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Netgear Stora 2-bay NAS - £63.97 @ Amazon

Uridium Avatar
5y, 7m agoFound 5 years, 7 months ago
Decent cheap NAS. Dual bay and Gigabit NIC.

Older reviews are often not great as early firmware was a little poor and restrictive. Newer firmware has fixed the bugs and relaxed the 3 user limitation. No it's not a ReadyNAS but neither is the price.

Mine streams media fine to my XBMC Revo, Xbox360, PS3 and Android phone with no issues.

includes DLNA, Printserver, Bitorrent client , Windows/MAC backup, FTP Server and iTunes library support

Can easily be hacked as well to run whatever software/apps you want here http://www.openstora.com/

Some unbiased reviews and info here (despite it being a Netgear run forum)
http://forum1.netgear.com/forumdisplay.php?f=106

Manafacturer bumpf...

At last, home network storage that's comprehensive and easy to understand. NETGEAR Stora lets you store, share and protect music, movies, photos and data using any device on your home network and over the Internet. Listen to your music collection while traveling. Share a private photo album with family and friends. Drop photos into Facebook with ease. Automate backup from the PCs and Macs in your home to eliminate data loss worries. NETGEAR Stora even supports a second hard drive that mirrors the first, on the fly, ensuring even greater reliability for those irreplaceable digital assets. Unleash the power of your home network with Stora.
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#1
To access the Stora at all you have to have internet access - (even to set it up!) so no use if your thinking about just using it on a LAN. Also can't use more than one in the same network.

Was £49.99 before - but not voted either way
#2
maxruddock12
To access the Stora at all you have to have internet access - (even to set it up!) so no use if your thinking about just using it on a LAN. Also can't use more than one in the same network.

Was £49.99 before - but not voted either way


Both those issue resolved in a previous firmware upgrade.

Initial setup does still require internet access to register device serial number but after that Internet access is no longer required and LAN only access is fine.
Devices can also be named whatever you like now so you can use multiple devices on the same subnet/LAN.

Correct on the pricing though..i paid £49.99 for mine last year but they have been nearer £80 ever since.






Edited By: Uridium on Apr 18, 2011 12:00
#3
Just to warn people it formats in an unknown format. I dunno if it is like some kind of Linux partition but it doesn't format in a FAT32 or NTFS partition. Making data recovery a pain. That's what it use to be like though
#4
Anychance you could share how you stream to Android? Been looking for a solution for my DNS-323 for a while.
1 Like #5
http://www.openstora.com/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page

(i'm a contributor on their wiki)

it can do RAID1, RAID0, JBOD and some other things.. filesystem is XFS i think, perfectly standard, try any linux disk tool like GParted. there are quirks but that isn't one of them.

these are the most recent firmware changes (newer than when i did mine before xmas)
http://support.netgear.hipserv.com/release_notes/v_2_5.html
http://support.netgear.hipserv.com/release_notes/v_2_5_1.html




Edited By: Smiff on Apr 18, 2011 23:10: blah
1 Like #6
http://www.openstora.com/wiki/index.php?title=Harddrive_Recovery nevermind seems easy enough, enjoy the deal! :)
#7
Would it work with Sonos?
#8
I had nothing but problems with the one I bought
#9
can the cold voters leave a comment please?
#10
I had one which I bought for £49 and had lots of problems with it. Fine for a very bog standard file server but trying to do anything strenuous on it caused too many issues. The GUI is ok- newer firmware releases solved some deal breakers- and browsing photo's over wan was no problem. It synced to Itunes and my tv reasonably well and the SMB share never disappeared like my qnap inexplicably does occasionally (although it does strangely appear twice as STORA and STORA2)

Where it failed was on some pretty basic stuff. It really struggled in allowing me to even access 1080p files over LAN (not transcode) and the whole registration procedure is a bit clunky. I paid a bit more for a QNAP TS-219 and all the headaches went away.

I'd say £49 was about right for it but £65 is too much. They have been £49 many times so voting this cold I'm afraid.
#11
An evil hateful device. I have had endless problems with mine (just check previous posts - its too painful to go over again)

I hate you STORA - I hate you to your very core.......
#12
....you despicable beast.

If SkyNet ever comes to fruition, it will - with all certainty - start with a STORA.
#13
Great Device! Brought it at £50 a while back.
The box runs Linux like most network storage. Netgear are still supporting it and provide firmware updates including new features.
You do need an internet connection for the initial setup but once registered it works perfectly well offline. Most people who complain about this box just find it too difficult to use finding major trauma with minor problems!
banned#14
Hot from me
#15
danblu3
Just to warn people it formats in an unknown format. I dunno if it is like some kind of Linux partition but it doesn't format in a FAT32 or NTFS partition. Making data recovery a pain. That's what it use to be like though


As does every NAS known to man....
1 Like #17
I've had one of these for about 12 months. It's always really flakey. It has this auto power on/off thing that constantly seems to brick the device and require reflashing of software. I now just leave it on 24/7. You HAVE to use the file structure they want you to use, you have to register it online before you can access it. The list goes on.

Don't get this. Get some other brand or build your own.
#18
Sounds like a bad box - I'll give it a miss as I've had enough trouble with so-called 'useful' devices this year. Sometimes it would be easier to bin problem devices if you work out the time you spent trying to get them to behave the way you want :)

Edited By: jhw on Apr 19, 2011 09:36
#19
Bought for £49 a while ago with free 500GB disk. Perfectly good performance after initial setup. Works as well as my more expensive ReadyNAS. Happy with mine!
banned#20
no problems either, great box. mega easy to use.
#21
whitty_2k
Would it work with Sonos?


I would stear clear of this and pay a lot more for something quicker (Synology/QNAP).

I'm about to buy this one for my Sonos. Don't mix it up with the slower DS211j though.
#22
anyone know where I can get a replacement power supply for this? Mine broke.
#23
Have had similar problems with my Stora. What makes it even worse is that Netgear support is horrendous. My stora is with them since November and they seem to have misplaced it!
#24
danblu3
http://www.openstora.com/wiki/index.php?title=Harddrive_Recovery nevermind seems easy enough, enjoy the deal! :)


This is a great Wiki if you actually have this drive and want to do more than just the very basic stuff with it.
#25
sma20
whitty_2k
Would it work with Sonos?


I would stear clear of this and pay a lot more for something quicker (Synology/QNAP).

I'm about to buy [url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2FSynology-DS211-2-bay-Enclosure-Installed%2Fdp%2FB0048NXAH0%2Fref%3Dsr_1_4%3Fs%3Dcomputers%26ie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1303215367%26sr%3D1-4]this one for my Sonos[/url]. Don't mix it up with the slower DS211j though.


No speed issues with mine....Happily streams a large bluray rip to the PS3, as well as AVI's to both a 360 and Revo concurrently.

The critical thing for a happy life with a Stora is to forget the Crappy Bundled software and just manually map drives to it.

How much is the DS211 £200+...hardly a like for like comparison...If i wanted to spend that I'd just buy a ReadyNAS.

I work with Enterprise class SAN's day to day so i know what spending more cash can get you sure the DS211 is a better device but it should be for the price.....for the money the Stora is great value.


Edited By: Uridium on Apr 19, 2011 17:24
#26
Uridium
sma20
whitty_2k
Would it work with Sonos?


I would stear clear of this and pay a lot more for something quicker (Synology/QNAP).

I'm about to buy [url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2FSynology-DS211-2-bay-Enclosure-Installed%2Fdp%2FB0048NXAH0%2Fref%3Dsr_1_4%3Fs%3Dcomputers%26ie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1303215367%26sr%3D1-4]this one for my Sonos[/url]. Don't mix it up with the slower DS211j though.


No speed issues with mine....Happily streams a large bluray rip to the PS3, as well as AVI's to both a 360 and Revo concurrently.

The critical thing for a happy life with a Stora is to forget the Crappy Bundled software and just manually map drives to it.

How much is the DS211 £200+...hardly a like for like comparison...If i wanted to spend that I'd just buy a ReadyNAS.

I work with Enterprise class SAN's day to day so i know what spending more cash can get you sure the DS211 is a better device but it should be for the price.....for the money the Stora is great value.



I've read too many specific problems using multiple music folders with the Stora and Sonos in researching which is why I recommend spending a 'little' more. I guess it depends on what you want to do with it but I wouldn't recommend this to partner Sonos - especially when someone has spent an armful on their Sonos to begin with.
#27
Uridium
sma20
whitty_2k
Would it work with Sonos?


I would stear clear of this and pay a lot more for something quicker (Synology/QNAP).

I'm about to buy [url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2FSynology-DS211-2-bay-Enclosure-Installed%2Fdp%2FB0048NXAH0%2Fref%3Dsr_1_4%3Fs%3Dcomputers%26ie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1303215367%26sr%3D1-4]this one for my Sonos[/url]. Don't mix it up with the slower DS211j though.


No speed issues with mine....Happily streams a large bluray rip to the PS3, as well as AVI's to both a 360 and Revo concurrently.

The critical thing for a happy life with a Stora is to forget the Crappy Bundled software and just manually map drives to it.

How much is the DS211 £200+...hardly a like for like comparison...If i wanted to spend that I'd just buy a ReadyNAS.

I work with Enterprise class SAN's day to day so i know what spending more cash can get you sure the DS211 is a better device but it should be for the price.....for the money the Stora is great value.



for someone in the business you dont seem to know very much....sorry but the synology's are far far better than the readynas'

as for this Stora its a pile of junk....the dlink 323 is far better and cheaper now

netgear seem to have been slack lately....used to only release decentish stuff at reasonable prices......what with their vmedia hub (returned mine as it was dreadful) and this stora......they seem to be heading to the smartprice total junk sector


Edited By: royals on Apr 28, 2011 03:02

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