That is Netgear's new entry two bay NAS. This movement means Netgear is slimming down its own range and puts greater strain on the 100-series to carry out. First thing, however, it is the lowest priced NAS driveway Netgear has ever produced, which makes it a possible perfect starter NAS for anyone seeking to purchase their very first NAS drive.
Appears aren't the attention of NAS development, but the ReadyNAS setup RN102 has generated some useful changes compared to its predecessors. There's not any fantastic size or weight loss with dimensions of 220 x 142 x 101mm plus a burden of 2.12Kg (empty), however the panel to the power switch, action lights and rear mounted USB port are recessed to decrease the reversal of accidentally hitting them.
Netgear has also sensibly increased the magnitude of the enthusiast from 80mm within the Duo v2 into 92mm, making it simpler (if not entirely silent, even more about this later) both in performance and if idle. Additionally, it sees the debut of fresh tool-less drive bays, which we will talk in the Installation section.
We will not linger on the plan of this RN102 too long however, because the significant changes aren't skin deep. This is really a step down in the 1.8GHz Marvell chip at the Duo based on clock speed alone, but used the old and less effective Kirkwood architecture. RAM gets dropped from 256MB to 512MB too. This CPU/memory configuration will not fit more superior apparatus such as the Synology DS214play and DS414, but it clearly is not supposed to.
Connectivity can also be fairly great with 2x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0 interfaces, eSATA and Gigabit Ethernet. A front mounted backup button moves the contents of any link drive into the NAS with a single media. It's a shame the only real USB 2.0 interface is on the front, so the most reachable port is the lightest, but it's the one least likely to possess eternally connected drives and price cuts must be made somewhere.
Netgear pushes, although plausible, have been the most gratifying of apparatus to set up, but this varies radically with ReadyNAS OS 6.0. Gone would be the demand for software downloads and IP addresses using a browser based installation which has more than a whiff of all Synology's trendy user experience.
Just plug from the RN106, connect it to a router and -- after booted -- load the readyNAS login webpageat which you'll be motivated to'Discover' your own NAS. This may detect it, allow you place its own name, user password along with time zone and provide you with the choice to combine ReadyCloud (it is not compulsory for those seeking to keep maximum safety).
The primary UI has more than a sign of iOS7 about it using a level, clean look and a brand new tab navigation system that's easy and intuitive. In our view it does not fit the industry-leading'virtual desktop' encounter of Synology'sDiskStation Manager (DSM), but its rigid approach might appeal more to fresh NAS owners.