Netgear RND4250 ReadyNAS NV+ 1 TB Desktop Network Storage (2x500GB)
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Product Description

NETGEAR offers wireless, Ethernet, powerline and phoneline networking products through a complete line of routers, gateways, switches, hubs, and adapters. NETGEAR products offer the strongest security and privacy options available to protect home and business customers.PRODUCT FEATURES:4 Hot Swappable HDD in a small 8-inch high desktop design (2 500GB HDD included, 2 open slots for future expansion);HDD are initialized and system is pre-configured in X-RAID mode for immediate use;X-RAID technology plus RAID 0, 1, 5.

The ReadyNAS NV+ by NETGEAR is a compact and attractive four-bay Network Attached Storage (NAS) device that can easily handle the storage needs of a home or small office. After putting the ReadyNAS NV+ to the test, we have concluded that it is an ideal storage solution for small offices or work groups with limited IT resources that require networked expandable RAID storage and advanced "server" features such as print and media servers, system monitoring with email alerts, and integrated backup management capabilities.

What We Think


Overall Rating:

Pros: Compact design, easy-to-use, built-in RAID capability including X-RAID, provides media streaming for wide variety of devices, excellent online forums for add-ons and support

Cons: Insufficient user manuals, add-on software does not always have complete feature set

At a Glance

Capacity: 1 TB (2x500GB)
Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 8.7 inches (HxWxD)
Warranty: 5 years


The ReadyNAS NV+ houses four drive bays in one compact, attractive enclosure. View larger.
Out of Box Impressions and Design Features
Taking the ReadyNAS NV+ out of the box, we couldn't help but be surprised at how compact and solid feeling the device is. Imparting an air of quality workmanship and sturdy reliability, the NV+ measures a compact 7.9 x 5.2 x 8.7 inches (H x W x D) and is a hefty 10 pounds without the disks installed.

The styling is attractive, with a metallic "cheese-grater" look that is reminiscent of Apple's Mac Pros, a design that also allows for heat dissipation. A door panel opens for easy access to the four drive bays, each of which is on its own tray with an easy-to-load push-button mechanism, making disk installation a cinch.

Below the panel door is a backlit LCD display that shows status info such as the IP address and drive capacity. The power button sits on the upper left of the front face, next to four LEDs that give the status of each hard drive, a USB port, and a button labeled "Backup." The back of the NV+ sports a carrying handle, two USB ports, an Ethernet port, the system reset switch, power connector, cooling fan, and Kensington Lock security hole. Overall, the design is attractive, smartly laid out, and clearly labeled. Unlike many other NAS devices that you want to hide in a corner or in a closet, the ReadyNAS NV+ adds a handsome touch to the work area.

Initial Setup and Configuration
Our test unit had four pre-installed 750 GB hard drives for a total of three terabytes of disk space. The drives are hot-swappable, which means that they can be swapped out one-at-a-time without shutting down the NV+, and which also means that upgrading or replacing the drives--if necessary--will be easy.



Share your files, USB disk, and printer with all your computers and networked media player with the NV+.
The NV+ supports the industry standard RAID 0/1/5, as well as NETGEAR's own proprietary X-RAID, which supports single volume auto expansion with redundancy against a single drive failure. X-RAID makes the device future-proof, as you can simply swap out a smaller capacity installed drive for a larger one, and X-RAID will automatically copy over all the data.

The initial hardware set up was as simple as plugging the AC cord into the wall and connecting the Ethernet cord into the local network. Installing the included RAIDar software let us find the drive on our network, from which we were able to bring up the Web-based control panel. Set up required an easy jaunt through the Setup Wizard, and once completed, the drive appeared on each of the networked computers as expected.



The unit is pre-configured in X-RAID mode, which worked fine for us; we were literally up and running in minutes. The only snag was that the manual gave the wrong user/password to log into the machine, but a quick online search revealed the correct input information.

After we had the X-RAID running successfully, we reconfigured the drive to a RAID 5 configuration. Like X-RAID, RAID 5 reduces overall storage capacity by about 25% but offers redundant protection so everything continues to function even if one of the drives fails. The actual reconfiguration through the control panel took only a few minutes, though the entire process took over eight hours and necessitated deletion of all the existing data on the drives. (Don't worry! The ReadyNAS NV+ did all the work itself after we left the office for the day.)

The one complaint we had during the set-up procedures was with the documentation. In fact, the manual is the weak link of the package. The NV+ has a lot of functionality that is not very well explained or simply not mentioned. Fortunately, the ReadyNAS has its own NETGEAR-supported community Web site (www.readynas.com) with FAQs, forums, firmware updates, add-ons, and other goodies. We found the process of downloading firmware updates and add-ons quick and extremely easy.



NETGEAR's FrontView web-based control panel makes configuration and administration simple. View larger.
Web-based Control Panel
The Web-based control panel gives the administrator full control over the system. From it you can check the status of the machine, set the security settings, create user and group accounts, configure streaming services, update firmware, and much more. With processes that took more than a few minutes to complete, the ReadyNAS NV+ sent us email notifications at the completion of the tasks so we could continue with our other work in the meantime.

The control panel is clean and intuitive, eliminating the need for administrators to fiddle with a Unix command line to check status or change settings. Though some configuration and management issues can arise that better documentation could easily address, as long as the administrator is comfortable searching out information online when necessary, he or she should find managing the ReadyNAS NV+ relatively easy.

Our Performance Review
We ran the NV+ as our primary file server in our small workgroup -- consisting of both Macs running OS X and PCs running Windows XP -- without any problems or complaints of performance. We were able to access the server to work with, copy, and move files around seamlessly, with no hiccups to speak of. Our computers were all able to connect easily via CIMB and/or AFP protocols. Additionally, the ReadyNAS has support for the Network File System (NFS), but we did not test this as we do not run a Linux/Unix environment.

However, our one caveat is that we do not work heavily with media files such as large video files, so we cannot say for certain if the performance would be acceptable for use in, say, a high-performance video lab or similar setting.



Hard disks are installed on separate drive trays, making upgrades simple. View larger.
One important feature we needed was the ability to work remotely. To do so, we downloaded a WebDAV add-on from the ReadyNAS community Web site that allows for drag-and-drop file access to the ReadyNAS NV+ through an Internet connection via HTTPS. While we were easily able to connect to the ReadyNAS NV+ remotely, an apparent limitation or bug in the current firmware resulted in some problems with privileges. Specifically, when we revised or created files and folders remotely, they became "read-only" and required permissions to be manually changed through the control panel. A post on the ReadyNAS message board confirmed this behavior, which, while not a deal breaker, is certainly inconvenient.

Though the RAID configuration we chose has built-in redundant storage, we nonetheless decided to create nightly backups for even more peace of mind. We connected an external USB drive to the front USB port, and once the drive was recognized, it was a matter of seconds and a simple push of a button to schedule a daily backup of our main work folder.

Built-in FTP, iTunes, and Other Features
The NV+ features many add-ons and extras that we were able to easily install, either through the control panel or by downloading software updates and documentation from the ReadyNAS community Web site.

The ReadyNAS includes a built-in print server and an FTP server that were easy to set up. It also features a built-in Web server, which we successfully tested by creating simple Web pages. The built-in iTunes streaming server worked like a charm. After copying over MP3s into the designated folder, the songs automatically showed up in the iTunes folder of the networked computers.

The ReadyNAS NV+ also has built-in support for Squeezebox music players, UPnP AV devices, and streaming playback of videos, music, and photos from networked DVD and media players. Based on the ease of use with the iTunes server, we assume a similarly uncomplicated process. The ReadyNAS also has a built-in BitTorrent client, add-ons for a photo slideshow application, SSH access, and much more.

Included Back-Up Software
NETGEAR bundles a five-user license for EMC Retrospect Professional for Windows and a five-user license for EMC Retrospect Desktop for Macintosh. After installation on a desktop, we could easily automate and schedule backups of our desktops onto the NV+. EMC Retrospect is a pro-grade backup software offering powerful features superior to many bundled backup programs.

Conclusions
The ReadyNAS NV+ is a powerful, attractive, and flexible Network Attached Storage device that would work great in a home setting or even a small-to-medium office setting. It offers much of the functionality of a dedicated server, while requiring a small amount of space. Since set up is mostly plug-and-play, it does not require a dedicated IT personnel to manage, which is a huge bonus for home use or for a business on a budget.

As noted, the manual does not give all the answers. Fortunately, the strong online community and Web forums offer excellent support and services. And finally, the ReadyNAS NV+ is backed by an industry-leading 5-year warranty, so you can rest assured that you'll be protected should anything go wrong.

Whisper quiet, and about the size of a shoebox, the NETGEAR RND4250 ReadyNAS NV+ 1TB Gigabit Desktop Network Storage device offers homes and small businesses an easy-to-configure and cost-effective way to store your data and serve your digital media. With its several advanced server features, you will have true peace of mind knowing that your irreplaceable data is safe and secure.



The ReadyNAS NV+ offers an easy-to-configure and cost-effective way to store your data and stream your digital media. View larger.


Use the ReadyNAS+ to stream music and video, share network printers, and share files across multiple platforms.
The NETGEAR ReadyNAS NV+:
  • Store and protect up to 4 terabytes of data
  • Serve files easily across Windows, Mac and Linux platforms
  • Back-up data automatically
  • Stream music and video across multiple devices
  • Share network printers


Not much bigger than a shoebox, the NETGEAR ReadyNAS NV+ 1 TB Gigabit Desktop Network Storage device is compact, but powerful.


True Protection for your Data
Chances are that you've got a huge portion--if not all--of your business data or personal life digitized. Your kids' birthday videos, photos, important tax records, customer files, music--it's all digital. Until recently an external hard drive has done the job. But your storage solution is near capacity, and you now realize that it won't be long before your 24/7 usage burns it out. And when that happens, you will either have to kiss everything you've ever created good-bye, or pay a pretty penny trying to retrieve it all.

The NETGEAR ReadyNAS NV+ is an ultra-compact box filled with two 500 gigabyte disks, designed to fit easily on your desktop. NETGEAR also offers the Ready NAS NV+ in the ReadyNAS 4x500GB Drives, ReadyNAS 4x250GB Drives, and several other configurations. Once connected to your network, you can store and protect all of your digital data and stream your digital media. What truly causes heads to turn with the ReadyNAS NV+ is its RAID functionality, along with its own X-RAID technology. Combined, these two features that are normally found only in high-end servers will ensure that your data will never be corrupted or lost due to hardware failure.

The device's RAID functionality, or Redundant Array of Independent Disks, copies, splits and shares your data across the hard disks within the device, so that should one of the drives fail, the data can be rebuilt with the remaining drives. Without RAID, once a failure occurs, you risk losing all of the data stored on the drive. ReadyNAS's patent pending X-RAID technology automates the volume expansion as you scale from the two included disks to four disks. (The ReadyNAS NV+ includes additional expansion slots for two additional hard drives.) In short, X-RAID automatically manages the RAID details for you, so you don't have to spend the hours that it normally takes to format the disks. Simply put, you won't find a simpler or more secure way to protect and store your data.

Data Back-up, Monitoring and File Serving
With the ReadyNAS NV+, the days of storing your digital files across several computers or storage devices are over. This device is scalable to up to four terabytes of data, which means that you can bring all of your data together for fast and easy access and file serving to multiple clients simultaneously. And as any small business knows, having a sound backup strategy is essential. With the help of ReadyNAS NV's EMC Retrospect backup and recovery software, you can set automatic backups of all of your network clients to your ReadyNAS. Additionally, the device includes an integrated backup manager that enables one-button backup to an external USB HDD for offsite rotation, or to remote servers for even greater security.

If something should go wrong with one of your disks or if performance has been compromised, the ReadyNAS NV+ offers advanced-server monitoring features that alert you via email when something is amiss. The device will also shut itself down if the operating temperatures of the disks are too high.

Media Streaming
But don't think that the ReadyNAS NV+ doesn't know how to have fun. If video or other media is your business or passion, you can use your ReadyNAS for streaming to multiple devices at the same time without the need to keep your desktop computers running. The ReadyNAS includes built-in media servers, including Slimserver and iTunes, that will let you stream audio and video to devices on your network.

Easy Set-up and Other Features
With an easy-to-use Web browser interface and setup wizard, ReadyNAS can be configured quickly. Simply plug the device into your network, power up, and you'll be ready to go.

The ReadyNAS NV+ also includes three USB ports, which can be used to connect a USB printer, a back-up power supply, external drives and more. The device measures 7.9 x 5.2 x 8.7 inches (H x W x D), and weighs 10 pounds without the disks. The ReadyNAS NV+ includes a five-year warranty.


What's in the Box
ReadyNAS NV+ 2 hard disk trays (each with 500 GB HDD), 2 hard disk trays (with no HDD), getting started guide, warranty card, power cable, Ethernet cable, ReadyNAS Installation CD (ReadyNAS Discovery Utility, 5-Client EMC Retrospect Professional for Windows, 5 Client EMC Retrospect Desktop for Macintosh), and 16 screws for future HDD installation.

Features:
  • Advanced Network Attached Storage device with 1 TB capacity; ideal for small businesses and work groups
  • X-RAID technology for automatic data redundancy; supportsindustry standard RAID 0/1/5
  • Built-in printer server, iTunes server and streaming media server for DLNA-compliant devices such as NETGEAR EVA8000, Sonos Digital Music System, Logitech Squeezebox,Sony Playstation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 363
  • Whisper quiet operations; advanced power controls for energy-efficient use
  • Measures a compact 7.9 x 5.2 x 8.7 inches (HxWxD); 5-year warranty

Customer Reviews:

  • Power failure after 1 year
    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....more info
  • A piece of junk
    I brought this and 4 500 GB WD drives to backup my system. It hanged twice this morning and a dozen times since I purchased couple month ago. I am not heavy user, only turn it on when I need it, run a day or two continuously. I am usually just copying a lot of small files (20000 files ranging from 20KB to 300MB).

    Everytime it hangs, there is no way to shut it down except unplug the power. This will trigger a filesystem check, which take hours. Worst yet, I had one occasion that the fs check stuck and I have to unplug the power again.

    At this point, I am just afraid of losing my data. That's the reason I am backing up all my file from the ReadyNAS onto a RAID 1 eSATA local drive using a Rosewill adapter.

    If you care about your data, don't use this as backup. It cause me more problem than using USB or local drive....more info
  • Great Device Until NetGear Bought The Company
    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. Never had a problem before, but this upgrade, which should not touch your data volume, messes with the volume format without warning, irreversibly, and large numbers of people have had problems with their units afterward. Mine won't boot with the new firmware, and if I go back to the old version I can no longer access my data. Essentially turned my NAS into an expensive brick, and tech support is unhelpful as they have no real resolution.

    Save yourself some headaches and Do Not Buy. Was a great company, oh well....more info
  • The worst storage device i have ever seen
    If you are not an IT expert dont buy this product.

    If you are an IT expert and want to spend hours configuring and tweaking a device just to get minimum results you can buy this. It losses permissions randomly, is slow, it doesn't work well with windows domains, it doesn't work well with CIFS.

    It comes with an app named raidar to configure it but sometimes the app wont let you do it (options are grayed out) and it will not give any reason for not letting you configure the device.

    It transfer at a maximum 24 MB/s but it has a GB ethernet NIC so go figure.

    In all my years as an IT manager never before have i seen anything as inefficient and troublesome as this thing is. Last but not least the costumer support takes ages to answer any question.

    The only way to use this is to give full permission to everyone and make one folder and put everything there. Do not try to manage permission for multiple user with this garbage....more info
  • Nice, easy but slow
    The item is pretty easy to use right out of the box, it wasn't too hard to configure for sharing. However, I'm unimpressed with the speed, it just seems slow. The NAS is plugged directly into a gigabit switch port, so I'm a bit surprised and disappointed to notice the speed difference....more info
  • Extremely unreliable
    This is one of those things that you really want to love. Unfortunately, the only way you'll love this thing is if you're not that attached to your data. If you're looking for a data black hole, then this is your solution. Data cannot escape its pull.

    Multiple problems with this thing, including shares that constantly drop and become unavailable, slowness, and extreme pickiness in the drives it will deign to use. I've done computer repair for over 20 years, and still can't make this thing work satisfactorily. The latest escapade was a "corrupt root" error that comes up on boot. The device itself gives a bad firmware message. Reloading the firmware repeatedly as per Netgear's site gained me exactly zilch. The only fix I found was restoring to factory settings, which of course fries your data.

    If you are unfortunate enough to buy or have one of these thrown at you, do ***NOT*** upgrade the firmware to version 4. There is a thread in their support forums with complaints about what version 4 did to the NAS (extreme slowness for one). I can testify to this, it slowed it down to absolute unusability - any copy would time out. The fix is to return to version 3 which requires...drum roll...a factory reset. Bye, bye, data. Don't expect a fast fix from Netgear on this issue. As of today the thread is about 6 weeks old with no solution in sight....more info
  • One of the best NAS systems for small office and home use
    I've had one of these for about 3 plus years... since before Netgear bought Infrant who originally created this great product. I have been very impressed with its performance and more importantly, the support is awesome. My unit came with only a one year warranty, and I just had a power supply failure and called support and without any discussion they shipped me a replacement power supply for free. Not too many companies offer that kind of support. As for reliability, I had this stuffed in a dusty attic through the very hot part of last year which I'm sure contributed to the power supply failing.

    The design of this unit is very good, and its open to the point that there are many extensions available for it in the great forum. Lots of user to user help there too. The only complaint I have is that its fan is a little loud. Not that big of a deal to me, but might be a problem if you are planning for it to be in your living room or something. Also, the buttons on the trays will get stuck after a while if you don't exercise them periodically. They can be revived with a little careful exercise to get them back to life. I recommend pulling all the drives out about once every 6 months or a year to avoid this happening.

    As for some of the negative comments and reviews, several of them are misdirected. Any RAID system is going to lose data if you have two drives fail. The ReadyNAS has indicators to tell you that a drive failed, so there really is no reason for this to happen unless you are incredibly unlucky. Also, RAID is not backup. You should still have a backup of your data in case a rare situation occurs like two drives failing. The ReadyNAS makes this super easy because you can just get an inexpensive USB drive and attach it for backup, which is what I've done. I did have one drive fail about 6 months ago... started making noises and I swapped it out. It was painless. ...more info
  • has a major software bug
    I own a large number of NetGear (formerly Infrant) NAS devices. After NetGear bought the company, they came out with a new version of the embedded OS of those devices that looks like it is mostly just a cosmetic update that changes the name Infrant to NetGear.

    Unfortunately, it also introduces a very serious and reproducible bug for Apple Macintosh users. When you mount one of the NAS boxes running the new version of the OS under AppleShare, a file copied to the NAS box always gets today's date as its creation date. Strangely, if you copy a folder, the folder date is set correctly to the original creation date of the source folder, but the files contained inside of it lose their original creation dates.

    This bug occurs ONLY under the new version of the OS (4.00), not under the previous version (3.01). It occurs both under OS X 10.4 and 10.5.

    I have spent considerable time on hold and on the phone with NetGear technical support, and they claim this is a problem with the AFS file protocol. I don't know how they can make this claim when quite evidently everything works just fine under the previous version of their own software, but the gentleman on the phone basically told me something to the effect of "nobody uses AFS anyway, so why should we care".

    If you are an Apple owner and are considering a NAS box, you may want to hold off on purchasing a NetGear device for the time being. Using Samba file sharing is not really an option either, because that severely limits your file naming possibilities. This is a real error and NetGear needs to fix it....more info
  • Netgear Leaves Original Buyers Behind... and is Clueless
    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. He told me that the unit was no longer under warranty (1 year for Infrant boxes, 5 years for Netgear boxes) and that Netgear can not provide any repairs. I jokingly commented that I should just through the unit away and buy a new one- the rep said that was my best option (guy was American). It gets better- power is needed to remove the 4 drives from the box. I asked the rep how to get the drives out of a dead unit. He put me on hold while he inquired with a "hardware engineer". He came back on and told me that the engineer recommended that I search the Netgear NAS user forum. The call ended with the tech guy saying "Thank you for choosing Netgear products". I expected more from a "top rated" product which is designed to prevent data loss. BTW: I googled "ReadyNas NV+ replacement power supply" and found that PC Connection sells one for $115. Hope this fixes my problem......more info
  • Pricey, but worth it
    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. Some other storage devices have only a USB connection to hook to a single computer, or may include only the somewhat slower 100 megabit ethernet connection. Many modern computers come with gigabit ethernet by default these days, and it makes multi-gigabyte backups much faster. I personally am backing up two Mac laptops via Time Machine, and one Windows desktop through NT backup (when I remember).

    Second, the NV+ includes support for multiple network protocols. It has SMB, AFS and NFS support, for seamless integration with Windows, Mac, and Unix systems out of the box. It also contains FTP and HTTP support so you can access your files remotely, and the rsync command, so you can easily schedule backups of Unix systems. In addition, although I haven't personally used any of them yet, it can act as a streaming server for iTunes media or other media servers.

    Third, the expandable X-RAID setup is amazing. I bought my NV+ pre-loaded with 2x500Gb drives, which gave me plenty of usable space to start with. I recently found myself with an extra 500Gb SATA drive that I didn't actually need, so I decided to add it to the RAID. I simply flipped open the front cover, slid out the drive tray, attached the drive to the tray, and then slid it back in. The NV+ started rebuilding the RAID as soon as I slid the drive all the way in, and when it was finished, notified me that the new storage would be available after a restart. I restarted the NAS, and it now contains 916Gb of usable space. Incredible! This gives me great confidence in the expandability of the device for future use.

    Finally, there are many other great touches to the NV+. It will interoperate with UPS devices connected via USB, and can automatically power down in case of an extended power outage. You can attach and share a printer or USB storage device to the included USB ports. There's a one-touch backup button on the front of the device that you can press to backup selected shares to an attached USB storage device. The NAS is quiet enough to keep in a home office, and so small that it will easily fit anywhere. It's dwarfed by my small desktop machines, and too quiet to be heard over their fan noise.

    Overall I would recommend the ReadyNAS NV+ to anyone who needs a networked storage solution for multiple computers. It's easy to use, has a great feature set, and is expandable for the future....more info
  • Love It
    I have to be honest in saying that I was excited to receive this and get it setup on my home network to server as my central backup. Within days of operation one of the drives started complaining and the 'smart' errors starting increasing. A call to Netgear's customer support and a new drive was on its way - no charge - not even shipping.

    It is now working great. It took some time to get it setup and configured they way I need to use it, but not it is working great!

    I would recommend it to anyone....more info
  • Netgear Sucks
    We purchased our Netgear ReadyNAS 1100 2TB system on 12/15/2008 from Amazon.com - BTW: very smooth ordering, no issues there. After having one of my experienced programmers setup this equipment for automated backups, w/in a few days of running the ReadyNAS it's sending us daily automated messages indicating disk 4: "Reallocated sector count has increased in the last day." Basically, one of our four 500GB Seagate disks (Western Digital are much more reliable) is going bad w/in a few days of cranking this thing on. After contacting Netgear, we were told the disk is going bad and that they would happily replace it. Here's the good stuff. Even though today is 1/20/09 and we purchased the thing on 12/15/08 (that's just over 30 days ago), we'll have to pay $20 to have Netgear ship us a new drive so that we can then, ship the old one back. Now, $20 is a drop in the hat with all the equipment and it doesn't buy a happy meal from Micky D's for a family, but since when does purchasing a close to $2000 piece of equipment cost a penny more to fix when the hunk of junk doesn't work w/in a few days of having it up and running? We also called Netgear prior to purchasing this unit and went to their presales area via telephone. None of our questions could be answered by their Indian speaking reps... like speaking with a zoo animal. All I can say is that Netgear is pathetically disappointing and I regret spending 4K on this ReadyNAS and their switches over the last month....more info
  • Great Mid-High End NAS for home
    Equipment:
    Netgear RND4000-100NAS ReadyNAS NV+ 4-Bay Desktop Network Storage (No Disk)
    4 @ Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1 TB SATA 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Hard Drive ST31000333AS

    Setup:
    I recently setup the ReadyNAS NV+ on my home gigabit network with 4TB of post installed Seagate hard drives. Typically I'm a WD person but the Amazon goldbox deal of $80/ea was just too good to pass up. The install went very smoothly after I tested each drive in a desktop system to ensure drive integrity. Default setup is XRAID.

    Upon powerup, the NAS initialized the device within about 10-15 minutes. The syncing of the drives took a long period of time, somewhere between 20-30 hours. I did not note the exact time because the instructions say this can take 10+ hours initially based upon the size of the drives installed and each drive was 1TB for my setup. I believe their example was 250GB.

    Setup/Interface:
    The software provided is a web interface to the NAS and is fairly straight forward. The software could be a bit more updated, however it is effective. I renamed the device, added user/group access security, shares, etc all without issue.

    Drive Access:
    The NAS shares are accessible on all computers as well as my PS3. To/from file access is a bit slower than a local drive but what else would one expect. Performance is about equivalent to a single remote network drive access. I did not run benchmark software but am going by my gut feel after 20+ years of computing. I started the process of moving over ~500 CDs of music, 20000+ high res digital pictures, ~100 hours of HD video, as well as other data I want backed up.

    Price:
    The ReadyNAS NV+ is fairly pricey in comparison to some other NAS devices, however it is feature packed, expandable and comes highly rated from those user/reviewers that are knowledgeable. When it comes to my data, price is less of a matter. For some of you considering this NAS device, consider the price carefully to your needs....more info
  • Very slow, atrocious web interface and poor support
    We've had one of these units for almost two years. On the bright side we haven't lost any data; but the system is very slow. This applies to both its file serving and its poorly designed web admin interface (you won't believe how slow it is and what a pain it is to use). We replaced an 8 year old Win2K desktop system (not a server mind you) with this unit and the decrease in performance was noticeable (10 - 20% slower). Performance on a 1 Gb/sec network isn't considerably better than on a 100 Mb/sec network.

    Support from Netgear consists primarily of them telling you to do system resets, firmware reinstalls and finally factory resets (where you get to reinstall all your data and configuration information). Apparently its much easier to have your customers do all the legwork than to write some diagnostics for your hardware.

    Stick with that old repurposed desktop as a file server, you'll be happier....more info
  • Runs slow, got new firmware and now it's basically stopped
    Had this unit for about a year. I've been around quite a while and had unix raid servers in our office. They were always great. So I thought I'd try a PC based unit for my home. I got the NV+ and loaded it with 4 500 gb seagates. It has worked ok, but pretty slow compared to a USB attached drive. For the price it should perform better. Recently it notified me that a new update for the firmware was available 4.1.4. I updated it and it killed the performance. Streaming music stops every 10 seconds. Any time I try to access data on the unit, it stalls and starts over and over. The only fix I got from netgear is to strip all the data off it, reformat it, blah blah blah. I'm only going to start over if it's with a NAS from another company.

    Also the password protected shares aren't password protected when a computer running Vista mounts the share...more info