A very needed storage overhaul at home.

I've been running a pretty cool homelab for years now, and my R710 (with 6 2TB disks in RAID10) was running out of storage so I was shopping around. I ended up getting the Netgear ReadyNAS Diskless RN428 for home/business use off Amazon.

While researching I also looked at Synology and QNAP as well but the mystery of this device won me over, I found just about zero info on this product, so I figured I'd try it out and do a little write-up for the masses.

Just looking at Netgear's website and their own Amazon store, you can see they really didn't put any effort into selling it, no pictures of the back panel for ports, its crazy! I'll update this page when I get home with some photos.

A healthy gathering of ports, no 10GE here, but that's OK, I don't have anything at home to handle it.

The device holds up to 8 SATA drives, currently I have 5-2TB, a 5TB, and a 6TB. Using X-RAID I should be able to grow this NAS to 80-96TB which is crazy.

It has 4 Gig-E ports on the back that will happily bond into 4 1TB network channels to increase network performance.

I use Plex for internal streaming and this box will happily run Plex, Couchpotato, NZBget, etc and even lets you install these apps one click style. I would look for something with a lot more processing power if you don't have Gig internet. Just a couple users will overpower this NAS (if transcoding that is), but if you just use it for storage things work nicely.

Network:

CPU:

The speed of the quad core Atom processor isn't amazing, which was a major concern of mine while the raid was building, as the web UI would constantly hang and kick me out, but after about a day or two, when transfers were cut down to normal levels it idles and handles nicely.

root@storage:/data/backups/# cat /proc/cpuinfo 
processor	: 0
vendor_id	: GenuineIntel
cpu family	: 6
model		: 95
model name	: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU C3538 @ 2.10GHz
stepping	: 1
microcode	: 0x10
cpu MHz		: 2100.000
cache size	: 2048 KB
physical id	: 0
siblings	: 4
core id		: 2
cpu cores	: 4
apicid		: 4
initial apicid	: 4
fpu		: yes
fpu_exception	: yes
cpuid level	: 21
wp		: yes
flags		: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good nopl xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 sdbg cx16 xtpr pdcm sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic movbe popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave rdrand lahf_lm 3dnowprefetch epb intel_pt kaiser tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid fsgsbase tsc_adjust smep erms mpx rdseed smap clflushopt sha_ni xsaveopt xsavec xgetbv1 dtherm arat pln pts
bugs		: cpu_meltdown spectre_v1 spectre_v2 spec_store_bypass
bogomips	: 4200.05
clflush size	: 64
cache_alignment	: 64
address sizes	: 39 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor	: 1
vendor_id	: GenuineIntel
cpu family	: 6
model		: 95
model name	: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU C3538 @ 2.10GHz
stepping	: 1
microcode	: 0x10
cpu MHz		: 2100.000
cache size	: 2048 KB
physical id	: 0
siblings	: 4
core id		: 6
cpu cores	: 4
apicid		: 12
initial apicid	: 12
fpu		: yes
fpu_exception	: yes
cpuid level	: 21
wp		: yes
flags		: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good nopl xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 sdbg cx16 xtpr pdcm sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic movbe popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave rdrand lahf_lm 3dnowprefetch epb intel_pt kaiser tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid fsgsbase tsc_adjust smep erms mpx rdseed smap clflushopt sha_ni xsaveopt xsavec xgetbv1 dtherm arat pln pts
bugs		: cpu_meltdown spectre_v1 spectre_v2 spec_store_bypass
bogomips	: 4200.05
clflush size	: 64
cache_alignment	: 64
address sizes	: 39 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor	: 2
vendor_id	: GenuineIntel
cpu family	: 6
model		: 95
model name	: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU C3538 @ 2.10GHz
stepping	: 1
microcode	: 0x10
cpu MHz		: 2100.000
cache size	: 2048 KB
physical id	: 0
siblings	: 4
core id		: 8
cpu cores	: 4
apicid		: 16
initial apicid	: 16
fpu		: yes
fpu_exception	: yes
cpuid level	: 21
wp		: yes
flags		: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good nopl xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 sdbg cx16 xtpr pdcm sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic movbe popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave rdrand lahf_lm 3dnowprefetch epb intel_pt kaiser tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid fsgsbase tsc_adjust smep erms mpx rdseed smap clflushopt sha_ni xsaveopt xsavec xgetbv1 dtherm arat pln pts
bugs		: cpu_meltdown spectre_v1 spectre_v2 spec_store_bypass
bogomips	: 4200.05
clflush size	: 64
cache_alignment	: 64
address sizes	: 39 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor	: 3
vendor_id	: GenuineIntel
cpu family	: 6
model		: 95
model name	: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU C3538 @ 2.10GHz
stepping	: 1
microcode	: 0x10
cpu MHz		: 2100.000
cache size	: 2048 KB
physical id	: 0
siblings	: 4
core id		: 12
cpu cores	: 4
apicid		: 24
initial apicid	: 24
fpu		: yes
fpu_exception	: yes
cpuid level	: 21
wp		: yes
flags		: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good nopl xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 sdbg cx16 xtpr pdcm sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic movbe popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave rdrand lahf_lm 3dnowprefetch epb intel_pt kaiser tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid fsgsbase tsc_adjust smep erms mpx rdseed smap clflushopt sha_ni xsaveopt xsavec xgetbv1 dtherm arat pln pts
bugs		: cpu_meltdown spectre_v1 spectre_v2 spec_store_bypass
bogomips	: 4200.05
clflush size	: 64
cache_alignment	: 64
address sizes	: 39 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

RAM:

root@storage:/data/backups/work# cat /proc/meminfo
MemTotal:        4002084 kB
MemFree:          195932 kB
MemAvailable:    2158632 kB
Buffers:            1924 kB
Cached:          2245924 kB
SwapCached:        14576 kB
Active:           461756 kB
Inactive:        2763320 kB
Active(anon):     378908 kB
Inactive(anon):   608708 kB
Active(file):      82848 kB
Inactive(file):  2154612 kB
Unevictable:           8 kB
Mlocked:               8 kB
SwapTotal:       3142268 kB
SwapFree:        2958004 kB
Dirty:                16 kB
Writeback:             0 kB
AnonPages:        969872 kB
Mapped:            45668 kB
Shmem:             10400 kB
Slab:             171880 kB
SReclaimable:      72092 kB
SUnreclaim:        99788 kB
KernelStack:        8288 kB
PageTables:        21604 kB
NFS_Unstable:          0 kB
Bounce:                0 kB
WritebackTmp:          0 kB
CommitLimit:     5143308 kB
Committed_AS:    3028464 kB
VmallocTotal:   34359738367 kB
VmallocUsed:           0 kB
VmallocChunk:          0 kB
DirectMap4k:       14648 kB
DirectMap2M:     2043904 kB
DirectMap1G:     4194304 kB

My RN428 came with 4GB of ram, which can be upgraded to up to 64GB. I found some info here, I ended up purchasing the ECC RAM from Amazon. This allows me to run docker containers without issues. More info can be found here: https://community.netgear.com/t5/New-ReadyNAS-Users-General/ReadyNAS-428-memory-upgrade/td-p/1588243cat /p

A diamond in the rough, expandable memory slots, no soldered in RAM!

Power consumption:

Running 8 drives, I see a normal power draw of about 69 watts using my Kill-a-watt, much better than my power hungry (400 watt+) Poweredge R710, although I'll miss the clock cycles.

All in all, I am very happy with this NAS. The price was right and it seems to be a solid product.

Backups:

A wasabi sync app was included under the backups tab, I gave it a shot and it's really a nice service for my blob storage backup. Please let me know if I can answer ANY questions you have for this device.

Gallery:

Speed tests:
I'm still working on getting some good bonded speed tests in linux, so far the max I've gotten off of 802.11ad is about 1.5Gb with 4 bonded ethernet 1G ports. I think it's issues with my setup so as soon as I fix it I'll update this page to reflect the new info.