Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 2 Plus Network Storage Server Review

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Introducing the Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 2 Plus

Being somewhat of a Hard Drive nut, I’m always on the lookout for the next best thing when it comes to anything Storage related.  The opportunity arose to take a look at ReadyNAS Ultra 2 Plus, and I was more than happy to have the chance to play around with another NAS Device.  I was even more thrilled to learn that not only did the NAS have the latest Intel Technology, it also had the ability to serve as a back end in order to stream to any DLNA Certified Device

 

Netgear ReadyNas Ultra 2 Plus Stock

 

The Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 2 Plus has many of the features we have come to expect in a NAS Device, advanced RAID capabilities, used relatively little power, and as noted before, could stream to a variety of devices. Netgear like most other companies sporting NAS Devices to consumers has developed there own type of self expanding RAID Array for easy growth of RAID Arrays.  Called X-RAID, Netgear explains X-RAID as follows. ”The X in X-RAID stands for “expandable”, and as you may guessed, X-RAID is expandable RAID. So you’re probably asking “great, it’s expandable, but how?” or “how much work do I need to make my RAID expand?  The answer is it’s automatic. That means there’s no need to worry about selecting the wrong command or trying to remember the right series of steps. The ReadyNAS makes all the right decisions for you.”

 

Netgear ReadyNas Ultra 2 Plus Stock

 

 

 

CPU

 

Intel dual-core network storage processor

 

DRAM

 

1GB DDR3 SODIMM

 

Flash Memory

 

None

 

HDD

Two (2) Serial ATA channels, compatible with SATA I and SATA II Hard Drives

 

HDD Tray

 

2 x hot-swappable tray

 

LAN Port

 

2 x Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet port

 

LED Indicators

 

Act, Disk 1 and Disk 2

 

USB

 

2 x USB 2.0 port and 1 USB 3.0 Port (Front: 1; Back: 2)

 

eSATA

 

None

 

Buttons

 

Power button, Single Touch Backup button

 

LCD panel

 

None

 

Alarm Buzzer

 

None

 

Form Factor

 

Desktop

 

Dimensions

 

101(H) x 142(W) x 220(D) mm
3.98(H) x 5.59(W) x 8.66(D) inch

 

Weight

 

Net weight: 2.07 Kg (4.56 lbs)

 

Power Consumption (W)

 

In operation: 35W
(with 2 x 2TB HDD installed)

 

Temperature

 

0°-40°C (32° – 104° F)

 

Humidity

 

0~95% R.H.

 

Power Supply

 

Input: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz, Output: 12V DC, 10A, 120W

 

Secure Design

 

K-lock security slot for theft prevention

 

Fan

 

1 x quiet cooling fan (9 cm, 12V DC)

 

Software Specifications:

 

 

Operating System

 

Networking

 

Gigabit Jumbo Frame

 

Network Service Discovery (UPnP & Bonjour)

 

File System

 

X-RAID

 

Supported Operating Systems

 

Microsoft Windows 98/ ME/ NT/ 2000/ XP/ 2003/  Vista/ Windows 7 (32bit & 64bit) /Server 2003/2008

 

Mac OS X
Linux and UNIX

 

Disk Management

 

 RAID 0 (Disk Striping), RAID 1 (Disk Mirroring)

 

X-RAID2™ automatic volume expansion

Journaling mode

Disk monitoring/scrubbing

Device health status

 

Built-in iSCSI target service

 

Access Rights Management

 

User quota management (per user)

 

Group Quota Management

 

Backup Server

 

  • ReadyNAS® Vault Online Backup (2 GB free for 2 years)
  • Memeo® Premium Backup (3 licenses included)
  • Apple® Time Machine® Support
  • Single Touch USB backup button
  • Rsync server & client
  • External USB storage devices
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    Multimedia Streaming

     

  • DLNA® 1.5 Certified
  • Supports Skifta™ media shifitng
  • Supports Orb™ transcoding
  • Compatible with TiVo® DVRs
  • Compatible with NETGEAR® Digital Entertainers
  • Compatible with Network DVD/Blu-ray players
  • Compatible with Game consoles (PlayStation® 3, Wii® and Xbox® and Xbox 360®)
  • Addons Netgear Community Addons

     

    Multi-browser support

     

    Internet Explorer 7 & 8

     

    Safari 3 & 4

     

    Firefox 3

     

    Opera 9.5+

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