Wow now that is a nice interface

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Wow now that is a nice interface

Postby jeremyotten » Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:06 am

Readynas is OK!

The only thing that lacks is a really cool and nowadays interface.

the new 3.0 interface of synology nases blows me away. I just like i am in windows.

http://www.synology.com/enu/products/demo/index.php

Can't you guys update your interface to nowadays standards?
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Re: Wow now that is a nice interface

Postby veehexx » Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:51 am

i dont want to see that.

why? because i sometime admin my nas from my phone.i havent tried it, but i bet stuff like that takes an age to load on mobile devices - if at all!
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Re: Wow now that is a nice interface

Postby jeremyotten » Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:01 am

If that is the only argument NOT to have such a cool interface.........

How does the current interface load on your phone??
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Re: Wow now that is a nice interface

Postby steve_i » Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:21 am

jeremyotten wrote:If that is the only argument NOT to have such a cool interface.........

The main argument against it from my point of view is they would have to spend money doing it, and it would have zero value to me. If they're going to spend money on development, I'd rather they fixed bugs, made it ready for 3TB+ drives (if any work is needed for that) etc.
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Re: Wow now that is a nice interface

Postby mdgm » Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:23 am

I agree with steve_i that features and bug fixes are more important. Having said that a redesign is longer overdue and would be nice.
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Re: Wow now that is a nice interface

Postby sphardy » Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:50 am

Another perspective - it would appear that Netgear/Infrant's historic focus has primarily been business users, or "prosumers" focused on capabilities not look & feel. Just consider the product line:

NV / NV+ / Rack mounted kit like the 1100 - all touted with business features and the whole ReadyNAS Pro & NVX Lines which are clearly aimed at businesses. In terms of consumer products, we have the Duo (a cut down NV+ - but seems to be *very* successful) and the Pioneer models which are software-crippled business machines. For pro users I don't think a "sexy" interface is key as the last couple of comments have demonstrated.

Now with the release of the Ultra-4/6 and the coming Ultra-2 it appears Netgear really wants to be in the consumer NAS market and having a nice, easy to use web interface where a user can access files with drag & drop without screwing around with or even having to know about WebDAV and the like would be a very welcome addition.

There's a lot to like about the Synology interface - i have tried it though found it quite slow (it's a demo - so don't think we can draw the conclusion a real machine interface would perform the same, but it's a valid concern). It has some nice features but more importantly, to many consumers the interface *is* the product. If it looks good and demos well, you're going to attract customers and certainly if Netgear wants to really get into the consumer market against the likes of Synology then I think they are going to have to make some investments here.

Let's hope their business is going well enough that they can add the resources to do something like this without sacrificing the support for their more traditional user base and enhancing functionality

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Re: Wow now that is a nice interface

Postby jeremyotten » Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:17 am

+1000 for your comment.

What they at least could do is make the interface auto with to your monitor like this phpbb forum. All the scrolling gives me RSI...
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Re: Wow now that is a nice interface

Postby sphardy » Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:58 am

That's my biggest request too - spent alot of time in front of Frontview lately & on a 1920x1200 screen it is frustrating. Next would be some UI enhancements to reduce some of the complexity of using the NAS: eg Drag & Drop of folders to configure paths rather than having to know to type "/c/media" or whatever, a modern Filemanager GUI that works even when WebDAV is enabled etc

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Re: Wow now that is a nice interface

Postby spiderman » Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:06 am

I would much rather prefer to see more frequent bug fixes as opposed to a slick interface.
3TB as well as SSD support using existing ReadyNas products. Synology has already starting doing this:
http://www.synology.com/us/news/2010/05.28_news.php
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Re: Wow now that is a nice interface

Postby jeremyotten » Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:10 am

OK but that would mean a completely new unit with 2,5" support. I confess Synology and QNAP have had 2,5 and 3,5 inch support for a while now..

image the speed of a SSD nas. WOOOOOW!
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Re: Wow now that is a nice interface

Postby sphardy » Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:20 am

spiderman wrote:I would much rather prefer to see more frequent bug fixes as opposed to a slick interface.
3TB as well as SSD support using existing ReadyNas products. Synology has already starting doing this:
http://www.synology.com/us/news/2010/05.28_news.php

Why can't we have both? If Synology can do it...

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Re: Wow now that is a nice interface

Postby jeremyotten » Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:41 am

You got a point there... I mean synology now also has an X-raid kind of thing called Hybrid Raid.
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Re: Wow now that is a nice interface

Postby spiderman » Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:53 am

Hopefully our guys will catch on to other NAS manufacturer developments and implementations and do better.

How about Thecus NAS features:

*Unmatched Reliability with Dual DOM Design
A Disk On Module (DOM) contains all of the system’s critical software. If it stops working for any reason, your system firmware could be inaccessible – or worse. With the N4200′s Dual DOM Design, a secondary DOM automatically reprograms the primary DOM if it fails, meaning your data is always safe and accessible.

*Easy Administration with Dual Displays
Featuring two separate displays, the N4200 is incredibly friendly to use. The LCD displays critical system information, including hard disk and network status, while the OLED allows you to change a number of different system settings, such as WAN, LAN, Link Aggregation, languages and more.

*Increased Flexibility with Dual HDD Profile Support
The N4200 features Thecus’ unique combo SATA hard disk bays, which can accommodate both 2.5″ and 3.5″ SATA hard disks! Choose 2.5″ drives for lower power consumption and quieter operation, or 3.5″ drives for extra capacity and performance.

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Re: Wow now that is a nice interface

Postby jeremyotten » Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:59 am

I think your quote is from THECUS and not QNAP ;-)

So we have THECUS / QNAP and SYNOLOGY as the competitors... THECUS is the least of them firmware stability wise...
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Re: Wow now that is a nice interface

Postby spiderman » Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:00 am

Oops your right. I'll fix it right now.
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