In terms of NAS still to go on the test bench , this time there is the Netgear ReadyNAS 312. Is it a small storage server worthy of the name ?
NAS manufacturers are likely to be gradually switched to Intel Atom processor to animate their products. Netgear is no exception to the rule with its ReadyNAS 312. Inside, there is therefore an Intel Atom dual core SoC clocked at 2.1 GHz supported by 2 GB of RAM. Memory which can be accessed easily. Indeed , removing the metal body maintained with a few screws , the XPS M1530 memory slot is available directly behind the motherboard .
At the front, there is a conventional ignition button and three LEDs , two disks and one for the control of power . Below , Netgear offers a "backup" button , an infrared sensor and a USB 2.0 port. In addition , the small black lacquered door hides two HDD racks ReadyNAS 312. A word about these racks as we are. The assembly is strange at first. To install the M1330 Battery hard drives , Netgear thought useful to add an additional step ( or more , it depends) .
The rack consists of three parts: the first is to lock in the housing, the second is the metal casing and the third , a kind of slide that will keep the disc. The latter will be pushed to the edge of the cradle to install the hard drive. Then , by pushing the disk in the cradle , the slider is set up until the central nozzle while the lock . If you have any HDD 2.5 ", so that the Latitude E5500 operation may take a little longer . Indeed , it will completely remove the plastic slide to install the holes of suitable screws. Finally, be added that the system does not prevent the rack from any vibration records. was therefore concerned that this system is so complex knowing no protection against vibration is offered here .
The rear is a little more interesting . Netgear offers two USB 3.0 ports, one eSATA port, two RJ45 ports compatible Gigabit Ethernet and a HDMI port. On both sides, there is also a Kensington security port for NAS and classic DC jack for AC adapter. Unfortunately for us , the HDMI port does not work on the NAS. The representative assured us that it will be soon enabled with Media Center applications that come on the
Latitude E6400 marketplace of the operating system in a more or less near future ...
Since we are in the OS, take advantage of it to make presentations. Compatible with the latest version , namely ReadyNAS 6, the operating system has given us a bit of trouble at the start (see the insert tip ) . The step of searching the NAS on the network and configure it took a long time . Proposed by the Dell Latitude E6500manufacturer aptly named RAIDar software relies on Java to run. For those who have only a single network with a router, it is also possible to appeal to ReadyCloud system will then connect directly to the NAS without the IP address. Netgear harvest the internal and external IP address for easy configuration of the NAS. A method that simplifies the lives of users, but can also raise some questions in terms of safety . However, the configuration of the 1555 Battery system via the web administration portal - once the IP recovered - is pretty well done .
Hard drives can be used in several modes RAID construction. By default, Netgear uses its home system called X - RAID2 . In addition, it is possible to break the configuration to build a more traditional RAID level 0 or 1 as required. After carefully created its volumes, you can proceed to step sharing files. The Dell Studio 1558
web interface provides access to shared folders according to several protocols : SMB ( cifs ) , NFS, AFP , FTP (S) , Rsync and HTTP. Each protocol has its menu and its properties. It is possible to finely manage the rights for each . ReadyNAS also offers six function " snapshot " that will somehow instant files or LUNs configured. Each snapshot of the file at a time "t" will go back if a failure has corrupted a file for example. If the system is easy to take in hand, especially with the Inspiron 1300 documentation provided , we would have liked to choose an external drive to hold the snapshots. Indeed, this system will take a certain place in the main storage.
But the interface is not everything , the performance must be top notch . And the least we can say here is that Netgear does not achieve the desired performance for business NAS . If we talk about business is that the company sells both in this category, but also for the general public. Whether in RAID 0 or RAID 1, the ReadyNAS 312 reached painfully 39 MB / s when saving an image. Copying files made with our protocol NAS
1535 battery test up to approximately this rate , either to or from the NAS .
Of all the practical tests, this NAS is on a par with the Qnap TS -421 while on synthetic tests, it simply takes the last place in comparison . With a dual-core processor clocked at 2.1 GHz , we certainly expected better . To clarify the situation, the brand representative told us that there may be a concern for management SSD with the latest firmware. Strange . But let's hope that the next revision will correct firing.
As previously stated, this Netgear ReadyNAS 312 places both in the XPS M1210 mainstream range and professional range . The house operating system indeed offers various tools for managing virtual machines but also some applications for home as ReadyDLNA system , facilitating the dissemination of network audio and video content. Mobile applications are also on hand to read from the NAS video files on your smartphone or tablet , for example , all in silence proper operation.
The Presario CQ60 price positioning , Netgear NAS offers its average with an input about 312 € , without of course drives ticket. A price that does not place him in a good position to face a very tough competition , and often better armed , mainly on pure perfs . Even Synology is known for its relatively high price is better than 312 on the ReadyNAS performance / price ratio . Sure, there is the HDMI to facilitate the exploitation of videos stored on the NAS . But many are those already have a DLNA box ( game console or other ) in their TV ... One thing is for sure, at the end of test and at this price , we expected more from Netgear .