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


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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.”


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Intel dual-core network storage processor






Flash Memory





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




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








Power button, Single Touch Backup button


LCD panel




Alarm Buzzer




Form Factor






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




Net weight: 2.07 Kg (4.56 lbs)


Power Consumption (W)


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




0°-40°C (32° – 104° F)




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




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


Software Specifications:



Operating System




Gigabit Jumbo Frame


Network Service Discovery (UPnP & Bonjour)


File System




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

    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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