Provides extra storage that can be conveniently shared with all your computers The ReadyNAS Duo is perfect for homes with more than one computer. Unlike a USB drive, the ReadyNAS connects to the network and is simultaneously accessible via all connected Windows or Macintosh computers.
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tried to throw in my used 2TB drives from my DNS-323, it seemed to work, recognized everything etc.. but couldn't read or write... couldn't rebuild, or start fresh... or atleast I couldn't figure it out.. decided to delete all my partitions through my desktop, meant opening my PC case etc.... anyways, then started RAIDar, took the whole day for it to completely set itself up, went through a few steps, even though it seemed to be finished, it really wasn't... pretty much 8hrs for 2x2TB drives to be properly installed. reads and writes are amazing for such a cheap NAS, 90MBs+ reads 50MBs+ writes. NETGEAR help may be free, but they are kind of useless.. just answer my question with more questions.... Good product, bad support... lol once you get her up and running tho, its amazing! its a great media server! but strangely when I read from it to my Windows8 PC as a network Drive, I get a security warning... runs really cool, but the fan is always on, I think it needs to be replaced with a slower and quieter fan.
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Love the build of this item Im so sick of plastic items on my desktop that cords and cables can drag about but this is solid and stays put. Very pleasing to the eye as the size is smaller then one would think being a all metal chassis. If you really look whats all put in to the units even at full retail they are priced very well over the more disk units that look to have a very sharp price curve over this unit. With the dawn of USB 3.0 and more and more HD traffic on are home networks I think it should have been all USB 3.0 as 2.0 is on its fade out and a dual Lan for link aggregation.
Bought this during the boxing day sale and was not disappointed. The construction of the NAS is very clean and nice. Easy to use interface and plug and play for almost everything in it. I had to reseed the 2nd HDD and restart a number of times to finally get the system to build the RAID 1 array but after that everything else works flawlessly. Transfer speeds are very good through my Gigabit LAN. Added a USB3.0 HDD enclosure for added storage and the transfer speeds on that was also very good. Did not like how there was no printer support as advertised. Very good starter NAS for home use. Have not played with any apps so I cannot comment on how useful they are but being Version 2, the app selection is pretty limited at the moment.
I'm kinda torn on whether to give this a 3 or 4 start review, 3 being "Satisfactory", and 4 being "Very Good-Would Purchase Again". At its price point that I purchased at, its a pretty good NAS. In saying that, next time I will probably go for something with higher memory (512MB minimum) because I'm noticing things are fairly slow, but it may be my use of it.
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