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Netgear ReadyNAS 516 6-Bay NAS Review (Page 1)

Netgear ReadyNAS 516 6-Bay NAS Review

Netgear ships more NAS products than any other company in the world. The 516 model is a business class NAS capable of high concurrent connections.

Chris Ramseyer | Dec 9, 2013 at 08:00 am CST - 1 min, 9 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Netgear


Netgear ReadyNAS 516 6-Bay NAS Review 01 |

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.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chris Ramseyer

Chris Ramseyer started his career as a LAN Party organizer in Midwest USA. After working with several computer companies he was asked to join the team at The Adrenaline Vault by fellow Midwest LAN Party legend Sean Aikins. After a series of shake ups at AVault, Chris eventually took over as Editor-in-Chief before leaving to start Real World Entertainment. Look for Chris to bring his unique methods of testing Hard Disk Drives, Solid State Drives as well as RAID controller and NAS boxes to TweakTown as he looks to provide an accurate test bed to make your purchasing decisions easier.

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