- 6 Bay
- Intel Atom dual-core processor Processor
- 2 x 10/100/1000M
- 3 x USB2.0
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Basic Use only 12/27/2012
This review is from: NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra 6-bay (diskless) w/ 3 yr warranty
Hot swap drive bays, software X-raid 2 is pretty cool, allowing you to expand the RAID without having to do a full re-build. Firmware lets you do a decent amount of ad-ons and access control.
This is NOT a user friendly beginner NAS, just to get it set up requires knowing how to perform a factory reset, as well as most add ons require php and other forms of scripting usage.
Firmware stability is HORRIBLE. I've owned this for 3 months and the firmware has corrupted on me twice by just sitting there running. Netgear support is USELESS I had a ticket open with them for 1.5 months and I finally ended up fixing the corrupt OS myself by doing a full factory reset (wipes all data in the raid).
There is NO built in monitoring software that will tell you how the cpu and ram are being used, who is accessing what, or anything outside of current temp and SMART status of your drives. There is some monitoring software in the ad-ons but good luck getting them to work.
If your looking for a very simplistic NAS to just to local network file sharing and storage, aside from the corrupting core firmware, the box is great. It's small, quiet and energy efficient. But if your looking to do anything more with your NAS, whether it be VPN, FTPS, or DLNA streaming, stay away, it is capable of FTP and DLNA but both crash all the time, and no firmware updates are available for fixes, as well as mentioned before, Netgear support is useless when it comes to fixing it.
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