Setup And New Features
Since the NV's feature set is largely the same as its predecessors, I'll cover only the differences here. See the previous review for the full story on what the NV can do.
Infrant shipped a diskless NV, telling me that I could just take the four Seagate Barracuda ST3250823AS drives out of the ReadyNAS 600, mount them on the drive trays and insert them in any order into the NV.
This worked exactly as promised and the NV booted right up after I completed the drive transfer and pressed the front panel power button.
Figure 4: Welcome screen
Figure 4 shows the welcome screen, which sports a nice picture of the NV and other summary info. (Note the secure HTTPS connection.) Infrant has done some work on the interface and it reacted more gracefully to being resized below 1024 by 768. The interface also seemed slightly more responsive, but you still won't be speedily clicking through the admin interface.
Figure 5 shows that a few new options have been added to the System Performance screen since the previous review, namely Enable fast CIFS writes and Enable fast USB disk writes, described in the screenshot below. These features aren't unique to the NV and were added to the X6 and 600 in a previous firmware update.
Figure 5 : System Performance options
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As a reminder, the Jumbo Frames feature works for received data only, i.e. when the NV is being written to, auto-detecting the frame size up to 9k and setting itself accordingly. But for transmitted data, i.e. when the NV is being read from, jumbo frames are not used. Infrant says they designed it this way "in order to minimize compatibility issues".