Netgear ReadyNAS NV+ v2 review

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Netgear’s ReadyNAS NV+ v2 is one of the cheapest four-bay storage appliances yet, with a diskless model costing around £260. It’s aimed at the SOHO market where cost is king, and thus comes with many features of larger ReadyNAS appliances stripped out.

The NV+ v2 uses virtually the same chassis as the elderly NV+. It’s extremely well built and very quiet, although it now has an external power supply to support the latest 3TB SATA II drives.

Netgear ReadyNAS NV+ v2

So what’s missing? The appliance only has one Gigabit port; doesn’t offer IP SANs; has no FTP, FTPS, rsync or iTunes servers; and supports CIFS/SMB and AFP but not NFS. User and share quotas aren’t available, and neither is AD integration or printer sharing.

The NV+ v2 sports a 1.6GHz Marvell system on chip (SoC), but this presents a problem for Netgear’s add-on modules, as few are currently available for ARM processors. The system comes with the Photo II add-on, which publishes high-definition photos in web galleries for remote access, and presents slideshows with musical accompaniment.

The ReadyNAS Remote add-on provides remote access to the appliance, and requires user accounts set up from the Netgear service portal. Users must install an agent on their PC, with which they can securely log onto the appliance over the internet, and access all permitted shares as though they were on the LAN.

Basic specifications

RAID capabilityyes
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec


Ethernet ports1
USB connection?yes
eSATA interfaceno

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