New ReadyNAS systems double performance, set new price points and enable cloud storage
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Nov. 9, 2011 — NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today announced new versions of their ReadyNAS® Duo and ReadyNAS NV+ network attached storage systems. Value-conscious business users and home media enthusiasts may now access data twice as fast as previous generations, pay up to 30% less than similar products, and still receive 24/7 support and a 3 year warranty. A completely updated interface means that in as few as 8 mouse clicks users can create a secure private cloud for storing and accessing their music, photos, videos and documents from anywhere in the world.
The two-bay ReadyNAS Duo v2 and 4-bay ReadyNAS NV+ v2 systems redefine reliability, affordability and simplicity for professional and home users alike. Both systems include hot-swap disk drive bays and automatic capacity expansion, as well as USB 3.0 ports (an industry first) for up to 20% speedier backups. An updated photo sharing application allows print quality private photo sharing without 3rd party services or fees. Both include ReadyNAS Remote, a mobile app for iOS, Android, PC and Mac platforms that delivers 128-bit SSL access to information stored on the ReadyNAS from anywhere. And finally, both can stream music, HD movies and photos to home media devices like TVs, game consoles and TiVo.
Gartner ranks* NETGEAR’s ReadyNAS family of unified storage products as the global leader in the sub-$5000 price band. “Many small businesses have witnessed a drastic increase in the amount of digital content, such as digital imagery and archival records in medical or professional service applications” said Pushan Rinnen, Research Director for storage at Gartner Inc. “Meanwhile, it has become increasingly important for digital content to be accessed from mobile devices and to be backed up properly for protection. A NAS system can solve these problems and has become a critical component in modern offices without strong local IT expertise.”
“Redesigned in a big way, the ReadyNAS Duo v2 and NV+ v2 are great additions to the ReadyNAS family,” explains Matthew Mulvaney, a long-time ReadyNAS user. “The sleek new interface makes administration easier than ever before and after just a few clicks through the setup wizard, the system is ready for use. My mobile devices can use it seamlessly and sharing photos with friends and family is a breeze. I can amaze them with a slideshow of photos set to their favorite music. It’s basically become my own private cloud!”
“Businesses and home users are interacting with more devices, from more locations, and with more information than ever before,” said Matt Pahnke, NETGEAR’s storage product marketing manager. “Sharing data between devices and locations is only getting more difficult. NETGEAR’s ReadyNAS Duo v2 and NV+ v2 are cost-effective and incredibly easy-to-use solutions to the content sprawl problem, ensuring capacity and secure mobile access.”
Pricing and Availability
These two new products are available worldwide from November 13th. Suggested retail prices start at $199 for the Duo v2 and $399 for the NV+ v2.
Both ReadyNAS systems come with 90 days of 24/7 technical support in over 16 languages worldwide and a three year limited warranty. Additional ProSupport service upgrades for next-business-day part swap are also available.
To learn more about both ReadyNAS Duo v2 and NV+ v2, please visit www.netgear.com/private-cloud
*Gartner. Inc., Market Share: Network-Attached Storage/Unified Storage, Worldwide, 2010, Pushan Rinnen, March 21, 2011.
About NETGEAR, Inc.
NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. For consumers, the company makes high performance, dependable and easy to use home networking, storage and digital media products to connect people with the Internet and their content and devices. For businesses, NETGEAR provides networking, storage and security solutions without the cost and complexity of big IT. The company also supplies top service providers with retail proven, whole home solutions for their customers. NETGEAR products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. NETGEAR products are sold in approximately 28,000 retail locations around the globe, and through more than 37,000 value-added resellers. The company’s headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in 25 countries. NETGEAR is an ENERGY STAR® partner. More information is available at http://www.NETGEAR.com or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at http://twitter.com/NETGEAR and http://www.facebook.com/NETGEAR.
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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).
ReadyNAS® Remote is designed for users who own a ReadyNAS network attached storage system. This application lets you access any file you have stored on your ReadyNAS storage devices while you’re on the go. Now, you can store, share and protect your data from your Android devices using Wi-Fi or 3G service.
Setup on the ReadyNAS
- Make sure you have the latest ReadyNAS Remote add-on installed, v188.8.131.52 or higher, and added a Remote user to the Allowed list.
- Make sure you have started the FTP service. For ease of access, leave the default settings and Authentication mode as “Anonymous“. If you would like to set User mode, you will have to specify a user in the Android application.
- For each share you want to access using the Android, you will need to enable FTP access.
Setup on the Android device
- To connect from the Android device, the first time you run the application, you will be prompted to set the Remote user you allowed access to above.
- After you connect, if you press ReadyNAS Remote, you will see the ReadyNAS units you have been granted Remote access.
- The first time you select your ReadyNAS, you will be asked to set FTP credentials. If you have set the defaults on the ReadyNAS as described above, you can just press Save.
- When you connect, you will see the folders you have enabled for FTP access.
Questions / Feedback
If you have any questions or feedback in regards to ReadyNAS Remote for Android devices, please visit our community forum, where one of our Remote experts will be glad to help out.