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Netgear ReadyNAS Duo V2: Fast and affordable NAS

A read speed of more than 90MB/s, a solid metal case, room for two drives and even USB 3.0? It sounds like a fairly expensive NAS, but in the case of the ReadyNAS Duo V2 it's not.

First and foremost we'd like to commend Netgear for giving this entry-level model such a professional high-end look. The NAS sits in a solid, metal chassis, with a front panel behind which the metal trays for the disks are located.

On the front there is a handy back up button and a USB 2.0 connection, for connecting a camera or memory stick for example. On the back there are two USB 3.0 ports that let you expand storage if you run out of space on two disks. The ReadyNAS runs on a 1.6GHz processor by Marvell and 256MB DDR3 memory. It's perhaps not the fastest processor around for a NAS, but as you will see in the test results, this ReadyNAS Duo is still pretty speedy and relatively efficient.

The V2 is the smaller sibling of the ReadyNAS NV+ V2. That model score quite well, and received our Hardware.Info Bronze Award due to its excellent price to quality ratio. That model and this ReadyNAS Duo have become even more interesting with the arrival of firmware version 5.3.5, to which a lot of new features have been added.

The firmware, until recently, was actually not one of Netgear's stronger aspects. If all you want is a storage device that you'd need to set up once, then the old firmware was perfectly fine. However, when you compare it to the features and user-friendly nature of QNAP and Synology, then it's a world of difference. With the advent of the V2 versions of the ReadyNAS Duo and ReadyNAS NV+, Netgear has done a lot to get to the same level as its competitors. You can read the rest of Netgear ReadyNAS Duo V2: Fast and affordable on