The Netgear RNDU4220 is a half-populated NAS storage device with 2 x 2TB hard drives and 2 empty disk trays. Using X-RAID2 automatic volume expansion technology, you can expand their volumes on-the-fly simply by adding new hard drives or replacing lower capacity drives with higher ones at a later date. The RNDU4220 is Netgear’s newest 4-Bay multimedia desktop storage system with both NAS and iSCSI SAN support. It provides 2X the performance of the current models (over 80 MB/s), X-RAID2 automatic volume expansion technology, secure drag-and-drop remote access (ReadyNAS Remote), optional online backup and recovery service (ReadyNAS Vault), and RAID 0/1/5 for data protection. It will also include some new software applications from TiVo, Orb and Skifta.
The Netgear RNDU4220 is designed for advanced home users (prosumers) who have large digital media libraries (music, photos, videos) and require maximum performance in order to run their bleeding-edge applications concurrently. It’s ideal for media enthusiasts looking for a fast, high-quality yet affordable storage solution to store, share and protect their equally high-valued media collections. Get the Netgear RNDU4220 today and enjoy unbridled file access anytime, anywhere.
Couldn't be happier
Pros: Easy Peasy. I don't understand why people buy the drobo when this is out there. It's raid is much more reliable, and the features are anything you could want. I can stream pictures/movies/etc to my Blu-Ray player, backup 3 Macs using TimeMachine, and not have to worry. I use this to backup my pictures and r-sync to my website without issue as well.
Cons: The GUI interface is a little kludgey. Effective, but it's not the best. Drive's including are Green. While not a deal killer by any means, they are fairly quiet. So if you are looking for the MAX speed possible, keep in mind these are 5900RPM drives.
Other Thoughts: I make a living supporting NAS (EMC Celerras) and looked at a bunch of others. Synology, Drobo (ugg), IOmega, and some of the smaller players, and this one was the best of the mid range in my opinion. The drives aren't the fastest, and there are features that others may have, but for my needs, this one fits the bill just right. Adding drives couldn't be easier (it even emails you letting you know when the re-striping is complete)
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near dead on arrival, and no one to call
Pros: The install was a snap, down loading was easy to it, conecting from other divices was simple
Cons: In less than 24 hours disk 1 had 460+ sector errors, Disk two has a status of dead. My issue is that there is no longer a phone number for newegg and the chat support is down. Is NewEgg going out of business?
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lots of features
Pros: Lots of features, easy configuration. I can't verify the speed yet, but it connected with 1 Gb to my Netgear RangeMax (WNDR3700) router. The Tivo setup is very cool and it works as advertised. So does iTunes server. Plenty of space to increase storage. The unit comes pre-set up with X-RAID2.
Cons: The price is a little steep. The unit comes with 2 Seagate Barracuda LP ST32000542AS 2TB which newegg and others sell for $99.99. The diskless unit - NETGEAR RNDU4000 Diskless ReadyNAS Ultra 4 sells for 599, so you will pay $100 premium for the disk installation.
Other Thoughts: I took the advise of others to have Netgear router, so I don't have compatibility issues.
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