This is a review of the Infrant ReadyNAS NV, not their newer NV+ (featuring quieter operation and an LCD display). This review was written by request (yup, Jason G., I’m talking about you).
Out of the box, this is my favorite computer hardware. I bought a diskless ReadyNAS NV for around $663 including shipping (from NewEgg.com) and populated it with 4x 750 GB hard-drives. The initial firmware didn’t support these newly released Seagate 750s, so I populated it with 3x 750 until it could. It’s been solid and reliable ever since.
- Easy to setup, easy to configure
- It’s reliable, and provides fast access to 3 TB of storage in a small form factor
- It talks to APC UPSs so that it can shut down gracefully.
- Can act as a printer share for USB printers.
- Knows every protocol under the sun for file sharing, etc.
- Can even act as a media share for iTunes, SlimServer
- Has gigabit access to my critical files.
- It’s loud.
- Configuration screens are not intuitive, and the user security is difficult to setup (you enable a service, then enable it on a share)
- Doesn’t talk to cheap UPSes, only the expensive ones.
- Configuration page doesn’t support Tab Mix Plus (my favorite firefox extension).
- Cannot share video files via “Windows Media Connect”
- SlimServer/iTunes server firmware doesn’t know enough not to try and share “protected” files, which hang up my Roku.
- Not really it’s fault, but it took me a while to figure out how to mount NFS onto my new LINUX and Mac machines (need to match IDs)
- Make sure your Ethernet switch supports jumbo frames if you really want to make this fly. If not, no biggy, but the cheapest gigabit switches I bought (Trendnet) don’t support jumbo frames.
All in all, a great piece of equipment, I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.