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Pros: I have had this router for several years now. I had been using Cisco/Linksys for a long time and thought I would try a different brand. This router has been problem free since installed it in my network. The management interface and firmware is comprehensive and does what it should per the instructions. I have not had to reset it periodically like I did with my older routers. Even if there is some electrical or network changes! Stable and steady is great in my book.
Cons: In over three years of ownership, I can't come up with any!
Other Thoughts: I normally don't post reviews due to my time constraints. People seem to post a review if their experience was not perfect. I thought I would post this one because this router has been so reliable for me. I'm buying NETGEAR next time!READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS 316 6-Bay 6TB (6 x 1TB) Network Attached Storage (RN31661D)
Pros: Setup was very very easy. Since this NAS already had the drives installed, there was no need to format and designate volumes, etc. The default folders were already there and ready to use. You can manage and transfer files using the ReadyCloud website, ReadyRemote App, or your LAN web interface. I love that I can use either to not only manage my system but also can see and manage my files! That’s the nice features of using the cloud which my previous NAS could not do. Drag and dropping files using these interfaces was fast and seemless.
The read write speed of this is much faster than my older NAS drives.
I set up the ReadyNAS Remote App on my iPhone and it works fine. It was fast on my WiFi network and my 3G network. I could open all the files using the App and even upload my photos. The music streaming was fast and never broke up.
This product is part of NETGEAR’s business line. I am using this as part of my home network which consists of a wireless router, several switches, five computers, three NAS, three smart TVs, one iPad, one iPhone, one network home theater receiver, and one network printer. It is more than the average home user needs but the performance seems better than the slower home versions I have had.
I was able to stream music, photos, and video with no problem to my DLNA TVs, my computers, and my iPhone. My devices automatically detected the NAS and was ready to stream instantly
I had to travel to Canada on business and was able to test out the ReadyCloud and the ReadyRemote. It worked flawlessly. I had access to all of my files and the file speed was as if I were on my home network.
Other reviews I read said the software was buggy and not ready for prime time, but I did not have any problems. The main functions seem to be fixed and work fine. The hardware and software is much better than my older NAS drives.
Cons: The iPhone ReadyRemote App seems a little dated but seems to work fine. Adding users is not intuitive. When I added a user via an e-mail invite, they never received the message. I had to independently setup a ReadyCloud account for them before they received the invitation.
Other Thoughts: I received this product for free from NETGEAR for evaluation purposes. I do not work for or have any affiliation with NETGEAR. My brother-in-law works for NETGEAR and has asked me for my un-biased opinion, findings, and experience of the product.
I am an aerospace engineer and thus have technical knowledge of computing equipment. I don’t have much time to play with all the features like an IT person does so I do like the use ability of my equipment for its main functionality. This NAS fits that requirement very well.
Before acquiring this product, I was using a D-Link NAS (two drives) in RAID and second Iomega NAS (single drive) to back-up my D-Link NAS. I therefore have 3 drives with the same data just in case. I was planning to locate the second at a relative’s home to backup via the internet just in case of catastrophe but did not get to that yet. This method offers a free way for cloud storage but a hassle if they don’t live close. With ReadyNAS Vault, I would not need to do that.
I would recommend to anyone who has a home network (a router or access point) and not yet purchased a NAS to consider getting one to centralize their data (everyone save to or backup to the NAS). I did this years ago and never again need to worry about losing my data when a computer/device suddenly dies.