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Netgear ReadyNAS Duo RND2000 Home Storage Solution ( 2 Bay ) - No Drives Included

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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
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Technical Details
BrandNetGear
Item Weight2.1 Kg
Product Dimensions22.2 x 10.1 x 14.2 cm
Item model numberRND2000-100UKS
Hard Drive Size1000 GB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports3
Wattage35 watts
  
Additional Information
ASINB001O35S7M
Best Sellers Rank 44,620 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3.3 Kg
Date First Available18 Dec 2008
  
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121 of 121 people found the following review helpful By G. Barry on 28 Nov 2009
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I see that people are still reading this review after a couple of years, and I appreciate all of the positive feedback, so only fair to keep it up to date.

I stick with most of what I say below, but will be switching to a Home Server running Windows Home Server 2011. The NAS is fine as a simple file server or backup device, but the technology is old and the laborious procedure for updating the Squeezebox software (main reason I originally bought the DUO) has become too much of a niggle, and my network has expanded. So it is time to move on, and I can no longer really recommend this NAS with complete conviction.

Original review:

Very important: Start with 1 disk only in the ReadyNas, and if you have 2 disks of different sizes that you intend to use, make sure you start with the SMALLEST one first!

Also: It really is very important to read the instructions!

This is an excellent little NAS device for the price, but does require a bit of prior knowledge to set up or research if you are not overly familiar with networking, and you should definitely take the time to read the manual on the installation disc. First you should be aware of the limitations. For this price you are not buying a high performance device, but if you are willing to spend a bit more you can upgrade the Duo to get a lot more from it. I'll come back to that later. You must also read the documentation to see what hard drives and what combination of drives are compatible. I've seen a couple of reviews here on Amazon with people complaining that this or that doesn't work. That's simply not true but you do need to perform some basic checks before you start spending money.
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102 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Surrey James on 18 May 2009
I bought this to use as a home server to safely store all the files in our household so as to make them accessible from any of our three computers. I haven't tried Bit Torrent or any of the photo sharing stuff yet.

Although you can buy this product with one disk ready installed, I would recommend purchasing it without disks as fitting the drives is so easy and you will save a great deal of money - in my case well over £150. Four screws (provided) to fit the drive into the caddy, slide it in and click to lock - no connectors to push on. Took me less than 4 minutes to put in 2 1TB disks. Before buying your disks check the compatibility list on the Netgear website - not all disks are compatible. The NAS checked for upgrades during install and then re-flashed the system which was reassuring.

Print server works well for a USB printer either by pointing at the NAS in My Computer / Network Places and installing or using IPP (Apple Bonjour) which is pre-installed on the NAS and is easily downloaded from the web onto each PC - this seems to be the faster option in a Windows XP environment and is very easy to set up. Just start Bonjour, it automatically 'discovers' the printer and then you set up in the normal way - 'have disk' etc.

New folders are easy to create and can be mapped as normal to persistent shares. The daily timed start-up and shut-down works well so you can set the NAS to power itself down during the night. The NAS fan comes on at full speed for the first few seconds after start-up but then becomes almost silent. To my ears, it's still a little too noisy for living room use, but I use a passively cooled PC in the lounge to avoid cooling fan noise so perhaps I'm a bit fussy.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By C. Gathercole on 17 Jan 2010
After *much* fretting, faffing, and googling, in an effort to get things working, I now have a new ReadyNas Duo serving music to a Netgear Squeezebox Boom, holding backups of all my documents and photos, attaching a usb printer to the network, and I can say, yes, its great. Is exactly what I was looking for.

However, I am not happy about how easily much of the hassle could have been avoided by a bit more effort (pre-install the latest versions of software) and documentation (especially for the barebones NAS) from Netgear up front.

To Those Who Come After, I offer the following snippets of hard-won hindsight:

- if you have the barebones RND2000, insert the first drive *before* you first connect the NAS to the network. Could not find this written down anywhere (the documentation with the NAS itself and on the readynas site does not seem to stretch to cover the RND2000), and spent ages trying all sorts of things to get the NAS to appear on the network, including booting the NAS off a USB stick (which may or may not have helped at all).

- it does seem substantially cheaper to buy the barebones readynas duo and get a drive for it separately.

- despite what Amazon tells you on the product page, you do *not* need to buy the drive connectors in addition to the drive. The disk drive unit screws directly into one of the removable frames in the NAS and that then slides into the main unit and connects up the drive inside.

- if you have Vista, prepare for a world of pain. The network view did not and still does not show the NAS, but it was eventually possible to access the NAS via \\nas-AB-CD-EF (where A-F are the numbers specific to your own instance of the NAS).

- RAIDar (from the CD) does not fill me with confidence.
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