I bought a Netgear Stora MS2110 NAS (Network Attached Storage) device a few months ago for the dual purpose of using it as a cheap easy backup unit with built-in mirror RAID and a home media server to store my digital photos, videos and music so they could be streamed to other networked devices in my home.
I chose to buy the Netgear Stora because of its:
- NAS (Network Attached Storage) features like being accessible through my home network via an ethernet cable, automatic sleep mode after a period of inactivity and Gigabit ethernet transfer speeds at a great value price of
$230+$180+ retail including a 1TB hard drive
- Sleek black look – it doesn’t look like a computer device and completely fits in sitting next to my TV and TiVo in my home theatre unit
- Low noise – since it’s passively cooled with a big grill at the top of the box it doesn’t need a loud fan
- Builtin USB port – which makes it easy to share a USB drive or printer (I haven’t used this feature yet)
- Ability to make it easy to access my photos, videos and music from my TV and Digital/Streaming radio
- Included 1TB (1000GB) hard drive
- Mirror RAID feature which makes it easy to slide in another 1TB drive which automatically mirrors (backs up) the 1st drive without you having to do manual backups
- Upgradability. So in the future I could replace both 1TB hard drives with two 2TB drives. Update: I recently replaced the existing 2 1TB hard drives with 2 Western Digital 2TB drives.
- At the moment the only choice if you put in 2 drives is automatic backup. A future firmware upgrade should enable JBOD (just a bunch of drives) feature so if you put 2 drives into the Stora instead of mirroring them it accesses the drives as one big combined drive. UPDATE: this is now an option.
- The setup process requires a serial number for the software and the number is hidden underneath the Stora where you’d least expect it. It should be on top or on the side.
- I wish it had 2 hard disks already in it to make it simpler for mums and dads as a ready to to use backup solution without having to buy another drive and install it.
- I thought I had to turn the Stora off through it’s software interface but it turns out pressing the power button for 5 seconds turns it off. This should have been clearer.
- The browser based Flash interface for controlling the Stora’s admin features is slow and annoying, because you have to access it by logging into a website you can only use it through a PC/laptop with internet access
You can see speed tests comparing the Netgear Stora MS2110 to other NAS devices in PC World Australia’s review.
The Netgear Stora NAS MS2110 offers a cheap and relatively easy to use backup and home media server for a value for money price of $180+ retail