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Netgear Ships Streaming Media ReadyNAS Ultras

Gordon Kelly


Netgear Ships Streaming Media ReadyNAS Ultras

We've always had a sweet spot on TrustedReviews for Netgear's line of ReadyNAS network attached storage devices. The ReadyNAS NV+, Duo, Pro Business Edition, NVX and Stora all scored nine or above which is about as good as any company average we've ever seen. So excuse us for getting a little excited about the company's next major step forward...

The 'ReadyNAS Ultra' family comes with the grandiose declaration of the "Death of Local Media Storage" and what drives such confidence is their new streaming media functionality. In short the Ultras can encode, decode and stream HD video from any location to any DNLA certified device. It will even automatically format and size streaming video content for mobile devices or browsers - on the fly. Yep, pretty cool.

This functionality comes down to its embedded Skifta and Orb technology partnerships and if you happen to be in the US then Ultras can connect directly to TiVo boxes and act like native storage. Let's hope some Sky/Virgin Media/Freeview deals can be done too.

Away from this, the Ultras keep up Netgear's rock solid NAS tradition with its X-RAID2 functionality meaning hard drives of any size can be hot swapped at any time with the products automatically expanding the storage available. RAID 0, 1, 5 and 6 arrays are also supported.

Depending on your needs (and budget) two, four and six bay Ultras will be offered. The aptly named Ultra 4 ($599.99 MSRP diskless and $899.99 MSRP 2 x 2 TB) and Ultra 6 ($899.99 MSRP diskless and $1349.99 MSRP 3 x 2 TB) go on sale immediately with the Ultra 2 shipping in October (price TBC).

Yep, looks like the potential for more nines and tens to us...

Link: Netgear Ultra Family


July 14, 2010, 5:01 am

I had looked at Netgear NAS's when I decided to consolidate my home media storage into one machine. (spead on 3 PCs)

Its the price for the barebone unit that really really disuaded me. Making a fileserver with a tower may not be the prettiest solution, but its easy on the wallet.

Get an cheap (read: old) CPU/mobo-with integrated graphics,

400W PSU

Cooler Master Centurion 590 case

2x 4in3 HDD modules

and youve got a fileserver that with 12 HDD slots for under £200

Sure its not hotswappable.

It doesnt stream or decode (thats what ION is for).

So whilst it maybe feature rich, I cannot see the value in it.

Ptit Ben

July 14, 2010, 5:55 am

Of course, this comes out two days after I got my Stora, not finding any NAS which could decode HD..... Buying technology is becoming more and more a leap of faith that nothing better is going to come too soon.


July 14, 2010, 11:23 am

Looks good, but be interested how it handles streaming an MKV file directly to a PS3 though before I parted with my cash


July 14, 2010, 12:43 pm

This looks like the device that will finally make me jump on the NAS bandwagon - seems to tick a lot of boxes. The price will undoubtedly be very high for UK customers though.


July 14, 2010, 3:50 pm

@Danamic, I know where you are coming from. I went through a similar thought process before I finally went the other way and bought a ReadyNAS Duo (just the enclose). Then filled it with two Samsung 1.5TB drives.

Reason I went this route is I wanted something I could pretty much leave on 24/7. Therefore I wanted something that was low power, low noise and also small and discreet. It also does everything I want (including video streaming - though not transcoding on the fly, which I don't need).

The Netgear can be a bit slow (if you try and do too much at once with it), but for the core day to day usage it is perfect.

You can build your own (and use something like FreeNAS) but I found it was hard to tick all the boxes I wanted and keep it that cheap.

@Kimbie, use mkv2vob and you can use pretty much any old NAS device to stream to a PS3 - as long as it supports DLNA, which most do.

Have to say I can't really see what these new Netgear devices can do that I can't already do on my current one. Must read it a bit harder I suspect!

ed h

July 14, 2010, 4:42 pm

Looks a good unit, especially the 6 bay diskless (£710). I'm still running the original Netgear (nee Infrant) Readynas X6 after 5 yrs continuous use to serve HD to my Popcornhour.


July 14, 2010, 6:50 pm

The trouble with this is running costs. You are not going to put in low energy drives if you want to have performance. If you put in 6 off 24/7 drives in presumably a RAID 6 array it will use about 115 watts; which at my current electric prices is about £120 per year, it all mounts up. The base unit is about 50 watts.



July 16, 2010, 1:22 am

USB 3.0?

elwood p

July 16, 2010, 3:19 pm

@Danamic, totally agree with what you're saying. Have always wanted a NAS unit but I think they're very overpriced for what you are actually getting.

I'm currently considering trying one of the Startech external raid enclosures which cost around £150 to £200 for a 4-bay unit. I know these won't have all the functionality of the NAS units but I really don't think those functions justify the extra cost.

I'm hoping that by filling one of these with 'eco-friendly', low power drives and sharing it via my Asrock Ion HT I will keep power waste to a minimum.

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