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NETGEAR ReadyNAS 100 Series 104 2TB (2 x 1TB) 4-Bay Network Attached Storage (RN10421D-100NAS)

NETGEAR ReadyNAS 100 Series 104 2TB (2 x 1TB) 4-Bay Network Attached Storage (RN10421D-100NAS)

Photographs, video clips, songs, web sites, text messages the types of data that enrich our lives can seem endless. The NETGEAR Ready NAS RN10421D is an easy way to centralize, access and share your digital world. More than just simple storage for all your stuff, Ready NAS provides unprecedented protection of your files, the ability to manage files from any web enabled device and a deep library of add-ons for creating, sharing and streaming files. A sleek new interface and the ability to set-up quickly through the Ready CLOUD portal make this NAS easier to use than ever before. Ready NAS is also the first in its class to include the protection of unlimited snapshots, real-time anti-virus and native encryption. Finally, Ready NAS features seamless cloud-based file synchronization (Ready DROP), full Drop box integration and is the only NAS with the ability to backup data from your Mac remotely, no matter where you happen to be in the world. With Ready NAS, protecting and accessing your digital world has never been easier.

  • 1.2GHz processor and 512MB on-board memory
  • 4-bays for 16TB maximum capacity
  • Consolidate, backup and share files across Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android devices
  • Embedded and add-on applications for iTunes, DLNA, and streaming of music and movies to local or internet-connected devices, including smart phones and tablets
  • Modern interface for easy cloud-based discovery and file management
  • On-box data protection including XRAID automatic volume expansion, unlimited snapshots, encryption and real-time anti-virus

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Question by vp68: I want to but a network storage drive, so common data can be accessed from any of our 4 pcs. Any Suggestions?
I was looking at Maxtor 1TB Network storage but read really bad reviews. How’s Netgear storage central SC101T where you can add internal drives in the bay provided. I would appreciate any comments from the real user. We have 4 pcs at home and it is a pain to carry data from one PC To another on memory sticks/flash drives all the time. KIndly reply. ANy other solution besides SC101T?

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Answer by Rick A
I would take one of your spare PC that has network access and load Fedora 6 on it. The stuff as much hard disk storage I could behind that system and just leave it on all the time.

Cheap man’s network storage.

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Wooww, nice product! I want to share this product!

What customers say about NETGEAR ReadyNAS 100 Series 104 2TB (2 x 1TB) 4-Bay Network Attached Storage (RN10421D-100NAS)?

  1. 44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    ReadyNAS 100 series vs. Synology Diskstation DS-213j, October 1, 2013
    knitting ninja “knitting ninja” (San Jose, CA USA) –
    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)

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    The ReadyNAS I was shipped came with a pair of Toshiba DT01ACA100 drives – 7,200 RPM drives Toshiba touts as being engineered for high performance and low power for cooler operation. I compared it to my Synology DiskStation 2-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage (DS213j) using Seagate NAS drives (two ST3000VN000). As for price, the units are within a few bucks of each other if you buy them diskless.


    This is where Netgear really shines. Both the ReadyNAS and the Diskstation sport single core 1.2 GHz processors and 512 MB DDR3 RAM. But ReadyNAS sports two USB 3.0 ports and one USB 2.0 compared to Synology’s two USB 2.0 ports. ReadyNAS has an eSATA expansion port and Synology does not. ReadyNAS has quick tool-less disk access and a metal enclosure. To get to the Synology drives you need a screw driver to open the plastic housing. ReadyNAS drives are also hot swappable. Power consumption for Wake on LAN for ReadyNAS is 1.0W compared to Synology’s 3.65W while hibernating.


    Synology rules the software arena for user interface and ease of management. While both use a web browser for management on the LAN, ReadyNAS has a web browser look and feel while the Synology has a more intuitive desktop theme. But theme aside, Synology is just plain easier to use. For instance, to access a movie/song/photo via my phone from the DiskStation I just installed the media server package on the NAS and the free apps on my phone. On ReadyNAS the same task requires installing Plex media server, creating a Plex account, buying the Plex app and managing more passwords. I still can’t figure out how to hibernate and wake up the ReadyNAS other than pushing the buttons on the front of the unit so I haven’t been able to take advantage of any power saving mode. Synology hibernation settings are quick and effective. Synology can be shut down or restarted through the web interface. I don’t see those options on the ReadyNAS – to power down you need physical access to the device. Managing user permissions is much more straight forward on the DiskStation. And I could go on.

    As for remote access, although both boxes required punching some holes in my firewall for media access away from home (using their respective android apps), Netgear’s ReadyCloud was quick and painless to setup without any router changes. ReadyCloud allows remote file access and other management of the ReadyNAS via accessing Netgear’s cloud website. Synology can be accessed via the web but you’re connecting directly to the Diskstation (via an IP address or DNS service and opening a port on the router).

    In the Android App arena, Synology uses a different app for files, video, photos and audio. They are all easy to install and use. ReadyNAS uses the Plex app for videos, photos and audio – which Plex charges you for. Synology’s apps are all free.


    If you are mainly interested in file sharing on a home or business network, your interactions with the interface of the NAS will likely be minimal and both the ReadyNAS and the DiskStation handle this simple task effortlessly. They both offer file synchronization, fast access, backups and easy accessibility through Windows Explorer or a DLNA compliant device. But because the ReadyNAS has better hardware features I would go with the ReadyNAS. But for everything else, including remote access, I prefer the DiskStation. I guess that makes it a tie.


    Although I have not had to use Synology customer support, I did have the need to call Netgear after a third party application hung the ReadyNAS and displayed an error message to not reboot but to call the displayed number on the error screen. Even though it was Saturday morning I promptly got a live person who was very helpful in resolving the issue (a reboot oddly enough). Then, two days later I got a return phone call to make sure everything was still okay. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the best customer support from a consumer electronics company I have ever received.


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  2. 20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Solid Hardware, Shaky Firmware, August 21, 2013
    Matthew Weeks “Corporal, USMC” (Albany, NY, US) –

    As the review title says, this is a solid NAS enclosure and setup is very easy. I purchased this enclosure and a pair of: WD Red 2 TB NAS Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, SATA III, 64 MB Cache – WD20EFRX. I was literally up and running in minutes.

    That being said, the caveat to this device is that all of the ‘gotchas’ about this product are buried in the firmware. This devices’ OS is highly proprietary so you need to go into it knowing the nuances, otherwise you’re going to shoot yourself in the foot. You’re not able to map it and forget it like an old-school NAS device.

    The biggest pain I’ve run into is with user accounts; each user account has its own storage area (think ‘My Documents’) that does not appear as a share. It’s both invisible, and inaccessible to the Admin account. You can map this user accounts’ ‘area’ as a network drive in Windows, but while that share is mapped, you cannot map another (an issue with Windows, but one gracefully skirted by other NAS devices). You have to manually edit the Windows hosts file on each users’ PC if you want to map multiple user accounts. That gets old; fast.

    All in all, this is a fair product so far; I just wish there was extensive documentation on the device OS as its a completely proprietary linux environment. The cloud features seem useful if you want to serve a lot of media locally, or access files on the road. If you just want a vault on your local network capable of RAID 1 (like I did) though, you may be better off looking elsewhere.


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  3. 13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Perfect storage solution, July 1, 2013

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    So I had 10 years worth of digital photos, plenty of video footage, some music, plus Gigas of documents from tax records to academic work, all of them on a bunch of CDs, DVDs and USB disks of all makes and ages. I wanted everything organized, accessible readily by any of the devices on my home network (Mac, PCs and tablet), and accessible from any remote place with internet. Also I wanted some protection against hardware failure. And for privacy did not want all my data stored in the cloud.

    I finally ordered a diskless readynas 104 and bought separately 4 WD drives. Installing the drives was easy, maybe a few minutes per drive without even the need for a screw driver. Then I connected the readynas to the power supply and plugged it to my ATT rooter and powered it on. The nas started by updating its firmware, then displayed its IP on the little screen on the front. I entered the IP in my laptop’s browser and logged on the nas. The process was super easy. The nas was already creating a Raid 5 partition on my 4 disks -exactly what I wanted. It took the readynas about 36 hours to create the 8 Tera partition (5.2T usable, 2.8T for data redundancy). Once my partition was ready, I started copying my data and configuring the different services. I ended up shutting down most services, keeping only Samba for file sharing between Mac, Windows and Linux. I switched on the resident anti-virus (which updated itself automatically) and configured the readynas remote application to access data from any place with internet, far the comfort of home. I ended up setting up the Itune server and Plex to stream music and movies -just because I can.

    I have been using the nas for one week and only scratched the surface of the possibilities here. This is so much more than a storage system, it is really a little server on its own. Particularly the apps open endless possibilities.

    There are 2 things that could be better tough: the device can get a bit noisy when the fan is at full speed. Don’t plan on installing it in your bedroom. Last the readynas 104 connects to your network though cable only – no wifi.

    I still give it 5 stars, because it was a breeze to configure and setup (no frustration as I feared when buying the device) and for the price this is really a ton of technology packed in this little box. My only regret is that maybe I should have bought the bigger 6 bays system!


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