As 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.