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2 out of 5 eggsThe 12 Tasks of Asterix - The Place That Sends You Mad

Pros: (First off, I'm French so sorry for my poor English wherever applies)
-Nice design, small and quiet.
-Easy to plug and play as long as you keep it simple. I mean don't touch anything!
-So far reliable. I have installed 2 of these since over 6 months.

Cons: - Worst ever administration setup pages. The "S" refers to the fact that you have to "dual-admin" this NAS as local and remote access are managed from 2 different admin pages , 1 page local for local stuff and one web based page for the web access. Trust me this is totally broken! Remote file access appear in the local file access page but cannot be edited. Well, sometime they show, sometimes not. That means that is you want to have USER-A have access locally AND from a distance there are "50fiew" different options. I found out too late that the easiest would be to only create a remote user and use the little readycloud app to access your files locally. I am now whipping the whole administration part of the unit and starting from scratch with that in mind. Hope it works fine for more than 2 weeks!
- Non-intuitive admin pages. One that would want to create a user would most likely go in the user/account setup page...well no-no-no! You have to go in the file management tab and press the "share" button ! share will send an invite by e-mail and once that invite sent you cannot delete that user! You can only disable him once he has responded to the invite!
- *** Outdated online instruction manuals *** Before I realized that , I thought I was in Asterix crazy house ! Pretty much every paragraph will refer you to another and so on.
- Disabled link on local admin options that will refer to webadmin page outdated or non-existent options. As an example, you cannot delete remote users! The only button that allows you to do so tells you to go elsewhere to do so! Guess what? that "elsewhere location" does not exist or has to be a white button on white background!
- Non-responsive support on the NETGEAR forum for any issues that concerned my questions or problems. Other user have asked the question but no one seems to answer . The "how do I turn it on" type of question is well answered, thought.
- Nice mail alert option will alert you of any abnormal activity or change on the NAS. It also warns you whenever it updates the antivirus definition...just about 2 NAS... that means I get flooded by NASalerts and tend to just not look at them! But throughout that NASaltert "spamming" there are alerts I would have been happy to know about. Guess what ? Cannot turn the antivirus file update alert off on its own. It's all or nothing.
-I have noticed that file access permissions was reset after last firmware update. Yes, private files suddenly became accessible to all! Sounds crazy doesn't it?

Other Thoughts: Although I do rely on reviews to make my buying choices, I never thought useful to ever even write one down myself. This little unit had me change my mind as most reviews tend to recommend it with only warning that you must have a fair/good level of tech skills in order to set it up. fair/good is definitely inappropriate. I would recommend going to at least 2 or 3 READYNAS seminars before you try touching anything that concerns admin pages.
I have built several small companies networks with remote locations and file servers, yet I never felt that incompetent in front of a computer hardware. Would definitely NEVER RECOMMAND this unit to anyone intending have a minimum of file access and sharing projects. These guys have over engineered this software, giving 1000th of possibilities and where you'll obviously end up wasting time, energy, patience and build a real strong desire of throwing this piece of junk by the window.

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  • Robert C.
  • 7/14/2014 9:39:27 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks great

Pros: Very easy setup and file sharing. Runninng 3 computers on LAN and windows backup to it also. Flawless.

Cons: a little expensive, but not compared to other NAS devices.

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  • Zulma J.
  • 6/17/2014 11:38:19 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsHey You…Get Onto My Cloud!

Pros: Easy to install
Slick design
All-in-one unit
Extra cool features

Cons: None except it is an on-going learning experience and lots to learn on what the ReadyNAS has to offer.

Other Thoughts: I know the modified Rolling Stone reference is sort of a stretch. With all of the digital files we have on our computers, you need a way to keep them safe and accessible. The NETGEAR ReadyNAS 102 is a great tool that will help you do both.

The drives came preinstalled in the ReadyNAS. I wanted to see how they were installed, so I opened the access door and lifted up on the drive enclosure handle and the drive enclosure slide out. Lift up on the lock tab and the drive came right out…no tools needed! I did have a problem with the ReadyNAS when first getting it connected to my network. I use an Airport Extreme with an Ethernet switch. When I connected the ReadyNAS and followed the instructions in the very abbreviated installation guide, I could not get the ReadyNAS to be discovered when connected to the switch. However, when I instead plugged it in into one of the LAN ports on the AirPort Extreme, it was discovered immediately.

During the setup process, you can name your ReadyNAS and set up your ReadyCloud account which will allow you to access your files remotely. The setup process formatted the drives as RAID 1 (1 TB) where the drives will keep a copy of your data on both drives in case one fails. I chose to reformat the drives as RAID 0 where I get 2 TB of storage because I wanted the increased space to store a lot of movies and music and my files.

In the settings, you can enable live virus scanning to keep your data safe. There is also a status window that allows you to see how fast the fan is running and the temperature of the CPU. I thought that was pretty cool.

Here’s how easy it is to load a movie for streaming to your favorite device…from the system tab, click on your ReadyNAS icon to see the folders on your unit. I set up a folder called videos and dropped a movie (drag and drop) onto my browser window and within minutes it was ready. I enabled DLNA and then I went to my PlayStation 3 and found the ReadyNAS listed under video and I was ready to watch my movie! How cool is that! You can download the ReadyDLNA app to your mobile device and watch your movie there also. You follow the same basic steps to set up an iTunes server. You enable iTunes in the System settings, drop the music to want to share and it will appear in iTunes as a connected server.

These features are really neat on your home network, but having access to your files from wherever you are is one of the great features of the ReadyNAS. There are quite a few apps on the App Store (RS Cloud, RN Remote, RCloud) that will allow you to access your files.

As an Apple user, one of the great features built into OS X is Time Machine. There is a video that shows you how easy it is to use the ReadyNAS as your backup drive for Time Machine. You can also set up a photos folder to back up all of your precious digital photos.

There are many helpful, short videos I found on the NETGEAR website or through the hellp button on the web interface. They help to explain some of

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  • anthony m.
  • 9/30/2013 9:57:15 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood NAS Box

Pros: Easy to Install, Nice Web Interface

Cons: Raidr client software a little clunky and un-responsive at times,

Other Thoughts: Great buy. terrific product

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