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NETGEAR ReadyNAS 516 (RN51600-100NAS) Diskless System Network Storage
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Update to 5/12/2014 1:44:45 PM Review 09/05/2014

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

Pros: * Construction quality (it's still running well enough)

Cons: * Fails (at least for me) when you use features stated in my last review.

Other Thoughts: Please read my review from 5/12/2014 for reference

Ok, so it's been almost 4 months since my last review. Over the course of 2 months, I worked with Netgear American Technical Support to find the following 2 things out:
* When used with large LUN's as an iSCSI target, the backup feature will cause the 516 to crash.
* Spanning a RAID across to the EDA500 Desktop Expansion Chasis will cause the 516 to eventually crash and immediatly slow the interface a crawl, meaning that a button press on the front panel response time could be up to 60 seconds before it registered "if" it registered at all.

My thoughts/suggestions:
* The 516 on it's own as a iSCSI target with a single LUN on it has been working well overall.
* The web interface is still a little bit buggy in both Google Chrome and Internet Explorer. Cool down the whiz bang tools and just make it work quickly.
* Seeing iops in the web interface is great, but seeing life data transfer rates in MBPS would be even better.
* At least segregate things that won't work together and DON'T advertise features that just don't work at all.

Final Analysis:
Will I use Netgear again, yes for SOHO projects, no for mid size to larger projects. Build quality for the 516 was better than any other small Netgear product I have ever used, but they just don't have a good enough handle on their own product capabilites for me to trust them on larger projects. But honestly, this build quality is DEFINITELY in the right direction. Maybe I'll give them a larger project chance in 2-4 years if they keep up the build quality and improve their product understanding, marketing, and tier 1 technical support. Hope you found this (and my last) review helpful and you have a wonderful day.

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NETGEAR ReadyNAS 516 (RN51600-100NAS) Diskless System Network Storage
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Ok, but not ready for prime time. 05/12/2014

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

Pros: * Cost
* Solid construction

Cons: * Buggy/laggy front interface (maybe just mine?)
* Issues with expandability
* Slow responding technical support

Other Thoughts: About 7 weeks ago I purchased the 516 and the expansion module. Connected them up, filled them with Enterprise Class drives, created an iSCSI target in a hardware and VLAN controlled environment and then let it run while testing it with low level usage for about a month. The first crash came about 2 weeks after putting it into production. It froze as an iSCSI device in VMWare and the web interface to the unit crashed the first time, allowing me to use the power button on the unit to shut it down properly and then unplug everything, check connections, plug back in, boot back up, and reconnect to VMWare. A few days later, another freeze, but along with losing its VMWare heartbeat and web interface to either of the separate IP Addresses for it's 2 NIC's, there was no response from the units control panel at all, so I had to hard power the whole thing down this time. Leading to a 36 hour rebuild (not unheard of, but unexpected). And then another crash a few days after that which was possible (thankfully) to do a proper shutdown with the power button on the 516.

So last Thursday, I started a tech support session with NETGEAR. It took them Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and part of today (Monday) to look over the log files. Only to ask a few more questions and give me some hopefully helpful news about turning off snapshotting and that my eSATA cable to the expansion unit "may be bad" and to try another one. The cable was the one that came with the expansion unit.

I was disappointed as I had hoped that after my fairly thorough initial explanation complete with issues I've had since day one, along with log files, would have prompted a bit more than several days to look over a case that is for a production box. For anyone interested, the case number in question is (#23180016).

I've got a Sans Digital AccuRAID which is faster and literally a few dollars more than this NETGEAR 516 setup (including the expansion bay). It has been performing flawlessly for over 6 months. I'm sincerely hoping that NETGEAR will read this and realize the issues they have both with hardware and with customer service response and adjust their policies accordingly. Until then, I can't really recommend this for anything other than home use.

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Drobo Mini 4-bay Portable Storage Array, Thunderbolt/USB3.0
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs A great unit if you need RAID redundancy over a Thunderbolt or USB connection. 02/03/2013

This review is from: Drobo Mini 4-bay Portable Storage Array, Thunderbolt/USB3.0

Pros: * Outstanding redundancy and stability.
* "Reasonable" (not super fast) speed for a USB drive. That's really saying something considering you have RAID redundant drives.
* Can use SATA 5400RPM & 7200RPM hard drives as well as SSD.
* Very easy to use.

Cons: * Expensive if you don't need the drive redundancy and stability.
* I'm actually hard pressed to find another con.

Other Thoughts: The review from "Andrew" below is very misleading. On a DIY site like Newegg.com, you really need to do your research on the product for yourself and make sure that it meets your needs.

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Display Name: GREGG F.

Date Joined: 12/30/04

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  • First Review: 02/16/06
  • Last Review: 09/05/14
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