Netgear ReadyNAS Duo V2 review

Netgear’s ReadyNAS Duo V2 compares similarly in performance terms with Synology’s DiskStation. But it pounds it into ground beef on the build front. Macho metal grills make this an industrial looking construction. It’s too carefully styled to be purely utilitarian. This is the kind of NAS you’d buy if you lived in a converted loft with exposed pipes and weathered beams. 

To populate the enclosure you flip open the front grill to slot in a pair of 3.5in SATA drives. The unit we tested had 2TB worth of storage already fitted. Although the maximum internal capacity is actually 6TB, the version with 2TB of storage pre-installed is easiest to find.

Like the DiskStation, there’s a USB 2.0 port at the front and a pair of USB 3.0 ports on the back. No SD card support though. The Netgear unit  has an ARM processor too, this time clocked at 1.6GHz. There’s less RAM than others in the round-up too, with just 256MB onboard.

By default, the unit ships with a Netgear’s X-Raid2 configuration. Two disks, one a mirror of the other. You can change this configuration in software. We tried the device with two configurations, the default and with RAID 0 configuration, using the entire capacity of the unit. Despite the lower specifications of CPU and memory, speeds were comparable to the Synology drives. In RAID 0 mode, it was actually faster.

Pitched part way between the consumer and business markets, the Netgear NAS has fewer software bells and whistles. It does the essentials very well though. Like the majority of drives in the round-up, there’s an iOS (or Android) app to connect to the NAS using your phone. There’s also built-in DLNA support, enabling the NAS to communicate with your media centre software, smart TVs - but, curiously, not the Apple TV. Not yet, anyway.

OUR VERDICT

The bundled OS - RAIDiator 5 - is built around Linux. You wouldn’t really know it as access is through a user-friendly Dashboard that divides into several self-explanatory sections where you can configure the drive for media, back-up and sharing usage. The Netgear documentation suggests TimeMachine for back-up and our tests suggest that configuration is straightforward.

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