If you are a regular reader of NAS reviews at TweakTown, then you wouldn't know that Netgear sells more NAS products than any other company. The reason why is because this is the first Netgear NAS we've ever tested at TweakTown. Yes, it does seem odd, especially since the Infrant Technology, the NAS maker Netgear acquired to develop the Netgear NAS program, sponsored the second NAS I ever reviewed prior to the May 2007 acquisition. Over the years, we've reached out to Netgear but never had any luck getting ReadyNAS products in for review. That's changed now. Today we look at the Netgear ReadyNAS 516, a business class unit with flagship level specifications.
Although similar in appearance to Netgear's ReadyNAS 316, the ReadyNAS 516 uses an Intel Core i3 dual-core processor, a step up for the 316's Atom processor. The 516 also doubles the amount of DDR-III RAM, 4GB total. The end result was a SMB NAS designed for 26 to 250 concurrent connections.
The ReadyNAS product family has moved to a new OS in 2013, OS6. The feature list is impressive and filled with both consumer and SMB applications. ReadyCLOUD provides management and access to the unit from remote locations and ReadyDROP is a Dropbox-like feature for accessing data on the NAS from anywhere an internet connection is available.
Let's take a look at the hardware and then discuss the software features.