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Internal Details

The NVX isn't designed for easy servicing. You have to remove the two side covers to drop the rear panel to replace the fan. And accessing the upgradeable 1 GB DDR2 800 SODIMM requires removing the top cover (after removing the two sides - Figure 4). To get at the power supply you need to break the warranty-voiding sticker and remove four more screws to free the plate that it is mounted on.

NVX inside top view
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Figure 4: NVX inside top view

And forget about getting at the board. As near as I can tell, you need to remove everything that I have described so far, then free the drive backplane and unplug it from the main board before you can finally slide out the board (after disconnecting a flat cable to the LCD panel), which is mounted on a plate. I decided that it wasn't worth it and instead took a few partial shots of the board.

Figure 5 shows the area that extends beyond the backplane, where you can see two Marvell 88E116R PCIe Gigabit Ethernet PHYs. That's an NEC720114 4 port USB 2.0 hub controller to the right of the USB connector stack and a Winbond W83303AG Advanced ACPI Controller to the left.

Partial NVX board view
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Figure 5: Partial NVX board view

Figure 6 shows the Intel 80579 "Tolapai" System on a Chip clocked at 1.06 GHz under a good-sized heatsink. Given the limited visibility, I couldn't make out anything else.

Inside card bay view

Figure 6: Inside card bay view

Power consumption measured 67 W with the four Seagate ST31000340NS ES.2 1 TB drives spun up and 37 W when they spun down after a programmable idle period.

Feature Summary

Like some of its competition, NETGEAR has taken the approach of using the same user interface and common feature set across the ReadyNAS product line. So if you have used the NV+, Duo or other ReadyNASes, you know the extensive feature set that the RAIDiator OS provides.

Doug Reid did a good job of detailing many of RAIDiator's features in his ReadyNAS Duo review and there is also a slideshow of many of the key admin screens. The Pro review fleshes out the backup features and also explains the X-RAID2 storage system that the NVX comes set to use by default instead of standard RAID.

Here is a feature summary for quick reference:

  • X-RAID2 automatic online expansion for single volumes
  • Multiple volume support for RAID 0, 1, 5
  • Hot-swappable drives
  • Network file sharing via SMB/CIFS, NFS, AFP
  • FTP and secure FTP
  • Joins NT Domain / Active Directories
  • Immediate or scheduled backup to / from attached drives, CIFS, NFS, FTP or HTTPS shares, rsync & secure rsync servers
  • 3 licenses for Memeo Backup Premium Windows and Mac OS client backup
  • ReadyNAS Vault "cloud" backup of NAS storage (partnered w/ Elephant Drive)
  • Secure remote file access via web browser or direct, secure share access (requires running secure client software)
  • iSCSI target support
  • User quotas
  • Email alerts
  • Logging
  • USB UPS shutdown synchronization
  • USB print server
  • Root access via SSH and Telnet
  • UPnP AV / DLNA, iTunes, Logitech Squeezecenter media servers

I didn't bother running a drive fail test on the NVX, since that was done in the Duo review. Suffice it to say that the process goes smoothly and if you have email alerts enabled, you will be kept informed throughout the process.

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