Setting up a ReadyNAS Development Environment

Requirements

  1. RAIDiator-4.00c1-p2 or later.
  2. The APT utility addon. Download and install it using the Frontview web UI under System -> Update -> Local Update.
  3. The EnableRootSSH addon. Again, install using the Frontview web UI under System -> Update -> Local Update. This will allow you to SSH in to the ReadyNAS and bring up a shell command prompt.

Now what?

After those requirements are met, you should be able to run the standard Debian command “apt-get” to download and install packages for everything you need for development, including the headers for the non-standard packages used for the ReadyNAS.

Example:

# apt-get update
# apt-get install libc6-dev
# apt-get install gcc
# apt-get install gdb
# apt-get install libtag1-dev
# apt-get install uuid-dev

WARNING!

Please note that you can get your ReadyNAS into peril easily by overriding some of the system libraries and utilities. Do not do your development on a system you don’t have a backup of as you may end up re-installing the firmware or worse yet, doing a factory default.

Add-ons for RAIDiator 3.01

The following addons are available for the RAIDiator 3.01 release. To install the add-on, you will need to download the add-on image and install it in the System/Update/Local tab. You will need to reboot after each addon installation.

FixOfficeJet9130 – Allows scanning support for multi-function HP OfficeJet 9130 printers.

ToggleSSH – Toggles access via SSH, useful for NETGEAR support to remotely access your box to look at or fix problems that requires deeper understanding. However, SSH access may be vulnerable to outside hackers, and it is recommended that you disable it. SSH access is enabled by default.

ToggleVistaBoost – Toggles performance optimization for Vista clients. Vista optimization is disabled by default.

ToggleOplocks – Toggles oplocks support for all shares on the ReadyNAS NV. Opportunistic locking (oplocks) can enhance CIFS performance by allowing files residing on this NAS to be cached locally on the Windows client, eliminating network latency when files are repeatedly accessed. Oplocks is disabled by default.

SlimServer_Fontpack – Adds unicode font support to SlimServer. !Note! The font used is shareware. Please read here for details.

Update_SlimServer_ALAC – Update Apple Lossless playback support to work with Apple Lossless files which were not encoded using iTunes.

EnableUserModeACLs – Enable ReadyNAS user listing from Windows clients when setting ACLs in User security mode. For use only with RAIDiator 3.01c1-p6.

EnablePowerOnTimerSupport – Enables Power On support for the ReadyNAS NV. This option is not available by default because the NV can get into a situation where it will not power on if the scheduled ON event occurs while the NV has no power. You will need to release the battery for about 5 secs to recover from this situation. Please understand this before installing and using this feature.

EnableFanMinRPMOverride – This addon is available for user who are replacing the stock fan with a fan meeting the specs of the ReadyNAS. The addon allows you to set up the fan minimum RPM speed, overriding the minimum setting for the stock fan. The option appears in the System/Power Management tab in FrontView. Use of this addon is discouraged as misuse can lead to fan circuitry failure on the mainboard. Please also understand that use of this addon to lower the fan RPM below the default will void your ReadyNAS warranty.

SlimServer_PluginPack – Adds WeatherTime v1.8, SuperDateTime v5.0.13, LazySearch2 v2.3, LastFM v2.0.2, XMRadio v1.1.1 and SlimScrobbler v0.37.1 SlimServer plugins. (Requires SlimServer_6.5.1.0 or later) Last updated 9/21/2007

SlimServer 6.5.4.0 – The latest available stable SlimServer release.

Disable_SlimServer_FW_Check – Usually SlimServer will force your SqueezeBox to up/downgrade its firmware to the version that corresponds with SlimServer. This addon will disable this behavior, and allow you to attempt to run with whatever your current SqueezeBox firmware is.

NoSMBDisconnect – By default, inactive clients (zero open files) on a CIFS share are disconnected after 10 minutes to free up system resources. Clients will auto-reconnect on demand, but there can be a delay of a few seconds during this time. With this addon installed, no auto-disconnection will be performed.

ToggleMasterBrowser – By default, the ReadyNAS will become the SMB master browser on your network, unless you have a Windows NT/2K/2K3 server on the network. This addon will change this behavior to never become the SMB master browser. If you install the addon again, it will change the behavior back to default.

CleanTwonky – You can use this if somehow the TwonkyMedia settings were set in such a way where you can no longer access it. All this does is reset all settings to the default settings.

CleanITunesConfig – You can use this if somehow the iTunes Streaming Server (or Firefly) settings were set in such a way where you can no longer access it. All this does is reset all settings to the default settings.

CleanSlimServer – You can use this if somehow the SlimServer settings were set in such a way where you can no longer access it. All this does is reset all settings to the default settings.

Add-ons for RAIDiator 4.01

The following add-ons are available for the RAIDiator 4.01 release. To install the add-on, you will need to download the add-on image and install it in the System/Update/Local tab. You will need to reboot after some add-on installation.

Installed Add-ons (under Services)

ReadyNAS_Photos (v1.5 Apr 29, 2008) – Use this add-on to update or re-install ReadyNAS Photos if you have previously removed it from the Services>Installed AddOns page.

BitTorrent (v1.2 Mar 21, 2008) – Use this add-on to update re-install BitTorrent if you have previously removed it from the Services>Installed AddOns page.

Miscellaneous Patches

ForceExpansion – Data volume size greater than 2TB is now supported. Existing X-RAID systems utilizing 750GB will not automatically expand . you will need to use the ForceExpansion add-on to reclaim the extra 40GB of space beyond the previous pre-RAIDiator 4.0 2TB limitation. Note that if you will be using 1TB drives, make sure to check the Hard Disk Compatibility List.

EnableFanMinRPMOverride – This add-on is available for user who are replacing the stock fan with a fan meeting the specs of the ReadyNAS. The addon allows you to set up the fan minimum RPM speed, overriding the minimum setting for the stock fan. The option appears in the System/Power Management tab in FrontView. Use of this addon is discouraged as misuse can lead to fan circuitry failure on the mainboard. Please also understand that use of this addon to lower the fan RPM below the default will void your ReadyNAS warranty.

NoSMBDisconnect – By default, inactive clients (zero open files) on a CIFS share are disconnected after 10 minutes to free up system resources. Clients will auto-reconnect on demand, but there can be a delay of a few seconds during this time. With this addon installed, no auto-disconnection will be performed.

ToggleMasterBrowser – By default, the ReadyNAS will become the SMB master browser on your network, unless you have a Windows NT/2K/2K3 server on the network. This addon will change this behavior to never become the SMB master browser. If you install the addon again, it will change the behavior back to default.

CleanTwonky – You can use this if somehow the TwonkyMedia settings were set in such a way where you can no longer access it. All this does is reset all settings to the default settings.

CleanITunesConfig – You can use this if somehow the iTunes Streaming Server (or Firefly) settings were set in such a way where you can no longer access it. All this does is reset all settings to the default settings.

CleanSqueezeCenter_DB – You can use this if somehow the SlimServer settings were set in such a way where you can no longer access it. All this does is reset all settings to the default settings.

Clean_USB_Storage – Existing USB drives may be named differently upon upgrade. This may affect existing backups to USB shares. If name conflict arises, you can use the Clean_USB_Storage addon.

ToggleCaseSensitivity – This addon is only meant for users that turned on Case Sensitivity in a previous release, and need to turn it back off. The option has been removed from the GUI due to issues it can cause.

Update_AFP_Support – This add-on fixes the Meta data and time stamps not being carried over properly.

Fix_ProFTPD_ADSAuth – This add-on fixes the FTP server not authenticating properly while joined to ADS domains.

SqueezeCenter_PluginPack – Version 0.3, more details here.

Shell Access Patches

ToggleSSH – Toggles access via SSH, useful for NETGEAR support to remotely access your box to look at or fix problems that requires deeper understanding. SSH access is disabled by default.

EnableRootSSH – With the EnableRootSSH add-on, you can now remote login to the ReadyNAS RAIDiator shell as a root user. Initial password for root will be the same as the current FrontView admin password. Please keep in mind that NETGEAR may deny support if you.ve enabled root access.

APT – Debian package management utility. You will be able to run the standard Debian command “apt-get” to download and install packages for everything you need for development, including the headers for the non-standard packages used for the ReadyNAS. See the Developer’s Corner for more information.

ReadyNAS Add-ons

Please choose the firmware version running on your ReadyNAS unit to go along correct set of addons.

ReadyNAS 600/X6, NV/NV+/Duo, 1000S/1100

Add-ons for RAIDiator 4.1.3+

Add-ons for RAIDiator 4.01

Add-ons for RAIDiator 3.01

ReadyNAS Pro, NVX

Add-ons for RAIDiator 4.2 (x86)

Add-ons for RAIDiator 4.00

The following patch add-ons are available for the RAIDiator 4.00 release. To install the add-on, you will need to download the add-on image and install it in the System/Update/Local tab. You will need to reboot after each add-on installation.

Miscellaneous Patches

ForceExpansion – Data volume size greater than 2TB is now supported. Existing X-RAID systems utilizing 750GB will not automatically expand . you will need to use the ForceExpansion add-on to reclaim the extra 40GB of space beyond the previous pre-RAIDiator 4.0 2TB limitation. Note that if you will be using 1TB drives, make sure to check the Hard Disk Compatibility List.

EnableFanMinRPMOverride – This addon is available for user who are replacing the stock fan with a fan meeting the specs of the ReadyNAS. The addon allows you to set up the fan minimum RPM speed, overriding the minimum setting for the stock fan. The option appears in the System/Power Management tab in FrontView. Use of this addon is discouraged as misuse can lead to fan circuitry failure on the mainboard. Please also understand that use of this addon to lower the fan RPM below the default will void your ReadyNAS warranty.

NoSMBDisconnect – By default, inactive clients (zero open files) on a CIFS share are disconnected after 10 minutes to free up system resources. Clients will auto-reconnect on demand, but there can be a delay of a few seconds during this time. With this addon installed, no auto-disconnection will be performed.

ToggleMasterBrowser – By default, the ReadyNAS will become the SMB master browser on your network, unless you have a Windows NT/2K/2K3 server on the network. This addon will change this behavior to never become the SMB master browser. If you install the addon again, it will change the behavior back to default.

CleanTwonky – You can use this if somehow the TwonkyMedia settings were set in such a way where you can no longer access it. All this does is reset all settings to the default settings.

CleanITunesConfig – You can use this if somehow the iTunes Streaming Server (or Firefly) settings were set in such a way where you can no longer access it. All this does is reset all settings to the default settings.

CleanSlimServer – You can use this if somehow the SlimServer settings were set in such a way where you can no longer access it. All this does is reset all settings to the default settings.

Clean_USB_Storage – Existing USB drives may be named differently upon upgrade. This may affect existing backups to USB shares. If name conflict arises, you can use the Clean_USB_Storage addon.

ToggleCaseSensitivity – This addon is only meant for users that turned on Case Sensitivity in a previous release, and need to turn it back off. The option has been removed from the GUI due to issues it can cause.

Update_AFP_Support – This add-on fixes the Meta data and time stamps not being carried over properly.

Shell Access Patches

ToggleSSH – Toggles access via SSH, useful for NETGEAR support to remotely access your box to look at or fix problems that requires deeper understanding. SSH access is disabled by default.

EnableRootSSH – With the EnableRootSSH add-on, you can now remote login to the ReadyNAS RAIDiator shell as a root user. Initial password for root will be the same as the current FrontView admin password. Please keep in mind that NETGEAR may deny support if you.ve enabled root access.

APT – Debian package management utility. You will be able to run the standard Debian command “apt-get” to download and install packages for everything you need for development, including the headers for the non-standard packages used for the ReadyNAS. See the Developer’s Corner for more information.

ForceExpansion – Data volume size greater than 2TB is now supported. Existing X-RAID systems utilizing 750GB will not automatically expand – you will need to use the ForceExpansion add-on to reclaim the extra 40GB of space beyond the previous pre-RAIDiator 4.0 2TB limitation. Note that if you will be using 1TB drives, make sure to check the Hard Disk Compatibility List.

EnableFanMinRPMOverride – This addon is available for user who are replacing the stock fan with a fan meeting the specs of the ReadyNAS. The addon allows you to set up the fan minimum RPM speed, overriding the minimum setting for the stock fan. The option appears in the System/Power Management tab in FrontView. Use of this addon is discouraged as misuse can lead to fan circuitry failure on the mainboard. Please also understand that use of this addon to lower the fan RPM below the default will void your ReadyNAS warranty.

NoSMBDisconnect – By default, inactive clients (zero open files) on a CIFS share are disconnected after 10 minutes to free up system resources. Clients will auto-reconnect on demand, but there can be a delay of a few seconds during this time. With this addon installed, no auto-disconnection will be performed.

ToggleMasterBrowser – By default, the ReadyNAS will become the SMB master browser on your network, unless you have a Windows NT/2K/2K3 server on the network. This addon will change this behavior to never become the SMB master browser. If you install the addon again, it will change the behavior back to default.

CleanTwonky – You can use this if somehow the TwonkyMedia settings were set in such a way where you can no longer access it. All this does is reset all settings to the default settings.

CleanITunesConfig – You can use this if somehow the iTunes Streaming Server (or Firefly) settings were set in such a way where you can no longer access it. All this does is reset all settings to the default settings.

CleanSlimServer – You can use this if somehow the SlimServer settings were set in such a way where you can no longer access it. All this does is reset all settings to the default settings.

Clean_USB_Storage – Existing USB drives may be named differently upon upgrade. This may affect existing backups to USB shares. If name conflict arises, you can use the Clean_USB_Storage addon.

ToggleCaseSensitivity – This addon is only meant for users that turned on Case Sensitivity in a previous release, and need to turn it back off. The option has been removed from the GUI due to issues it can cause.

Update_AFP_Support – This add-on fixes the Meta data and time stamps not being carried over properly.

Shell Access

ToggleSSH – Toggles access via SSH, useful for NETGEAR support to remotely access your box to look at or fix problems that requires deeper understanding. SSH access is disabled by default.

EnableRootSSH – With the EnableRootSSH add-on, you can now remote login to the ReadyNAS RAIDiator shell as a root user. Initial password for root will be the same as the current FrontView admin password. Please keep in mind that NETGEAR may deny support if you’ve enabled root access.

APT – Debian package management utility. You will be able to run the standard Debian command “apt-get” to download and install packages for everything you need for development, including the headers for the non-standard packages used for the ReadyNAS. See the Developer’s Corner for more information.

Hardware Compatibility List
USB UPS

The list below applies to the ReadyNAS OS 4.x devices.
APC

Back-UPS BF 500 – reported by Milhouse (added 6/3/06)
Back-UPS BR 800
Back-UPS CS 650
Back-UPS ES 350
Back-UPS ES 500
Back-UPS ES 550VA
Back-UPS ES 650
Back-UPS ES 700VA 230V Italian
Back-UPS ES 700VA 230V United Kingdom
Back-UPS ES 725
Back-UPS ES 750
Back-UPS LS 700
Back-UPS NS 1050
Back-UPS NS 1250
Back-UPS Pro 500 FW
Back-UPS RS 800
Back-UPS RS 500 (BR 500I)
Back-UPS RS 1000
Back UPS RS 1500
Back-UPS XS 800
Back-UPS XS 900
Back-UPS XS 1500
Smart-UPS 750VA
Smart-UPS RM 1000VA
Smart-UPS 1000XL
Smart-UPS RM 1500
Smart-UPS RM 2200

Conext

800 UPS

CyberPower

PR750LCDRM1U UPS
685AVR UPS

MGE

Ellipse 600 USBS – reported by edwin2005 (added 5/18/06)
Ellipse 750 USBS – reported by stunie(added 10/9/06)
Nova 600 AVR – reported by IanSav (added 5/22/06)
Nova 1100 AVR – reported by IanSav (added 5/22/06)
O.P.S. Protection Center 600 USB – UPS – 360 Watt – 600 VA – reported by super-poussin (added 4/16/09)

INCOMPATIBLE
  • APC Back-UPS CS 500 – reported by mash
  • Belkin F6C1500-TW-RK
  • Belkin F6C750-AVR
  • Belkin F6C550-AVR
  • Geek Squad GS-700U (made by Cyber Power Systems) – reported by Tal
  • Geek Squad GS-1000U (made by Cyber Power Systems) – reported by Tal
  • Eaton Powerware 3105
  • Maruson Technology POF-400US
  • Mustek PowerMust 600
  • Nitram Elite 2005 (100VA)
  • Newpoint 200898
  • TrippLite UPS
  • Ultra 850 VA 425 Watt UPS
  • All models from OMRON

Hardware Compatibility List
USB Printers

Note: Due to the number of USB printers on the market, NETGEAR no longer updates this list on a regular basis.  Instead, please take a look at the Community Hardware Compatibility List for Printers.

Brother

HL-1440
HL-2030
HL-2040
HL-5040
HL-5150D

Canon

i250
i455
i960
i9900
Pixma iP4000
Pixma iP4300
MP370
MP530
MP780
MP780 FAX

Dell

Dell 1100

Dymo

LabelWriter 330 Turbo

Epson

1270
1280
Stylus CX3200 (printing only)
Stylus Photo 2200
Stylus Photo R320

HP

Color Laserjet 2500L
Color LaserJet 2550
DeskJet 790cxi
DeskJet 840C
DeskJet 880C
DeskJet 995C
DeskJet 970csi
DeskJet 5550
Deskjet 6540
DeskJet 1220C
LaserJet 1200
LaserJet 1300
OfficeJet 5510
OfficeJet 7100 series
OfficeJet 7210 All-in-One
OfficeJet v40
PSC 750

Konica Minolta

Magicolor 2400W
PagePro 1350W

Lexmark

Optra E312

Mitsubishi

CP9500DW

Samsung

ML-1520
Samsung SCX-4521F
Samsung ML-1650
Samsung ML-1710
Samsung ML-2010

INCOMPATIBLE
  • HITI 730 PS

Hardware Compatibility List
USB Hard Disks

Note: Due to the number of USB drives on the market, NETGEAR no longer updates this list on a regular basis.  Instead, please take a look at the Community Hardware Compatibility List for USB Storage.

Bytecc

BT380 USB/eSATA combo

Freecom

Freecom Classic SL Drive USB2 250GB

Hitachi

Signature Mini 500GB – FS-U25/500E

ioSafe

Solo
SoloPRO

Maxtor

One Touch II 250GB

Seagate

FreeAgent Pro

SimpleTech

Signature Mini 500GB – FS-U25/500E

Western Digital

WD800B015-RNN 80GB
Passport 120GB (requires external PS)
Western Digital MyBook 250GB

Wolverine

2040 (enclosure contains 40GB Toshiba MK4025FAS laptop drive)

Ximeta

USB 2.0 NetDisk 160GB

INCOMPATIBLE
  • Western Digital MyBook 320GB

Hardware Compatibility List
USB Disk Enclosures

Note: Due to the number of USB enclosures and disks on the market, NETGEAR no longer updates this list on a regular basis.  Instead, please take a look at the Community Hardware Compatibility List for USB Storage.

Acorn

EZ-BUS-DTS-EKIT (reported by Gator)

FMI

Mobile Disk External Data Storage Enclosure (2.5″) (requires external PS for Rev A 600/X6)

Icy Box

IB-350U-BL

Sweex

Mobile HDD Solution

Thecus

Yes Nano N1050 USB Enclosure

Trekstor

Datastation maxi Y.uh

Vantec

NexStar 3

Workbit

USB enclosures utilizing Workbit USAT3/USAT-3L (used in I-O Data 2.5) chipsets

INCOMPATIBLE
  • USB enclosures utilizing the CY7C68013-56PVC (used in RATOC HDD U2-IFK1)
  • Conceptronic USB2.0 & Firewire Hard Disk Box 3,5″

Hardware Compatibility List
Network Switches/Routers

Outdated List

For a list of compatible router feedback, please see our forum: Network Switches/Routers

Hardware Compatibility List
Memory

Warning: NETGEAR does not support third-party memory modules.

As you may know, memory is one of most sensitive components found in computer systems. Thus there is a chance that replacement memory modules from third-party vendors may not work in your ReadyNAS system. NETGEAR warranty will continue after replacing/upgrading your memory module. But we may not be able to help with data recovery from data loss caused by replaced memory modules. Technical Support may require you to place back original memory in your system if issues are encountered, before diagnostics can be performed.

If you still wish to replace/upgrade your system memory, there is community-provided feedback on successful modules available here: Community Hardware Compatibility List. NETGEAR makes no warranty with respect to the accuracy of the items posted.

Refer to your system’s hardware manual on steps for performing the built-in memory test.

Just released – RAIDiator 4.01!

NETGEAR is pleased to release RAIDiator 4.01 firmware for the ReadyNAS network attached storage product line. The latest firmware will work with all preceding ReadyNAS products and can be updated easily from FrontView.

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RAIDiator 4.01 contains a number of bug fixes along with worthy enhancements over the 3.01 and 4.00 releases. We recommend that you update your ReadyNAS to this latest RAIDiator release unless you are affected by the limitations stated at the bottom of this announcement. Please do keep in mind that once you upgrade to RAIDiator 4.00/4.01, you cannot revert back to anything prior to 4.00 without reformatting your ReadyNAS.

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ReadyNAS Testimonials

The ReadyNAS team appreciates you taking a few minutes to submit your own quotes, testimonials, and comments about your experience with the ReadyNAS. Let us know how you use the ReadyNAS and why you would recommend it to others.   Thank you for being a valuable part of the ReadyNAS World!

Click here to see what ReadyNAS customers have said about their experiences with the ReadyNAS or add your own comments at the bottom of this page.

Click here to check out case studies on how the ReadyNAS has succeeded in home and business with quite a variety of applications.

Welcome to the (development) ReadyNAS Community!

THE PLACE to get the inside scoop on everything ReadyNAS. Find previews and reviews of new features, tutorials, and information you won’t get anywhere else. Well, maybe you will, but not easily and not in one happy place like this. Do give us feedback on the ReadyNAS Community Forum and let us know if you would like to see topics not covered here. Enjoy! :-)

ReadyNAS Duo appears on New Zealand prime-time Breakfast TV

March 10, 2009 – A top New Zealand Breakfast show talks about the ReadyNAS Duo.  Thanks Phil for the link!

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RAIDiator 4.2.4 (x86) for the Pro is now available

March 9, 2009RAIDiator 4.2.4 for the ReadyNAS Pro Business and Pioneer Editions is now available for update.  The main feature of this release is the ability to backup your ReadyNAS to ReadyNAS Vault, an online backup service that we’ve covered in the last few posts. If you’re running 4.2.3 or earlier, we  recommend that you update to this release.  You can find the release notes and update instructions here.

“I’ll Be Back-Up” With New NETGEAR ReadyNAS Storage Service

March 6, 2009Arnold Schwarzenegger and Angela Merkel, got their hands on NETGEAR’s latest products at CeBIT 2009 this week. The Governor of California and German Chancellor met with NETGEAR executives as the leading networking and storage vendor announced the launch of its new online back-up and disaster-recovery service for consumers and small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs).  Read more here.

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Drew Meyer explains ReadyNAS Vault

March 4, 2009 – Cloud-based backups of the ReadyNAS?  It’s not as complicated as it sounds.  Drew Meyer, the Director of Product Marketing for the ReadyNAS products, explains ReadyNAS Vault and what it can do.  Take a look.

ReadyNAS ushers in cloud-based backup service with ReadyNAS Vault

March 2, 2009 – Another first.  All new ReadyNAS systems will now start shipping with ReadyNAS Vault, an easy-to-use, cost-effective online backup service option that allows both consumers and SMBs to securely backup their data to a world-class data center and recover data from any Web browser from anywhere you have Internet access.  All it takes is a few clicks, and your selected folders on the ReadyNAS can be automatically backed up, continuously or on a scheduled basis.  In fact, changes to files get versioned so you can easily revert to an earlier revision if you ever needed to do so.  Vault backups are managed in the cloud so you can setup, manage, and monitor backup jobs even if you don’t have direct access to the ReadyNAS.

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ReadyNAS Vault will be available starting on the ReadyNAS Pro in mid-March through a free firmware update, and it’ll be available for existing ReadyNAS systems in April. For details on how this works, see the installation guide here.

A new cool way to connect your ReadyNAS in your home

February 27, 2009 – You may have heard of Powerline to use your existing electrical cabling in your home to connect your network devices, but listen to Chris Geiser, Product Manager at NETGEAR, talk about a new technology called MOCA that allows you to connect your devices using the existing coax cabling in your home (the same ones used by your cable TV).  MOCA Ethernet-Coax adapter kit will be coming soon.  Check it out here.

Trusted Reviews loves the ReadyNAS Pro Business Edition

February 26, 2009 – With comments like “..the Pro return raw read speeds of 109MB/sec. We’ve had many dedicated – and much more expensive – IP SAN appliances in the lab that haven’t gone any faster than this.”

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“The ReadyNAS Pro is master of the universe for performance as there is nothing else that comes even close to it at this price point. It’s well suited to businesses as it offers plenty of backup and security features, has a huge storage potential and now supports IP SANs as well.” and a drop-dead rating of 10 out of 10 for performance, it’s no surprise that the ReadyNAS Pro received the recommended rating from Trusted Reviews.  Read more here.

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SmallNetBuilder puts ReadyNAS Pro tops in Performance Chart

February 25, 2009 – Back in November last year, SmallNetBuilder did a thorough review of the ReadyNAS Pro, including putting its paces through the usual performance testing.  The posted results however differed greatly from what Netgear obtained in our ReadyNAS test lab.  We did a little investigation with Tim Higgins, the well-respected reviewer at SmallNetBuilder, and found that his test bed was not capable of pushing the ReadyNAS beyond the performance of his test system.  Tim graciously agreed to upgrade his benchmark system and do a retest using the latest RAIDiator 4.2.3 firmware.  The result?  ReadyNAS Pro not only tops the charts but offers the best scalability as the file transfer size increased.  Take a look here.

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ReadyNAS Pro makes PC Magazine cover

February 11, 2009 – The February issue of PC Magazine (BE and NL editions) features our very own ReadyNAS Pro on its front cover.  For those who are not privy to the magazine, it said: “The bullish specs and the proprietary X-RAID-2 system, comparable to RAID 5, create outstanding test results…  NETGEAR outperforms about all the Linux based NAS solutions we ever got our hands on…”

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ReadyNAS Duo named 2009 Small Business Computing Best

January 29, 2009 -The Small Business Computing readers voted for best network storage, and the ReadyNAS Duo came out on top with the Small Business Computing Excellence in Technology Awards. “This year, the Netgear ReadyNAS Duo RND2150 (500 GB) earned our readers favor by providing hot-swap drives, support for disk quotas, and excellent media streaming capabilities. You can also access the Duo via an SSL-encrypted connection. Add the fact that it works with Windows, Mac, and Linux or Unix clients, and it’s no surprise that this versatile network storage device took top honors.” Read more here.

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ReadyNAS Pro Pioneer debuts at CES

January 15, 2009Keith Washo from AmazingTechProducts.com interviews Drew Meyer, Director of Product Marketing for NETGEAR Network Storage at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, right in front of our latest ReadyNAS Pro Pioneer Edition streaming 1080P HD videos to 6 Netgear Digital Entertainer Elite.

Here’s Drew again interviewed by NGTV.

CRN awards the ReadyNAS Pro Product of the Year!

December 16, 2008 – “Given the reliance of even the smallest businesses on data and storage, Netgear’s product can put significant value into the hands of just about any business or workgroup.”  We’re all very honored. Read more here and the full article here.

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See how the ReadyNAS Pro Pioneer Edition fits into your home

November 20, 2008 – Relax, sit back, and start to see how the ReadyNAS Pro Pioneer Edition can fit into your lifestyle…

ReadyNAS in Business forum now in business

November 7, 2008 – We’d like to welcome Drew Meyer to the ReadyNAS team. Drew joins us from NetApp, where he worked in the StoreVault Division to bring affordable business-class storage to the SMB market. Drew’s a long time storage marketer and occasional host of Geekspeak, a live radio program and podcast from the NPR affiliate in his home town of Santa Cruz, CA. His wife creates amazing wedding cakes. Drew’s coming aboard to help us address the small and medium sized business (SMB) market segment. We’ve added this new section, ReadyNAS in Business, to the forums for folks that are depending on ReadyNAS products to protect and manage their data in companies with more than 15 people. Market definitions always vary widely, but we’d like to hear from you if you are:

  • Doing tech supporting more than yourself and your family
  • Trying to manage backup and recovery tasks
  • Thinking about a server virtualization project
  • Concerned with the growth and management of business data

Watch for Drew in the Forums as “Dengar” and be sure to send your comments, questions and suggestions on future rack-mount products straight to him in the new Forum section!

PCPro gives its highest recommendation to ReadyNAS Pro

November 4, 2008 -”Competition in the desktop NAS appliance market is stiff but the ReadyNAS Pro Business Edition and its stunning feature set lays down a big gauntlet to the rest.”  Read more.

ReadyNAS Pro Business Edition in 3-D!

October 10, 2008 – We had to take the roof off the NETGEAR headquarter in San Jose to show you how the ReadyNAS Pro Business Edition might help you in your business.  Enjoy!

See X-RAID2 in action

October 3, 2008 -You’ve heard about X-RAID2, the RAID technology that powers the ReadyNAS Pro.  Now see for yourself how this 2nd-generation auto-expandable RAID technology works.  Click here.

eAegis’ first impression of the ReadyNAS Pro

September 30, 2008“ReadyNAS Pro, the newest member of the award-winning ReadyNAS product family is also the most powerful… This 6-bay gigabit network attached storage appliance is packed with high-end server features, including RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 6, and Auto-Expandable X-RAID2 support for data protection against disk failure, system monitoring capabilities and built-in backup.”  Read more here.

Weekly ASCII features the ReadyNAS Duo

September 30, 2008 – The ReadyNAS Duo is featured in the latest edition of Weekly ASCII, a popular Japanese technology magazine.  Click here to see the full-page review.

Traditional File Server or NAS

September 29, 2008 – Businesses are certainly moving their storage to NAS.  For those of you who are still on the fence, the folks at CDW has a nice comparative analysis between traditional file servers and NAS.  Take a look here.

ReadyNAS Pro reviews through the eyes of our beta testers

September 22, 2008 – Here are a couple of Pro reviews written by two of our own beta testers whom we had selected from around the world.  One is hosting his blog straight off the Pro.  Click on the images below to check out the reviews.  Big thank you’s to Jan (left) and Dave (right, with his wife) for doing such a great job for us and in making their sites available to the whole world!

The Definitive Guide to the ReadyNAS Pro

September 19, 2008 – If you’ve been waiting for more information on the ReadyNAS Pro, here’s the inside track to all the info you need on the Pro — The Definitive Guide to the ReadyNAS Pro.  Yes, get the scoop straight from the horse’s mouth (well, the ReadyNAS Team) and check out what’s new and cool about the Pro, feature descriptions, usage scenarios,  performance numbers, etc.

The ‘gadget’ @ TheTechStop.net reviews the ReadyNAS Pro

September 19, 2008 – Fr. Robert Ballecer from TheTechStop.net has the first hands-on review of the ReadyNAS Pro.  Known for concise and thorough reviews, he notes “We found ourselves in a predicament in benchmarking the ReadyNAS Pro because of one simple problem… none of our testing gear was able to keep up with the sustained transfer rate of the Pro.”

New SqueezeCenter in RAIDiator 4.1.3 supports SqueezeBox Boom

September 15, 2008 -The new Slim Devices SqueezeBox Boom is one of the new must-have toys that you need to pair with the ReadyNAS, and now with RAIDiator 4.1.3, support for the Boom is built-in right into the embedded SqueezeCenter streaming service.  No PC required.  Just press Play.

A man and his ReadyNAS Pro

September 15, 2008 – Here’s a light-hearted preview video of the ReadyNAS Pro from Dave, one of our beta testers.  Let’s just say he’s become very attached to the Pro.

Hosting Subversion on the ReadyNAS

July 25, 2008 – Subversion is a revision control system that’s definitely gaining in popularity.  Developers on our forum repeatedly ask for it to be hosted on the ReadyNAS. And why not, when it means being able to turn off another PC in your office or home?  One of our forum members wrote a little how-to on how to do this, so take a look here.

ReadyNAS vs. Traditional File Server

July 15, 2008 – SMBs often face the same challenges if not more than the larger organizations when it comes to providing employees an effective file sharing solution.  Data redundancy, provisioning of client licensing, complexity of supporting heterogeneous OS environments, and providing effective backup solutions are just some of the issues confronting small and medium-sized businesses, especially the ones not fortunate enough to have a dedicated IT staff.  If this sounds familiar, take a look at The Benefits of Network Attached Storage in Small and Mid-sized Business Networks and see how the ReadyNAS can help out.

How to develop a Frontview Add-on

July 10, 2008 – The ReadyNAS as a low-power-consuming always-on redundant storage appliance (whew that was a mouthful) makes an awesome platform to develop new and exciting add-ons to allow it to do even more than what it does already.  The BitTorrent and ReadyNAS Photos are a couple of add-ons that our users love, and that’s just the tip of the iceburg.  We’ve got more coming, and we’d love to share in the API to get you started with your own add-ons.  We’ve even made our Frontview Add-on SDK available with a nice templating system so you can get started in no time.  So, if you’ve been itching to get hackin’ on the ReadyNAS, take a look at our How to develop a Frontview Add-on article here.

ReadyNAS Duo awarded ZDNet Australia Editor’s Choice

June 23, 2008 – I promise we’ll have more articles besides ReadyNAS Duo awards and reviews ;-) , but this one comes from down under, and the Duo received a 9 out of a possible 10 from the fine folks at ZDNet.  Click here to read more.

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ReadyNAS Duo takes PCWorld 100 Best of 2008 honors

June 12, 2008 – Last year, it was the NV+. This year, our little Duo takes the honor. In fact, the Duo is the only NAS to show up on the PCWorld Best list. Congratulations to the ReadyNAS team for another fine no-compromise product. Click here for Netgear’s press release and here for details on the PCWorld 100 Best Products of 2008 honorees.

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SmallNetBuilder reviews the ReadyNAS Duo

June 7, 2008 – “With a redundant XRAID ReadyNAS Duo on your network, you’ll have the peace of mind that you’re no longer among the 52% of this country who are just a hard drive failure away from losing valuable iTunes files and thousands of digital pictures. My experience with the Duo certainly gave me the impression I could trust the Duo with my digital family memories!” Read more here.

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Turn your ReadyNAS Duo and EVA8000 into a Video Jukebox

June 6, 2008 -The Duo and the EVA8000 make a great-looking pair, and this article on turning the two into a video jukebox substantiates this even more. Take a look here.

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Which ReadyNAS is right for me?

June 5, 2008 – Choosing the right ReadyNAS shouldn’t be confusing. We’ll help you figure it out in less than a minute, promise. Click here.

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TheTechStop reviews the ReadyNAS 1100

June 1, 2008 – If you’ve been considering a rack-mount network storage for your business, take a look at this 10-minute video review of the ReadyNAS 1100. Robert Ballecer from TheTechStop.net knows his stuff, and he does a nice job covering the features of the 1100, including the little-known convenient X-Change™ module.

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ReadyNAS Developer’s Corner

Those of us developing and supporting the ReadyNAS know that an always-on, low-power-consuming, smart, sharable, and protected device sitting at our home is a great thing. And what’s better is how this device can be made even more extensible. With RAIDiator 4, we’ve opened up shell access to the ReadyNAS. We’ve also released a compiler and other tools, along with an API to allow you to develop add-ons that you can share or perhaps one day embed into a future RAIDiator release.

Our developers are always manning the ReadyNAS Developer Network forum, so we’ll be sure to help out if you have questions. And if you get really good, we may have to bring you on board to join our team.

ReadyNAS 600, X6, NV/NV+, 1100

Setting up a ReadyNAS development environment

Setting up a ReadyNAS cross-compiler

Setting up a PHP CGI environment

Create a personal web server on the ReadyNAS

How to develop a Frontview Add-on

ReadyNAS Pro

Setting up a PHP CGI environment

How to develop a Frontview Add-on

PC Pro awards ReadyNAS NV+ with 6 stars

“With the ReadyNAS NV+, Netgear has taken a well-respected storage solution and made it even better. It’s got the looks, the quality and the features to make it one of the best desktop NAS appliances on the market at this price.” Click here to read more.

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What’s new in RAIDiator 4?

With RAIDiator 4, the first thing you’ll notice is the fresh new look and feel of FrontView, where going from menu to menu and page to page is nice and snappy.

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But that’s just the beginning. There’s a lot of changes under the cover, so let’s take a look.

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A little something about the ReadyNAS Duo..

And little the ReadyNAS Duo is. It’s hard to tell by looking at online pictures as they can make it look deceivingly large. To really get a feel for the size, hold a sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper vertically and fold down in half. Then fold it in half again left to right. That’s about the size of a Duo — about a quarter sheet of paper.

Here’s a different perspective with my NETGEAR mug.

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Since we’re on the subject of physical dimension, let’s take a look at other physical parameters.

For those of us who take their ReadyNAS everywhere..

If you’re like me, I constantly take my ReadyNAS from home to office and back. The shiny handle in the back of my NV+ is great for that. With 4 disks, I can easily replace my dumbbells and get a good workout by doing a few reps. OK, I’m taking it a little too far ;-)

Anyway, for the last several weeks, I’ve been taking home the Duo, and I’ve noticed that it to be noticeably lighter. A NV+ with 4 disks is about 14 lbs. whereas a Duo with 2 disks comes out to about 6.5 lbs. That saves me over 50% in carrying weight — pretty good if I take into account my big-axx 17″ laptop I carry with me everywhere. And the size is small enough that you can dump it into a backpack and still have space for other things…

For those of us with sensitive ears..

Folks often ask me about how quiet the ReadyNAS NV+ is. Well it’s pretty quiet, but there are 4 disks and a power supply that need to be kept cool. We’ve kept it as quiet as can be without causing a failure that might compromise your data. Well, how about the ReadyNAS Duo you ask? The ReadyNAS Duo requires less cooling simply because now there are only two disks. Plus, the PSU is now a silent external laptop-style power brick. That translate to a super quiet ReadyNAS that you can now sleep with.

Green is better than.. well, not green

It’s nice to see a lot of companies start touting that their products are or will be green. It’s now the “in” thing to do. Well, the ReadyNAS products have always been green, before it was considered cool, and before any push from any regulations. The ReadyNAS Duo takes it a step further. For instance, in typical usage where a copy process is taking place, the Duo consumes about 30W of power, about half of your typical incandescent light bulb. If you set your disks to spin-down mode (very easily done on the ReadyNAS), it’ll consume about 12W. Then if you use the automatic power scheduler to power-on only when you will be home to use it, you’ll save even more. For instance, if you only plan on accessing the ReadyNAS only during an 8-hour window each day, your average usage of the box would be about a third of the 12W, or around 4W. Now, that sure is a lot greener than running a PC, a monitor, keyboard and mouse at around 100W or more 24/7, right?

More about Duo later…

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BIOS awards Editor’s Choice to ReadyNAS NV+

“If your business needs an affordable centralised network attached storage solution for securing its data, the ReadyNAS NV+ is perfect.” Read more…

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TechWorld reviews the ReadyNAS NV+

“For an office, home/office or even home environment buy one now. They just work and integrate into almost any kind of network.”  Read more…

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ReadyNAS NV+ ranked in top ten of PCWorld’s “100 Best Products of 2007 Awards”

PCWorld editors looked at each product, and based on its design, impact, performance, and value, selected the ReadyNAS NV+ #8 in the prestigious “100 Best Products of 2007 Awards”. Click here to read more.

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ReadyNAS NV makes Digital Trends’ Top Products of 2006

Rob Enderle writes “the ReadyNAS NV … arguably the most technically advanced of the personal network storage products”. Read more here.

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