Pros Reliable, well constructed, and well done software
Cons Real world network throughput
Summary I have had a ReadyNAS NV+ for several months. It is populated with 4 500 GB drives. Available storage is about 1.4 TB.
Set up is very simple but one must be patient as drives are added to allow for the redundancy hamsters to spin their wheels.
The web administration interface is well done and clear. The provided utility, RAIDAR, is useful during set-up, but once the ReadyNAS is set up RAIDAR does not need to be used much, if at all.
I have not experienced a drive failure so I cannot review a key feature, the redundancy capability of XRaid.
The device is on a gigabit network with actual real world speeds of about 70 megabits per second. I am disappointed with this as I have read others reporting as much as 300 megabits per second. However, my speed is almost double the speed reported in the CNET review. So I can't complain too much.
My back up strategy (how I use the ReadyNAS) is to back up daily to a local hard drive, then weekly to the ReadyNAS.
Thanks for reading.