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NETGEAR ReadyNAS 104 (RN10400-100NAS) Diskless System Network Storage
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Nice idea, bad firmware (for now) 01/29/2014

This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS 104 (RN10400-100NAS) Diskless System Network Storage

Pros: Physically a nice unit. web interface is easy to use if a bit clumsy. Speed were acceptable (note not great).

I have two of these units. One at home for windows file backup and video streaming (I use a Boxee box) and one at work for just windows file backup.

Cons: For about six months after I bought the unit things went fine. Backups worked and videos were streamed. At home I updated the firmware when prompted and life was good. Then the home unit started locking up randomly. As in you can ping it, but can't access it via the web interface or via the file share. The log files from my backup indicated that it was choking on large video file that was being copied. So I tried copying manually and it would kill the whole NAS unit! Many other experiments later I was able to easily reproduce the problem with just file transfers.

I backed up all my data to another drive so I could play with the unit. I finally reverted the drive back to the firmware I was using at work (v6.1.2). (Old firmware available on Netgear website)

Issues seemed to settle down...for a while. Then the unit at work just recently started to have random lockups. Same symptoms. Sigh. Really? It's a file store. How tough can this be!

Both units are running v6.1.2 and while I'm not happy about feeling like I can't upgrade to new versions of the firmware. I guess I could live with that were it a fix....for now.

Netgear has a stream of firmware upgrades, but people on the forums keep having the same problems that I've experienced even on the newest firmware (that you have to rebuild your array to leverage any of the nice features of BTW).

http://www.readynas.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=65&t=74549

If it can't be a stable file store is almost worthless as anything else.

Had I one thing to tell Netgear (and I know they read these reviews) it would be: I could give a hoot about new features, FIX THE STABILITY ISSUES!

Other Thoughts: If it worked as promised it would be a nice unit. Not super fast speed, but fast enough to be a file store and run one or two small apps. Don't ask it to "do" more than a tiny CPU can do and you'll be fine.

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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Best heaksink I've ever used 05/23/2012

This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes

Pros: Love the product! Works very well and is very quiet. I don't normally go to extreme lengths to overclock or supercool. This unit dropped my stock setting mobo and i7 CPU about 10-15C and keeps it there. And it's VERY quiet. I installed the second 120mm fan in the unit and combined with the 120mm exhaust fan in my case all the hot air blows quietly out the back no fuss, no muss, no noise.

Cons: Only two "cons" I think it only came with one 120mm fan. While it will hold two for max cooling YOU have to buy the second. Very cheap, no biggie. Second the instructions are bad, but the Newegg video is epic. The install video is a must if you don't want to lose your mind trying to install it.

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Douglas B.'s Profile

Display Name: Douglas B.

Date Joined: 05/31/04

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 05/23/12
  • Last Review: 01/29/14
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