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Comparison of Netgear ReadyNAS 212 and ZyXEL NAS542

The side-by-side comparison of the devices’ specifications. The comparison table below makes it easier to choose the most fitting NAS.

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Netgear ReadyNAS 212 (RN212)
Netgear ReadyNAS 212 (RN212)
ZyXEL NAS542 (NAS542)
ZyXEL NAS542 (NAS542)
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Launch 2015 2016
Class Small office / Home office Small office / Home office
Body
Dimensions 220 x 101 x 142 mm 190 x 225 x 160 mm
Weight 2.03 kg 2 kg
Disks
Disk bays 2 x 3.5" SATA III 4 x 3.5" SATA II
RAID JBOD
RAID0
RAID1
JBOD
RAID0
RAID1
RAID10
RAID5
RAID6
SSD support yes no
Network
LAN ports 2 x Gigabit Ethernet 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless no no
Protocols AFP
CIFS/SMB
FTP
ISCSI
NFS
RSYNC
SFTP
WEBDAV
AFP
CIFS/SMB
FTP
HTTP
ISCSI
NFS
WEBDAV
P2P support BitTorrent BitTorrent
Media server DLNA
UPnP
iTunes
DLNA
Squeezebox
UPnP
iTunes
Cloud backup Dropbox Dropbox
Google Drive
Connectivity
USB ports 3 x USB 3.0 3 x USB 3.0
eSATA ports 1 x eSATA no
System
CPU Annapurna Labs Alpine AL314 quad-core @ 1.4 GHz Freescale ARMv7 Cortex-A9 dual-core @ 1.2 GHz
RAM 2 GB 1 GB DDR3
Flash 128 MB 256 MB
Operating system Netgear ReadyNAS OS ZyXEL
Alternative OS
Power
Power supply 12 V / 5 A 19 V / 4.74 A
Consuption 36.5 W / 14.8 W
Fans 1 x 92 mm 1 x 120 mm
Noise level < 25 dB(A)
Features
Specials Failover and link aggregation
SD card reader
Administration
Default IP DHCP DHCP
Default username admin admin
Default password password 1234

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