NETGEAR ReadyNAS 214 4-Bay Network Attached Storage : Very good, user friendly

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.

The good news is the drive bays support screwless hard drive. I received a readynas 204 with 4 x 1tb sata drives for the family and friends program. Out of the box, the readynas 204 has the look and feel of a quality product. The unit provided was diskless, so first challenge was to install the 4 x 1tb hard drives. If you’re not a screwdriver aficionado (and may not have one to hand), the good news is the drive bays support screwless hard drive installation which is a simple method to install hard drives (if necessary). Connected the readynas to the network, powered up the unit and used the provided raidar application to locate the readynas on the network and then clicked ‘setup’ which auto opened a web browser session to the readynas and simply logged into the interface using the default username ‘admin’ and password ‘password’ (note the password can be changed during the first time installation). Readycloud can also be used for first time installation. Was then notified a software update was available and after a few minutes plus a reboot, all was updated. Also found it was possible to easily map a drive using raidar for windows and mac and was able to copy data to and from the readynas. The readynas 204 includes great features such as readycloud; a built-in backup facility; usb ports for hard drives/memory sticks and print server capability; an esata port; 2 x 1gb ethernet ports for single or dual bonding capability; disk spin-down and power saving startup and shutdown schedule.

NETGEAR ReadyNAS 214 4-Bay Network Attached Storage for Personal Cloud with 4x3TB Desktop HDD (RN214D43-100NES)

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  • Quad core Cortex A15 1.4 GHz processor with 2 GB of RAM and up to 200 MB/s read and 160 MB/s write speeds – 2.5 or 3.5 inch SATA/SSD drives supported (Maximum storage of 32TB)
  • 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

Does more than expected and great os.

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.

I already have three older readynas systems and this one is just as easy to setup and configure. I received this readynas free as part of the netgear friends & family scheme. I already have three older readynas systems and this one is just as easy to setup and configure. With its out of the box setup and latesst os features an it is easy for nearly anyone to setup and get up and running without too much tehnical knowlege. For those people that do want it to do more the additonal features, functionality and apps are there and easy to add and configure. It’s small foot print and look make it great for those that cannot hide it. With the storage sata expandability function as well we can easily increase the amount of storage when needed. Netgear has always been one of our preferred suppliers and these devices have not changed our opinion on this but just reenforced it.

Very good, user friendly, loads of apps to install. The power and disk lights are a bit too bright, if the system is visible in your front room. Over all very good, the mobile app for android and ios works a treat.

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.

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.

Readynas 202 great product full of great feautures. . Readynas rn202i received this device as part of the friends and family program. I am happy to say this device meets my requirements brilliantly. I am not the most technically gifted person, and yet this product was a breeze, a joy to setup and has managed to back up everything i wanted in one weekend. The cloud connection was seamless, and the folders already created made it easy for me to organise my back ups in a simplistic fashion. I had the option of calling the support line for help but didn’t need it. I would recommend this product to anybody who has a family and has a lot of files and movies they wish to share amongst them, the box itself is tiny fitting in amongst your other electronics with ease, slim sleek design that will add a new element to your tv stand. The noise from the machine is minimal, similar to a playstation or xbox console. The additional feature of constant protection was a key feature for me. 0 for netgear readynas proved continuous bitrot protection (nonsense to me) but translation in a simple term means that the product quite simply is incapable of corrupting your files. I could not find thi slevel of protection from anything other than a business grade product from other manufacturers and i don’t have that kind of money to simply store my files on.

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.

I already have three older readynas systems and this one is just as easy to setup and configure. I received this readynas free as part of the netgear friends & family scheme. I already have three older readynas systems and this one is just as easy to setup and configure. With its out of the box setup and latesst os features an it is easy for nearly anyone to setup and get up and running without too much tehnical knowlege. For those people that do want it to do more the additonal features, functionality and apps are there and easy to add and configure. It’s small foot print and look make it great for those that cannot hide it. With the storage sata expandability function as well we can easily increase the amount of storage when needed. Netgear has always been one of our preferred suppliers and these devices have not changed our opinion on this but just reenforced it.

I have a large collection of photographs and have spent a long time scanning in old pictures some going back 80 years and although i had a backup system i was never 100% happy with its operation and was looking for something that would securely store all my files. So i looked into the nas option and it seemed to tick all the boxes and after several weeks of research i eventually decided on the netgear rm202 product, i also purchased 2 wd red 3tb hard drives. The installation of the unit and the drives was very easy, and the software copied all my files across with no problem, the issue i have is with the documentation, this seems to assume that i know a lot about nas and am familiar with the terminology which i am not and i initially struggled the concept, from my point of view what would have helped me is a basic ‘this is what it does’, ‘this is how it does it’ and ‘this is how you your devises to connect to it’, non of this could i find anywhere either on the netgear site or else where on the net. I have now got it doing what i want it to, my desktop and laptop files are now on the nas and up to date but it has taken me some time to get there. I am running windows 7 and will be upgrading to windows 10 in the near future and this is one of the reasons that i purchased the nas so that all my personal files were safely stored on the nas while the upgrade is carried out. So far i am pleased with the product, had the documentation been more user friendly i would have awarded it 5 stars.

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.

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  1. This review is from : NETGEAR ReadyNAS 214 4-Bay Network Attached Storage for Personal Cloud with 4x3TB Desktop HDD (RN214D43-100NES)

    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.
  2. This review is from : NETGEAR ReadyNAS 214 4-Bay Network Attached Storage for Personal Cloud with 4x3TB Desktop HDD (RN214D43-100NES)

    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. 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.
      1. 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.
  3. 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.
    1. 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.
      1. 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.
  4. This review is from : NETGEAR ReadyNAS 214 4-Bay Network Attached Storage for Personal Cloud with 4x3TB Desktop HDD (RN214D43-100NES)

    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.
  5. This review is from : NETGEAR ReadyNAS 214 4-Bay Network Attached Storage for Personal Cloud with 4x3TB Desktop HDD (RN214D43-100NES)

    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?.
  6. This review is from : NETGEAR ReadyNAS 214 4-Bay Network Attached Storage for Personal Cloud with 4x3TB Desktop HDD (RN214D43-100NES)

    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?.
  7. This review is from : NETGEAR ReadyNAS 214 4-Bay Network Attached Storage for Personal Cloud with 4x3TB Desktop HDD (RN214D43-100NES)

    Great nas, much better than the buffalo & lacie products i used before, especially with regards to remote access.
  8. This review is from : NETGEAR ReadyNAS 214 4-Bay Network Attached Storage for Personal Cloud with 4x3TB Desktop HDD (RN214D43-100NES)

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