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Networking

  •  TCP/IP
  •  IPv4
  •  Next-generation Internet Protocol (IPv6)
  •  Static IP Address
  •  Dynamic IP Address
  •  Multiple IP Settings
  •  DHCP Client
  •  UPnP Discovery
  •  Bonjour Discovery
  •  Link Aggregation IEEE 802.3ad
  •  Port Trunking (balanced round robin, active backup, balance xor, broadcast, 802.3ad link aggregation LACP, transmit load balancing, adaptive load balancing)
  •  Hash Types IEEE 802.3ad LACP or XOR (Layer 2, Layer3, Layer 4)
  •  Jumbo Frames
  •  Virtual LAN (VApple OS X (AFP 3.3)LAN)
  •  SSHLinux/Unix (NFS v3)
  • Internet (HTTP)
  • Secure Internet (HTTPS)
  • File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
  • FTP over SSL / TLS (explicit)
  • FTP Passive mode with port range
  • FTP Bandwidth control
  • FTP Anonymous
  • FTP Transfer Log
  • Secure Shell (SSH)
  • SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)
  • Web Authoring (WebDAV)
  • Storage Array Network (iSCSI)
  • File Synchronization (rsync)

Admin Features

  • Email alerts
  • Logging
  • SSH access
  • SNMP management
  • Resource monitor
  • Device capacity, performance, resource and health monitoring
  • Bad block scan
  • Hard Drive S.M.A.R.T.
  • File System Check
  • Disk Scrubbing
  • Disk Defragment
  • Alerts (SMTP email, LCD, SNMP, syslog, local log)
  • Auto-shutdown (hard drive, fan, UPS)

iSCSI/Virtulation
  • Unlimited iSCSI LUN Snapshot
  • Thin or Thick provision LUNs
  • Multi-LUN per target
  • LUN mapping
  • LUN masking
  • SPC-3 Persistent Reservation (iSCSI)
  • MPIO (iSCSI)
  • MC/S (iSCSI)
  • Max # iSCSI Target: 256
  • Max # iSCSI LUN: 256
  • VMware vSphere 5
  • Citrix XenServer 6
  • Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering
  • Windows Server 2012

Supported Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows Vista (32/64-bit), 7 (32/64-bit), 8 (32/64-bit), Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2/2012, Apple OS X, Linux/Unix, Solaris, Apple iOS, Google Android

Supported Web Browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9+, Mozilla Firefox 14+, Google Chrome 20+, Apple Safari 5+

To get a better feel for the user interface and some of the features, check out the gallery below.  It contains screenshots with commentary of many of ReadyNAS OS 6 menus and sub menus.

Image Gallery

Final Thoughts

The disks that Tim included with the RN104 apparently had some data that the ReadyNAS detected upon bootup, so I didn’t have the smooth, hassle-free setup experience that NETGEAR had promised with ReadyCLOUD.  When I used the brand-new 2 TB disk NETGEAR sent, my setup experience was as promised.  I was completely set up in less than 2 minutes, which included copying a file to one of the shares on the NAS.

ReadyNAS OS 6 was built from the ground up to take advantage of the Btrfs file system.  As Tim pointed out, since it’s a completely new OS, there are some features missing such as JBOD support, idle drive spindown, print serving,  WebDAV and bundled Windows and MacOS client backup software.  But many of those features are planned for the next major release (6.1).

The basic features you that expect to find in a NAS targeted at the home are there, however.  The ReadyNAS DLNA and iTunes servers worked as expected.  I tested the ReadyNAS DLNA services using my usual  testbed – a WDTV Live media streamer.  I streamed video, audio and images without a problem.  The iTunes server was discovered by both my Mac and Win7 computers and streamed music flawlessly. 

Some of the features such as Wordpress, MySql Server, PHP and a Bittorrent client, missing as compared to Synology and QNAP devices, can be found in NETGEAR’s Genie+ app store as third party add ins. I did not try any of them.

My favorite OS6 features are its virtually unlimited snapshot and rollback capabilities, as well as the ability to quickly mount a complete clone of a share based on an earlier time with virtually zero overhead. Features like these are what you might expect to find in large data centers, not in your home.  Yet the entry price point for a diskless RN102 (2 bay) is under $200.

I'm sure it was a lot of work to develop OS6, while keeping the old RAIDiator OS supported and running. NETGEAR got the important stuff ported over, added key new features and did its best to make a disparate array of previously-developed applications hang together in a cohesive "cloud" feature set.

The last task, however, is a work in progress, as is the transition from the old ReadyNAS Add-on system to the new genie+ marketplace. If you're expecting everything you had on the old OS to be up and running on the new ReadyNASes, you might want to wait for a release or two, as in any new OS. But if you like what you see in the new ReadyNAS 100, 300 and 500 hardware, you'll find that the new OS6 is a full-featured and capable match.

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