• Centralise, access and share your digital world with this personal cloud
• Diskless model – no hard drives are found within this two bay enclosure
• Backups of PC or Mac computers can be initiated to automatically run
• Ensure data stored on the NAS is protected with XRAID 2, unlimited snapshots and USB backups
• Built-in DLNA and iTunes server lets you stream media files to smart TVs, speakers and more, that are on the same network
• Share and access files stored on the NAS drive through the ReadyCloud app for Android and Apple iOS devices
• Interlink content and backup to your Dropbox accountsA private scalable home cloud storage device
The Netgear ReadyNAS 102 (manufacturer’s number: RN10200) lets you centralise, access and share your digital world. No drives have been pre-installed and this two bay enclosure can accept normal 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SATA or SSD hard disk drives (HDDs), with the maximum storage space being 8TB (4TB for each bay).
Is this Time Machine compatible and how safe are my backups?
Whether you own a Windows or a Mac computer, this Netgear ReadyNAS 102 drive has you covered. You can back up your Windows computer by downloading the ReadyCloud PC app and Apple Mac computers can be backed up using the dedicated Apple Time Machine application. A routine backup can be scheduled for folders and after the initial backup, the folder will only be saved if a change has taken place. This helps to save time, since backups only take place when needed.
Losing important files is a huge loss for anyone and if your NAS drive fails too due to a drive failure, you might have no redundancy in place for your files. A way to stop this event from ever occurring would be to use a RAID (redundant array of independent disks) configuration. This technology helps to balance protection, performance and storage space based on the amount of storage space the system has to start with. This ReadyNAS has two different RAID modes – X-RAID mode and Flex-RAID mode. Flex-RAID mode covers your more traditional RAID settings of JBOD, RAID 0 and RAID 1. Under X-RAID mode, one disk worth of data storage is reserved for data protection and the other is used for general storage. This allows you to recreate data if one of the disk fails. Another benefit of this mode is that you can add larger disks without having to reformat your drives or move data to another location, like you would with the more traditional RAID settings. This mode is perfect for anyone who doesn’t know what RAID setting to choose, but would still like some redundancy in place.
This ReadyNAS also has other ways to safeguard your files such as snapshots. Although not considered an actual backup, a snapshot lets you recover and essentially roll back any changes that have happened within a folder to an hour, day or week before. Files and folders can be backed up to a connected USB or eSATA drive, to the cloud via Dropbox or to another ReadyNAS via rsync. This gives you an off-site and ready copy of your most important files, so you can have them safely protected.
What does the ReadyCloud app do?
Use ReadyCloud to access files from any browser. You can view, download and share any files or folders to anyone – all you need is their email address. Similarly, you can download the ReadyCloud app to your Apple iOS or Android device. This gives you the ability to access your NAS and share folders from your mobile device. Through the app you can set up automatic backups of your pictures, so you can be assured in the knowledge that if you delete any they will be stored on your NAS drive.
What devices can I stream to?
The DLNA compatibility of the ReadyNAS means you can stream your collection of music, pictures and videos to any DLNA compatible devices on the same network. This could be a media player, smart TV or a projector. A built-in iTunes server stores all your music and has it appear as a shared folder on your iTunes application. Plex can be installed, which can be used to organise your media collection and through the web or mobile application you can access and stream from this NAS drive. Other third party applications can be installed to improve on the already intensive use of this NAS drive even further, such as BitTorrent, Sync, Memeo, DVBLink, Transmission, Wordpress, Joomla and many more.