It’s been quite some time since we last checked out one of NETGEAR’s NAS offerings, so we’re going to use the ReadyNAS 102, a dual-bay offering, to help us get up to speed. Unlike the last ReadyNAS we looked at, the 102 features OS 6, and one of our favorite, understated features: Btrfs support.
Our NAS performance testing is undergoing a makeover. In the past, we have used Intel’s NASPT to gather and share performance metrics. In Rob’s review of the QNAP TS-269L, he ran into a few issues with the suite and as a result, left it out of that article. For the ReadyNAS RN102, the test is back but we have also included the large data set transfers from Rob’s QNAP article. Also back is our standard test bed.
|RAID 0||RAID 1|
|2x HD Playback||91.5||92.7|
|4x HD Playback||89.1||90.8|
|HD Video & Record||68.2||66.2|
|HD Playback and Record||66.3||65.1|
|File Copy to NAS||64.4||64.1|
|File Copy from NAS||74.1||73.9|
|Directory Copy to NAS||11.3||10.4|
|Directory Copy from NAS||14.1||13.9|
The ReadyNAS RN102 review has been a long time in the making. When originally contacted about offering our thoughts on the NAS, we were beyond excited. It had been so long since our last NETGEAR NAS review that we felt it was time to circle back around and dive into the company’s new NAS and firmware.
I had the RN102 for quite a few months, testing it and putting it through its paces and while I wish I could have gotten this review posted quite some time ago, I am thankful that we are posting it now. We have a strong lineup of NAS reviews in the pipe, starting with Rob’s excellent look at the previously mentioned QNAP TS-269L. Like that review, where we found the UI to be exceptional, the freshly redesigned ReadyNAS OS is a polished and refined experience. With the flexibility to add on additional apps, the value of a NAS such as this is multiplied. Being able to not only store your data reliably and securely, you can also share that same data across your network and even outside of it with the use of some of the NETGEAR-provided tools.
The going price online for a ReadyNAS RN102, without disks, is approximately $150. This puts it into the same price point as the Synology DS214se and the QNAP TS-220. As big of a fan of Synology as I am, it would be a hard choice between its DS214se and this NETGEAR ReadyNAS RN102. Performance of the RN102 isn’t anything to brag about but compared to many of its competitors, the biggest advantage it has going for it is NETGEAR’s use of the Btrfs file system and subsequent OS redesign. While a novelty for some, the ability to take native snapshots is a win for the RN102 and something I imagine many users will take advantage of.
The NETGEAR ReadyNAS RN102 deserves a place on your list if you’re in the market for an economical, two-bay, NAS.