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NETGEAR ReadyNAS 516 (RN51600-100NAS) Diskless System Network Storage
  • Dual core Intel i3-2120 3.3GHz processor and 4GB ECC on-board memory
  • 6-bays for 24TB maximum capacity (expandable to 44TB w/ optional EDA500 chassis)
  • $1,077.68
  • Free Shipping (restrictions apply)

2 out of 5 eggs Work in progress... at best 06/01/2013

This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS 516 (RN51600-100NAS) Diskless System Network Storage


Well constructed steel cab, nice new monolith look (but see cons below), 2 bondable 1 gig NICs, provision for expansion, DLNA Server on board, improved web management front-end, eSATA ports, ECC ram, good read write speed over gigabit net (when it works), finally Netgear has solved the noisy fan problem (as heard in other of their NAS boxes), has *potential* for exciting software add-ons.


re: monolith look - no power-on light... don’t know if it is running or not without hitting the touch panel, drive lights only visible when front door is open (or at a weird angle through the vents), alpha display is small (for the cost of this box), and strangely breaks words at the end of a line, alpha display is fuzzy and dim behind monolith door, touch cursor control is sometimes unresponsive, undocumented behaviors (while setting up) of the new OS6, very poor out of the box setup experience (wrong docs in the box), for the diskless version there is wrong and incomplete setup instructions to populate the box with drives, results of the on board disk test does not match WD drive test utility (it passes drives that the WD util sez are bad), first line tech support rather weak, impossible Chinese puzzle box to get to the RAM slots (there are two slots, only one of which is populated), the OS is on version 6.0.6 and RAIDar (the utility to monitor and setup the box) is not fully compatible, very thin add-on store.

Other Thoughts:

The 516 has potential, but will it be fully developed, will the bugs be fixed in a timely fashion? Those are the questions I would put to Netgear. Especially in view of the dramatic abandonment of the ReadyNAS forums, which represent the strongest supporters of these NAS boxes.

As it is, this is a mixed bag box. I have had numerous issues trying to get it up and running with six 3TB Western Digital Reds. I had some bad Red drives and the NAS box seemed unable to report the drive issues... Very poor behavior for a RAID device. This issue is a real deal killer. If the on board disk monitoring is weak, ones data is at risk... The very thing that one buys a RAID box to avoid.

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