One of the most interesting extra features of this device is its backup system which can copy data from different sources to different recipients without using a PC. This feature works with local folders and volumes, USB drives (referred to by the connection port), and remote network resources (shared folders, web- and FTP-servers, NFS and Rsync resources). The only logical limitation is that either the source or the destination be local. The number of backup tasks is not limited. They can be executed either manually or by a schedule or after you press the button on the NAS’s front panel. We have never seen such an advanced backup module before, especially in entry-level products. By the way, the NAS itself can work as an Rsync server for other network devices.
If these opportunities are still not good enough for you, you can use the ReadyNAS Vault service to back up data from the NAS to a special online storage with Internet access. This is a paid service with a 1-month trial period. You can learn more about it on this page.
The NAS supports TimeMachine, the standard backup tool for Apple computers with Mac OS X.
Being a home-oriented device, it offers a few media servers: the musical SqueezeCenter and iTunes as well as the universal ReadyDLNA. SqueezeCenter is needed for Logitech’s SqueezeBox series devices, and iTunes is for Apple’s products. The latter server is based on the Firefly software. It is handy that there is an interface to access the server’s settings, so you can use any folders for multimedia files. The server supports mp3, m4a and wav. FLAC transcoding is declared but did not work in our sample of the NAS.
The DLNA server has rather limited settings. You can only specify a subfolder in a shared folder for indexing files in the following formats: jpeg, mp3, wma, m4a, aac, flac, avi, mpeg, mp4, ts, m2ts, mkv, wmv. Files are presented for the player by directory or by meta-data such as the camera name and capture date for photographs, or the album, artist and genre for music. Video files can only be sorted by directory.
Of course, files stored on the NAS can also be accessed through a web-browser. Depending on access rights, a user can either download data from a folder or use a full-featured file manager with such basic operations as downloading, deleting, copying or moving files. The peculiarity of this file manager is that it works only within a single shared folder.