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NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra 6 (6-bay, diskless) Network Attached Storage, latest generation RNDU6000

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Product Description

The NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra series deliver the power you need to run bleeding-edge applications and the flexibility you want to store, share and protect your prized multimedia collections. Two Gigabit Ethernet Ports deliver ultra-fast connections, while three USB ports offer the flexibility for users to connect other devices with a USB connection (e.g., printer servers, external USB storage devices or digital cameras). These multimedia desktop storages are ideal for media enthusiasts with large digital media libraries who want to take their media files wherever they go. X-RAID2 - Manage volume expansion automatically as you add new hard drives or replace existing drives with larger capacity drives. ReadyNAS Remote - Get secure drag-and-drop remote access without complicated network setups. ReadyNAS Vault - Backup critical files off-site for added security and peace of mind, then access and restore them remotely online. Rsync - Replicate and synchronize files between two ReadyNAS devices. TiVo compatible - Archive your favorite television programs and play them back to any TiVo DVR in your home. Media shifting with Skifta - Access multimedia content from your ReadyNAS while you’re away from home on connected DLNA devices. Transcoding with Orb - Convert multimedia content for optimal streaming on mobile devices. Automatic backups - Back up three computers (PC or Mac) continuously using Memeo Premium Backup and restore any previous version of a file with a simple right-click.

From the Manufacturer

Designed for advanced home users, the NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra 6 Home Media Server enables you to store, share, and protect your digital media files and access them easily across all of your networked devices, including your TiVo. The ReadyNAS Ultra 6 runs up to three times faster than the ReadyNAS Duo and the NV+. It comes equipped with six drive bays and NETGEAR data-backup services.

NETGEAR ReadyNas Ultra
The ReadyNAS Ultra 6 has six drive bays for expansion. View larger.
Store and Share Your Digital Media with Ease

The NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra 6 makes it easy for people with large digital media libraries to take their media files with them wherever they go. Featuring robust processing power and energy-efficient Intel architecture, the device can run cutting-edge applications and deliver the flexibility to store, share, and protect your multimedia collection.

NETGEAR ReadyNas Ultra

Specifically, it enables you to take music, videos, and other media with you anytime, anywhere, and on any screen. The Ultra 6 is DLNA-certified, which means that you can use it as a media server to stream your music, photos, and videos to any networked device within your home, including your TiVo box. You can also record your favorite shows using your TiVo DVR, back them up with your Ultra 6, and watch them whenever you want.

A pair of gigabyte Ethernet ports delivers exceptionally fast connections, while three USB ports offer the flexibility to connect other devices with a USB connection, such as printers, external USB storage devices, or digital cameras.

Stream Content to Your Mobile Device

NETGEAR ReadyNas Ultra
NETGEAR ReadyNas Ultra

Your Ultra 6 will also let you shift your media and stream it to any remote DLNA-rendering device using Skifta technology. Simply download the Skifta client, create your place, shift your media, and press play.

NETGEAR ReadyNas Ultra

Using the free streaming software, Orb, home users can stream their media content inside and outside the home over a Wi-Fi or 3G/4G connection. Orb allows the Ultra 6 to transcode multimedia files on the fly, and stream them to a mobile device. All you need is the Ultra 6, an Internet or 3G/4G connection, and a handheld device with the Orb Live app* installed.

Multiple Layers of Data Protection

NETGEAR ReadyNas Ultra

The Ultra 6 offers multiple layers of protection for your multimedia data. ReadyNAS Vault--a unique, cloud-based backup service--allows you to customize your own disaster recovery plan. In the event of disk failure, a virus, or another disaster, the service will restore your most critical files with a simple click. The Ultra 6 ships with 2 GB of ReadyNAS Vault included for two years.

Access the ReadyNAS Ultra 6 Remotely

Using the ReadyNAS Remote** feature, you can drag and drop files on your Ultra 6 remotely without complicated network setups. In addition, the Ultra 6 comes with an Rsync service that allows you to replicate and synchronize files between two ReadyNAS devices.

The Ultra 6 is a diskless device, so you can install your own drives and add whatever capacity you need. It features bay space for six drives, and it can accommodate most 3.5-inch SATA drives. X-RAID2 technology makes it easy to replace existing hard drives or add new ones.

NETGEAR ReadyNas Ultra

NETGEAR also offers a two-bay diskless version of the ReadyNAS Ultra; a two-bay version with a preinstalled 2-TB hard drive; a two-bay version with two preinstalled 2-TB hard drives; a four-bay diskless version; a four-bay version with two preinstalled 2-TB hard drives; and a six-bay version with three preinstalled 2-TB hard drives.

The ReadyNAS Ultra 6 Home Media Server is backed by a three-year NETGEAR hardware warranty.

What's in the Box

ReadyNAS Ultra 6 Home Media Server.

*Orb Live app is sold separately on iTunes. The app is compatible with the Android and the iPhone/iPod/iPad.
**ReadyNAS Remote app is sold separately on iTunes. The app is compatible with the iPhone/iPod/iPad only.

Product Information

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Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Hard Drive 18 TB Desktop
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 3
Brand Name Netgear
Item model number RNDU6000-100NAS
Hardware Platform PC, Mac
Item Weight 14.9 pounds
Product Dimensions 11.1 x 14.7 x 15.4 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 11.1 x 14.7 x 15.4 inches
Color Black, Metallic, Silver
Processor Count 1
Power Source AC 100 - 240V, 50/60 Hz

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
3.3 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #765 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Network Attached Storage
#18,472 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Networking Products
Shipping Weight 18.1 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available July 12, 2010

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Style Name: ReadyNAS Ultra 6, Diskless (0TB) Verified Purchase
My use is probably pretty far out there - I am hosting a dozen servers via iSCSI (using Citrix XenServer) for a test lab. We needed an inexpensive iSCSI device with decent capacity for a 7x24 lab.
Well, the Netgear NeadyNAS Ultra 6 delivers.
I purchased it about 3 months ago and it has been rock solid - I started with 3 drives and added one more after a week and then another - five in use now.
It may be a quiet unit - in our datacenter there is so much fan noise from other equipment all I can is the Ultra can't be heard above other less-quiet boxes.
It runs cool, starts very quickly, and so far has had no hiccups with inexpensive Western Digital Cavaiar Black 1TB drives.
We don't use any of the Tivo or other options.
We do boot 4 XenServers (hypervisors) and load 12 virtual servers off of the shared storage on the ReadyNAS. We allowed the Netgear box to use its default storage configuration, a proprietary RAID architecture - and no problems there. Adding the additional drivers worked just as advertised - plug in the drive, and in about 24 hours (maybe less) the drive is a member of the RAID configuration.
Setup and connection with iSCSI was so flawless and easy we thought we were missing something. No, it's really "that easy". iSCSI allows server grade equipment to connect and use it as shared storage.
We were not expecting performance to challenge EMC or NetApp or Equallogic - we wanted fast and cheap. However, the performance is "very good" with one caveat - don't try to run a dozen servers *and* add a disk - we found out during the period where the additional drive is joining the array you will probably (we did) drop connections. Let the NetGear do it's thing, then reboot the devices on the shared storage.
This is a very high quality prosumer device that will deliver excellent value for your bucks. Recommended.
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Style Name: ReadyNAS Ultra 6, Diskless (0TB) Verified Purchase
I work daily with high end NAS devices including NetApp, EMC and others. As a professional in this field I would say that a $1400, twelve terabyte NAS device with all these protocols, replication capability, raid options, and add-ons is a deal you can't pass-up.

The ReadyNAS not only has support for CIFS, NFS, iSCSI, FTP, HTTP but it also allows you to install a boat load of other add-ons. Some of the add-ons I have installed from the add-on community so far include: Cacti (to monitor the systems and keep logs for a year), ReadyNAS Photos (nice photo sharing program), SSH shell (allows you to connect to the console and run unix commands), eXtplorer, and xplorer. There are tons of applications already made for this system however, being that this is running a Linux OS with MySQL, Perl and Apache already installed there isn't much you can't do with this puppy.

I am not saying you have to be a techy to use the ReadyNAS system, it really is simple out of the box. However I am saying if you are a techy you can really have at this little device.

p.s. Living in San Francisco I used the XRaid with two parity drives. Nice to have the extra safety option.
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Style Name: ReadyNAS Ultra 6, Diskless (0TB) Verified Purchase
I bought this purely for use with my TiVos. This review of the Ultra 6 is from a use-with-TiVo point of view. It does have full Network Attached Storage capability for storing any and all of your other computer files, music, etc.

Unfortunately, as shipped, the software it came with (4.2.12) did not work well with TiVos. Neither did 4.2.13.

Netgear has listened, learned, and responded. Software version 4.2.14-T14 (T14 is beta version just released the week of this review) works VERY well with TiVos. All problems that I have experienced have been fixed, and some useful backdoor features added.

Thus, I can rate it at 4 stars, despite previous problems.

The TiVo function of the Ultra 6 will automatically transfer TiVo shows flagged as Keep Until I Delete (GREEN circle) from your TiVo(s) to the Ultra 6.

If it would transfer non-KUID-flagged shows (YELLOW circle) as well, I would rate it at 5 stars.

It will not transfer shows that have the copy protection flag set by the broadcaster.

On TiVo series 3 models, the transfer is slow, due to the series 3 TiVo hardware, not the Ultra 6. A 1 hour high def broadcast show (~6 GB) will take about 1 hour to transfer.

A series 4 Premiere TiVo will transfer much faster, due to changes inside the series 4 hardware compared to the series 3 hardware.

The Ultra 6 appears at the bottom of the TiVo Now Playing list. Select it to display the shows on the Ultra. Select a show and transfer it back to your TiVo to watch it.

With all six drive bays of the Ultra 6 filled with 2 TB drives in a RAID configuration that allows a single drive failure, you get 9 TB of space for your TiVo shows and any other files.
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Style Name: ReadyNAS Ultra 6, Diskless (0TB) Verified Purchase
I've been a long time and very happy ReadyNas user, since before they were acquired by Netgear. I have owned 1 ReadyNas X6 and 3 ReadyNas NV+ (the 4 disk version) for several years: they are still running and I have never had a problem with them.

I bought the Ultra 6 because I hoped to replace a couple of my older NAS units with it and save some space. Six-months and one replacement unit later, I'm still in tech support hell.

I purchased the diskless version and filled with 6 Hitachi disks, same brand and model found on Netgear's approved hardware lists. After a week, I found the ReadyNAS frozen and un-responsive -- only a power cycle would restart it. I'd restart the thing, get another 10/12 days of uptime and then the thing would freeze solid again. Then one day the device told me that two of my disks had died simultaneously. I replaced them with new ones (this time Seagate, again from the approved hardware list) and did a factory default reinstall. A week later, the device froze up again. I went through a few weeks of this and after going back and forth with Netgear support, I got a replacement unit and shipped back the old one. I reinstalled the disks. Everything was fine until a few days later the new replacement unit started behaving in the same exact way as the old one, freezing up solid and requiring a power cycle. When I rebooted it, the unit told me that 2 of the disks had failed (one Hitachi and one Seagate). Same behavior as the previous unit.

After taking the disks out and testing them elsewhere I found that this wasn't the case: the disks worked fine. But the Ultra 6 detected them as dead. I did another factory reset and reinitialized all the disks, and this time the device found them in perfectly fine working conditions.
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