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NetGear Stora 500GB Home Media Network Attached Storage £79.99 at BT Shop
NetGear Stora 500GB Home Media Network Attached Storage £79.99 at BT Shop

NetGear Stora 500GB Home Media Network Attached Storage £79.99 at BT Shop

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Product Description
NETGEAR Stora MS2105 - NAS server

Manufacturer Warranty
3 years warranty

Dimensions (WxDxH)
15 cm x 14.6 cm x 17.5 cm

Hard Drive
1 x 500 GB standard Serial ATA-300

Networking
Network adapter - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet

Storage Controller
1 x RAID - Serial ATA-300 - RAID 1

Localisation
United Kingdom

Device Type
NAS server

Installed Devices / Modules Qty
1 (installed) / 2 (max)

Total Storage Capacity
500 GB

Host Connectivity
Gigabit Ethernet

Now reduced to £69.99 !
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31 Comments

Seems good

there must be doing really badly if its dropped to £80.

were selling for much more not long ago.

rozza38;8832964

proper link without the tradedoubler … proper link without the tradedoubler stuffhttp://www.shop.bt.com/products/netgear-stora-500gb-home-media-network-attached-storage--nas--6KTT.html



rozza38;8832978

Same price … Same price here:-http://www.dabs.com/products/netgear-stora-500gb-home-media-network-attached-storage--nas--6KTT.html


Both of which are owned by BT! They are always the same price!

rozza38;8832983

and … and herehttp://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=417139&catcode=&sourceid=4316


More expensive after delivery!

Can I ask a dumb question.

What does this do? I know its a storage device but for what and why? :oops:

Sorry if its a thick question, just not the technical of PC stuff

Cheers

Looks good at that price

3% Quidco methinks

canada16;8833125

Can I ask a dumb question. What does this do? I know its a storage device … Can I ask a dumb question. What does this do? I know its a storage device but for what and why? Sorry if its a thick question, just not the technical of PC stuff



A single hard drive in your PC (or an external hard drive) is pretty much limited to that PC (it can be shared but the PC it is linked to has to be turned on for anyone else to use it).

A NAS plugs into your router and becomes a NETWORK device so it can be used by all computers on the network. It also includes its own administration software (many NAS devices run linux).

It can then be used as a storage device or backup device for backing up important files. Some NAS devices are also MEDIA servers which can stream media to other devices like XBox, PS3, TV etc.

Also with some NAS you can put in TWO (or more) hard disks and the use RAID to mirror what is on one hard disk to the other hard disk (this happens automatically). If one hard disk fails it means you dont lose all your data.

There are other advantages of a NAS like:
* You can acces the NAS device while you are away from home (FTP server)
* You can plug a printer or external hard disk into the NAS (to share it amongst all users)
* Some NAS can act as a media streamer
* Some NAS include bittorrent clients.

Note that some NAS devices are complex to setup so are not for those without a bit of technical knowledge.
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canada16;8833125

Can I ask a dumb question. What does this do? I know its a storage device … Can I ask a dumb question. What does this do? I know its a storage device but for what and why? :oops:Sorry if its a thick question, just not the technical of PC stuff Cheers



In simple terms, you can store (or backup) files to it over your compuer network. If you have more than one pc, it's a great way to centralise your storage.

s123;8832952

there must be doing really badly if its dropped to £80. were selling for … there must be doing really badly if its dropped to £80. were selling for much more not long ago.



Maybe with 1Tb drives dropping in price they feel a 500Gb NAS device is a bit out of date so NetGear are selling them off.

Very mixed reviews of the 1Tb model here (which I assume is the same as the 500Gb model but with a larger hard drive)

amazon.co.uk/pro…s=0

Edit: Just read the Amazon reviews - can I change my vote to cold?

guilbert53;8833273

A single hard drive in your PC (or an external hard drive) is pretty much … A single hard drive in your PC (or an external hard drive) is pretty much limited to that PC (it can be shared but the PC it is linked to has to be turned on for anyone else to use it). A NAS plugs into your router and becomes a NETWORK device so it can be used by all computers on the network. It also includes its own administration software (many NAS devices run linux).It can then be used as a storage device or backup device for backing up important files. Some NAS devices are also MEDIA servers which can stream media to other devices like XBox, PS3, TV etc.Also with some NAS you can put in TWO (or more) hard disks and the use RAID to mirror what is on one hard disk to the other hard disk (this happens automatically). If one hard disk fails it means you dont lose all your data.There are other advantages of a NAS like:* You can acces the NAS device while you are away from home (FTP server)* You can plug a printer or external hard disk into the NAS (to share it amongst all users)* Some NAS can act as a media streamer* Some NAS include bittorrent clients.Note that some NAS devices are complex to setup so are not for those without a bit of technical knowledge..



All well and good, BUT the access times are really really slow........by comparison to a USB connection, if you want fast data transfer speeds then beware....

Trusted Reviews review of the 1GB version seems quite good. Comments section on it also highlights some things fixed with new firmwares (like sleep mode and renaming the main folders). Downside is you get more features through their Stora subscription (US$19.99 pa I think)
]http//ww…/p1

tomt82;8833645

Trusted Reviews review of the 1GB version seems quite good. Comments … Trusted Reviews review of the 1GB version seems quite good. Comments section on it also highlights some things fixed with new firmwares (like sleep mode and renaming the main folders). Downside is you get more features through their Stora subscription (US$19.99 pa I think)]http://www.trustedreviews.com/networking/review/2009/11/19/Netgear-Stora-MS2110/p1



A 1Gb NAS drive eh

This looked promising.

Then I read this
forum1.netgear.com/sho…e=2

Basically, Netgear have a vpn connection to your nas and the only way you can change the passwords is through their remote servers

Jupiter Obscure;8833937

This looked promising.Then I read … This looked promising.Then I read thishttp://forum1.netgear.com/showthread.php?t=51469&page=2


Thats for the stora subscription... :thumbsup:

So will this do MKV to the PS3 or no?

I want MKV M2TS files to stream but 1080p keeps stuttering even though I have a wired connection and also tried 1gb homeplugs

Thanks so much for the friendly advice

gary_rip;8833966

Thats for the stora subscription... :thumbsup:



Are you sure about that? I might be interested if that's the case

Also, note that it doesn't do RAID 0 (i.e. use two discs and they hold different data but look like one huge drive) - it'll only do RAID 1 - mirroring (which is a good thing, but if you have 2 x 1TB drives, you only have 1TB of storage).

its worthwhile spending more and getting a readynas duo

Majnu;8837177

its worthwhile spending more and getting a readynas duo



Agreed, bought the ReadyNas Duo 2110 with 1Tb drive, but on a promo that said I get a second 1Tb drive free, perfect for data redundancy. Drive unit looks more configurable as well.

That said the Storas a good little drive for basic network sharing.

Scrozuk

can you upgrade the hard drive to 2tb? or are these limited to 500gb?

mike_bhoy;8837498

can you upgrade the hard drive to 2tb? or are these limited to 500gb?



You can upgrade to 2x2TB.

Also, running raid 1 is best as when you "stripe" data in raid 0 you risk losing it all if drive fails.

I originally had a Linksys Mediahub, then looked at the Netgear Stora but went for the Readynas with 2 1TB drives, data is mirrored and drives are hot swappable.

I'd spend the extra on a readynas duo too, rather than this, although they're not for beginners. I've spent ages on forums and tweaking the settings to get acceptable performance out of it, and even now it's not great. It does stream 1080p mkv files using a combination of BT/comtrend homeplugs and then wireless-n to a WD Live with no stuttering though.

I love it - looks good and is cheap and cheerful, however reading the Stora forums - it looks like there are way too many issues at the moment; and I don't like the fact Netgear have a"subscription" service and require you to go through their servers to add more than 3 users (I realise it's a premium service that you don't need - it just seems - odd from my perspective - to limit user control deliberately) which is a real shame. There is a hacking site available here: hardwarehackersunite.com/ but nothing stands out as providing an easy, complete replacement OS for the device.

Will be avoiding it despite liking the hardware. I settled for a non-NAS setup slow USB with the Tsunami ULTIMATE-II 3500 to go with Scan's today-only deal; wonder how well it'd run on the Joggler, lol.

so what is the best NAS solution for streaming HD content?

Just picked one up, can't justify the readyNAS cost at the moment, so looking for this to complement my future setup, maybe purely as backup only. Had an existing business account with dabs/BT business shop and they knocked off another £3 for me too - and I buy practically nothing from them every year but they still keep and account manager allocated to me.

and now its been dropped to £69.99, with 182 in stock.

If they can't shift them it may drop further?
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