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An amazing product! I have discover new things to use it for each day!
on 23 December 2014
I have never used any type of NAS equipment in the past but thanks to a friend who works in Netgear I received a ReadyNAS for free which I am really impressed with!
Firstly, the packaging was great when it arrived, not a mark one the ReadyNAS box on the inside of the outer brown box. They also supplied 2 charge leads, a IRL/UK one which I needed or they also had the 2 pin EU one. Not many companies would supply both.
I put in 2 x 1TB Drives which I had already and it was a very easy task (they also supply special adapter screws to make the slimmer types of hard drives fit but I didn't need these), all I really needed to do with the new drives once inserted was to format them which was very quick and pain free.
The initial set up is explained in the booklet which comes with the ReadyNAS and only contains 4 or 5 steps and they were very easy to follow.
I have an external hard drive which I usually put downloaded movies, music and my pictures onto as I try and keep my computer hard drive as empty and as free as possible since my computer hard drive failed about a year ago and I lost everything. What I did notice was when I set up the ReadyNAS first it was saying I only had 1TB and not 2TB which I had inserted. I then discovered the reason for this is as standard the ReadyNAS keeps both hard drives separate and copies the content from one over to the other in case one of the hard drives ever failed. This is a great idea but just be aware of this if you want 2TB like I thought I was getting originally, either get 2 x 2TB drives or else turn off this feature.
I transferred a lot of my movies over to the ReadyNAS and have been able to watch them on my computer, iPhone and iPad from the get go. But, after the first few days I decided I wanted to watch a movie on my TV and like I normally do I transferred the movie from my laptop over to a USB stick and plugged it into my LG SmartTV only to discover I didn't need to use the USB Stick at all as the TV itself was able to locate the ReadyNAS network as it was on the same Wifi! This makes it so easy to access my media library and for this feature alone I would have purchased the ReadyNAS.
Another thing I really enjoy is the fact I can automatically backup media from my iPhone to the ReadyNAS while on Wifi or Cellular. It gives me a bit more peace of mind in case my phone ever breaks.
As you can see I have had a great experience with the ReadyNAS but similar to anything there are one or two things that I wish weren't there (but they wouldn't prevent me purchasing one)
One thing I noticed is when I am downloading something online and obviously using a lot of my download / upload speeds it does effect transfer times to the ReadyNAS, I am not sure is this that my laptop (about 5 years old) can't handle the transfer at high speeds while downloading or is the ReadyNAS slower due to the internet being used at a high demand. I'm sure I will discover this when I upgrade my laptop in the January Sales.
Another thing I have noticed is you can hear the fan the whole time from the ReadyNAS if in the same room but I have noticed in the admin settings there is an option to have the ReadyNAS to power off after a certain time of not being used, but I haven't tested this out yet.
Overall I am very happy and impressed with the ReadyNAS and will be interested in trying out some of the other feature and apps that can be used with it.