NETGEAR RN31222D-100EUS ReadyNAS 312 2 Bay Personal Cloud Network Attached Storage – Great hardware, excellent value

A very useful device to have on the home network. I have to confess that it was set up for me by a hi-fi expert, but it now doubles as a store for my music collection and an ever increasing photo collection.

I have several of these and use them in work.

Easy to set up nas, excellent for backup, shared storage, as a media server and more…. I now have 3 netgear readynas devices; this 312 model, the 4-bay 314 and an old 2-bay readynas duo. From experience of the range i would strongly recommend any netgear readynas to anybody considering either wanting to venture into the world of network attached storage or to somebody looking to upgrade from an older system. This 312 version is excellent for home or small office users who are looking for a 2 bay nas. As this nas is so multi-functional and versatile i have split my review up into sections so you can pick and choose the parts relevant to you, i hope this helps but if you have any questions please post a comment and i will do my best to answer any queries you may have. Why the 312?********************thankfully netgear have made it easy for customers to work out the differences in the various nas’s in their current range (in the past it used to be a bit confusing). As a guide the first digit (1,3 or 5) refers to the processing power of the nas and the third digit (2,4 or 6) is the number of bays in the nas, so this 312 is mid-range in terms of processing power and has 2 disk bays. No matter which netgear readynas you go for they all run the latest readynas os 6 software which is very easy to use and also plenty of more advanced features available for those that want to use them. The 312 is really well made, with a quality and robust feel to it, with a smooth black metal casing and a plastic high gloss front i think it looks the part too (as much as any nas can do). I have uploaded a couple of images so you can see how it looks but safe to say it looks very nice and understated wherever you might put it at home or in the office, i have mine sat on my desk at home.

Easy to set up nas, excellent for backup, shared storage, as a media server and more…. I now have 3 netgear readynas devices; this 312 model, the 4-bay 314 and an old 2-bay readynas duo. From experience of the range i would strongly recommend any netgear readynas to anybody considering either wanting to venture into the world of network attached storage or to somebody looking to upgrade from an older system. This 312 version is excellent for home or small office users who are looking for a 2 bay nas. As this nas is so multi-functional and versatile i have split my review up into sections so you can pick and choose the parts relevant to you, i hope this helps but if you have any questions please post a comment and i will do my best to answer any queries you may have. Why the 312?********************thankfully netgear have made it easy for customers to work out the differences in the various nas’s in their current range (in the past it used to be a bit confusing). As a guide the first digit (1,3 or 5) refers to the processing power of the nas and the third digit (2,4 or 6) is the number of bays in the nas, so this 312 is mid-range in terms of processing power and has 2 disk bays. No matter which netgear readynas you go for they all run the latest readynas os 6 software which is very easy to use and also plenty of more advanced features available for those that want to use them. The 312 is really well made, with a quality and robust feel to it, with a smooth black metal casing and a plastic high gloss front i think it looks the part too (as much as any nas can do). I have uploaded a couple of images so you can see how it looks but safe to say it looks very nice and understated wherever you might put it at home or in the office, i have mine sat on my desk at home.

So i bought this to replace my ageing iomega home media nas. First impression are really good. It was incredibly easy to setup, the os6 is very simple although has a problem with google chrome until the os is updated to 6. The x-raid is a great feature making for easy drive expansion for a novice of raid functions. The cloud feature and apple time machine features are also a big win. It has a number of apps including plex media server and built in anti-virus. Now the reason for the 3 starts is due to the readynas performance. When using pms it only supports upto 480p, and installing apps other than the ones from the app store is very difficult if you don’t know linux command line. The dlna is ok, my bose soundtouch dosen’t even see the readynas, streaming to my laptop (wifi) and pc (1gb ethernet) is very patchy, the movies stutter but do not buffer. My previous nas had no issues on the dlna side of things. So after a great beginning and lots of promise it looks as though the readynas is going to be returned and the synology ds214play is going to get a look in.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Easy to set up NAS, excellent for backup, shared storage, as a media server and more…
  • Easy to set-up once you know the tricks
  • Easy to set up and easy to integrate into other network media players

Easy to set up and easy to integrate into other network media players. I have experience of using other nas products so like to think i have an understanding of the functionality that is available and how good this nas is. The set up of the readynas was very simple. The cloud software searched my network for the nas but could not find it at first. At that time i was concerned i was going to need some deep networking skills (which i don’t have). Netgear have thought of this issue and the install app offered/suggested i install its raidar utility. This i did and it found the nas straight away. Once recognised i was able to start setting up my family as users and organise my data and backup of the various family devices. Using my external hard drive backup system i was able to transfer my considerable collection of music and movies to the nas. Being dlna compliant my tv and amplifiers on the network were able to recognise the netgear readynas 312.

This two bay device from netgear is a fantastic introduction to the world of network attached storage (nas) for me. I have two 2t drives stored in there and am very impressed by the speed of the access from the processor and the ease of use and set up from taking it out of the box. I am always impressed by anything i get from netgear, they always make good quality products.

Easy to set-up once you know the tricks. The acquistion of the readynas 312 is a personal double-first; it is the first netgear storage device that i have actually come to use and it is also the first nas device that i have configured for my personal use. There is a list of recommended and compatible hard drive units that is available on-line from netgear. Most nas drives and a few others are compatible, currently up to 4tb each if you can find them; 3tb drives are more readily available and far less expensive. The enclosure offers 2 usb 3. 0 ports at the rear and a usb 2. 0 port at the front which can be used for expansion and also an e-sata port also at the rear for the same purpose although fewer pcs and laptops continue to offer e-sata although it may sometimes be an add-on option. There is also a second ethernet port for optional connection to a second network, which may be more applicable to some workplace situations than to the home user. There are companion 4- and 6-bay versions for the more serious, and wealthy owner although you need not utilise all available bays from the outset as netgear’s proprietory raid structure intelligently self-configures when drives are added. The readynas is, in this instance, supplied as a bare-bones enclosure although there are options with partial or full occupancy although limited to certain drive units and capacities.

Not a great start but i might have been unlucky. Not the best experiene initially because the first one i received died on its first night. I had set it up with 2 brand new disks as a raid1, installed transmission and plex, copied a large number of photographs accross the network, set up email alerting for things like temperature and disk failures and kicked off a time machine backup which was progressing happily. Woke up in the morning and the box had no power. Tried using a different power cable and wall socket, still no power. Amazon sent me a replacement readynas and i repeated everything above. It has been running for a week now with no issues but i need more time to build up my confidence in the product. To this end i am backing the nas up as regularly as i can because i’m worried about it failing again. On the plus side, the fact that i could set it up as i did above within around an hour was great.

This two bay device from netgear is a fantastic introduction to the world of network attached storage (nas) for me. I have two 2t drives stored in there and am very impressed by the speed of the access from the processor and the ease of use and set up from taking it out of the box. I am always impressed by anything i get from netgear, they always make good quality products.

Not a great start but i might have been unlucky. Not the best experiene initially because the first one i received died on its first night. I had set it up with 2 brand new disks as a raid1, installed transmission and plex, copied a large number of photographs accross the network, set up email alerting for things like temperature and disk failures and kicked off a time machine backup which was progressing happily. Woke up in the morning and the box had no power. Tried using a different power cable and wall socket, still no power. Amazon sent me a replacement readynas and i repeated everything above. It has been running for a week now with no issues but i need more time to build up my confidence in the product. To this end i am backing the nas up as regularly as i can because i’m worried about it failing again. On the plus side, the fact that i could set it up as i did above within around an hour was great.

Easy to set-up once you know the tricks. The acquistion of the readynas 312 is a personal double-first; it is the first netgear storage device that i have actually come to use and it is also the first nas device that i have configured for my personal use. There is a list of recommended and compatible hard drive units that is available on-line from netgear. Most nas drives and a few others are compatible, currently up to 4tb each if you can find them; 3tb drives are more readily available and far less expensive. The enclosure offers 2 usb 3. 0 ports at the rear and a usb 2. 0 port at the front which can be used for expansion and also an e-sata port also at the rear for the same purpose although fewer pcs and laptops continue to offer e-sata although it may sometimes be an add-on option. There is also a second ethernet port for optional connection to a second network, which may be more applicable to some workplace situations than to the home user. There are companion 4- and 6-bay versions for the more serious, and wealthy owner although you need not utilise all available bays from the outset as netgear’s proprietory raid structure intelligently self-configures when drives are added. The readynas is, in this instance, supplied as a bare-bones enclosure although there are options with partial or full occupancy although limited to certain drive units and capacities.

Dont but more than one unless you have multiple names and email addreses. Equipment is really good but if you have more than one netgear nas you can only register and manage one device. Netgear must have idiots working in their product development department as i need to manage 3 of them for my business and have to use 3 different names and 3 different email addresses.

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  1. This review is from : NETGEAR RN31222D-100EUS ReadyNAS 312 2 Bay Personal Cloud Network Attached Storage (2 x 2 TB Included), iTunes Server, Plex Server, DLNA Media Streaming and RAID

    Best 2-bay nas on the market. .Best 2-bay nas on the market.
  2. This review is from : NETGEAR RN31222D-100EUS ReadyNAS 312 2 Bay Personal Cloud Network Attached Storage (2 x 2 TB Included), iTunes Server, Plex Server, DLNA Media Streaming and RAID

    Netgear readynas 312 review. My initial use case for the netgear 312 was for simple home usage, i wanted a nas to store my documents, photo libraries and some other media.  but given my profession i could also see a use case where i could leverage the iscsi / nfs protocols to present storage to my virtual environment for both a production storage layer but also leverage as target backup storage.  throughout my review i will be touching on the smb protocol for my documents & media and i will also be touching on the nfs and iscsi for use in a vmware environment.  setup & usage impressions today i received my new readynas 312, i have installed two 1tb drives, these are configured in a raid 1 group (mirrored copy) this gives me the protection if one of those drives were to fail i would still have access to my data. If protection wasn’t a required feature then you are able to change to various different raid levels for performance i would expect on this model you would look to use raid 0 for more information here are a list of available options -http://kb. Com/app/answers/detail/a_id/22808/related/1 out of the box i added the two drives connected the power supply and supplied ethernet cable and powered on the system, out of the box my router gave the readynas an ip address and also given the upnp configuration was configured i was able to see the device from my windows desktop.  i obtained the dhcp address given to the readynas and used my browser to connect to the system, i was first prompted with a username and password of which this was username: admin and password: password, i think this is pretty standard with all netgear products and in my opinion i really like that it means out of the box it’s easy to get something up and running without running around trying to find the default credentials.  from entering the above details i was then put into the initial configuration, there are 6 pages to this configuration step, this involves setting language, date and time, hostname, notifications and changing that default password.
    1. Netgear readynas 312 review. My initial use case for the netgear 312 was for simple home usage, i wanted a nas to store my documents, photo libraries and some other media.  but given my profession i could also see a use case where i could leverage the iscsi / nfs protocols to present storage to my virtual environment for both a production storage layer but also leverage as target backup storage.  throughout my review i will be touching on the smb protocol for my documents & media and i will also be touching on the nfs and iscsi for use in a vmware environment.  setup & usage impressions today i received my new readynas 312, i have installed two 1tb drives, these are configured in a raid 1 group (mirrored copy) this gives me the protection if one of those drives were to fail i would still have access to my data. If protection wasn’t a required feature then you are able to change to various different raid levels for performance i would expect on this model you would look to use raid 0 for more information here are a list of available options -http://kb. Com/app/answers/detail/a_id/22808/related/1 out of the box i added the two drives connected the power supply and supplied ethernet cable and powered on the system, out of the box my router gave the readynas an ip address and also given the upnp configuration was configured i was able to see the device from my windows desktop.  i obtained the dhcp address given to the readynas and used my browser to connect to the system, i was first prompted with a username and password of which this was username: admin and password: password, i think this is pretty standard with all netgear products and in my opinion i really like that it means out of the box it’s easy to get something up and running without running around trying to find the default credentials.  from entering the above details i was then put into the initial configuration, there are 6 pages to this configuration step, this involves setting language, date and time, hostname, notifications and changing that default password.
  3. This review is from : NETGEAR RN31222D-100EUS ReadyNAS 312 2 Bay Personal Cloud Network Attached Storage (2 x 2 TB Included), iTunes Server, Plex Server, DLNA Media Streaming and RAID

    Works fine and a big improvement on my old readynas. Works as advertised, much better than my old readynas duo v1. Sometimes things take a while to figure out but otherwise excellent.
    1. Works fine and a big improvement on my old readynas. Works as advertised, much better than my old readynas duo v1. Sometimes things take a while to figure out but otherwise excellent.
      1. Great hardware, excellent value. Compare the hardware specs of this to any similarly priced nas and you will see this is a very powerful machine. Performance is superb with great file transfer speeds. This is not just a nas however, it can do all kinds of things with many apps available. One of my favourites is plex where this is a central hub to a home cinema system. All you need to add is a samsung smart tv or bluray player with the plex app. It is surprisingly small and very quiet which means it can be placed almost anywhere without being distracting.
  4. This review is from : NETGEAR RN31222D-100EUS ReadyNAS 312 2 Bay Personal Cloud Network Attached Storage (2 x 2 TB Included), iTunes Server, Plex Server, DLNA Media Streaming and RAID

    Great hardware, excellent value. Compare the hardware specs of this to any similarly priced nas and you will see this is a very powerful machine. Performance is superb with great file transfer speeds. This is not just a nas however, it can do all kinds of things with many apps available. One of my favourites is plex where this is a central hub to a home cinema system. All you need to add is a samsung smart tv or bluray player with the plex app. It is surprisingly small and very quiet which means it can be placed almost anywhere without being distracting.