup, add additional drives, reconfigure, etc. This is much easier than trying to setup Maxtor shared storage. I would recommend this product even though it is a little more expensive but the ease of use is worth it. This is a perfect home RAID/NAS device to protect your digital photos, music, movies, and important data.
Summary: The ReadyNAS NV+ is not cheap when compared with other storage options, but you may not be comparing apples to apples. The number of built-in features on the NV+ is quite impressive, and the ease of setup and use is fantastic. First, the NV+ is a real NAS, equipped with gigabit ethernet, so if you plan to share your storage device among multiple computers, keep that in mind.
Great NAS Network Storage - A must have for any small network
18 May 2009
Summary: I have owned mine for 10 months now, am back here to buy another. Will actually buy a 3rd soon to gift to my parents. Why do I love this thing? I used to use USB external hard drives to back-up data, but about 50% of the time after a few years those would die on me, and I have a lot of computers in my house and needed a lot of those to do not as much as one of these does.
Summary: This device is very functional, great pricing, robust, full of features and add-ons. Maybe not the fastest NAS on the block, but for home use, holding huge amounts of data, and streaming media back to us, was always great. Reasonable web-based interface as well. Right up until NetGear took over and brought out the latest firmware upgrade.