CLBear wrote:I'm very new to all of this NAS stuff, so please bear with me.
I'm in the market to buy a NAS. I was considering buying the NV+ model, but I heard about the new Ultra model that is coming out and was turned on by some of the features I heard that the new model will handle.
I've heard that the NV+ is fairly easy to setup for home use. Is this going to be the case for the Ultra model as well? I want to mainly use my NAS for online storage of documents, data backup and also media streaming (mostly to a PS3). I would absolutely love to have the transcoding aspect which doesn't seem to be available on the NV+ model. I also would like the ability to access my files when I'm away from home and would also like to share files with family members outside of my home.
Is the Ultra overkill for me or is the NV+ what I need? I'm really looking for the best balance between ease of use and features. I am fairly computer savvy, but the NAS world is a bit new to me.
I've owned an NV+ (which I gave to my Dad after about 15 months) and I presently have a Pro & NVX (as well as 3 ReadyNAS 2100 rack-mounts at work). From a user perspective, setup and configuration is virtually identical for all models. It's all done through a web-based administration interface called "Frontview". The only differences between models may be the lack of particular options, such as ethernet bonding, Windows Active Directory support, SNMP, etc. that are found in the Business Class models (Pro BE, NVX BE, 2100, 3100, 3200 and 4200) and not on the home models (Ultra, Duo).
My advice would be to definitely get the Ultra
(there are currently 2 models; Ultra 4 and Ultra 6). The CPU in the Ultra is significantly faster than the one in the NV+ and has been designed with home entertainment in mind (new streaming services such as Orb, Skifta and TiVo - check out http://www.netgear.com/Landing/en-US/ultra.aspx
All ReadyNAS devices run a customized version of Debian linux, however, the Duo & NV+ use an older, low-powered, sparc-based CPU (keeping in mind that the first ReadyNAS based on this CPU came to market in 2004). Additionally, in February 2009, the Debian developers announced that they were dropping support for sparc-based CPUs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debian#Release_history
), so development on the platform will be somewhat limited. Going forward, most development will be on the x86 platform. The Ultra, Pro, NVX, and business class models all use Intel-based x86-architecture and offer much higher performance, additional features and will be able to handle any current and future demands you place on it.