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NETGEAR ReadyNAS 312 2-Bay 2TB (2 x 1TB) Network Attached Storage (RN31221D)

  • 2.1 GHz dual-core processor and 2GB on-board memory
  • 2 bays
  • 2TB Storage
  • 5 levels of data protection
  • Built-in anti-virus, encryption, and bitrot protection
  • Automatic RAID protection against disk failure

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3 out of 5 eggsJack of all trades, Master of ...?

This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS 312 2-Bay 2TB (2 x 1TB) Network Attached Storage (RN31221D)

Pros: * Tons of options and built-in functionality.
* Ability to run it in RAID-0 or RAID-1
* Multiple avenues for support, including active forums
* Sleep/Wake timers
* Integration and/or function with other services such as PLEX, WebDev apps (e.g. WordPress, Joomla, Drupal), MySQL, PHP, MediaWiki, SABnzbd, various torrent clients, etc
* Seems to have a pretty solid, growing list of apps (as long as "Poussain" continues to develop for it)
* External connections for eSATA and USB3 devices
* Dual gigbit NICs
* As a simple attached network device, it's fairly straight forward to get setup with a relatively intuitive interface...AS LONG AS YOU ALREADY KNOW ABOUT NETWORK PROTOCOLS, OR YOU READ THE MANUAL (ON PDF).
* Netgear seems to be on top of constantly updating the firmware to resolve issues as they are noted.

Cons: * The built-in DropBox-like functionality called ReadyCloud forces you to split administration functions between the local client and the web client
* Online documentation doesn't exactly keep up with the changes in firmware revisions
* The web certificate would never properly recognize in neither FireFox nor IE. That's rather annoying.
* The webclient never did automatically discover the NAS on my network. I tried both IE and FF, and also tried it with static and DHCP addressing. I had to use the included RAIDar utility to initially see the NAS. Even after it was functioning, the Discovery section still never noticed it.

I chose to focus more on the home enthusiast features of the ReadyNAS because I don't maintain a fully utilized AD environment at home. (AD admins know that integrating anything into AD for the first time is a time consuming process when done correctly and with proper securities in place.) Also, NewEgg caters more to the home enthusiast and not so much as a VAR for businesses. I didn't spend too much time tinkering with the simple NAS function because for all intents and purposes, this device is nothing more than a standalone PC in that capacity- You get it on the network, share its resources, "Done".
What attracted me most about this NAS was the ability to set it up as a personal/private Dropbox-like device. I was looking forward to being able to easily share data privately with people on the outside. Unfortunately, using the built-in functionality of ReadyCloud, this proved to be very cumbersome and ultimately not worth it for myself nor my people on the outside. Much of the confusion(?) stems from having to maintain administrator functions from two locations- One from the local client and the other from the ReadyCloud web client. Adding to that annoyance is that when you want to add files or make certain modifications, it forces you to be in one section or the other depending on the task. As the admin, I can understand that there will be limitations if I'm connecting via the ReadyCloud service, but to force me to go out to ReadyCloud when I'm on the local LAN is annoying and serves to make it more confusing, trying to keep track of what gets created/modified and where. I'm sure over time it sinks in, but it seems more difficult than it should be.
It also supports Drag & Drop of folders & files into the web window, but the "folders" part of that never worked. Individual files D&D'ed just fine, but it would fail if I tried to D&D a folder (size or content was irrelevant).

Just to make sure my results were consistent, I had multiple people double-check my work and I even performed a factory reset and started over just in case I missed something.

Other Thoughts: It's pretty much impossible to review all facets of the ReadyNAS 312 in two weeks time unless it's your fulltime job (which is probably not the case for most of us Eggxpert Reviewers). On a device like this, there's just too much to explore and test. Much of it can only be effectively tested in an environment similar to a medium size business. Other parts are more for the enthusiast home-user. And I suspect that anyone who purchases one will not be toting it between work and home on a regular basis. Which brings me to the title of this review.
When I take into consideration everything that the ReadyNAS is supposed to do, either with its built-in apps or growing list of add-ons, it seems very schizophrenic. Is it geared towards the home enthusiast willing to pay quite a few bucks more for a feature-rich home media server / NAS? Or is it geared towards the medium size business that needs all the tie-ins with Windows Active Directory and/or the Macintosh? Maybe it wants to be both- a jack of all trades. But has it mastered any of them? I'm not so sure at the time of this writing.
That being said, before purchasing this or a similar unit, do your research. What have other reviewers said? (I don't suggest putting too much stock in reviews that simply regurgitate what's on the box or what's readily seen in advertisements for the product.) Do they review the unit in the same context as your expectations? E.g., if the review focuses on the ability to function with iTunes and TimeMachine on the Mac platform, but you're more looking to use it as a webserver and FTP server with ties into Active Directory, then possibly that review shouldn't carry as much weight in your decision making process. Same applies to this review! If your expected needs or planned use isn't the same as what I was testing, then my complaints shouldn't carry as much weight.
You've seen other reviewers here that have given it a 5-egg rating and for them it's absolutely correct. I'm giving this unit a 3-egg review based soley on my experience. Keep in mind that's not "bad"; It's "Average". It simply didn't achieve Perfect 10's across all of the criteria I was checking. However, I feel confident that Netgear will continue to address many issues with consistent firmware updates.
Like any review, we base it on what we have in front of us and not "what it could be with additional updates". For the home enthusiast, I think the price is a bit steep considering what can be done with a stripped down unit and readily available free software. I think the home enthusiast is going to have to justify this high cost of entry based upon available support and available apps, compared to a business that can write this off as a small expense within the total operating budget.

Firmware: 6.1.1

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5 out of 5 eggsExcellent with great support

This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS 312 2-Bay 2TB (2 x 1TB) Network Attached Storage (RN31221D)

Pros: Linux based. On average most file transfers will be faster than that of windows based solutions. This thing in RAID 0 was faster at transferring smaller files than my 5 drive RAID 5 WHS 2011 with a dual gigabit intel card (custom built), averaging 50-60 MB/s for picture and mp3 transfers. And that’s just ONE of many linux benefits here!
Dual gigabit Ethernet and 2 USB 3.0 ports. Dual gigabit is a must for transferring multiple files across 3-4 high speed devices (internal drives, usb3 drives, esata, etc). Easy to set up SLA (called round robin) for increased throughput.
One touch backup and automated backup to backup what you want, how you want and when you want.
WOL functionality worked perfectly. Also has a power timer feature to turn itself on and off based on when you want it on or off – perfect for having the device on when you are normally home and off for when you sleep.
Small compact size and the led’s on the front aren’t overly bright. Includes a cat5e cable.
Free antivirus.
Netgear support was very helpful with me resolving various issues I had – and they only needed one week to update the firmware to fix every issue I had reported with the device! (see other thoughts for more on this)
Supports almost every protocol that I can think of, this can be used across every platform.
AD support. LUN’s or shared folders for sharing. Once set up for your desired use it should be maintenance free.

Cons: I did have issues with the 6.0.8 firmware, but those have been resolved with the 6.1.1 firmware.

Other Thoughts: The speed with which Netgear support responded to my issues shows the dedication they have to this product. The certificate issue (bug) that other reviewers may mention or may have already mentioned is now resolved, along with a few bugs I found with external drives. Getting a firmware fix within such a short time (1 week) is outstanding. If you purchase this or any other ReadyNAS device, trust that Netgear will support the product and fix any issues that you encounter in a timely fashion (should you even encounter any issue).

For my own personal use, I would have got the 4 bay diskless model (I have plenty of hard drives) so that I could use a RAID 5 or 6 and fully saturate the dual gigabit lines as I do a ton of large file transferring/sharing between 5 pc's (the 2 bay version can't/won't replace my WHS for that purpose). But even with just 2 drive bays this will still make a great media streaming device!

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5 out of 5 eggsMore than just a NAS!

This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS 312 2-Bay 2TB (2 x 1TB) Network Attached Storage (RN31221D)

Pros: This product is probably one of the best I have had the opportunity of reviewing. I have had this for about 2 weeks thus far and it has impressed me every step of the way. Let’s start with it coming out of the box. The unit I received came with the NAS Case, 2 x 1 TB Toshiba Hard Drives, the necessary cables (Power/Ethernet), and a little instruction booklet (as well as some tips from Netgear on how to use the device). Setup was super smooth as I had no issues getting it added to my network and configuring everything through Netgear’s online setup. The new OS 6.0 is very clean looking and I could pretty much understand all the basic functions I could do from the device from simply looking at it. For the more advanced features, I went to Netgear’s website and watched a couple of videos on expanding what my device could do beyond being just a network attached storage device.

For some of the standard services already ready to be enabled on the device, the ones that are my favorites are: ITunes Server, ReadyCloud, Snapshots, Anti-Virus Protection and the Cloud-managed Replication. The ITunes Server plug-in is great as it helps me manage all of my Music/Videos from ITunes and keeps them on the NAS instead of taking precious space from my computers. ReadyCloud is neat as it allows sharing from anywhere and anytime between computers and what is on your NAS. Snapshots is a cool technology as it allows you to see backed up files over different periods in time, basically to where you can go back to any date and see what change was made to what file on that date. Anti-Virus is a great plug-in as it keeps the NAS running smoothly and alerts you to any viruses you might accidentally load to it. The Cloud-Managed Replication is great for multi-location management for businesses to replicate all data from each NAS that is stationed in each location to one central NAS for better protection and sharing. These are just a few of the pre-configured functions the device is capable of doing.

The best thing about this device is the new genie app marketplace. There are so many apps you can install on your NAS to help you with a variety of tasks you might be needing help with. I downloaded the Plex Media Server on my NAS as I have 2 Samsung Smart TV’s that can connect to my NAS and use their own Plex apps to manage/play my media I have stored on the device. There were other apps that I have not gotten a chance to use yet like: An FTP Server, PHPMyAdmin, DropBox and more.

There are more great features I would love to touch on, but I do not want this to be the wall of text review…so heading on to the cons.

Cons: Design wise, there weren’t many cons I could find with the device itself other than the fact the LED lights are a bit bright. (So you do not want this in your bedroom unless you do not wish to sleep)

Software/Add-in wise, there are a few gripes. ITunes, though in my pros section, is not a full version that your Apple TV’s can pick up to stream videos off of in your home (unless one of your computers is on that is connected to your NAS with its own ITunes software on). This was a little disappointing as I was looking for a NAS that could do this, but Plex media server takes care of most of my needs for streaming to my televisions.

The instructions for the device itself were a bit lackluster. I was looking for more in the way of what I can actually achieve with the device within the instructions themselves, but was disappointed. Luckily, the videos online showed me most of what I could achieve.

When setting up the device the only minor thing I noticed was the security certificate was broken and my web browser thought it was unsafe.

My only other gripe about the device is actually the hard drives that came with it. Being Toshiba drives scare me quite a bit because almost every device that I have purchased that was either Toshiba itself or another company with Toshiba elements in it has failed me. I am a little leery on how long these drives will actually survive. I wish they were Seagate or Western Digital drives.

Other Thoughts: This is a great NAS for any computer user looking to expand from the normal store and access files from a device. This device offers so many different applications and plug-ins to offer users from the new to the experienced scales great productivity. I will continue to use this device and find out what more I can accomplish from it.

This device is a tad bit expensive, but is worth it when seeing all of the tasks this device can accomplish. It works across a variety of platforms from Windows/Mac/Linux systems to the mobile iOS and Android systems.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat NAS with a small learning curve

This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS 312 2-Bay 2TB (2 x 1TB) Network Attached Storage (RN31221D)

Pros: First off let me just say that this has been my first dedicated NAS. Up to this point my home server and storage needs (mainly backup, some streaming) has been served by an old build with a couple hard drives in it with RAID and shared over the network. Having said that, this Netgear unit is a huge step up mainly for its ease of use and features. I was unacquainted with a lot of the features but it was configured more or less ready to use out of the box- just pop in some hard drives, set up network passwords and you’re good to go with the default settings. The more advanced options also give power users more flexibility later on, but I found that default offline (the unit is also equipped with cloud capabilities) settings were good enough for me.

The main plus of the system is its upgrade-ability. By default it sets up the drives in an X-RAID 2 array. Basically since its 2 drives, if you need to upgrade or replace a drive, you can, as others have stated, hot swap it out and then wait for data to be copied over to the new drive. Then swap the other drive and you’re good to go. Everything is all very automated with X-RAID and it really makes configuration a snap.

Although I don’t see myself using the cloud features often, another big selling point of the unit is its integration with apps that you can download for more advanced uses (Wordpress and Bittorrent apps are the ones that occur to me to be immediately useful to many, while there also exist lots of apps for more advanced or small business users for data management as others have mentioned). Its nice being able to access the device remotely when set up with an account, and there are many useful options for securing the drive as well.

Finally, the unit itself is quite compact and quiet even with active cooling. It never gets too hot thanks to the simplicity of the unit, isn’t loud at all, and definitely beats having a microATX tower stuck in the closet as a fileserver.

Cons: As of now I’m still getting to know the drive. There aren’t any major major flaws to speak of though, and as I’ve continued to learn about the features the unit just becomes nicer and nicer. The only thing I would say (and this is a really small thing really) is that it does take a while if you’re new to NAS to learn all the advanced features- but really if you’re on Newegg and reading this you’re probably a tinkerer like me and love this sort of thing.

Other Thoughts: In summary this is a great little unit to use as a home storage solution. With the apps and other features I can also see it being useful for a small business. Maybe not a medium one though, I would imagine you would want a proper small server in that case rather than just a NAS. All in all a great solution for backup and streaming files and data.

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5 out of 5 eggsWatch out Synology

This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS 312 2-Bay 2TB (2 x 1TB) Network Attached Storage (RN31221D)

Pros: Very easy to setup, defaults are what most users would want at home/smb. Also configurable for advanced environments, notably Active Directory integration, synchronization (rsync).

This machine is positioned as a SMB NAS, with a step up in horsepower (dual atom). The ability to run applications gives it a home server enthusiast target as well.

Built in “services”: File version protection “snapshots” (4 days by default) in case some files are accidentally deleted or corrupted by users. Windows Share (SAMBA) – on your windows computer, map a “z” drive everyone on your network can use, or make an “x” drive for your personal storage space. FTP: have an FTP server on your network. Also included out of the box are UPnP, HTTP(s), SNMP, DLNA, Rsysnc, AFP, NFS, antivirus, and iTunes library.

In addition to that, the ReadyNAS has the ability to add additional applications from the “genie” marketplace. Application choices are a bit limited at the moment, but some interesting ones are Plex, wordpress, and several bittorrent apps.

For file storage, the default setup is Xraid2, a system that takes a lot of the configuration mystery out of various raid options. Essentially, it’s an automatic provisioning file system that allows you to mix harddrives and upgrade on the fly. Even with just 2 drive bays, this will make life easier when it’s time to increase capacity. Just replace one of the drives with a bigger drive, wait for the data redundancy operations to complete, then replace the other drive with a matching bigger drive.

There are USB 3 ports on the back allowing you to add additional storage, however this storage will not be incorporated into the xRaid pool. That makes it a quick and easy way to add extra storage that doesn’t required redundancy, such as Ghost images, or Operating installer disk images, etc, and still have it available by SMB.

Cons: Can a NAS be all things to all people? If I were to use this in a SMB environment, I would focus on file sharing/libraries and desktop backup, and take advantage of Active Directory integration. Cloud features, DLNA, itunes, etc I would deliberately avoid (and turn off) – to keep from complicating the business environment needlessly. Using it in a SOHO environment, I will use more of the features, many of which could be interpreted as family server features, with a robustness for the paranoid.

Dual NIC: While a nice feature, it only has its best use if you have a managed gigabit switch, and can bond ports, which is unlikely in the home (or even many smb environments.). There are some teaming modes for the NIC’s that don’t required switch capabilities, but they don’t buy you very much. I did notice that the behavior differs between the two NIC ports if you are only using one. If you prefer to enable WOL or have the system automatically reboot after a power failure you use the bottom RJ45. If you want the system to stay off after a power failure, use the top RJ45.

I want to reiterate a common gripe with these home NAS fileservers. They brag about having iTunes, but all only give a subset of the features the typical Steve Job’s equipped home might want. This leads to lots of confusion on various forums. The iTunes server seems only to support a network shared library. That means when you are running iTunes on your computer, you can see and play the media on the NAS. This is not “home sharing” which allows more functionality (including ipads, ipods, and apple tv’s). It is also not a full iTunes system capable of being remote controlled and streaming directly to Airplay devices. It would be nice if I could leave my computer off and use the “remote” app to have the NAS stream music directly to my airplay devices. Even the vaunted Synology doesn't do that. Perhaps an app will appear in the marketplace.

The device is accessible by SSH, giving the linux hacker a way to modify the system directly in any number of exciting ways. Netgear is clear that they reserve the right to deny support to folks who dive into the command line. Fair enough.

Other Thoughts: I’m still getting to know this NAS, and I’ll update this review after some more time. I very much like that the operating system is ready to go from the unboxing. I guess that was the idea behind the “readyNAS” branding. Once past the initial setup, the flexibility of the system is a little intimidating, and attempts to make that flexibility easy to use in the OS sometimes confuse this tech nerd. That said, if you stick to turning on one feature at a time, and get used to it before moving on, you should be in good shape. The OS and Hardware manuals seem to be pretty complete, but there is a lot to take in.

Someone who is data security conscious (as the target user of this device) may also be access security conscious. I would also suggest some more clarity around the security of the cloud services. Without more detail of how the security of the cloud services is ensured, I might just turn them off.

So far this has been rock solid. While Synology software may still be a bit ahead, netgear's OS is coming up fast. I very much like the idea of an app marketplace for the enthusiast crowd, as well as that you can ignore this marketplace and focus on the real business features in a SMB environment.

I think in the small business environment, these NAS devices really are much easier to set up and support over time than that big windows server with all SCSI drives in it. You could buy one of these for each of your branch offices and for short money, not only have fast, resilient, local file sharing, but also always up to date offsite backup. The cost and performance of current cloud-based options can’t yet compete with local hardware like ReadyNAS, although someday it may.

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5 out of 5 eggsWOW!

This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS 312 2-Bay 2TB (2 x 1TB) Network Attached Storage (RN31221D)

Pros: Overview:
Where do I start? First of all, it is very easy to use. The web interface is very feature rich and cleanly set up. It abides to all of the basic protocols: SMB (Windows), AFP (Mac), NFS (Linux), FTP, iTunes, Rsync, HTTP, HTTPS, SNMP, and SSH. When you first log in, it prompts you for basic setup options like changing the admin password. I will go over the main tabs of the interface in other sections in this review.

System tab:
This section shows how much space you are using, what hard drives are installed, the temperature and fan status, and gives you graphs of hard drive read/write, temperature, and utilization. It even lets you set up email alerts for things like disk and system status.

User accounts:
You can set up user accounts easily with the web interface. They can even store an email address for each user. The web interface also allows you to setup use groups.

Share folder tab:
The shares section is very easy to use. It lets you create, modify, or delete shared folders and LUNs. (Luns are iSCSI stuff that I don't understand.) The folder options are quite amazing. For each folder, you can set frequency of snapshots, compression (on/off), set Linux permissions security (owner user, owner group, and read/write access of it. There is also a tab to let you set the protocols the folder is accessible by (SMB, AFP, NFS, FTP, Rsync, HTTP) and lets you set who can access the folder for each protocol individually (by user or group).

There are several apps you can install like Subversion, Apache, MySQL Server, PHP, Python, Wordpress, Plex Media Server, ReadySurvaillance, and some more.

It is a very compact device, not bigger than it needs to be. The hard drives are easy to take in and out and you can even lock them into place. It has 2 network card built in. Even under a high load, the CPU temp only rose to 55 degrees C. Although, idle temp is still around 50C.

Tech support:
I was having some unconventional problems with my firewall and FTP over SSL (FTPS) so I live chatted with Netgear's tech support. It was the most pleasant tech support experience I ever had! The guy I chatted with couldn't find a common answer, his co-workers couldn't figure it out, and the support pages didn't help. However, he stuck with me for over an hour and eventually he found a web page that helped me find the solution. After that, he even answered several other questions I had about the software on the device and things like VPNs. He was very knowledgeable about networking and ReadyNAS. I never expected tech support to be so kind and helpful.

-Linux based
-Many protocols available
-Ease of use
-Feature rich web interface
-Netgear's tech support
-Easy user account control
-Individual folder access controls/options
-Common apps available

Cons: Overview:
Like all devices, there are always at least a few cons. The first is that there is no shared folder size limit that you can set (unlike LUNs). Another thing is it would be nice to be able to access the user's home directories and set the protocols, snapshot options, and so on. Because of that problem, I found the user's home directory to be pretty useless. Another con is that the web interface always says it is an untrusted HTTPS site (at least on Google Chrome). Another con is it used 3 days of my life. About one day was for playing with the built in ReadyNAS uptions, the other 2 were for FTP and SFTP (Linux side). Most people probably would use the Ready suite and not worry about all of that SFTP stuff in the first place.

The CD is pretty useless. All it does is helps you find the NAS on your local network. The management option just takes you to the web interface.

This is what used so much of my time. The SSH and SFTP are only available for the root user. You cannot set folder's SFTP options. I couldn't get FTPS to work so that is why I needed SFTP. Unfortunately, that is where the Linux part comes in. I wrote more about it in the other thoughts section.

-No share folder size limit (only available for LUNs)
-No control over user's home folders
-No SFTP for folders
-CD is fairly useless
-Broken HTTPS certificate
-Very bright, blue power light
-Used 3 days of my life

Other Thoughts: Background on this review (Read this first):
Normally I write out a list of pros and cons as I test items so I have everything for the review when I write it but this time there is so much to write about, I gave up my list. I am very excited to review this product. I have a lot to write but I will try to just bring out the main points and not run into my 3,000 character limit per section. This review also goes into the Linux OS it runs on.

Ready suite:
I did not use the Ready utilities much but for standard users, I think they could be good options. Most of them involve you creating an online account on the Netgear website to access your files, just in different ways. They are basically to allow you to access your files from anywhere.

Linux setup:
Like I stated in the cons section, the ReadyNAS is not made to work with SFTP, therefore I needed to go into the Linux command prompt and set it up. I already run a Linux server but I decided to make all of the user backups go to the ReadyNAS instead because of the large hard drives, built in RAID, and the manageability through the web interface. I setup a share folder using the web interface and I made all of the backups go there in the OpenSSH config file. Basically, I setup the Linux base to save the backups to a folder that I can manage through the built in web interface. The folders you create in the web interface are under the /data directory.

Overall, for anyone from the advanced Linux user down to the basic user who just wants to backup their computer files. It is very feature rich and has a very well organized web interface. It comes with very easy to use software like the Ready suite but also lets you log into the underlying Linux OS for the advanced users who want more control. At first I did not think it was going to be too useful but now I am very impressed with the ReadyNAS.

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3 out of 5 eggsOkay when it works

This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS 312 2-Bay 2TB (2 x 1TB) Network Attached Storage (RN31221D)

Pros: I opened the box and was pleasantly surprised by this units small size, it easily fits in my "tech closet" where i hold all my routers and switches, power usage is low too. the drives included with this are 2 toshiba drives set up in raid 1 for backup, so you will only get 1tb of space. and netgear offers a great warranty with this, 90 day phone support, and 5 year hardware, which is great in case a drive fails. however the unit received from netgear as a review item arrived DOA. i will continue this in the next section

Cons: Okay, so it was DOA when i received it, and i went to netgears technical chat to talk to someone to see if there was anything i could do, however the person on the chat was very un-helpful and i got irritated with his incompetence within minutes, so i terminated the chat, and called their 1-800 number for business support as this is a business level product. and i was amazed at the helpfulness, this person knew exactly what was going on, and he sent me a new one out asap, when the new one arrived i had to do a factory reset on it in order to get it to work, and after some searching i noticed im not the only one who had this issue, this needs to be addressed by netgear.

Other Thoughts: all in all this is a solid product, with some minor flaws that need to be addressed by netgear, I do suggest this product, but be warned you will have to probably do a factory reset to get it to work

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