Storage & NASNETGEAR RN102 Review Part One: Installation--UPDATED

NETGEAR RN102 Review Part One: Installation–UPDATED

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NETGEAR was good enough to send along a RN102 NAS unit to review; this is Part One of the review where I perform the installation.  Read on for details!

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NETGEAR was good enough to send along a RN102 NAS unit to review; this is Part One of the review where I perform the installation.

If you have purchased a diskless unit, install your drives. There are two drive bays with locking caddies; flip open the drive cover door, release the caddy lock by pushing down, and slide out the caddy. Mount your drives in the caddies, reinsert them into the bay and lock the release lever.

If you have a unit with drives already mounted, or if you have already installed your disks, go ahead and plug the unit it, connecting the LAN cable to your network. I plugged mine into a CISCO SG-200-26 gigabit switch, which is connected to my router, and then powered on the NAS. Once the blue power LED is solid blue, you are ready for the next step.

Installation Using Internet Explorer

Open your browser of choice (I used Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1), and point it at http://readycloud.netgear.com and you’ll see this:

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Click Discover to find our RN102.

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Click Setup to continue to set up the unit.

Installation Using RAIDar

This failed for me, so I had to resort to breaking out the RAIDar application on the included CD. Load the CD into your DVD/CD drive and open File Explorer.

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Click Autorun.EXE.

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Choose ReadyNAS RAIDar Utility.

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