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3.0 out of 5 stars great, but lots of hassle to get there, 17 Jan 2010
This review is from: Netgear ReadyNAS Duo RND2000 Home Storage Solution ( 2 Bay ) - No Drives Included (Electronics)
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. It works now, but did not for ages. I may even have gone to the readynas web site for the latest version. All it does is locate the NAS on the network.

- use IE or Firefox (perhaps) but not Chrome as your browser to view the NAS pages.

- NTI shadow (from the CD) did not work properly at all. Very flaky. Lost the plot over access to read-only directories. But since all it does is allow you to schedule backups from your pc to the NAS, there are loads of (free) alternatives. I downloaded a copy of Cobian Backup 9, and so far so good.

- takes ages (hours and hours) to write tens of gigs of data to the NAS.

- the squeezebox server software pre-installed on the NAS is more trouble that it is worth since it is so out of date. You need to manually install a recent version, otherwise your squeezebox player will complain about format conflict or something along those lines, and download a new copy of the firmware to itself to be compatible with the server, then the same happens again if you switch the player back to have mysqueezebox.com as the server, and then again when you switch back to the NAS, and then again when... Or you could upgrade the server software on the NAS.

- attaching a usb printer to the NAS does work, although sending the document to the printer is a bit slower than usual. My HP printer was so old (4 years!) that there was no printer driver on the list of possibles, so it needed a bit of digging to find a compatible printer driver.

- you can share your Favourites from the mysqueezbox.com site by exporting to OPML, copying the file onto the NAS, then importing the file via the NAS' squeezecenter Favourites page.

- and no doubt some more stuff I've forgotten.
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Initial post: 26 Jan 2010 13:24:25 GMT
Theuth says:
Very useful tips and it seems like what I need too, but, man, that sounds like a lot of work.

Posted on 28 Jan 2011 22:51:00 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jan 2011 22:51:26 GMT
Nigel says:
C. Gathercole you just love it, you know you do!
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