What is the Netgear ReadyNAS 102?
This is Netgear's new entry-level two bay NAS. It replaces the ReadyNAS Duo v2 while a four-bay version of the RN102 (dubbed the 'RN104') replaces NV v2. This move means Netgear is slimming down its range and places greater pressure on the 100-series to perform. They key thing, however, is at £120 this is the cheapest NAS drive Netgear has ever made, making it a potential ideal starter NAS for someone looking to buy their first NAS drive. Netgear ReadyNAS 102 - Design Looks are not typically the focus of NAS evolution, but the RN102 has made some useful changes in comparison to its predecessors. There is no great size or weight reduction with measurements of 220 x 142 x 101mm and a weight of 2.12Kg (empty), but the panel for the power button, activity lights and front mounted USB port have been recessed to reduce the change of accidentally bumping them. Netgear has also wisely increased the size of the fan from 80mm inside the Duo v2 to 92mm, which makes it quieter (if not completely silent, more on this later) both in operation and when idle. It also sees the introduction of new tool-less drive bays, which we'll discuss in the Setup section.
Where we are happy Netgear hasn't made any changes, however, are the build materials. While many manufacturers are switching to plastic, Netgear retains its customary metal chassis even for this entry-level model and the result is a drive that feels highly durable and also belies its budget price tag.
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