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NETGEAR ReadyNAS 312 (RN31200-100NAS) Diskless System Network Storage

  • Dual core Intel 2.1GHz processor
  • 2 bays for 8TB maximum capacity (expandable to 28TB w/optional EDA500 chassis)
  • Consolidate,backup and share files across Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android devices

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  • 1/8/2015 9:25:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect for my home use

This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS 312 (RN31200-100NAS) Diskless System Network Storage

Pros: Easy configuration of:
Time Machine backups
Windows backups
iTunes Server
Network shares
TiVo server
Cloud drive replacement services

Unit is compact and energy efficient

Anywhere web-browser access is great


Cons: Fan noise (should be easy to install a quiet fan)

Not immediately obvious how to set up server-initiated backups of Windows machines with Microsoft, rather than local, profiles

Other Thoughts: I'm a home user who has used various light-weight server solutions over the years, including a HP network share appliance, a Windows Home Server (first generation of the OS) and, most recently, just another Windows 8 Pro box with a low-power Core i3 processor to fill my most important needs (backups, media share and remote access). I use a USB drive attached to an Airport Extreme router for Time Machine backups of my wife's Macbook Pro.

Recently, I had the chance to get this ReadyNAS evaluation unit at no cost from Netgear and my hope was that it could replace my Windows 8 "home server" box. Although I still need to figure out a few things, it appears that not only will it replace my server, but will add some other functionality I've been missing.

I'm not an IT guy and don't have any technical training, but I like to mess around with this stuff and can usually learn things on my own. I received the ReadyNAS with two 1TB HDs already installed. Upon unboxing, I immediately took those out and installed two 4TB Seagate drives (from the approved list on Netgear's website). Removing the old drives and installing the new ones was simple to do without consulting any documentation and didn't require any tools. It took the unit a little while to boot up with the new drives, but that was expected. Establishing the initial connection with the unit via the web was very easy and it immediately updated itself to a version 6+ of the OS, which didn't take very long.

Once I set up my account, I was easily able to name the unit and configure it just by poking around the various tabs in the browser page--configuration is for the most part self-evident if you are setting it up for simple home use, like me. I was able to select the RAID configuration I wanted, set up users and shares, set up a Time Machine partition and even set up a TiVo server. Before receiving the unit, I didn't know I would be able to do those last two, which got me pretty excited. I've redirected my Wife's Macbook to backup to the ReadyNAS and now I don't need a separate HD hanging off my router.

The TiVo server would have been enough by itself for me to get a ReadyNAS. We're a family of 6 and we have a single TiVo with storage. Now, we can transfer shows easily and automatically to the ReadyNAS and free up space on the TiVo itself. To access TiVo content on the server, you just have to scroll down to it as a device at the bottom of the "My Shows" menu from any TiVo attached to the home network. I can't tell any difference in quality between streaming from a TiVo and streaming from the ReadyNAS.

All-in-all, this unit is perfect for me. Now that the holidays have passed, I hope to spend a little more time with it so that I can finish the transition from my existing home server, Time Machine drive and cloud service accounts. Highly recommended.

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  • Bernard D.
  • 11/6/2014 7:54:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery nice NAS

This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS 312 (RN31200-100NAS) Diskless System Network Storage

Pros: This is a very nice machine. I bought it initially to test an application called Egnyte, which can be installed on this machine.

Rapidly, this little machine became our company's NAS, and with 10 users+, this is really a great NAS.

It does take some "getting used to", the interfaces are a bit confusing, sometimes.

I would have given it 5/5 if it weren't for the Netgear Websites that really need to be organized and streamlined. The web sites seem like unfinished products...

Other than that, the device it great. Solid hardware, nice performance, nice backup features and replication.

And we're using it with Bittorrent Sync, and it really works like a charm! We're able to synchonize files/folders on our laptops and they synchronize with the server when we're connected.

Oh, and I tried the TimeMachine feature, and it works very well.

And I also tried the iSCSI features on it with a demo Windows 7 machine, and it really works well too. So if you want a NAS with iSCSI features and performance (it does have 2 NICs, so you can have 2 subnets for performance), this is really a great choice.

Cons: On the minus side, I did see some performance drop when the anti-virus feature is enabled. So I turned it off and all works well.

Also, I found a glitch if I used the system sleep feature (on wakeup, the NICs did not seem to wake properly and I lost network connectivity). So I deactivated the sleep feature and all is well.

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  • Ronald S.
  • 4/5/2014 8:43:49 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Value and Performance

This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS 312 (RN31200-100NAS) Diskless System Network Storage

Pros: -quiet
-hyper threaded Intel CPU yielding 4 virtual cores
-revamped, excellent user interface and built in java based web monitoring and config

Cons: only 2 bays. but you get what you pay for. found this to be best value versus 4 bay units. If I really need to, can upgrade with 5 bay expansion chassis in future (sold separately)

Other Thoughts: This unit streams 2 1080p DTX/Dolby Digital movies to two different televisions via N wifi with zero lag or stuttering. Backups for serious work are easy to setup and monitor. Enterprise grade backup that sits on a desk or in a closet. I actually bought two; so I have full redunancy possible at SOHO level.

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  • James R.
  • 12/6/2013 7:57:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner


This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS 312 (RN31200-100NAS) Diskless System Network Storage

Pros: Easy setup, literally took five minutes to install drives and connect the ReadyNas to the network, etc. Afterward, I formatted two 2TB disks, created shares, pointed several PCs to the shares and was able to backup in about an hour.
Very small footprint and whisper quiet, you have to strain to hear it.

Cons: FTP is a protocol not an option, if the product does FTP then that is what it does. If Ihave a POE camera and I want to FTP to a share on the ReadyNas then I shouldn't need an app of any sort. I had to contact NetGear to get a list of cameras that the ReadyNas doesn't play well with, there are several. I did several hours of research on which NAS device to purchase, this information was not on the NetGear site. I consider that manipulation of the facts (capablility of the device). Or as my ten year old child said, "That's like lying."
There was supposed to be backup software on the CD in the box. I had to call NetGear to find out how to get this as well. Once again, it appeared they were not wanting to tell the consumer about the software that is free to them. Perhaps that is because it is a third party product?

Other Thoughts: There is another NAS maker that doesn't have the play well with others problems. I opted to not purchase this vendor's product because of the price savings to my customer. That will not happen again. I will not return this because it will cost me money to reinstall another. If it had been a personal choice this unit would be back on a shelf at NewEgg.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Prisoner,

While we're glad that the ReadyNAS was easy to set up for you, and it seems to be working well overall (and quiet!) we are concerned about the issues you had with the included software as well as the issues with your cameras. If you like, you can get in touch with us at so we can assist directly if you have any further questions. Make sure to include the case numbers you were given by support so we can investigate that as well.

Thanks again for choosing NETGEAR and we apologize for the difficulties you have had so far.



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  • Tobin E.
  • 10/14/2013 2:59:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSolid Build - Iffy Functionality

This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS 312 (RN31200-100NAS) Diskless System Network Storage

Pros: I love the form factor and build quality. Small steel box with easy to install drive bays. The web based management is relatively easy to use. Quiet.

Cons: Documentation is Poor! Tech support is easy to reach, but not well versed on the product. Had several frustrating issues right out of the box. Still have several open cases to do with advertised functionality. Seems like advertised add-on and built in applications sometimes don't get along well together. It was even suggested by L3 support that the built in Antivirus and Snapshot functions should not be run together. I still have not gotten the Genie app marketplace to work properly.

Other Thoughts: I can't say what I would recommend over this box, but this box has been a real time waster over the past couple of weeks trying to get it's advertised features to work.

Manufacturer Response:

Hi Easty,

Thanks for your honest review. Our engineers would like to follow up with you on some of the concerns you had. Please get in touch with us directly at and we'll be happy to help further.



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5 out of 5 eggsReview Update -- some tips and addtl info

This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS 312 (RN31200-100NAS) Diskless System Network Storage

Pros: Just adding some 1 month updates to my initial review.

(1) Power: Measured power consumption 22w idle, 27w write. (using the 2x1TB toshiba x-raid. Drives do not spin down.

(2) Fan: Cycles all day (temperature slowly rises for 60 minutes, then fan kicks into high, drops temp until fan slows back, then repeat).

(3) iTunes Server: Uses forked-daapd/firefly. This means it does support remote app (ios) pairing so you can send music to any Airplay device, including apple TV.

Cons: I don't think the power consumption is a con, but wanted to share it. While it would be nice to allow the device to spin down the drives, it is not critical, and most users may not want that. Extreme power savers can use the scheduling app to turn off the device every night or only turn it on once a week to run backups, or use it on demand leveraging WOL.

The fan, though, confuses me a bit. I can never feel any heat to speak of coming out of the fan, but it still speeds up every hour or so. This tells me the cooling has some issues - my guess is the fan mainly cools the drives, but the chipset is getting hot, and the fan doesn't do such a good job cooling that. Its a nit, I know, but it bugs me a bit. Maybe Netgear could look into it. Maybe the letting the chipset get hot is ok, and things could be programmed differently. Mechanical engineers vs software guys.

Finally, the iTunes server. Good news! even though Netgear doesn't advertise it, you can absolutely pair the server with the ios Remote app. Once you do this, you can send music from your readyNAS directly to your airplay devices (airport express, apple tv, etc) using your iphone or ipad as the control. Simply follow the pairing directions from for forked-daapd/firefly. This consists of putting a simple text file in your music directory that has your ipad name and pairing code in it, with a file extension of .remote. The pairing code comes from the ipad remote app directly. Here's a clip from the firefly release notes, which worked for me:

Using Remote

If you plan to use Remote with forked-daapd, read the following sections

Pairing with Remote on iPod/iPhone

forked-daapd can be paired with Apple's Remote application for iPod/iPhone;
this is how the pairing process works:
- start forked-daapd
- start Remote, go to Choose Library, Add Library
- prepare a text file with a filename ending with .remote; the filename
doesn't matter, only the .remote ending does. This file must contain
two lines: the first line is the name of your iPod/iPhone, the second
is the 4-digit pairing code displayed by Remote.

If your iPod/iPhone is named "Foobar" and Remote gives you the pairing
code 5387, the file content will be:


- move this file somewhere in your library

At this point, you should be done with the pairing process and Remote should
display the name of your forked-daapd library. You can delete the .remote file
once the pairing process is done.

If Remote doesn't display the name of your forked-daapd library at this point,
the pairing process failed.

This will usually be because the .remote file did not contain the correct name
or pairing code. Start over the pairing process and try again.

Other Thoughts: Still really liking this NAS. I think Netgear hit it out of the park this time. I hope the user base grows and lots of developers participate in the app marketplace.

Thanks for reading the update.

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4 out of 5 eggsWoth a Look

This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS 312 (RN31200-100NAS) Diskless System Network Storage

Pros: This device impressed me right out of the box. The rig is built very well. Feels very solid and doesn’t rattle one bit. After plugging in and powering up, the fan makes a bit of noise when it’s on but the drives are dead silent. The unit I received came with 2x1TB Toshiba HDD’s. The box is also pretty sturdy and everything can easily be put back in if you every want to transport it. Setting it up was very fast and easy, save for the fact that I had to do a factory reset of the drives first.

Now to the important part: OS 6.0. The OS is very clean and easy to use. There are plenty of options but it’s organized well so it’s not confusing or overwhelming even to someone who is new to NAS. There are some handy standard features like ReadyCloud, real time anti-virus, snapshots, and 1 click installation of many apps one may use. For those who are on the Apple Ecosystem, there is an iTunes Server plugin. There is also the Genie App market place where you can search through an endless number of apps. All the apps are easy to install and include well-known names like Logitech, Plex and DropBox.

I also like how easy it is to save files through the browser based interface. You can simply drag and drop files in and out. No needing to click browse my computer and navigate to files you are already staring at on the file explorer. You can’t drag and drop out though.

My main use is as a media server and I have always used XBMC. Setting it up couldn’t have been simpler. XBMC had no problem seeing the ReadyNAS which actually set up the port forwarding on my router for me.

Performance wise I was impressed. The standard setup is for the two drives to be in RAID 1 giving it 1TB of storage backed up. While copying my media files to it I got between 100MB/s to 110MB/s and you can’t ask for much more out of a HDD. I streamed movies to 3 devices at once and it was smooth playback.

Designed to work with Windows, OS X and Linux

While most people are probably looking at this for a home media server, this is also for a small business. It’s very easy to set up, give good performance and is an affordable way to share and back up files between many users and several locations.

Nice system status tab that also lets you set up alerts

Cons: Main con I for me is the physical interface on the drive bay. Only buttons are the power button and backup button. For output you have the power button led, two disk led’s and an activity led. I would much prefer an interface with a small readout and basic navigation buttons like what is found on the larger ReadyNAS units.

It would be nice if the drives were Western Digital but you can always opt to buy it with no drives and purchase what you like separately.

The price is steeper than the competition.

I don’t use have Apple products or use their services so I can’t directly comment on the experience of the iTunes Server but it is clear from other reviews that it has some key sharing limitations.

The manual is very limited which is a common flaw in Netgear products. (netgear support is responsive though)

CD is useless

Other Thoughts: Even though the manual is limited Netgear has some How To videos on it’s website and I would suggest checking those out to get a better sense of the interface.

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  • 5/14/2013 7:52:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNewest effort from Netgear - So Far So Good

This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS 312 (RN31200-100NAS) Diskless System Network Storage

Pros: Easy to setup. Have had it running for ~month now and it's been nothing but excellent. The new 6.0 OS is wonderful to use and lightyears ahead of what they had before. Getting ~90 MB/s write and ~100 MB/s read using Western Digital's 2TB Red drives. Overall, the experience has been very pleasant.

Cons: My unit actually needed a factory reset before I could do anything with it. That took ~10 minutes, so not worth knocking off an egg.

Other Thoughts: Had a brief issue getting Active Directory setup, but Netgear support was flawless and helped me correct my rather embarrassing mistake quickly and without issue. Other than that, everything else was easy as cake to get setup.

The plethora of features introduced with these new units should be reason enough to seriously consider them. Compared to competitor's offerings for 2-bay NAS enclosures, I can safely say I would always recommend this new 312 from Netgear.

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