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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent piece of hardware - Terrible software, 22 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: NETGEAR RND2000-200EUS ReadyNAS Duo 2 Bay Personal Cloud Network Attached Storage (Diskless), iTunes Server, Plex Server, DLNA Media Streaming and RAID (Accessory)
ALERT - update box firmware manually first to avoid alot of issues - keep reading for more info.

I wanted to give this NAS a spin so I could use the Logitech Sqeezebox server directly from a NAS. This is not my first NAS box...

Lets start the ball rolling on the bad - instructions and set up guide that come with the unit are pathetic. You have you view the manuals online.
Two manuals, one called hardware and one for software - why there is not one simple manual who knows.
Neither manual is friendly to read. Even simple set up guide sends you all over the place from back pages to front pages, its not very well written.

Hardware is very nice though, the NAS box is a nice strong metal casing, silent fan, nice clear LED's, Network and power cable in box. #Hard drive installation though is not tool-less.

My first major problem came with the hard drive set up. Because of the poor guide I had to resort to the ReadyNas community forum. If you use a hard drive that comes from another NAS unit or is previously used in a computer, you must delete all partitions and merge them into one without a single byte left. If this is not done, the unit/software will only recognise it as a bad or corrupt drive. Annoying you have to use a separate piece of software to get the drive working. You can not use the NAS box without a drive installed - also odd.

Once I worked this out I ran into a issue with the inbuilt back up software. Its not clear on how to set up a backup from a windows machine. Again had to resort to forums. It does work though once you've worked out how your computer network shares are done. (Synology software is ten times better and easier)

My next issue came from the automatic system power management - with the default firmware if your system shuts down from the automatic schedule you create, the unit becomes bricked.. Oh yes, bricked. Again research online showed this was a common bug - but a bug that was fixed on the new firmware,
Oddly my NAS claimed there were no updates....
I found a guide to fix the bricked unit (unscrew box and pull cmos battery out)
Then I manually updated the firmware. Firmware on the website is call 5.3.5

So some good news. The Sqeezebox server works well.. Once you get the backup working, it works well. The DNLA server works well too.... So once you work things out and get past the bugs this unit is very good....

But its a mini nightmare to get working - because of all these issues, I don't recommend this unit.

EDIT - 14.09.2012 - I have changed my rating to 3 star, since getting past all the software glitches its been working very well, and silent.
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Initial post: 8 Sep 2012 14:13:31 BDT
Michael says:
Great review. I was thinking of buying this, and your review has made me aware of the pitfalls.
I still might get it :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Sep 2012 21:24:00 BDT
Brewster says:
Too be honest since writing that review the nas box have been flawless.

Posted on 14 Sep 2012 14:06:19 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Sep 2012 14:13:48 BDT
2pods says:
What version of Logitech Music server did you install linux,debian,perl ?

My old QnapTS101 runs Slimserver 6.3 (really ancient) and I need to use the current version.
Was it hard to install LMS 7.2 ?
My Qnap came with SS preinstalled, and I'm not familar with command line stuff, and the Logi install page says there are two different types of this NAS. NV, or NX.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2012 16:24:27 BDT
Brewster says:
Their is a proper app for this NAS box from Logitech, you don't need to know any command line stuff. Its a matter of downloading, installing on the NAS and away you go.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2012 16:51:34 BDT
2pods says:
So is it just a case of dropping the package in the update folder ?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2012 18:01:22 BDT
Brewster says:
Your over complicating it and I'm not sure you understand how the NeadyNas series works regarding third party apps. You download the app from Logitech that is made for this NAS box. You access the NAS box's menus and install the app in a matter of two clicks. Its as simple as installing a program on your phone or computer.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Sep 2012 09:51:38 BDT
2pods says:
It's OK I've found the relevant pages, and the community.
I thought it was the same as installing SS, but as you say, it's much easier. Thanks
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