Netgear ReadyNAS Duo RND2000 Home Storage Solution (incl. FREE 500GB drive until 30 Sept) £141.05 @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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* Product Description: NETGEAR ReadyNAS Duo RND2000 - NAS server
* Device Type: NAS server
* Host Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet
* Installed Devices / Modules Qty: 0 (installed) / 2 (max)
* Dimensions (WxDxH): 10.1 cm x 22.2 cm x 14.2 cm
* Weight: 2.1 kg
* Localisation: United Kingdom
* Storage Controller: 1 x RAID - Serial ATA-150
* Hard Drive: Hot-swap
* Networking: Network adapter - integrated - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet
* Power: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
* System Requirements: Linux, Apple MacOS X, Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4, Microsoft Windows XP SP1 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista
* Environmental Standards: EPA Energy Star
* Manufacturer Warranty: 3 years warranty

Manufacturer's Description
The ReadyNAS Duo is perfect for homes with more than one computer. Unlike a USB drive, the ReadyNAS connects to the network and is simultaneously accessible via all connected Windows or Macintosh computers. If there is a broadband Internet connection and a home router, the ReadyNAS can be set up to provide secure access to all the stored files remotely via the Internet.For added protection of stored data, an optional second hard disk drive can be installed. The spare hard drive will keep an extra copy of all the data and instantly take over if the first hard drive should fail. Advanced media streaming support allows the ReadyNAS to directly serve media, with no PC required. Officially licensed BitTorrent client allows downloading to occur without the need for an additional computer. A web-based interface facilitates download management from computers, and a special NETGEAR digital entertainer interface allows management from the select NETGEAR device.
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#1
great price, fantastic product!!!!
#2
Hi guys,

Been looking into NAS drives for sometime now. My question to the experts if you can answer me please..

What will I not be able to do with this?

I have a PS3, X360, PC(Ofcourse lol), soon PSP. How will I benefit from purchasing this item to integret with the mentioned devices? Ohh I also watch alot of Movies/Series

Thanks for your response in advance.
#3
Ive finally taken the plunge and gone for this, I was going to set up home server but after looking into it this seems a much better option and easier.
Just need to find a couple of cheap 1.5tb drives and ill be sorted.
heat and rep left.
#4
akheirax

I have a PS3, X360, PC(Ofcourse lol), soon PSP. How will I benefit from purchasing this item to integret with the mentioned devices? Ohh I also watch alot of Movies/Series


I can only comment on the Xbox360... The Readnas has an inbuilt streaming client (ReadyDLNA, enables playback of videos, music and pictures from DLNA/UPnP AV network media players), although it does not convert video (as with TVersity) so has to be in the format recongised by the 360 - I steam 1080p wmv with no problem.

I have also read that PS3's stream well....
#5
yup PS3s work fine thru upnp as well - again no streaming probs

other nice bits are email alerts sent to any addresses u specify if there is a problem and a bittorrent client built in (although I dont use it - some may)

Has USB interfaces for an offsite backup to external HDD if ur really paranoid and will also recognise a UPS thru this as well

another thing - print server - plug printers in to it and it can then easily be shared with all ur other PCs

Setup is easy but if ur using mirroring (and tbh there is little point in this unless u do) the mirrored volume does take a long time to build - u can use the unit while it is doing this

Free HDD turned up withing 10 days

great product and every 5 quid extra off is nice :)
banned#6
I would recommend to anybody with the slightest ability with computers to build their own NAS. It can work out cheaper (especially if you have most of the components from an old PC) and you can get more for your money.

If you want zero hassle then go for something like this.
#7
Lombear

Free HDD turned up withing 10 days


10 days? I sent mine off on the 20th August and still do not have a drive??!!!! I chased via email twice but no reply.... damn
#8
master_chief
I would recommend to anybody with the slightest ability with computers to build their own NAS. It can work out cheaper (especially if you have most of the components from an old PC) and you can get more for your money.

If you want zero hassle then go for something like this.


I chose not to take this route, since most PC's draw much more power that a dedicated NAS - At the time I last looked FreeNas did not support streaming, and the software RAID setup in windows (non server products) was slow and not great....

What did you go with ?
#9
I'm the OP but I have a question too :)

I want to store all my video on the NAS and stream it to my Vista Media Centre. How will I do this? Will it show up automatically in the Media Centre menus or will I have to map the NAS as a network drive?

Many thanks.
#10
johnyb;6340216
10 days? I sent mine off on the 20th Sept and still do not have a drive??!!!! I chased via email twice but no reply.... damn


You sent it today but you're already chasing? :whistling:
#11
Was looking at an external HD but might go for this instead. Thick question but I presume you plug this into your PC via Ethernet? My current ethernet port has my devolo homeplug plugged into it.

Would I need something else to enable me to plug both in?
banned#12
johnyb
I chose not to take this route, since most PC's draw much more power that a dedicated NAS - At the time I last looked FreeNas did not support streaming, and the software RAID setup in windows (non server products) was slow and not great....

What did you go with ?


To be honest I'm not really to fussed on power consumption but I guess if it's important you can reduce this by using an Atom based rig with the "green" drives.

I wouldn't advocate software RAID, hardware cards are cheap as chips these days. There is much debate over SW vs HW RAID.

I've played around with a fair few OSs for NAS servers, basically just normal server/client operating systems. I am currently playing around with OpenSolaris for the ZFS file system capabilities.
#13
About a year ago, there were postings for a server fujitsu-siemens-primergy-econel-100 at £117, which on the face of it seems to be a better deal if something similar is available now.

However, the point of these appliances are that they are always on, using electricity.
A standard pc box will cost 80-120 if on 24/7/365 (of course ymmv and more modern boxes may use less and you might switch it off when not at home)
A reasonable NAS box should use 10-20% of that ( i.e. cost you 100-60 less on your electricity bill)

So, over 3 years it is possibly cheaper to buy one of these than re-using an old pc (unless your old pc happens to be a very power-efficient one)
#14
nuttyphilt
You sent it today but you're already chasing? :whistling:


Brain dead. I meant 20th August
#15
wozwebs
Was looking at an external HD but might go for this instead. Thick question but I presume you plug this into your PC via Ethernet? My current ethernet port has my devolo homeplug plugged into it.

Would I need something else to enable me to plug both in?


Yes, you would need either a switch or a hub to allow both the NAS and your PC to communicate via their network interfaces.

A simple 4 or 6 port switch would be fine, and you should be able to pick one up for around £20 (I haven't looked specifically, so that's a guesstimate).
#16
Just one thing to be aware of, this device supports SATA 150, so even if you fill it with shiny new SATA 300 drives (which means pretty much any drive made in the last 2 years), they are still only going to be accessed at the SATA 150 speeds (about 1.5Gb/s instead of 3Gb/s).

That's probably still plenty fast enough for most home usage, but just wanted to point it out. If performance is a factor for you then you may want to search for something with a faster SATA interface.
#17
Hot, what a price!
#18
omoorej
Just one thing to be aware of, this device supports SATA 150, so even if you fill it with shiny new SATA 300 drives (which means pretty much any drive made in the last 2 years), they are still only going to be accessed at the SATA 150 speeds (about 1.5Gb/s instead of 3Gb/s).

That's probably still plenty fast enough for most home usage, but just wanted to point it out. If performance is a factor for you then you may want to search for something with a faster SATA interface.


The network connection and internal hardware will limit speeds before SATA150 becomes a bottleneck.

http://www.trustedreviews.com/networking/review/2008/05/05/Netgear-ReadyNAS-Duo/p2

"The Duo is no slouch in the performance stakes either. Copying a 690MB video file over Gigabit Ethernet returned average read and write speeds of 24.6MB/sec and 17.3MB/sec. FTP speeds are on the money as copying the same file using the FileZilla utility returned good read and write rates of 21MB/sec and 11.5MB/sec."
#19
Power and noise were a big issue for me and this unit will draw MUCH less than even low spec PC - 11W if I remember from specs - its also quieter - however like the man says - do whats best for you - and recycling is good mkay?
#20
it would be really great if this NAS can be accessed from Iphone...;)
#21
What sort of case do you guys recommend if I wanted to build my own NAS box?
#22
The only thing on this really missing ofr me is wireless connectivity.
#23
Junk
it would be really great if this NAS can be accessed from Iphone...;)


If you jailbreak your iphone this is probably quite easy to do. I'm not sure what exactly you'd be able to do once you'd connected to it though, other than copy stuff to and from your iphone to use it as a portable drive...
#24
robovski
The only thing on this really missing ofr me is wireless connectivity.


Just plug it in to your wifi router.
#25
master_chief;6340135
I would recommend to anybody with the slightest ability with computers to build their own NAS. It can work out cheaper (especially if you have most of the components from an old PC) and you can get more for your money.

If you want zero hassle then go for something like this.

true, i looked at buying a nas but they are really expesnive for what you get....this one is good value tho...prob is the processor is pathetic (you dont need anything high spec tho), the software is using dire/limited too
#26
Relative newbie when it comes to networks but wondered the following.

I currently connect my PS3, PC to my sky router and think I have one spare ethernet port left. If I was to connect this directly to the router would the PS3 and PC acknowledge the NAS and therefore stream media?

I also have a lappie connected wireless to the router and wondered if that also means my lappie would read the NAS?

Is it a simple case of connecting to the router and any files I want to move to from PC would be done over the network? Apologies for the questions.
#27
[SIZE="2"]Just to throw petrol on the fire, how about using something like this Newlink USB 2.0 Networking Server NAS Quad 4 Port and hanging your old drives, in external enclosures, or new external drives? Methinks this could be a very cheap solution????[/SIZE]
#28
warnie
Relative newbie when it comes to networks but wondered the following.

I currently connect my PS3, PC to my sky router and think I have one spare ethernet port left. If I was to connect this directly to the router would the PS3 and PC acknowledge the NAS and therefore stream media?

I also have a lappie connected wireless to the router and wondered if that also means my lappie would read the NAS?

Is it a simple case of connecting to the router and any files I want to move to from PC would be done over the network? Apologies for the questions.


yes. connect it to the same network, copies all the junk over and streaaaaam :) streams fine with both 360 and ps3.
#29
cibarious
[SIZE="2"]Just to throw petrol on the fire, how about using something like this Newlink USB 2.0 Networking Server NAS Quad 4 Port and hanging your old drives, in external enclosures, or new external drives? Methinks this could be a very cheap solution????[/SIZE]


having 4 external drives each with thier own powersupply its guaranteed ot take more power..

i dont think that will be able to stream either...
#30
master_chief;6340135
I would recommend to anybody with the slightest ability with computers to build their own NAS. It can work out cheaper (especially if you have most of the components from an old PC) and you can get more for your money.

If you want zero hassle then go for something like this.


Bigger, noisier usually, loads more power consumption, non-starter :-(
#31
robovski;6341149
The only thing on this really missing ofr me is wireless connectivity.


So use a couple of powerline ethernet adaptors, faster, less bother, less scurity issues.
#32
will this fly me to the moon?
#33
I have an HP NAS and can honestly say they are brilliant. The concept of a NAS for home use is something I was looking into for a long long time. I experimented with an old PC running Linux etc etc but nothing beats a dedicated NAS with oodles of disk space and RAID capable. I now scan all documents and stre them on my NAS. Completely cleared my home of paper which used to be left unfiled.

RAID means your data is fairly safe but I would recommend a dry run recovery just so you know what to do if one of the disks fails before it actually does. On my HP NAS the primary disk also has the OS/Firmware on it too so you need to know exactly where your disks are to restore this first then your data.

Otherwise, the sky is the limit with these things. Media streaming, BT Client, Print Server.... the list goes on and on.

HP Support was very good when I needed it and managed to finally get through to someone who knew what a NAS is.
#34
dubit;6341607
will this fly me to the moon?


Yes, definitely.
#35
Price gone up from £141.05 to £149.99 - edited accordingly.
#36
jackvdbuk
having 4 external drives each with thier own powersupply its guaranteed ot take more power..

i dont think that will be able to stream either...



Reviews not great for this either - and I thought the point of a NAS was to provide some form of redundancy,
otherwise just get a 1.5TB USB drive and a rabbits foot:whistling:
banned#37
nihcaj
Bigger, noisier usually, loads more power consumption, non-starter :-(


All valid points, I did say building your own isn't for the inexperienced. Saying that it's not that difficult to do, plenty of guides online on it.

The benefits of building your own far outweigh purchasing an off the shelf NAS, so long as the circumstances are right for you. You're never gonna build one this size and unlikely to get the low energy consumption of this but you can make them quiet as you want.

I'm just speccing one up for somebody at the moment with a rack case (easily substituted for a desktop one), atom mobo, RAID controller, RAM, PSU etc. All that for around £180 I think it was. The only thing to add was your hard drives, the beauty of this solution is you can add up to about 10 disks so if you went all 1.5tb you could have 15TB in a JBOD set up. Obviously RAID is the way to go but rather than the very limited 0 or 1 solutions you can go RAID 5, 6 or 10 depending on controller card. It's a no brainer to me but it's not for everyone...
#38
I have one of these there great except for one thing it is C*** for viewing photos if you are buying this to view your photos don't bother part from that its good.
#39
Thanks, great deal, should come in handy :)
#40
Junk
it would be really great if this NAS can be accessed from Iphone...;)


synology's product can do that.

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