NETGEAR RN31664E-100EUS ReadyNAS 316 6 Bay Enterprise Network Attached Storage – Very easy and straightforward to setup

Updated review – no longer considered a 1 star purchase. I wrote a review of this product in may, when i originally purchased one from the italian amazon website (it was around £80 cheaper on the italian site, even after paying for next day shipping to the uk). I had huge problems with the original nas that i bought and i have kept the original review at the bottom of this review, just so that you can see (if you wish) the types of problems that i had. The original review starts after the ‘=====’ at the bottom. I have now purchased another rn31600 (the diskless version) from amazon uk and i am pleased to say that this one so far appears to be working. There was one issue that i had though and that was that the ‘brand new’ nas that i bought had previously been opened. The nas came in a netgear branded box, with brown tape with netgear printed on it, this tape had been sliced with a knife and clear tape stuck over the top. I opened the box and inside was another box (the retail branded box that would sit on the shelf in a shop, with all the specs of the product printed on it). This box had too been opened, the netgear tape had been sliced with a knife and no attempt had been made to reseal this inner box. I took out the nas and the nas is kept inside a plastic bag inside the inner box.

At this price, i guess it’s only going to be real nerds that click the buy button, so i’ll be a little bit technical. – 6 drive bays, allows much more capacity than a 4-bay model. Means i could buy 4 x 3tb drives, giving 9tb usable space in raid5, and still have space to add two more drives in future going up to 12tb and then 15tb as i add drives. A 4-bay model even with 4tb drives would only allow a total of 12tb of storage and the drives would cost more. – powerful cpu, the gui works well as a result. Using 4x3tb wd red drives, i can get 125mb/s throughput, limited only by my gigabit lan. – iscsi luns run at 70-80mbps, not as fast as a local drive but very useful for offloading storage from a local machine and storing it with raid5 resilience. – snapshots work exceptionally well, allowing accidentally deleted files to be deleted in moments.

Easy to set up, good performance and lots of options. My prior experience with home and small office nas drives has been with qnap hardware, which i’ve found to be of good quality and reliability. While i’ve used netgear network equipment for years, i had no experience with their nas hardware, but my old 4tb qnap was running out of space. The readynas 316 has 6 bays, each of which can take a 4tb disk and – handily – not all of them need to be filled immediately. As the other reviewers have pointed out, setting up the readynas is quite straightforward even if you have little experience of servers or multiple drive devices. So i’d like to pick out one example of this, which is the x-raid 2 feature. For the novice, raid is the way that you configure multiple hard drives to function as a single area of space, or ‘volume’. There are several different levels of raid but the most common are:- raid 0 (zero) – this gives the greatest disk space as the total formatted space of all the disks is available to you, but if one of the disks fails you will lose all of your data- raid 1 – this is also known as mirroring and requires an even number of disks, half of which will be used to store a copy of all data on the other half; less storage but more protection from failure- raid 5 – this provides ‘striping with parity’ which means that data is written across all of the disks like painting a stripe across them; the advantage of this is that a single disk failure will not cause a loss of data. However there is no protection from 2 or more simultaneous failures and the penalty for the parity is that the equivalent of 1 disk is deducted from the total volume sizewith x-raid 2, the device automatically assigns the raid level based on the number of disks installed. Put one disk in and it will create a raid 0 volume, use 2 and it will set raid 1, 3 or more and it will choose raid 5. So what, you might ask, it’s not that hard. Well no, but what is a pain normally is if you wanted to change after initially setting up and storing data on the drive. Normally you would have to backup your data, insert another disk, wipe all the data and create a new raid array, wait for it to build and then finally restore the data. X-raid 2 will simply automatically expand the volume across the additional disk(s) without backup and restore.

Easy to set up, good performance and lots of options. My prior experience with home and small office nas drives has been with qnap hardware, which i’ve found to be of good quality and reliability. While i’ve used netgear network equipment for years, i had no experience with their nas hardware, but my old 4tb qnap was running out of space. The readynas 316 has 6 bays, each of which can take a 4tb disk and – handily – not all of them need to be filled immediately. As the other reviewers have pointed out, setting up the readynas is quite straightforward even if you have little experience of servers or multiple drive devices. So i’d like to pick out one example of this, which is the x-raid 2 feature. For the novice, raid is the way that you configure multiple hard drives to function as a single area of space, or ‘volume’. There are several different levels of raid but the most common are:- raid 0 (zero) – this gives the greatest disk space as the total formatted space of all the disks is available to you, but if one of the disks fails you will lose all of your data- raid 1 – this is also known as mirroring and requires an even number of disks, half of which will be used to store a copy of all data on the other half; less storage but more protection from failure- raid 5 – this provides ‘striping with parity’ which means that data is written across all of the disks like painting a stripe across them; the advantage of this is that a single disk failure will not cause a loss of data. However there is no protection from 2 or more simultaneous failures and the penalty for the parity is that the equivalent of 1 disk is deducted from the total volume sizewith x-raid 2, the device automatically assigns the raid level based on the number of disks installed. Put one disk in and it will create a raid 0 volume, use 2 and it will set raid 1, 3 or more and it will choose raid 5. So what, you might ask, it’s not that hard. Well no, but what is a pain normally is if you wanted to change after initially setting up and storing data on the drive. Normally you would have to backup your data, insert another disk, wipe all the data and create a new raid array, wait for it to build and then finally restore the data. X-raid 2 will simply automatically expand the volume across the additional disk(s) without backup and restore.

Excellent kit, easy to set up and manage. I have long fancied setting up a nas server on my network and when i got offered the chance to review this i grabbed it. Knowing what i know now it is way more than i need at home but it is a brilliant piece of equipment. Set up is fairly straightforward. You will need a hard drive or two to go into this. I plumped for 2 x 2tb western digital reds as they offer 3 year guarantee, are designed for nas operation but are at a considerable price difference to other nas-designed drives. I went for this amount as i didn’t want to spend too much but it was also enough to backup what i have at home. The drives are easy to fit as they clip in, no need to screw in at all. Once drives are in and i powered it up the drive set up the firmware and then formatted the drives. Took about 20 minutes for all that to happen so in my mind that is also pretty quick. Once set up is done the software i found quite easy to use. The interface is intuitive and the setting up of backups is easy to do. The intial backing up of my 2 desktops and laptop took just over a day, but i do know that i have a fair amount of data, music, videos etc duplicated across all three machines so i could have probably done some tidying up first and made life a little easier and the process shorter. I’ll take care of that over time.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Really excellent – if I want to be picky I would
  • Everything I wanted
  • Updated review – no longer considered a 1 star purchase

Excellent kit, easy to set up and manage. I have long fancied setting up a nas server on my network and when i got offered the chance to review this i grabbed it. Knowing what i know now it is way more than i need at home but it is a brilliant piece of equipment. Set up is fairly straightforward. You will need a hard drive or two to go into this. I plumped for 2 x 2tb western digital reds as they offer 3 year guarantee, are designed for nas operation but are at a considerable price difference to other nas-designed drives. I went for this amount as i didn’t want to spend too much but it was also enough to backup what i have at home. The drives are easy to fit as they clip in, no need to screw in at all. Once drives are in and i powered it up the drive set up the firmware and then formatted the drives. Took about 20 minutes for all that to happen so in my mind that is also pretty quick. Once set up is done the software i found quite easy to use. The interface is intuitive and the setting up of backups is easy to do. The intial backing up of my 2 desktops and laptop took just over a day, but i do know that i have a fair amount of data, music, videos etc duplicated across all three machines so i could have probably done some tidying up first and made life a little easier and the process shorter. I’ll take care of that over time.

Good nas, plenty of features.

Really excellent – if i want to be picky i would. Really excellent – if i want to be picky i would comment that i can’t find out how to shutdown remotely.

Good nas, plenty of features.

Updated review – no longer considered a 1 star purchase. I wrote a review of this product in may, when i originally purchased one from the italian amazon website (it was around £80 cheaper on the italian site, even after paying for next day shipping to the uk). I had huge problems with the original nas that i bought and i have kept the original review at the bottom of this review, just so that you can see (if you wish) the types of problems that i had. The original review starts after the ‘=====’ at the bottom. I have now purchased another rn31600 (the diskless version) from amazon uk and i am pleased to say that this one so far appears to be working. There was one issue that i had though and that was that the ‘brand new’ nas that i bought had previously been opened. The nas came in a netgear branded box, with brown tape with netgear printed on it, this tape had been sliced with a knife and clear tape stuck over the top. I opened the box and inside was another box (the retail branded box that would sit on the shelf in a shop, with all the specs of the product printed on it). This box had too been opened, the netgear tape had been sliced with a knife and no attempt had been made to reseal this inner box. I took out the nas and the nas is kept inside a plastic bag inside the inner box.

Really excellent – if i want to be picky i would. Really excellent – if i want to be picky i would comment that i can’t find out how to shutdown remotely.

Very easy and straightforward to setup. I have decided to review this product in real time, so. 27 the box is opened and the very well designed and engineered nas sees light for the first time. There is the box, a cd, screws for drives and an ethernet cable, power cable and an international power cable. 15:30 the drives go in (i ordered 4 x 1tb and 2 x 2tb western digital red nas drives) using the clips rather than screws, and the power lead is attached. The ethernet cable is attached. 33 the nas is turned on and communicates what it is doing. It starts instilling firmware then says it is syncing date.

Very easy and straightforward to setup. I have decided to review this product in real time, so. 27 the box is opened and the very well designed and engineered nas sees light for the first time. There is the box, a cd, screws for drives and an ethernet cable, power cable and an international power cable. 15:30 the drives go in (i ordered 4 x 1tb and 2 x 2tb western digital red nas drives) using the clips rather than screws, and the power lead is attached. The ethernet cable is attached. 33 the nas is turned on and communicates what it is doing. It starts instilling firmware then says it is syncing date.

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  1. Updated review – no longer considered a 1 star purchase. I wrote a review of this product in may, when i originally purchased one from the italian amazon website (it was around £80 cheaper on the italian site, even after paying for next day shipping to the uk). I had huge problems with the original nas that i bought and i have kept the original review at the bottom of this review, just so that you can see (if you wish) the types of problems that i had. The original review starts after the “=====” at the bottom. I have now purchased another rn31600 (the diskless version) from amazon uk and i am pleased to say that this one so far appears to be working. There was one issue that i had though and that was that the “brand new” nas that i bought had previously been opened. The nas came in a netgear branded box, with brown tape with netgear printed on it, this tape had been sliced with a knife and clear tape stuck over the top. I opened the box and inside was another box (the retail branded box that would sit on the shelf in a shop, with all the specs of the product printed on it). This box had too been opened, the netgear tape had been sliced with a knife and no attempt had been made to reseal this inner box. I took out the nas and the nas is kept inside a plastic bag inside the inner box.
  2. This review is from : NETGEAR RN31664E-100EUS ReadyNAS 316 6 Bay Enterprise Network Attached Storage – 6 x 4 TB

    Updated review – no longer considered a 1 star purchase. I wrote a review of this product in may, when i originally purchased one from the italian amazon website (it was around £80 cheaper on the italian site, even after paying for next day shipping to the uk). I had huge problems with the original nas that i bought and i have kept the original review at the bottom of this review, just so that you can see (if you wish) the types of problems that i had. The original review starts after the “=====” at the bottom. I have now purchased another rn31600 (the diskless version) from amazon uk and i am pleased to say that this one so far appears to be working. There was one issue that i had though and that was that the “brand new” nas that i bought had previously been opened. The nas came in a netgear branded box, with brown tape with netgear printed on it, this tape had been sliced with a knife and clear tape stuck over the top. I opened the box and inside was another box (the retail branded box that would sit on the shelf in a shop, with all the specs of the product printed on it). This box had too been opened, the netgear tape had been sliced with a knife and no attempt had been made to reseal this inner box. I took out the nas and the nas is kept inside a plastic bag inside the inner box.
    1. Excellent piece of kit, easy to setup and use. Multi-device usage mean you have your own cloud storage system that allows you to have complete control of all your data at your figure tips. You can even invite others to see or download specific file and or folders. The smaller versions are just as good, but not as expandable as this one.
      1. Excellent piece of kit, easy to setup and use. Multi-device usage mean you have your own cloud storage system that allows you to have complete control of all your data at your figure tips. You can even invite others to see or download specific file and or folders. The smaller versions are just as good, but not as expandable as this one.
  3. This review is from : NETGEAR RN31664E-100EUS ReadyNAS 316 6 Bay Enterprise Network Attached Storage – 6 x 4 TB

    Nas for business or even home but only if you have space. The review is for the diskless version. If you’re looking for a small, easy to hide nas drive to backup a few documents or photos, this isn’t for you. As it holds ups to 6 x 4tb drives, it is more suited to small businesses or even home business backups. Firstly, it’s the size of a small desktop pc. Secondly, the capacity for physical drives means only the most paranoid home used could make use of it. Having said that, if you are a semi-pro photographer or home-based video pro this could be for you. As mentioned it is the size of a small pc and can house 6 x hard drives up to a unformatted capacity of 4tb. Drives are hot-swappable through the front door using a locking carrier. On the rear you have the following interfaces.
    1. Nas for business or even home but only if you have space. The review is for the diskless version. If you’re looking for a small, easy to hide nas drive to backup a few documents or photos, this isn’t for you. As it holds ups to 6 x 4tb drives, it is more suited to small businesses or even home business backups. Firstly, it’s the size of a small desktop pc. Secondly, the capacity for physical drives means only the most paranoid home used could make use of it. Having said that, if you are a semi-pro photographer or home-based video pro this could be for you. As mentioned it is the size of a small pc and can house 6 x hard drives up to a unformatted capacity of 4tb. Drives are hot-swappable through the front door using a locking carrier. On the rear you have the following interfaces.