Review of Netgear ReadyNAS Duo RND2110 1TB
Just installed a Netgear ReadyNAS Duo RND2110 1TB.
+ 2 disks with a variety of RAID.
– Unfortunately with a proprietary solution called Xraid which we know nothing about. This is considered Not Good for a device that manges data. What if a disk fails? Is it readable again? Noone knows since Xraid is proprietary.
+/- Outside transformator. Make it easier to place but one more thing lying around. For me it was good.
+ Easy to reach disc bays.
( – Noisy.
Noisy like a fan running at full speed. Always. Netgear themselves have written that the developers took the drive to the bedroom to make sure it was quiet. My comment: 0ne developer was deaf and the other had the device turned off. It might be faulty unit I have.
UPDATE: replaced the unit without any problem and the new one was quieter. There was some error where the machine didn’t recognise the fan. ) I won’t say it is quiet because it isn’t. But it isn’t noisy.
– The hard drives that came with the machine has gotten louder. Unfortunately I cannot remember the name of them and am too lazy to open up and check.
+ Dropped some movies into the folder called media. Started an xbmc client on a laptop, browsed the LAN, chose, and the movies streamed.
+ Supports Time machine for Mac. But it only supports 1 client since the user name is hard coded.
– Slow web admin interface.
– Crashes once in a while.
+ Supports dyndns but only with a 3 letter suffix. E.g.: not myname.dyndns.info. I guess it is the 3 letter suffix that is the culprit at least; I got …dyndns.com working.
+ It can report errors both through built in SMTP server and through logging in to gmail and send from there.
+ Easy to setup backup. Just connect a drive to USB, or find a windows share or an FTP or some other endpoints I cannot remember now. Choose weekdays to backup and which folders (has some choosings) and whether to backup all or inrementally (and overwrite once a week or so). Seems a bit slow though. Can report automatically both errors and success per email.