Updated 11 Oct 2016

Netgear

ReadyNAS 202

Snapshot: The Netgear ReadyNAS 202 NAS system has 2 hard drive bays and can stream using Plex. How fast does it write and read files?

ReadyNAS 202
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$409

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Test results

Overall score
82
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Cloud access score
?/10

Good points

  • Easy to use.
  • Excellent performance.
  • Good cloud access.
  • Has 2 gigabit ethernet ports for fibre-fast speeds.
  • Has 3 USB 3.0 ports.
  • Can stream using Plex.
  • Has a one-touch backup button.

But

  • Doesn't come with a hard drive installed.
  • Can’t stream using Chromecast or Apple AirPlay.

How we test

Overall score includes:

  • Performance (60 percent)
  • Ease of use (40 percent)

Performance – assesses the write and read speeds while transferring a large set of data and a small set of data to and from each NAS system. We time the transfer while recording the speeds to measure the drive’s performance.

Ease of use – we compare the ease of use of each NAS system, assess the supplied software, setup time and complexity, how easy the interface is to use and the ease of completing common tasks, such as transferring files or backing up a device to the NAS. Our ease of use test includes an assessment of the cloud access. We look at how easy it is to access the “personal cloud” these drives become when connected to home WiFi.

As a NAS system is designed to run constantly, so you can always access your files, we also measure energy consumption. This gives you an idea how much a system will cost you in the long run. We calculate the annual cost based on average use being 8 hours’ active use and 16 hours’ standby per day with electricity costing 25¢ per kilowatt per hour.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$409

Specifications

Read speed (large files, Mbps)
896
Write speed (large files, Mbps)
838
Read speed (small files, Mbps)
677
Write speed (small files, Mbps)
534
Disks included
×
Bays
2
Installed capacity (TB)
n/a
Mirrored by default
Usable capacity (TB)
3.6
Max capactiy (TB)
12
CPU (MHz)
1400
CPU cores
2
RAM (MB)
2000

Features

Gigabit Ethernet ports
2
USB 3.0 ports
3
USB 2.0 ports
0
Web browser
PC application
DLNA
Chromecast support
×
Apple AirPlay support
×
Plex Media server
Additional apps supported
68