Until last week, ReadyNAS 516 was the flagship Netgear SMB offering, but the company recently released a new model with 16GB of DRAM and an even faster processor: ReadyNAS 716. We'll have the new 716 review online prior to CES 2014. Given the performance of the ReadyNAS 516, the 716 surely won't disappoint.
Before we go too far ahead of ourselves, let's sum up the ReadyNAS 516. This unit is an attractive offering for a broad range of groups. Small offices looking for big performance will find the NAS responsive. Medium sized offices will find the NAS scales well with a lot of people accessing the NAS at the same time. Individual users in a home or home office environment will see very fast file transfers and backups to and from the NAS.
Our unit shipped with Toshiba 1TB HDDs but we did notice better performance with Western Digital Red HDDs. That means most users will get better performance from the ReadyNAS 516 if they purchase the diskless model and add their own Red Series hard drives. The difference in performance wasn't great, but if your office has more than 200 people connected to the NAS, every bit helps.
This was our first run with the new operating system, OS 6. It's been quite a while since we tested any other Netgear NAS, so we can't make direct comparisons to older software versions. OS 6 is easy to navigate and easy to configure.
At roughly $1,200, the ReadyNAS 516 costs around the same as the Thecus N6850, but is faster in nearly every test. The price jumps up to just over $2000 with six 1TB drives. In our testing, we found that the included Toshiba drives were slower than our standard Reds, so the better buy would be the diskless ReadyNAS 516 with six 1TB Red HDDs; you save a little money that way and get better performance.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- MSI Afterburner now has hardware plot graphics
- Google Glass updated with additional features
- PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds pulls in $100 million
- SpaceX successfully launches and lands a used rocket
- LG V30 rumored to support wireless charging
- Computer freeze and audio buzz issue
- AZZA Photios 250 Mid-Tower Chassis Review
- Ecurrency hack software
- Team T-Force Dark ROG DDR4-3000 16GB Memory Kit Review
- GA-X58A-UD3R wake on lan problem
- Logitech Circle 2 will be compatible with Amazon Echo Show
- Synology introduces DiskStation DS1517 and DS1817
- Deep Silver and 4A Games are proud to announce Metro Exodus
- Microsoft premieres Xbox One X, world's most powerful console
- Phison gears up for mobile phone market with PS8226 3D NAND eMMC 5.1 controller