As you may already know, your NETGEAR ReadyNAS product comes with the option to backup your files to the cloud using the ReadyNAS Vault. With the Vault, you can protect the precious files on your ReadyNAS device in the cloud and then access all of those files from anywhere that you have access to the internet.
Up until now, we’ve focused on offering accounts with features and pricing designed for business customers. Many of you responded that the pricing made it challenging to justify for home use, but we’ve now released a suite of streamlined personal plans, at lower price points, built specifically for ReadyNAS owners who use their devices at home. So for all of you who have a ReadyNAS Duo, Duo v2, NV+, NV+ v2, or ReadyNAS Ultra Series, the Personal plans might fit your needs better than the Business plans. Although they do not include a few of the higher end features, they start at 100 GB for $9.95 per month or $99.50 per year (the pricing gets better as your data plan gets larger). To see the rest of the pricing for Personal plans go here:
… or if you’d like to compare and contrast the Personal vs. Business plans, please visit this page:
Also, if you visit the site, let us know what you think. It’s a brand new look and feel for the ReadyNAS Vault’s web presence.
So if the Personal plans meet your needs, then go for it! Sign up today for a 15 day free trial, risk free. To get started follow the instructions here:
If you have any questions, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Combines Business-Class Network Switching, Network Storage,
Network Video Recording Software and Network Management Components
SAN JOSE, Calif. — May 8, 2012 — NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today announced the release of NETGEAR ReadyNAS® Surveillance, a comprehensive IP surveillance solution incorporating surveillance software, storage, switching and network management. Customers and channel partners may connect any of over 1,000 supported name-brand IP camera models to complete the package. This product suite is the first to combine business-class IP video technologies with flexible, customizable endpoint options for building reliable, affordable and simple video monitoring solutions. Read more
ReadyNAS Photos II 1.0.6 has just been released to address several issues, most importantly a potential crash when running with Flash 11.x. To update, just go to the Installed Add-ons page in FrontView (Ultra, Pro, NVX) or click on the ReadyNAS Photos II icon on the Dashboard (Duo/NV+ v2), and click on the Update button.
Here’s the list of changes since version 1.0.5:
- Fixed issue with Flash Player 11. Flash player may freeze during browsing photos.
- Fixed case sensitivity issue when uploading photos from Linux.
- Fixed issue when importing locally from the ReadyNAS if there empty folder(s) exist.
- Fixed issue when importing locally from the ReadyNAS when file name contains non-ascii characters (such as European diacritic).
- Fixed minor layout issue in management page on IE9.
- Fixed bug which prevents proper scrolling of Album listing on Android devices.
As you may already know, your NetGear ReadyNAS product comes with the amazing features of server virtualization, file sharing, online storage consolidation and disk-based backup, enabling your business to securely share, store and protect your business-critical data across the network. However, have you ever thought about what could happen to all your files in the event of a disaster like an earthquake, hurricane or fire? Yep, even though the ReadyNAS comes with multiple disks and industry leading software, you could lose them forever if the device itself is harmed or destroyed. That is why your ReadyNAS product comes equipped with the option to backup your files to the cloud using the ReadyNAS Vault. With the Vault, you will have the added peace of mind of off-site protection, as well as the convenience of anytime-anywhere access to all the files stored there.
Your ReadyNAS comes standard with a promotional account for the ReadyNAS Vault so you can take advantage of these great benefits:
• Backup an unlimited number of devices
• Access your data from any computer with internet access
• Protect your data with AES 256-bit military grade encryption
• Share files easily with friends, family, coworkers or clients
• Schedule your backups to occur weekly, daily, hourly or continuously
• Save multiple versions of your files
If you have any questions about ReadyNAS Vault, we have a forum section dedicated just for that — just click here.
We’ve just released a minor update for the ReadyNAS Photos II add-on. To get the update, just go to the FrontView Add-ons/Available tab, and click on the Update button for Photos II. Here’s a list of changes since v1.0.4.
- Fixed problem when uploading photos via email with empty subject line.
- Fixed minor issues with slideshow songlist management UI.
- Fixed various minor bugs in the backend processes.
- Enhanced support for new mobile device OS’es (iOS5 and Android 4.0).
September 14, 2011
NETGEAR is pleased to announce the release of ReadyNAS Photos II 1.0.4 (x86). This latest update will work on the following platforms:
- ReadyNAS Ultra 2/Plus
- ReadyNAS Ultra 4/Plus
- ReadyNAS Ultra 6/Plus
- ReadyNAS Pro 2
- ReadyNAS Pro 4
- ReadyNAS Pro 6
- ReadyNAS Pro Business Edition
- ReadyNAS Pro Pioneer Edition
- ReadyNAS NVX
- ReadyNAS NVX Pioneer Edition
If you don’t have RAIDiator 4.2.17 or later, you will need to update your ReadyNAS firmware before using ReadyNAS Photos II. If you haven’t installed ReadyNAS Photos II, you can go to the Add-ons/Available tab in FrontView, and simply click Install in the RAIDiator Photos II box.
If you’ve been using ReadyNAS Photos II, you can update by going to the Add-ons/Installed tab in FrontView, and click on Update.
The following are changes since ReadyNAS Photos II 1.0.1. Interim 1.0.2 and 1.0.3 releases have been made but not publicly announced.
New features and enhancements
1. Added option to keep user Photos data when removing the add-on.
2. Show caption on slideshow and large photo view.
3. Added multiple background music playlist for the slideshow.
4. Fade background music towards end of slideshow.
5. Added sort function to allow sorting of photos in upload/import order, capture order, or custom order.
6. Added bookmark support.
7. Added email upload option from photographer-only, photographer and invited guests, and anyone.
8. Improved Favorite listing to show all guests with favorites.
9. Added counter option for photographers (album views, photo views, favorites)
1. Fixed memory leak issue with Photos II which might cause an out of memory situation under certain environment.
2. Avoid spinning up disks in disk spin-down mode.
3. Fixed photos backup option in the Add-on management page.
4. Improved compatibility with various routers.
5. Preserve timestamp when importing from a ReadyNAS folder.
1. Multiple background music requires iOS 4.2.1 or later on Apple mobile devices.
2. This version of Photos II requires RAIDiator 4.2.17 or later.
ReadyNAS Photos II is available for the following Intel-based ReadyNAS desktop systems running RAIDiator 4.2.17 or later:
ReadyNAS Ultra 2/4/6
ReadyNAS Ultra 2/4/6 Plus
ReadyNAS Pro 2/4/6
ReadyNAS Pro Pioneer
ReadyNAS Pro Business
ReadyNAS NVX Pioneer
If you don’t have one of these, what are you waiting for? GO GET ONE!
Now, just follow the video on how you can install the add-on and create your first photographer account and album!
Alternatively, you can download the ReadyNAS Photos II add-on and install it from the Add-ons/Add New menu option in FrontView.
You’ve used Flickr™, Picasa™, or other online photo sharing services, but you’ve always wanted something a little more. You’ve looked into hosting something on your own, perhaps something more personal, but you just didn’t want to bother with setting up and maintaining a system just for that. What if you could do that straight from a NETGEAR ReadyNAS? If you’ve owned a ReadyNAS, you know it can already do so much — backup, file sharing, media streaming, remote access, and a host of other functions provided by add-ons. Now with NETGEAR’s latest add-on¹, ReadyNAS Photos II, you can host your own premium photo site – and it won’t cost you a penny.
Photos are shared straight from the ReadyNAS
With ReadyNAS Photos II, you’ll enjoy the benefits of serving your photos from the ReadyNAS.
1. You’re uploading your photos directly to the ReadyNAS on your local network, so upload time will be much quicker.
2. Since your photos are stored on your ReadyNAS, your photos don’t get affected when online services change terms, merge, or simply go out of business
3. Your photo capacity is limited only by the capacity of your ReadyNAS – you never pay extra whether you have one album to share or a thousand.
4. Photos II also provide a lot of the premium features that either don’t exist with online services or are charged at premium prices.
Slideshows with background music and full-screen HD quality
Your photo slideshows you share with family and friends at home really come alive with music – the music can literally be the difference between a boring slideshow and one that brings joy, laughter, and tears. But if you’ve ever wanted to share the same effect online, you’re pretty much out of luck. Until now, that is. With ReadyNAS Photos II, your slideshows are guaranteed to be game-changers. Not only will you have music, your photos can be re-ordered to fit your music, and your photos can be projected in full-screen HD quality to a large HDTV.
The best photo viewing experience available
Much has been said about the pros and cons of Adobe Flash, but frankly, there’s nothing browser-based that beats the smoothness and richness of the user experience you get with Flash. If you look at all the top photography sites, there’s a reason why they’ve used Flash and continue to do so. However, Flash and mobile devices, as we all know, don’t mix. So with ReadyNAS Photos II, on mobile devices, you’ll get the best non-Flash experience possible, and on devices supporting Flash, you’ll get the uncompromising viewer experience you’d expect from a premium service.
Optimized for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android mobile devices
There’s no doubt that a lot of photo viewing is happening on mobile devices, and we’ve optimized ReadyNAS Photos II for the popular smart phones and pad devices. Your viewers will get the same slideshow background music and sharp quality display whether your photos are viewed on a desktop, laptop, or mobile devices.
Upload photos from your mobile devices anywhere
Mobile phones are becoming a great way to take pictures and instantly send them off via email. With ReadyNAS Photos II, each photographer can be assigned a unique email account that can be used to send photos straight to a specified album. This is a great way for instance for friends and relatives to enjoy the sights as you are simply by monitoring the shared album as you travel. Or, others can contribute to your album if you reveal the email address. The special P.I.N. can be changed if you later decide to restrict email uploads.
Stunning cover-flow to quickly view your photos
Click on a photo thumbnail and flip quickly through photos with the cover-flow view, and your photos will float across your screen. Click on the cover-flow image, and you can view the photo in full-browser window or full-screen/high resolution mode.
Multiple categories per album
An event, like a wedding, can consist of photos taken before the ceremony, during the ceremony, and the reception. Being able to combine these shoots into one album, yet providing a way to separate the shoot puts a touch of professionalism in your presentation, and that’s what ReadyNAS Photos II allows with album categories. Album categories are like chapters, and your slideshow can transition seamlessly to the next with the appropriate category titling and description. Features like this can make your slideshows standout from the rest.
Viewers feedback to confirm your photography prowess
Photo enthusiasts and professionals alike want feedback, and you’ll get plenty of that with the feedback system built right into ReadyNAS Photos II. The photographer can monitor the view count of albums and photos, check viewer ratings, comments, and see who has “favorited” the photos. The favorite option can double as a way to see which photos photographer clients have interest in purchasing.
Multiple photographer accounts
You may have multiple photographers in your family or you may have other photographers in your business that may want to share photos from the same ReadyNAS. Photos II allows you to create multiple photographer accounts so that each photographer can share his or her own albums to separate contact lists. And best of all, the photographers don’t need to be on your local network or have share-level access to your ReadyNAS to manage or upload their photos – they can upload and share from anywhere they have Internet access. Think of it — your ReadyNAS essentially becomes a photo sharing service in a box.
You control who sees the albums
Only invited “private” guests are allowed to view your albums, but you can give public access to any album you wish. Private guests only sees the albums they are shared with, and similarly, the public guests will only see the albums marked public. Private guests are automatically remembered and can be grouped for easier sharing in the future.
Photos can be access with an encrypted link
Individual photos can be accessed directly with an encrypted URL. This allows you to embed photos links you post online (i.e. blog, public forum), without compromising access to the rest of your albums and photos.
Set limit on downloadable resolution
As a photographer, you can protect your photos by disallowing photo downloads or restricting the resolution of the downloads. Conversely, you can allow downloads of the original image, including RAW format if you desire. If you are sharing the album to private and public guests, you have the flexibility of having separate download settings for each type of guests.
Invitations come in the form of a postcard
Your viewer photo sharing experience starts with the email invitation, and we make sure the invitation sent on your behalf is every bit as personal and polished as the experience they’ll have viewing the photos. We even go as far as converting your shared album cover into a stamp.
Integrated with Eye-Fi™ Support
Eye-Fi network SD cards are a great way to upload your photos via network from your camera to your computer as you’re taking pictures. ReadyNAS Photos II went a step further — now with a few clicks, your photos go straight to your ReadyNAS Photos II album instead, which means anyone with whom you’ve shared the album can see your photos almost instantly.
Take a test drive as a photographer
We’ve created this 10-minute video² to give you a demo of the ReadyNAS Photos II control as a photographer. In this demo, you get to experience the process of creating an album, setting up a slideshow with music background and multiple categories, exploring different album options, and sharing the creation.
Test drive as a guest
If you want to see that end result as a guest, you can experience it by clicking on the following links:
Run ReadyNAS Photos II on your ReadyNAS
To get started with ReadyNAS Photos II, click HERE.
If you have questions or comments, please visit the ReadyNAS Photos II section on our forum.
¹ ReadyNAS Photos II add-on is available to all Intel-based ReadyNAS systems. ² Photos for this article and video demo kindly provided by Thao Vu Photography (www.thaovu.com) and BrearleyPhoto (www.brearleyphoto.com).
One of the common questions ReadyNAS users continue to ask is “how do we backup a ReadyNAS?” If your data fits on a USB drive, you can backup to that, but what if you want to backup the whole ReadyNAS, and what if you want to keep that backup at a remote site so you can safeguard your ReadyNAS data in case of disaster, or theft? Our best advice has been to use another ReadyNAS to do this, but you’ll need to setup Rsync for data and continually backup the system settings. Plus you’ll need to utilize a VPN or make changes to your firewall settings on the router.
Quite a number of folks have done just that, but what if you want a better integrated solution that you don’t necessarily have to spend too much time on? After all, you bought a ReadyNAS because it was an easy-to-setup appliance — why couldn’t remote backups be that easy as well?
The ReadyNAS Team certainly felt the same way, and we’ve been tinkering with a project to simplify remote replication built on our successful ReadyNAS Remote technology. Out of that project comes ReadyNAS Replicate, a one-time licensed software product that you can use to manage replication for ReadyNAS Pro series and rackmount (ReadyNAS 2100, 3100, 3200, 4200) products.
With ReadyNAS Replicate, simply purchase and place your backup ReadyNAS on the same LAN, create a system replication job, and start the initial backup.
Once the initial backup is complete, take the backup unit to a remote site with Internet access, turn it on, and your replication continues, sending only incremental block changes across in a peer-to-peer secure tunnel.
Centralized management and monitoring in the cloud
So how do you manage and monitor the replication? You do it in the cloud, and you can use your existing ReadyNAS Remote ID or a newly registered ID to do this. Just access replicate.readynas.com anywhere you have Internet access, and manage or monitor your job there. Management is over the same SSL encrypted authentication used by banks and brokerage sites.
And when you add more ReadyNAS devices to your Replicate network, you’ll continue to do all your management from one site.
Backup data or replicate the entire device
ReadyNAS Replicate gives you the option to backup a selected folder on the ReadyNAS, or backup/replicate the entire ReadyNAS. The replication support captures all the configuration settings on your ReadyNAS so that you can replicate the primary ReadyNAS environment just by doing a simple system restore.
Snapshot backup for consistency
Backup and replication jobs are performed on a point-in-time snapshot of your ReadyNAS data. This means your backup and replication images are consistent with your ReadyNAS data at the time the jobs are started, even when data is changing during the run.
Versioning allows rollback to any saved image
You can opt to save all versions of files in your backup, or you can specify the number of revisions to keep. Either way, we optimize on the space utilization so that only the changed files take up additional space on the backup device. During restoration, you can elect to restore from any of the saved images.
Compression option uses lower bandwidth
If you are on a slower bandwidth connection or you are being charged if you go beyond your quota, ReadyNAS Replicate provides a compression option at the time the backup job is created. On average, this option can reduce the amount of data you send across by 66%.
Backup many to one or one to many
ReadyNAS Replicate allows one larger capacity ReadyNAS to be the backup/replication target for one or more ReadyNAS devices. Keep in mind that the backup ReadyNAS does not need to be the same model as the primary device. The backup device just needs to have greater capacity. This option allows businesses with multiple remote ReadyNAS devices to utilize one larger ReadyNAS at the headquarter for the backup target.
You also have the option to backup one ReadyNAS to multiple ReadyNAS at different locations. This allows a greater data redundancy in case of disaster.
Advanced configurable scheduling options
We know that some backup jobs have different scheduling needs, so in addition to the simple schedule which we provide by default, ReadyNAS Replicate also allows a more configurable custom settings.
And once you’ve set up the schedule, you can preview it on a calendar.
Quick restore is key to reducing downtime
We talked about backups, but the key to a good backup solution is a good restoration solution. With ReadyNAS Replication, you can set up a data or system restore similarly to how you create a backup or replication job. For folder level restoration, you can restore without any physical movement of the devices. If you plan on restoring quit a bit of data, simply bring the backup ReadyNAS to the primary network to allow for faster restoration, use the ReadyNAS Replicate management to select the device you want to restore (this could be the original device or a replacement one), the device to restore from, and the snapshot image on that device that you want to use.
In no time, you’ll have a restored device that you can bring up and re-deploy.
Built-in monitoring, logging, and alert system
The ReadyNAS Replicate management system gives you full real-time monitoring of your backup and replication jobs.
Once complete, you are alerted by email on the job status, and you can view a detailed report on the job online.
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We’re pleased to announce a maintenance upgrade to the ReadyNAS Vault that address issues reported by our Vault users. If you are a ReadyNAS Vault user, please download the add-ons below and update using the Local update method from the System/Update/Local page in FrontView.
There are three things that set ReadyNAS Remote apart from any other form of remote access — first, it’s simple to setup — there are no complicated router setups to deal with; second, with ReadyNAS Remote, you simply drag & drop files with File Explorer or Finder over CIFS/SMB — there’s no need to learn or start a different file manager, or deal with a clunky web interface; and lastly, all file permissions and share security settings are retained – just like you were on a LAN.
OK, there’s also item four — all data are transmitted securely over an encrypted tunnel, so your data stays away from snooping eyes as it transfers to and from the ReadyNAS. Sounds good so far, right?
So let’s take a look at what we need to do.
First, the requirements. You’ll need to be running RAIDiator 4.1.5+ for the ReadyNAS Duo/NV+/1100/600/X6 and RAIDiator x86 4.2.4+ for the ReadyNAS Pro.
- Install the ReadyNAS Remote software on your PC or Mac. This is the software that makes the ReadyNAS look like it’s on a LAN to Windows or OS X, even when you’re in a different part of the world. At the end of the installation, you will need to create a ReadyNAS Remote user ID.
- Install ReadyNAS Remote add-on on the ReadyNAS, if it doesn’t already have it pre-installed. You will need to give access to the ReadyNAS Remote account that’s used on Windows or Mac from Step 1.
- Connect to the ReadyNAS from your PC or Mac, and start draggin & dropping!
Let’s get started.
Step 1 – Install the ReadyNAS Remote agent on your PC or Mac
First, download the ReadyNAS Remote agent for your PC or Mac.
In Windows, you’ll see:
In OS X, you’ll see:
Just follow the Wizard installer to completion. At the end, the ReadyNAS Remote agent will start automatically, giving you an opportunity to create a new ReadyNAS Remote user ID. You will need this user ID to give remote access to the ReadyNAS in the next step.
Once the user ID has been created, ReadyNAS Remote will automatically log in that user.
At this point, you will not have access to your ReadyNAS until you’ve allowed access to this user from the ReadyNAS. Let’s do this in Step 2.
Step 2 – Install ReadyNAS Remote add-on on the ReadyNAS
If the ReadyNAS Remote add-on is not already installed on your ReadyNAS, download the add-on for your ReadyNAS model here:
Install the add-on from the FrontView System→Update→Local page.
After the add-on has been installed, go to the Services→Installed Add-ons page.
Click on the Manage ReadyNAS Remote button to bring up the ReadyNAS Remote management page.
Here, we’ll enter the email address of the ReadyNAS Remote user created in Step 1 in the Lookup field to allow access to the ReadyNAS. Make sure to click Apply Settings to save the change.
Step 3 – Connect to the ReadyNAS from your PC or Mac
From the system tray in Windows, right click on the ReadyNAS Remote icon and select the Connect to ReadyNAS… option.
In OS X, the ReadyNAS Remote icon displays in the top right status bar. Click on the icon and select the Connect to ReadyNAS… option there.
You’ll see the ReadyNAS entry in your Windows File Explorer. You’ll see similar in the Finder for OS X.
Double-clicking on that brings you the familiar share listing that you will see in your LAN. You may be requested to enter the ReadyNAS user name and password to access the shares if they don’t have guest access enabled.
Now drag & drop to your ReadyNAS like you’ve never before, even if you’re no where in the vicinity of your ReadyNAS!
Ever wanted to share your photos straight from your home instead of having to copy your files somewhere remote? Now you can with ReadyNAS Photos.