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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)
  • $1,399.99
  • $1,109.99
  • Save: $290.00 (21%)
  • Free Shipping (restrictions apply)

Pros:

This 6-bay ReadyNAS storage device has been a great addition to my home network. Between files for work, family photos and videos and my large media collection I was tired of keeping track of what files were on which USB drive.

A friend that works for NETGEAR offered to let me try a ReadyNAS device and having used it for a month I can honestly say this has become a "must have" for my home.

Set-up using ReadyCLOUD through my web browser could not have been easier. I was worried that it would be a long process and require me to collect a lot of information about my network, my router, etc. However, with a single-click ReadyCLOUD found the new device on my network and it was only a few clicks after that that everything was up and running.

Although my first exposure to ReadyCLOUD was for set-up, I have been impressed by how many other things I can do through the ReadyCLOUD portal. I have toyed with cloud services like Dropbox in the past, but I am always running out of space or not feeling great about paying higher monthly fees. With ReadyNAS, I can still access my data from anywhere (through the web, directly from my laptop, even from my iPhone) just like cloud storage, but I never run out of space or have to pay any kind of ongoing fee. And frankly, I feel much better knowing my stuff is securely and privately stored on disks that I own and that sit in my house. Also, when I say secure I mean two things. Everything is protected from the privacy dangers of a cloud storage service, but equally important to me is the security I feel knowing that my data is protected from loss or corruption. At the very least, getting all the important stuff from my laptop, tablet and phone backup up is great. Even better is knowing that should a disk fail, RAID will keep data safe.

Finally, ReadyNAS has an additional layer of protection that means I am able to recover not only lost files, but also any previous version of any file that I lose. I did a little research when I first heard about ReadyNAS and this ability to restore not just from the last backup, but from any version seems to be unique to the NETGEAR line. Finally, in addition to using the ReadyNAS to backup data we also use it as our home media server. Using both DLNA and Plex (which operates right on the box) my whole DVD collection is now in one place and I can watch from any of my TV's, tablets or iPhone. Even better, if different people want to watch different things, the ReadyNAS will send out multiple streams without any noticeable lag.

Cons:

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