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Rating: 4/5Expansion for Netgear NAS 300-500 Series
This review is from: NETGEAR EDA500-100NAS Diskless System Desktop Expansion Chassis
Pros: Expands 300 and 500 series Netgear NAS
Gives 5 total bays of expansion
Holds up to 4tb drives currently for 20tb of expansion
I have the Netgear 314 as my primary NAS. This plugs in to the SATA port on the 314 to give 5 more bays of expansion. You'll get 5 bays for expansion and one bay for a spare drive.
One of the nice things is the ability to create a new volume from the space in the expansion chassis while keeping the same namespace on the NAS. In other words, you don't need another UNC path to get to the new storage. It's just a new volume under the same name.
Not really a pro but you should put both the NAS and the expansion chassis on a battery backup so that the NAS can bring both chassis down gracefully in the event of a power failure.
Cons: Horizontal expansion into new chassis is not possible (or recommended)
Lack of dedicated CPU
I really felt the expansion chassis should be cheaper. It's pretty expensive for a chunk of plastic and metal with a backplane. For another $100 you can get another 300 series NAS. There are 2 key advantages for the 300 series: expansion under the same namespace and the expansion is bigger than the original NAS with 4 drives.
Other Thoughts: I like the Netgear NAS products, especially since they support BTRFS. They also support nice apps that you can host on the NAS device. The build quality is very good. The OS development is okay and could probably use some extra resources. Dev time between builds is too long in my opinion.
Would I buy again? Another Netgear NAS, yes. Another expansion chassis, probably not. There just isn't enough bang for the buck.
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