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.
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: 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).
Summary: I have been running this unit for about a month now without a hitch. I installed two Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARX 2-TB drives in it. The drives formatted fully, initialized, and synced perfectly. The Memeo Backup Premium that ships with the unit is easy to use and keeps my data files backed up behind the scenes on all our PCs. My recommendations for a hassle-free setup and installation are: 1) Install two new drives before turning on the unit.
Summary: This is the second ReadyNAS product I've owned. I had a ReadyNAS Duo with 2 750GB drives. Worked dependably for over 3 years hosting CDs for streaming to a Logitech Transporter Logitech Transporter® SE: Network Music Player (Black) . I decided to upgrade to the Ultra Plus and 2TB drives to add my photo collection and TimeMachine backups. Setting up the new environment using RAIDiator and Frontview was straight forward and hassle free.
Summary: I had bought a DLink 2 Bay DNS-321 with 800mhz Atom single core, 256mb and was annoyingly slow (8-12GM/sec on Gigabyte network). Upgraded to the Netgear -- dualCore 1.6mhz, 1GB memory and am getting 5X speed in 40-45GB range - it really is a great until WHEN you get it set up. Took twelve hours of "corrupted root" messages, getting the second drive to get recognized, and finally figuring out to delete the one disk volume and get a two disks running as RAID0 volume.
Amazing NAS, great streaming and Tivo and Roku integration!
P. Lamarine, Amazon
30 March 2012
Summary: I have been looking for a central storage unit to handle the backup of a Mac Mini, Macbook Pro and an iMac. This not only acts as a central backup for all three, it is an amazing media streamer. I am able to stream to my Roku using the Plex add on and can watch all my ripped movies and home movies on the Roku WITHOUT turning on a computer. Before the ReadyNAS I would have to trudge upstairs to my iMac that had all my movies on it and turn it on.
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: 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: 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.