Totally disagree with the review, this NAS is the future of open and usable firmware based solutions.
I own 3 of its bigger brothers (the NV+) and I swear by them.
The product is open, and hugely capable.
Support comes as usual through the forums, unfortunately these days this is the standard.
My ReadyNAS Duo was very easy to set up. I use it alongside a Squeezebox Classic. My music collection is ripped to the ReadyNAS Duo via iTunes. Unlike most NAS devices, SqueezeCenter and iTunes Server is embedded into the ReadyNAS Duo straight out of the box. Also, BBC iPlayer can be added.
What is more, should one hard drive fail, you have a backup drive with a duplicate/mirrored music library.
Overall, without the intervention of a Mac/PC you can listen again to BBC programmes, listen to thousands of internet radio stations, or to your lossless/uncompressed music collection courtesy of your Squeezebox/ReadyNAS.
Strongly recommended. Five Stars.
Well as the other 2 comments I found the RND2000 very easy to setup. The unit was plug n play with the installation of the discs and the setup was a simple cd. Performance is very good once it is in sync with the source copying or reading. You can use on of the USB ports for a printer if you like. This unit will be found on your local network for access by those allowed in. So if you what wireless printing just add the RND2000 to your wireless router using a ethernet cable and away you go!
Amazon are doing this for �138 and you can claim a free 500Gb hard drive back through Netgear's promotion.
Easy to setup with the exception that I had to tweak the network settings to get this to perform well with Windows Vista. Performance on initial setup was extremely slow but after setting the MTU settings correctly (you can google this), performance is ideal.
Bought this to use as a backup solution (comes with excellent NTI Shadow backup software) and also for use with a Logitech Squeezebox Duet (for wi-fi streaming music). Works perfectly for both!
I totally disagree too! I have read numerous reports saying that this unit is difficult to set up, but i had no problems.
I bought my unit bare and got a free disk from Netgear. The total cost was £150. I guess Whathifi were quoting SRP at launch.
It's superbly put together and nice and compact. It would not look out of place next to a piece of high end hifi equipment. The fan is quiet and the control software and interface are good to use. You can network these units and have more than one. There is RAID protection (X-Raid - Netgear's own proprietary standard, but to all intents and purposed, the unit out of the box with two HDD's installed is mirrored). You can upgrade the HDD capacity by pulling with either disk and slotting in a bigger one. You have to allow time for the new drive to rebuild though.
USB sockets offer the option to extend the capacity, load files to the NAS or a one button backup automatically backs up the NAS to an external drive of the same capacity.
Ther is a photo sharing add-on that allows an administrator to share photos with friends by granting access permissions and by way of an email to the intended recipients.
FTP and DNLA uPnP are all supported too.
This box is very flexible and fits well with my needs at the moment. Upgrading is easy and Netgear have made it very simple to migrate to an NV+ ot the like when the time arrives.
The built in Squeezecentre (amongst other things) made this an attractive proposition to me. The Logitech Squeeze Centre wbsite lists code specific to this box, so you know it will work!
Support is good too. I have done various upgrades from the Netgear site and they were straight forward, none went wrong.
Two paragraphs hardly constitutes a review, but since when did What HiFI get right down to the nitty gritty? My last recollection was the late 1970's! Since then it's content has become a bit fluffy, but not as airheaded as T3!
What a bizarre and almost flippant review.
My experience couldn't have been more different.
The unit was incredibly easy to setup, I just plugged it in and away it went.
I have 4TB mirrored = 2TB useable.
It has two main uses: -
1. Repository for the music that my Sonos system uses (which is incidently fantastic!)
2. Shared drive for home PCs.
At 6.1p per GB I would argue that the ReadyNAS Duo is far from expensive.
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