NETGEAR ReadyNAS 212 2-Bay Network Attached Storage – This is a good product but I was replacing old one

Easy to set up, running smoothly and performing very well as a media server.

Top bit of kit, exactly what i needed. It’s my first nas i’ve bought but it really does the job that i wanted out of it. I can backup all our family files such as photos which can then be accessed by us all on the app, it’s not very big in size, up to 4 hard drives so plenty of storage with the raid/backup meaning i shouldn’t ever lose any files.

This is a good product but i was replacing old one. This is a good product but i was replacing old one. It did not say that you had to copy data before inserting old discs and i have lost everything. Hard lesson as all my photos of last 10 years are on there. Hopefully this will help others not do the same. Here are the specifications for the NETGEAR ReadyNAS 212 2-Bay Network Attached Storage:

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  • Quad core Cortex A15 1.4 GHz processor with 2 GB of RAM and up to 200MB/s read and 160MB/s write speeds – 2.5 or 3.5 inch SATA/SSD drives supported (maximum storage of 16 TB)
  • Full HD 1080p wire speed streaming and transcoding and near-0 loss throughput anti-virus built-in
  • Dual gigabit Ethernet – up to 2x throughput in link aggregation mode and advanced BTRFS file system that delivers five levels of complete data protection
  • Ready CLOUD portal-based user interface and app make building a private cloud easy and secure
  • Play Plex on ReadNAS – ReadyNAS-Plex-Setup for setup instructions

I have been a readynas user for many years and continue to be impressed by the way their devices store and grant me access to my data. It really was a breeze setting-up this device. The readynas interface is simple but powerful. The device came with a pre-set suggested group of network shares, which i largely ended-up using. User and group permissions were very intuitive. I’m sharing the device with my sister, so it’s nice to have separate accounts and access. I’d recommend this to anyone who wants control of files local and cloud.

The 4tb two bay 212 seems a. The 4tb two bay 212 seems a small capacity in parallel storage. Why am i not able to access the admin dashboard remotely?.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • This is a good product but I was replacing old one
  • I like the features, I like the product but almost disaster but kudos to Netgear support (shaggy dog story)
  • Needs better documentation

Great nas, much better than the buffalo & lacie products i used before, especially with regards to remote access.

The nas box itself is built like a tank and i have 4 x 4tb of. The nas box itself is built like a tank and i have 4 x 4tb of seagate discs and all i can say is that it works perfectly and i am very pleased with it. However the readycloud internet page what you use for your nas drive is appalling rubbish. Setting it up was easy and for a while everything was perfect. About 3 days ago i tried to log on it said my email address was wrong then my password was wrong so then i clicked on ‘i have forgotten my password’ so they would send me a link to change it. So i changed it and horaah i got on. Today 31st of may i tried to log on i could only get so far and a window came up saying that i would not be able to open anythingelse because the nas box and computer were on separate lan ports. I use a lan port for my computer and in the next port to it is the nas box so once again i am stuck so has i will repeat the nas is very good but trying to get on the web page to see the state of your nas is fraught with difficulty.

More than just a nas, easy to use and setup with loads of intelligent features. . I have received this device as part of netgear’s friends & family program. To look at it’s a very small non obtrusive nas so i have it sitting underneath my tv as that is where my router is, and it doesn’t look out of place at all with my sky box, dvd player etc. The 202 was diskless and i have 2 x 2tb drives purchased separately in the unit and the setup was very easy even for a not overly technical person like me. I followed the instructions to go to netgears readycloud website and it discovered my nas straight away with it up and running in no time. I have to stress the ease and speed of this was a massive plus for me, how it works i don’t know but it just does. Once turned on it already had a host of network shares pre-setup already, generic music, videos etc. Perfect as that’s what i was copying across to the nas. I was able to directly plug my external hdd and copy all my music and videos into the folders in no time at all. It does show as i only have 2tb space not 4tb but i’ve been told it’s because the drives are in raid 1 (jargon to me), google says it means the second drive is a copy of the first for protection.

I like the features, i like the product but almost disaster but kudos to netgear support (shaggy dog story). Ok, bit of a story but hopefully it’s a heads up to others. I had some spare drives lying around so thought i’d pop those into this, 3x 1tb drives and a single 500gb. Configured as x-raid, the readynas creates two raid5 volumes, a 4 disk one of 500gb and a 3 disk one of the remaining 500gb on the 1tb drives. It then presents the sum of that as a single data volume so quite painless and neat. During some configuration, the unit didn’t respond and i had to pull the power plug, at this point, it appeared to have lost the configuration and told me that i had to remove inactive disks to use the volumes data and data-0 (the above raid sets) but the disks weren’t inactive. Anyway, since i was just setting up, i put it down to one of those random it things and carried on. Having set up the volumes, i set to work shoving stuff from a plethora of disks onto this, you know the sort of thing, the family photos, the family videos, all that important stuff. Good plan, after all, this is going onto a raid store. (you can see where this is going already right?)next, i thought i’d get smart.

Instructions are not so clear but the. Instructions are not so clear but the website of the products helps in everythng. A tip: dont use old hard drive, its easy to set up new disks.

Does more than expected and great os.

More than just a nas, easy to use and setup with loads of intelligent features. . I have received this device as part of netgear’s friends & family program. To look at it’s a very small non obtrusive nas so i have it sitting underneath my tv as that is where my router is, and it doesn’t look out of place at all with my sky box, dvd player etc. The 202 was diskless and i have 2 x 2tb drives purchased separately in the unit and the setup was very easy even for a not overly technical person like me. I followed the instructions to go to netgears readycloud website and it discovered my nas straight away with it up and running in no time. I have to stress the ease and speed of this was a massive plus for me, how it works i don’t know but it just does. Once turned on it already had a host of network shares pre-setup already, generic music, videos etc. Perfect as that’s what i was copying across to the nas. I was able to directly plug my external hdd and copy all my music and videos into the folders in no time at all. It does show as i only have 2tb space not 4tb but i’ve been told it’s because the drives are in raid 1 (jargon to me), google says it means the second drive is a copy of the first for protection.

The nas box itself is built like a tank and i have 4 x 4tb of. The nas box itself is built like a tank and i have 4 x 4tb of seagate discs and all i can say is that it works perfectly and i am very pleased with it. However the readycloud internet page what you use for your nas drive is appalling rubbish. Setting it up was easy and for a while everything was perfect. About 3 days ago i tried to log on it said my email address was wrong then my password was wrong so then i clicked on ‘i have forgotten my password’ so they would send me a link to change it. So i changed it and horaah i got on. Today 31st of may i tried to log on i could only get so far and a window came up saying that i would not be able to open anythingelse because the nas box and computer were on separate lan ports. I use a lan port for my computer and in the next port to it is the nas box so once again i am stuck so has i will repeat the nas is very good but trying to get on the web page to see the state of your nas is fraught with difficulty.

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  1. What a splendid upgrade from my netgear duo that had given me good service for so long. In comparison it is lightning fast and easy to use.
  2. This review is from : NETGEAR ReadyNAS 212 2-Bay Network Attached Storage for Personal Cloud with 2x2TB Desktop HDD (RN212D22-100NES)

    What a splendid upgrade from my netgear duo that had given me good service for so long. In comparison it is lightning fast and easy to use.
    1. A great low(ish) cost media server and network storage device. . Not sure why this has gone up to £240 – i paid £170 a week agoanyway, this is brilliant. I bought it to replace an aging zyxel nas along with a 3tb hdd to get me going ( i plan to add more later to increase storage and back it up). It is used for my music and home movie collection so i have installed logitech media server (built in apps) and plex. Now, there are versions of plex available on the device for installation (confusingly, ignore any reference to rn2xx versions – they are for the rn212 and rn214). I ignored the versions on the most recent firmware and installed the latest free version downloaded directly from the plex website – you need the netgear arm6x (as i write it’s running v1. This allows transcoding of some video files to the rarflix plex app (and i presume the official plex app) on my nowtv/rokult boxes.
  3. This review is from : NETGEAR ReadyNAS 212 2-Bay Network Attached Storage for Personal Cloud with 2x2TB Desktop HDD (RN212D22-100NES)

    A great low(ish) cost media server and network storage device. . Not sure why this has gone up to £240 – i paid £170 a week agoanyway, this is brilliant. I bought it to replace an aging zyxel nas along with a 3tb hdd to get me going ( i plan to add more later to increase storage and back it up). It is used for my music and home movie collection so i have installed logitech media server (built in apps) and plex. Now, there are versions of plex available on the device for installation (confusingly, ignore any reference to rn2xx versions – they are for the rn212 and rn214). I ignored the versions on the most recent firmware and installed the latest free version downloaded directly from the plex website – you need the netgear arm6x (as i write it’s running v1. This allows transcoding of some video files to the rarflix plex app (and i presume the official plex app) on my nowtv/rokult boxes.
    1. A bit different in terms of standard shares than previous. A bit different in terms of standard shares than previous versions but very fast, supporting jumbo frames, link aggregation and other goodies.
      1. A bit different in terms of standard shares than previous. A bit different in terms of standard shares than previous versions but very fast, supporting jumbo frames, link aggregation and other goodies.