Netgear ReadyNAS 3130 review

Netgear’s 1U rack NAS teams up some interesting backup features with a boost in performance

Price
£614
  • Much improved performance; Unlimited snapshots; Integrated cloud backup and file syncing
  • Still no expansion support; AV scanner hits backup performance

Thanks to a high price, lacklustre performance and lack of expansion capabilities, Netgear's little ReadyNAS 2120 failed to impress us when it visited the IT Pro labs. The new ReadyNAS 3130 aims to remedy most of these shortcomings as this 1U rack NAS is endowed with a more serious hardware specification.

Out goes the elderly Marvell Armada XP of its predecessor and in comes a superior 1.7GHz dual-core Atom C2338. Along with support for a 2GHz turbo mode, the C2338 also supports server-grade ECC UDIMM memory and the base 2GB can be boosted to 16GB.

This is easy to do as you remove the lid where you'll find two standard DDR3 DIMM slots. Small offices will also like the fact that the three system cooling fans run very quietly.

The Gigabit port count gets increased to four and there are dual USB 3 and eSATA ports at the back. However, external expansion is still not possible as Netgear doesn't offer a rack expansion unit and the 3130 doesn't support the EDA500 5-bay desktop units either.

Netgear's ReadyCloud portal helps with installation and provides remote access to shares

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