NetGear ReadyNAS NV+ (1TB)

The Netgear ReadyNAS NV+ offers a lot in the way of features and performance, which is good, because it's expensive.


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The Netgear ReadyNAS NV+ network-attached storage drive offers fast read and write speeds, loads of features, backup software, and a slick design -- for a price. It's among the more expensive NAS drives we've looked at, but it's functional and easy to use, making it easier for us to recommend it for home and small office users.

The ReadyNAS NV+ comes in five flavours. Each model has four drive bays, filled to different capacities. The RND4000 comes empty, allowing you to fill it with your choice of SATA or SATA-II drives. The RND4425 has four 250GB drives, the RND4250 comes with two 500GB drives and two empty drive bays, the RND4275 has two 750GB drives and two empty drive bays, and the RND4450 comes with four 500GB drives. We tested the RND4425, which offers a total of 1TB of storage -- four hot-swappable, 250GB Seagate hard drives. Housed in a shiny, rugged aluminium case, the ReadyNas NV+ is capable of managing the hard drives in three different RAID configurations: 0, 1, and 5. You can also configure it in X-RAID, Netgear's proprietary RAID configuration that automates volume expansion as you add drives or swap out drives for larger ones. Suggested pricing is as follows:

RND4000 (0TB) AU$1,699
RND4250 (1TB, 2x500GB w/ 2 empty bays) AU$2,099
RND4425 (1TB, 4x250GB) AU$2,119
RND4275 (1.5TB, 2x750GB w/ 2 empty bays) AU$2,699
RND4450 (2TB, 4x500GB) AU$3,199

The ReadyNAS NV+ can be hooked directly to a network via Gigabit Ethernet connection or connected directly to a computer via USB 2.0. You can also use the three USB ports to connect printers, and flash and hard disk drives as backup sources or destinations, or expand the storage by connecting USB storage devices. It can stream media to UPnP-compliant AV devices and function as a file, DHCP, and print server.

It was easy and straightforward to get the ReadyNAS NV+ set up to our test network with the help of the included software. We were able to detect and configure the drive with just a few clicks of the mouse. Once set up, backup can be automated or you can manually start the process by pressing the Backup button on the front of the device.

The ReadyNAS NV+ performed very well in CNET Labs' timed data transfer tests. It wrote the 5GB test file of mixed file types in 18 minutes, 10 seconds. It read the same file back in 13 minutes, 53 seconds. Its read speed was the fastest we've clocked for a NAS drive, and its write speed was behind only those of the Iomega StorCenter Pro 150d and the HP Media Vault MV2020.

Transfer speed tests (min:sec)
(Shorter bars indicate faster performance)
5GB read test (min:sec)
5GB write test (min:sec)
Netgear ReadyNAS NV+
13:53
18:10
Buffalo TeraStation Home Server**
15:00
24:56
HP Media Vault MV2020
15:12
13:25
Iomega StorCenter Pro 150d
15:22
13:59
Iomega StorCenter Wireless NAS drive*
17:32
19:01
Maxtor Shared Storage Plus
21:19
23:34
Western Digital NetCenter
21:56
23:27
Note: *Tested in RAID 0 mode **Tested in RAID 5 mode
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The Good:range of apps to add on, great performance simple and cheap

The Bad:torrent client that comes pre-installed is weak

I recently purchased one of these and installed 4x 1TB Segate drives. The total cost drives included was $560 which is great.

The performance is good, I copied some large files across through a 100Mbps switch and was happy with the throughput (~80Mbps which is about as good as I could expect through the switch).

The features on the Netgear ReadNAS far exceed what I need, and there is a large range of additional applications that can be installed via the Readynas website.

I was unhappy with the inbuilt torrent client so I removed it and installed Transmission which is much better in my view. the whole process took 3 minutes, no reboot required.

A great storage/multimedia solution, you won't be disappointed.

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tgs posted a review   
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The Good:A/D integration, 5 yr warranty, Mac/Linux support, b/u software, can upgrade HDD as we need to, great performance.

The Bad:Would like support for new 1Tb HDD

Great NAS solution for our small business. Excellent features and very zippy performance. Excellent value for money - didn't have to spend big $ on a file server.

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Early_Grayce posted a review   

The Good:Small and has a print server although I am left wondering if it will relay the ink status of all printers.
Allows you to manage print queues remotely just in case your printer self distructs.
Will talk with your ups over usb
3 USB Ports
Fan failure alert to protect your assets.

The Bad:Price.
I can't work out how many network connections. it would be nice to see multiple PCs hooking up independantly

It seems that Buying a PC and using it as a full blown Server would be more affordable and more usefull. But after looking through the manual it looks very easy to manage and adaptable to most problem circumstances including not losing your print queue if you need to replace printers while in service




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User Reviews / Comments  NetGear ReadyNAS NV+ (1TB)

  • hammer

    hammer

    Rating9

    "I recently purchased one of these and installed 4x 1TB Segate drives. The total cost drives included was $560 which is great.

    The performance is good, I copied some large files acro..."

  • tgs

    tgs

    Rating9

    "Great NAS solution for our small business. Excellent features and very zippy performance. Excellent value for money - didn't have to spend big $ on a file server."

  • Early_Grayce

    Early_Grayce

    Rating7

    "It seems that Buying a PC and using it as a full blown Server would be more affordable and more usefull. But after looking through the manual it looks very easy to manage and adaptable to most prob..."

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