Package and Accessories
The NAS comes in a cardboard box painted blue, white and orange. There are photos of the device, its detailed specifications and usage scenarios on the sides of the package.
Inside the box you will find the NAS and its accessories: an external power adapter (12V/5A) with cord, screws for hard disks, a LAN cable, a CD and various papers.
The CD contains a program to initialize the NAS. It is called RAIDar and is available in versions for Windows, Mac OS and Linux. This utility helps find the NAS on the local network without knowing its IP address and perform some basic configuration. Particularly, you can use it to switch the operation mode of the RAID array from the exclusive X-RAID to the ordinary FleX-RAID. The option of changing the NAS’s network address is missing here although it might be useful sometimes.
There is also a PDF version of the quick installation guide on the disc. The full version can be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website using the link in the CD’s shell. NTI Shadow is provided in the kit as the default backup utility.
Additionally, you can visit the website www.readynas.com and download widgets for showing the status of the NAS on your desktop. Yahoo Widgets and Mac OS X are supported.
ReadyNAS Remote Desktop and various add-in modules should also be mentioned. They can enhance the NAS’s functionality and we will discuss them later on.