|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
NETGEAR ReadyNAS RN424 4 Bay Diskless High Performance NAS, 40TB Capacity Network Attached Storage, Intel 1.5GHz Dual Core Processor, 2GB RAM, (RN42400)
|Digital Storage Capacity||2 GB|
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- HIGH-PERFORMANCE - Get 2x faster business application processing with the latest 64-bit technology
- STORAGE FROM THE NETWORK EXPERT- Professional grade NAS, designed in-house by the market leader in SMB networking
- YOUR BEST BACKUP PLAN - Protect your data against ransomware with the most effective on-premises data backup solution
- EASIEST MANAGEMENT - Easy monitoring and maintenance with NETGEAR Insight app
- BUSINESS COLLABORATION - Collaborate better with more simultaneous users – easy & secure access to your data from anywhere
- CLOUD BACKUP - to Amazon AWS, Google Drive, Dropbox or fast block-level replication to another ReadyNAS
- IDEAL FOR LARGE STORAGE & BACKUP - Ideal for: Creative professionals, architects, K-12, and businesses with large file storage requirements
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NETGEAR ReadyNAS 424
High-performance Business Storage
Every business faces the same challenges the increasing amount and criticality of data, and the need to access data securely by multiple users at a fast speed both in and outside of the office.
The ReadyNAS 424, a 4-bay model, is a high performance network storage solution that meets the demands of every business by offering high performance data backup and access to workgroups, an industry unique 5 Levels of Data Protection, and ReadyCLOUD for secured and automated VPN access to data.
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|Hard Disk Size||40.0 TB||40.0 TB||40.0 TB||0 GB||8.0 GB||8 TB|
|Hardware Interface||Ethernet||Ethernet||USB 3.0, eSATA||Ethernet||Ethernet||Ethernet|
|Item Dimensions||9.40 x 7.30 x 7.60 inches||8.78 x 7.83 x 6.54 inches||8.78 x 7.83 x 6.54 inches||12.12 x 19.09 x 1.73 inches||11.34 x 7.56 x 10.20 inches||6.10 x 3.90 x 6.75 inches|
|Item Weight||8.70 lbs||5.03 lbs||5.03 lbs||9.24 lbs||17.55 lbs||5.00 lbs|
NETGEAR ReadyNAS Your Business. Your Data. Protected ReadyNAS solutions offer SMBs the ultimate network storage platforms. With 5 levels of data protection, optional 10 Gigabit models, expandable memory and storage capacity, the new line up offers outstanding versatility. 5 levels of data protection Complete, reliable and cost-effective protection of your company files, databases, virtual images. All-inclusive backup and recovery Just restore your data from the latest backup in the event of a disaster, and quickly get back to business. Virtualized storage for the office Create your own private Cloud for total flexibility and data security. - NETGEAR ReadyNAS - 1G Models: RN420 Series (2, 4, 6, 8-bay) - 10G Models: RN520X, RN620X Series (2, 4, 6, 8-bay) - Ranging to support up to 40-120 concurrent users
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One thing I disliked about all the older ReadyNAS was their slow network transmission speed. Files took forever to copy from one location to another. When Netgear decided to revamp the ReadyNAS series from scratch, basing its processor on the Intel processor, the company has made great progress in the performance department.
The ReadyNAS 300 with its dual Gigabit connections was quite speedy, though it was not a top-performer when compared to some other brands, such as Qnap, Synology, Drobo. I decided to purchase the 524 and 424 to replace my older 314 models, and well, my 314's review still applies. The biggest difference is that the 424 is now using a newer Intel Atom processor (which makes it a bit faster), and the 524 -- that one is a BEAST with its Intel Xeon server-level processor. Plex is running faster on both the 424 and 524 (as compared to the 314), but the 524 had the greatest performance (with the price tag!) of them all.
With that said, just like the 314, I like the following about the 424 and 524:
1. X-RAID. Automatically expands your storage capacity as you add higher-capacity or additional drives without much user intervention. Traditionally, a RAID configuration requires you to back up the data, tear down the RAID, reconfigure it for the RAID protection you want, and restore the data onto it. X-RAID does away with that. For those who don't know what RAID is -- to put it simply, it provides storage protection. For example, if you have all 4 bays occupied with hard drives, you can lose 1 drive and still have your data in tact. Simply replace the bad drive with a new one, and your RAID is rebuilt, and you now have a redundant storage system again. Lose 2 or more drives, and the data is lost. The chances of 2 drives failing at the same time, however, is slim.
2. RSync over SSH. RSync is one of the protocols this device supports, which allows you to quickly and efficiently synchronize one ReadyNAS with another, or any device that supports RSync. The SSH function adds encryption to your data transfer. So, what does all this mean? I set up one ReadyNAS to do a secure, nightly backup from one location to another over the Internet. This ensures that files at both locations are always synchronized. In older ReadyNAS models, only RSync without SSH was available (without doing any hacking of its underlying Linux/Unix OS.)
3. WOL. Wake-On-Lan. I absolutely love this feature: you can remotely turn on your ReadyNAS over the internet or anywhere on your network. Configuration of your router is required, and I will share some of that at the end of the review. I also use the free "NAS Utils" app from the Google Play Store to send these WOL commands with my Android phone. This same utility can also be used to look at the ReadyNAS log files, power it down, reboot it, check storage, and more.
4. Plex Media Server. The product supports PMS! It comes right-out-the-box by enabling its app through its web-based administration page. PMS can be configured to look at your file shares to compile a beautiful interface of your music, picture, and video collection. You can then watch your movies through the web browser, tablet, or smartphone, even over the internet! Take a look at the [plex (dot) tv] website for more information. Note, however, that the PMS version that comes with the ReadyNAS is old. I'll share some tips on upgrading it at the end of the review.
5. DLNA. ReadyNAS 424 & 524 support DLNA, allowing you to point your Playstation, XBox, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, WD TV, smartphones, tablets, Smart TVs, and more, to your movie/music collection for play over Wifi/your home network.
6. Backup button. The physical backup button at the front of the device is convenient. You can configure backup jobs, and at the push of this button, it'll then run the jobs in sequence. I've configured each job to email me job results on error.
7. Supports various authentication methods, including Active Directory. You can configure the device to precisely control who has access to what share, how, and through what protocol.
Some things I don't like about the ReadyNAS 424 and 524 -- and sadly, they are the same issues I had with the 314:
a. UI issue: Scrolling. The web interface is not touch friendly. To scroll up and down at some of the configuration pages, you have to use a mouse. The scroll bar won't show up until you mouse over it.
b. UI issue: Backup button. The physical backup button is a great, convenient feature. For some reason, Netgear decided not to be able to initiate that button from the web interface. For example, if I wanted to remotely tell the ReadyNAS to start the backup jobs, I'd have to manually launch each job one-by-one.
c. UI issue: Backup button jobs. In the past, one used to be able to re-arrange the order of the jobs. With OS6, jobs are run in the order they were added. Further, only 1 job is now run at a time. In the past, multiple jobs could be configured to run concurrently.
d. UI Issue: when powering on the NAS, I would like the option to have an email alert sent to me. Netgear never replied back to me on this request. I saw somewhere before that this SHOULD work, but I do not think it's a coincidence that it does not work with the 314, 424, and 524...
e. Backup: backup jobs are handled sequentially. You STILL cannot run multiple jobs at the same time like with the older ReadyNAS Ultra series.
f. Plex Media Server cannot be automatically upgraded, but as with the 314 model, the 424 and 524 now allow you to simply upload the new Plex software update to the web interface for automatic upgrading without having to type in any commands in the command line. Instructions will be described below.
Now, on to some tips.
1. Wake-On-LAN configuration. In the older ReadyNAS Ultra, WOL was very easy to configure. However, for some reason, with the ReadyNAS 300, 424, and 524, I STILL can only get WOL to work reliably by asking it to send the command as a Broadcast. This has to do with MAC address caching, but even with different switches/routers, I couldn't send the packet successfully with 100% certainty after 4 hours of waiting. As such, for issuing WOL commands over the Internet/WAN, I configured UDP 9 to point to the internal network's broadcast IP. In my case, it's 192.168.123.255 /24. WOL has worked every single time since.
I also found that WOL only works over the Internet when the network cable is connected to the TOP network/ethernet port. If I remember right, that's Ethernet 1.
2. RSync over SSH. WARNING: this is an ADVANCED configuration! If you don't know what you're doing, you could severely screw up your NAS! To do RSync over SSH, you first have to enable Rsync on the Target NAS. Then download the Certificate from the Source NAS, and add it to the Target NAS by pasting the SSH key (append) to /root/.ssh/authorized_keys (on the Target.) This tells the Target to trust the source's certificate. An example backup job can be configured as follows:
Name: SOURCE copy to TARGET
Source: Share | Name: share: sharename.
Target: Remote | Name: remote:Rsync over Remote SSH | Host: addressofTarget | Path: /data. Advanced: Remove deleted files on source
WARNING: be sure you test the backup job on dummy shares, not on production shares! This gives you the opportunity to ensure that the paths are all correct, and the job is configured the way you want it to behave.
3. Plex Media Server: configure for playback over the Internet. I set up my router to point TCP 32400 to the ReadyNAS 524.
4. Plex Media Server Upgrade. Before you can upgrade PMS, let me warn you first. DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK! This is an ADVANCED configuration, and could void your warranty. Because this is advanced, I'm going to assume that you understand the technical terms described below. The instructions were taken from the Plex forums. Amazon unfortunately won't let me link directly to that page. I modified the original instructions, and the one below is what worked for me.
Understand that the ReadyNAS 300/424/524 run "OS 6". First, TURN OFF your PMS app by going to the NAS' configuration page. Wait until it's confirmed to be turned off.
a. Go to [Plex (dot) tv / downloads]. You will find a link there for "NAS". Choose Netgear > OS6 / Intel.
b. Download the package -- it'll be a file called, "plexmediaserver-ros6-binaries_versionnumber_amd64.deb"
c. While PMS is still Off, upload the downloaded file through the NAS' configuration page ("Apps" tab > "Upload" icon at the top right)
d. Verify that the app version is the new one in the ReadyNAS administration page. You may now turn on the PMS app.
Finally, launch Plex Media Server and configure the Transcode temporary folder to /apps/plexmediaserver/temp. You may have to turn on the Advanced Options to see the Transcode section.
I have performed many, many version upgrades with the above instructions without any problems.
Overall recommendation: the 400 is a slightly speedier upgrade to the 300 series, but the top performer is the 500 series with its Server-level processor. Plex runs smoothest on the 500, but for the majority of videos I have, the 300 and 400 work just fine unless you are streaming videos to your phone over the internet. That's where the 500 shines with its additional transcoding power. These darn ReadyNAS are so expensive, however, and so I'll be selling my 300 series ones to recover some of the cost.
If all of this was useful for you, please be sure to click the "Useful" link on my review so that others can learn from this too. Thanks.
I bought two 6 TB hard drives to replace the two I had. (I'm a photographer and a 20+ megapixel camera will eat up hard drive space like you can't believe.) I cloned the two old hard drives onto 1 new hard drive and wanted to use the other as storage space. Unfortunately, my computer won't recognize a hard drive over 2 TB. A friend suggested I get a NAS as my computer can recognize more than 2 TB if it is external!!! I bought the Netgear ReadyNAS and a 2 TB hard drive for my operating system internally and it was all up and running in a couple of hours.
The NAS was much easier to set up than I anticipated. The instructions it comes with are pathetic... However, there are multiple good videos online explaining installation and as someone who considers themselves just good enough to be dangerous with computers I was able to install it pretty easily. (The updating took longer than the setup.)
Once installed you have access to anything on it from any internet connected device anywhere... overall a pretty good deal. I set mine up RAID 1 so all my information is copied on both hard drives. I now have all my photos on 2 hard drives in the NAS and a third external I keep off site. It doesn't get much safer than that.
If you buy this I hope you are as happy with it as I am and thank you for taking the time to read my review.
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