Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 2 Plus Network Storage Server Review


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 youre probably asking great, its expandable, but how? or how much work do I need to make my RAID expand? The answer is its automatic. That means theres 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


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)


0-40C (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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