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NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra 2-bay (diskless) w/ 3 yr warranty

  • 2-Bay
  • Diskless
  • Intel Atom single-core processor Processor
  • 2 x 10/100/1000M
  • 1 x USB3.0 + 2 x USB2.0
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The ReadyNAS Ultra Family is a series of powerful network-attached storage (NAS) with built-in media server capabilities that allow advanced home users to store, share, and protect their digital assets with confidence. It offers a reliable, affordable and simple storage solution that will centralize all multimedia content and make them accessible anytime, anywhere, and on any screen.

The ULTRA 2 RNDU2000 is a 2-bay diskless NAS storage device designed for advanced home users who have large digital media libraries (music, photos, and videos) and require solid performance in order to run their bleeding-edge applications concurrently. It provides better performance than the award-winning ReadyNAS Duo and NV+, X-RAID2 automatic volume expansion, secure drag-and-drop remote access (ReadyNAS Remote), optional online backup and recovery service (ReadyNAS Vault), and RAID 0/1 for data protection. It will also include some new software applications from TiVo, Orb and Skifta.

  • newegg High Performance Platform Featuring powerful but energy-efficient 1.8 GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB DDR3 RAM, two drives bays supporting RAID 0, 1, and 1x USB 3.0 & 2x USB 2.0, the Netgear ULTRA 2 RNDU2000 can tackle the ultra heavy application with power to spare.
  • newegg iSCSI Target Support Allocate a certain capacity from your data volume to appear as a block device so that you can mount it and make it show up similar to a USB drive. This allows applications like iMovie and Outlook to work seamlessly with data residing on the ReadyNAS.
  • newegg X-RAID2 Technology Netgear’s X-RAID2 technology can manage volume expansion automatically as you add new hard drives or replace existing drives with larger capacity drives.
  • newegg ReadyNAS Remote ReadyNAS Remote is a software application that makes it easy for you to access your ReadyNAS remotely just like you are at home. ReadyNAS Remote is also available as an app in the Apple AppStore.
  • newegg Local and Remote Streaming to Mobile and DLNA Devices The DLNA-certified ULTRA 2 allows you to access, share and enjoy music and videos from any DLNA-capable media players, mobile phones, PDAs or game consoles. Moreover, it is compatible with many software applications from TiVo, Orb and Skifta. Transcode and stream media content to mobile handhelds over Wi-Fi or 3G/4G using Orb, stream media content to remote DLNA devices using Skifta, and play back non-protected TiVo recorded content anytime.
  • newegg Continuous Online and Offline Data Protection Multiple layers of protection are built into every ReadyNAS, including drive fault tolerance, redundant power supply, online backups (snapshots), and secure offsite replication to another ReadyNAS system. The NETGEAR ULTRA 2 also includes 2 GB of ReadyNAS Vault online backup service and 3 lifetime licenses of Memeo Premium Backup service for continuous data backups from PC and Mac.


Learn more about the Netgear Inc. RNDU2000-100NAS

General

Brand
NETGEAR
Model
RNDU2000-100NAS

Interfaces

Port RJ-45
2 x 10/100/1000M
Port USB
1 x USB3.0 + 2 x USB2.0
HDD Interface
2 x SATA (2 x Bay)

Configuration

Form Factor
Desktop
Processor
Intel Atom single-core processor
Default/ Max. Memory
1GB DDR3 SODIMM RAM

Hard Drive Performance

Included HDD Capacity
Diskless
RAID
RAID 0, 1 and JBOD

Power

Power
Power Consumption*: 35W (with 2 x 2 TB)
Power Supply (Electrical): External 60W; AC Input 100-240V, 50/60Hz
*Measured in idle state.

Features

Features
Three (3) Memeo Premium Backup software licenses for continuous data backups from PCs/Macs.

X-RAID2 technology: Change/add/remove hard drives at any time, even when the server is running, so you can expand storage capacity and automate RAID 0/1 configurations on the fly.

ReadyDLNA: Enable the ReadyNAS to act as a DLNA media server and stream media from your ReadyNAS to any DLNA players (i.e. Sony Playstation 3, XBox 360, and DLNA-enabled TVs).

TiVo Compatible: Save your favorite programs to your ReadyNAS for future playback. This feature is integrated with the ReadyDLNA software feature.

ReadyNAS Remote: Create a VPN-like connection without complicated network setup so remote users can access folders as though they were on the same local network with the server.

Wake-on-LAN support: Lower power consumption by scheduling Wake on LAN commands to power on the system only when needed.
This feature is also useful after a power outage.

iSCSI support: Allocate a certain capacity from your data volume to appear as a block device so that you can mount it and make it show up similar to a USB drive. This allows applications like iMovie and Outlook to work seamlessly with data residing on the ReadyNAS.

Skifta: Shift DLNA media from your ReadyNAS to a remote DLNA player (www.skifta.com/netgear)

For the Hard drives compatibility, please go to http://www.readynas.com/?page_id=82

Warning:
The firmware that is needed for Netgear NAS products to be compatible with 3TB drives (assuming it did not come with a 3TB drive) is RAIDiator 4.2.17. For more details, please go to this link below to download this software.
http://www.readynas.com/index.php?s=3TB+support

Please visit the following link to get the latest software for your ReadyNAS product.
http://www.readynas.com/?p=5568
Usage
High read/write performance with RAID

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions
8.66" x 5.59" x 3.98"
Weight
4.56 lbs.

Environment

Temperature
0°C - 40 °C
Humidity
20-80% Humidity (non-condensing)

Package Contents

Package Contents
ReadyNAS Ultra 2 (RNDU2000)
2 Hard Disk Trays (with NO HDD)
Install Guide
Power Cable
Ethernet Cable
ReadyNAS Installation CD
- ReadyNAS Discovery Utility
- Online User Manuals (Software / Hardware)
- (3) Memeo Premium Backup software licenses for Windows and Macintosh
8 screws for future HDD installation

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
3 years limited
Labor
3 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


Customer Reviews of the Netgear Inc. RNDU2000-100NAS

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  • Peter F.
  • 3/30/2013 3:29:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsNon existing technical support unless you pay them.

Pros: Fast transfer over my gigabit network.

Cons: I can't delete files so I called the technical customer support.

I was transfered 1st time as I was told that I did not call the right support department. I have dialed netgear published support phone number:

Home products: 1-888-NETGEAR (1-888-638-4327)

I was told that I should have called 877 653 2659 instead. When I google that number nothings shows up.

After determining that he cannot help me he interviewed my asking me who my ISP is and OS I use. That is on top of my name, addr, email, and phone which they already had. Is netgear selling this information?

The new guy I was transferred to with heavy accent, noisy phone line, was hard to understand. He explained to me that the 1st guy was unable to help me and that is why the call was transferred to him. He was just dragging the call and I was close to 60 minutes on the phone.

The next thing he started explaining that they need access to my computer. That they will help me with any technical issue for any product regardless who made it for the duration of one year. The catch was that they wanted me to pay for it!

I told him that I am trying to use my 90 days support to resolve basic NAS issue. He said that this is out of the scope and that he cannot help me.

I said that I am going to pack this thing and ship it back to the retailer if that is the case. He said that he will transfer me one more time. I was on hold and then there was a recording that the call was answered by Audix. I left my phone number and hanged up.

I have also posted the question on the readynas forum but no bite yet.

The SW and HW PDFs do not discuss anything beyond obvious.

This is a shady tactic netgear is using.

I give it 1 star for being able to upload and download files fairly fast over my gigabit network.

Other Thoughts: I would not recommend Netgear products unless you have deep IT knowledge and do not need to read manuals or contact support.

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  • Werner D.
  • 1/26/2013 1:17:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat NAS Device!

Pros: I don't know why people keep saying this is so hard to set up. Its really not that bad at all, you only need to follow the directions. Updating the OS can be a bit tricky because there's a slightly confusing cyclic instruction on the interface about powering down the device, but once you figure that out its a breeze. I put some WD Caviar Green drives in there, and it was a breeze!

I was please to find that operation was very quiet as well. This is big for me because the ReadyNAS acts as my Logitech Squeezebox Server for my Logitech Squeezebox Touch that I use for my hi-fi headphone rig. This unit works VERY well as a music server.

Cons: I can see how if you're really not into tech (aka your son or daughter bought you an iPhone to get you up to tech speed...) this might be too much to take without assistance. Other than that, don't worry - you'll be fine.

Other Thoughts: Connect to ethernet on your LAN network for much faster transfer speeds when you need to backup large databases or files.

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  • Jason C.
  • 12/24/2012 4:34:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsShockingly slow in ESXi 5

Pros: Fast enough in ESXi 5 using NFS (up to 80mbps). High quality construction and running a fully usable linux distribution.

Cons: Bought to use as storage in ESXi 5 via iscsi. Firmware 4.2.20 is the first version to support esxi 5, I installed 4.2.22 which is supposed to have further refinements. Using dedicated intel gig nics and a crossover cable, I can only get around 2 to 4mbps to the NAS over iscsi. NFS is much higher at around 80mbps, but iscsi is effectively useless.

Other Thoughts: I've tried several work arounds including disabling header and data digests, setting static discovery, different nics, cables, even going so far as to get into the NAS itself and mess with the ietd.conf. Hopefully a newer firmware will make this dude love iscsi. Not sending it back, still very useful via NFS and great for ghetto-vcb.

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  • Norm M.
  • 12/17/2012 11:09:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBroke on me today

Pros: Faster than my d-link, hot swappable (maybe never tried it cause it broke on me before I could), software is ok

Cons: Slow on apple TV, not a real iTunes server (it only sees music).
The real killer is that the 3 year warranty is useless. because you can't get it replaced if you don't have an extended phone support, which only lasts 3 months. This thing broke in 4 months. Phone support to get a replacement (online) cost $75. Good thing I hung up on the guy that told me that he had the best deal at $129.99 when I first called. He wouldn't send me to the "expert" until I paid it. In conclusion I paid $75 to get a replacement sent to me. (USED or REFURBISHED) Died after the service warranty expired. What a rip-off. I'm try the synology next time. After I get my replacement, I'm selling this. I can't TRUST it anymore. They lost me as a customer.

Other Thoughts: I don't TRUST Netgear anymore. I though I'd try them. But no more after this.

That's just shady.

Companies just don't get it...word of mouth is huge. If they had not made me pay for support, and just gave me the replacement, I would have told everyone about them and used them at my company.

Netgear, TRUST is important.

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  • Mike L.
  • 10/6/2012 5:05:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: The drive works well with the a pair of 2TB Seagate ST2000DL003 drives purchased together from Newegg. Drives physically installed quickly and easily; the mounting screws were even included. The hardrive and CPU temps stayed within their normal range even during the initial 1TB+ load to the drives. The fan can kick up dust/papers on any shelf it's placed on but the noise isn't excessive. Overall very happy with the physical aspects of this device.

Cons: I didn't notice when purchasing this item that all the other reviewers rated themselves as somewhat high or high in technical knowledge. While I have extensive computer knowledge, it is not in the area of networking. I believe this is the source of my poor initial experience with this Netgear product. I found the product setup and usage very unfriendly for the novice and the instructions from Netgear extremely frustrating. The documentation seems to always tell me to see another section/document for any details. I went through 5 different Netgear "guides" for the product before reverting to Google and alternative sources of troubleshooting. 4 days and several hours of research later it's still not fully configured. I gave up and called one of my network savy friends to finish the job for me.

Other Thoughts: Rating of 5 on the hardware minus 2 for the poor documentation. If you have a tech savy friend, consultant you can hire, or a just want to get some hands on learning with networking , go for it. It's been a rock solid device so far.

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  • Robin B.
  • 3/31/2012 11:33:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Item

Pros: Would definately recommend this product i use it for data back up in several of the companys i do work for

Cons: N/A

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  • Anthony B.
  • 2/7/2012 8:45:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good speed
Loads of features
Easy to use web interface
Runs cool

Cons: Would be nice to see an active directory connector for authentication
No other grievances

Other Thoughts: Great product. Much faster read and write speeds compared to a Dlink device that I've had for a few years. Currently I can sustain 350mbps write to the device, with the limiting factor probably being my switches. Its great having ISCSI, I use this with a few ESXi boxes and am really impressed with how it operates.

Seems to be running some flavour of Debian, very stable device. Its also nice to have the ability to download all the system logs, makes troubleshooting very easy.

The only other thing worth mentioning is that you need to upgrade to the beta firmware in order to get ISCSI to work with esxi 5.0, since vmware did something dumb. I was stuck on this for a while until I stumbled upon a thread in netgears forum.

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  • Laird W.
  • 10/13/2011 7:01:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery quiet. Tons of features

Pros: I got a ReadyNAS because it's the only NAS box that can run the Logitech SqueezeServer music streaming server natively... saving me having to get a whole system or leave one running all the time. If you want to do the same thing get atleast the Ultra 2 like I did as everyone on the Logitech forums says the Duo is too slow. Besides for about $70 over the price of a Duo you get 4x the memory and 5x the processor speed... why wouldn't you. So what's good? Quick and super easy setup, silent operation, can connect a usb printer to your network, backup software included, can connect more drives via usb, supports nfs in addition to more common protocols, can be configured to power down at certain hours, will automatically scrub disks, you can get shell access to the actual system. Unobtrusive size too. For the future if you want to upgrade the size you just have to remove one drive and replace with a bigger one. wait for it to sync and then replace the second... couldn't be easier.

Cons: Make sure you check the hardware compatability list before buying your drives or you won't be supported. I got 2TB Western Digital Caviar Greens since I wanted low power and quiet. These certainly aren't the fastest drives out there but to sync the mirroring took 6hrs.

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  • Andrew F.
  • 9/27/2011 5:08:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice device, decent price

Pros: -plenty of tech-savvy options available (pwr dwn)
-active online community
-heat sensors for monitoring
-compact design
-fast read/write

Cons: -not a straight forward setup (took hours)
-web gui dated

Other Thoughts: I had previously used a Linksys Mediahub. It did the job, but left me feeling disapointed due to speed and some odd behaviour. The ReadyNAS has been a step above, however the initial install and setup was not nearly as simple as it was on the Linksys. The added features and active online community are two huge benefits that make this device more than worth the trouble. Not for the average or below average tech knowledge level though.

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  • Andre D.
  • 7/20/2011 7:47:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Once setup, the NAS is awesome. Fast file transfer for a home device, easy migration to larger drives and from plain disks to RAID 1. UI is ugly but it gets the job done. Lots of useful addons as well.

You can also set it up so that you can SSH into the NAS and basically use it as a Linux box.

Only this doesn't get 5 eggs is the setup.

Cons: Huge pain to get this thing configured. I put an unclean drive into the NAS and the thing wouldn't even boot the web interface. I had to dig around on the net to figure out how to force the device to format the drive.

After getting the web UI up, my 3TB drive showed up as only 700GB. A firmware update and another forced format later I had my full 3TB available and everything works great.

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