Michael's Reviews "Michael's Reviews to benefit mankind :D", Amazon
26 February 2014
Summary: Netgear is a strange company. The box looks nice, the hardware seems capable but Netgear has officially put this NAS and several others on the "legacy hardware" list. This means that are not capable of running their just recently released new operating system that runs on equipment inferior to this one. Why would a company be so foolish and not care about its customers and your investment? I don't know.
Summary: I purchased a 2 bay, and have two 3 TB drives connected. I was very pleased with it's easy setup, sleek software, and available services out of the box, as well as it's easy to update and addon features, and email feedback, I purchased a 4 bay version as well - and am pleased with that one too. Actually, I'm here looking for the next step - probably will wait as these little buggers are pretty pricey. I highly recommend this.
A fast and solid performer, but may already be obsolete.
Amazon Customer, Amazon
9 July 2013
Summary: The Ultra 2 plus is fast and quiet, but generates more heat than I expected, especially when using the HGST Ultrastar 3.5-Inch 3TB 7200RPM SATA III hard disks. Configuring some of the add-on software has been problematic, but thankfully Netgear's documentation is adequate to get me through most of the issues.
Spending extra 100 for Synology is more than worth the hours and frustration.
10 year Tech, Amazon
6 November 2012
Summary: Netgear devices just don't do or perform the way they claim. That's been my experience for many years as a tech and Consultant. I've used the ReadyNas and ReadyNas v2 (and others at supported offices) frequently. ReadyNas loses connection frequently and has to be rebooted. (not good when your off site). Its unreliable. The interface is slow and had a ton of bugs and glitches or features that just didn't work.
Summary: I bought this unit to upgrade from a ReadyNas Duo I have been using for a few years. I wish I can say the installation process was spotless but no, I almost erase all my data! The setup didn't recognize the disk formatted in the X-raid of the previous ReadyNas, or if it did, it was not clear enough in the screen message. It gave me the option to move to X-Raid2 or keep to the older X-Raid format. I chose the new one, which immediately erased all the data in the disk.
Summary: So far it has been great, I have absolutely no complaints, the only reason I am not giving it five stars is that I have used it only for a month so far, and the quality of a NAS relies on its ability to handle HD breakdowns, which likely will not happen for a while. Delivery was great. I bought 2 Seagate Barracuda 2TB drives (ST2000DL003) to go with it and I got everything within two days as promised. Setup was very easy.
Summary: Been running this now for two months and it works perfectly. I don't load it much but I have played with a number of features and best of all there have been no problems! I had trouble initially with a pair of 2GB Hitachi deskstar drives ordered from Amazon. Both arrived non functional but i'm sure this was due to poor packaging + shipping to the northeast in the winter. So I went to Best buy and bought two 2GB Caviar drives for $99 each and they work great.
Summary: Ok, so I bought this to replace my old 250 GB external hard drive. First, I must say I'm not too techie, but I do know a bit more about computers than the average person. I like the idea of having a "drive" that everybody who is connected on my network can use. I keep all my music, pictures and documents backed up on the "Backup" drive.
Summary: This was my second netgear, but my first x86 box. I absolutely love it. It is my media server and my network storage. It completes me. Add ons are great, though you want to be careful about the community add ons. You have to remember that these are created by developers in their spare time and there may be bugs. All I can say is make sure that you have backups (preferably on a different NAS or through the use of a RAID volume on the 2nd drive).