The new media hub: The Readynas 516 first look

AsRN516_HiRes18-73225 more and more of my DVD and Blu-ray collection finds its way to my Readynas Ultra 4 running a PLEX server, I decided more power was needed. and the new Readynas 516 looked to be everything I needed. powerful CPU, ample space, and the possibility to extend the unit using eSATA if in the future 6 disks aren’t enough. Good cloud connections, integrated PLEX server, and my familiarity with Netgear Readynas products made the unit my first choice.

Receiving the unit, the hardware looked to be everything I hoped for. Good build quality, nice to look at on my desk, and the performance running everyday tasks like PLEX transcoding, phenomenal compared to the Ultra 4 plus.

However I do feel somewhat like a beta tester. The new Readynas OS6 looks sleek, and when it works, it is. However parts of the new OS, especially the Genie app store, and the OS add-on handling is bug ridden, requiring you to SSH into the box to do something as simple as updating the PLEX server.

Netgear seems to have done a good job on the hardware, but its new Firmware still needs a great deal of work. As I am used to the rather old faction Readynas OS4 running on the Ultra 4 it is a welcome change in terms of user friendliness, and technology. But the new firmware is miles behind when it comes to stability. Rest assure, Netgear will get there. The firmware is already version 6.0.7 after only a few months, showing signs of improvement. Give add-on developers some time as well, and my belive is that we will se a very successful and user friendly range of NASes from Netgear

Plex (software)
Plex (software) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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