The Netgear ReadyNAS Duo

I’ve got a Netgear ReadyNAS Duo on my home network, and it’s been a handy device in the six months (or so) that I’ve been running it. This little box seems to pack a lot into its chassis. The setup was an absolute breeze, and while I had some problems early on (bad drives), it’s run smoothly since.

Due to a deal I found on Dell, I’ve got this running with 2 x 500 GB drives, rather than the single drive most configurations come with. This provides automatic mirroring, so even if one drive fails, I’ve got another copy there and ready to go.

Some other functionality it has (that I’ve not yet played with) includes a BitTorrent client and iTunes streaming. One very nice feature we’ve already made use of is the fact it can act as a print server. Just plug a USB printer into one of the three USB ports, and you’re off to the races!

This little box has a great set of features (click on the image to go to the product site), especially for the price. If you’re looking into some network-attached storage, put this one on your list to check out.

By Patrick

Patrick started down the SciFi & Fantasy road with the original Star Trek series reruns and "The Hobbit", and has enjoyed the travels to date. An engineer by training, he's a SQL jockey in day-to-day life, and married to a great woman. He also hopes to (one day) be able to slide down a pole to his subterranean garage. To the Patcave!

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