NETGEAR® ReadyNAS™ Pro
Follow these instructions to install your NETGEAR® ReadyNAS™ Pro. Then, consult
the ReadyNAS Pro User Manual for instructions on configuring and operating your unit.
A link to the ReadyNAS Pro User Manual is on the Installation CD and on the NETGEAR
support site at http://kbserver.netgear.com. These instructions assume the unit is using the
factory default X-RAID2 disk configuration.
Estimated completion time: 20 minutes.
Note: A diskless unit requires installing disks and initializing RAID before proceeding.
Go to http://kbserver.netgear.com for a list of supported disks. Refer to the ReadyNAS Pro
User Manual for instructions on installing disks and configuring RAID.
First, Install the RAIDar Utility
Install the RAIDar utility from the product Installation CD. Windows, MAC and Linux
versions of the RAIDar utility are provided.
Next, Connect the Unit
For initial setup, connect one Ethernet port of the ReadyNAS Pro to your network, and
turn it on. It takes about a minute to boot. The factory default is to get its IP address via
DHCP. After it boots, the status area will display the IP address assigned to the unit and
the amount of disk space available. Note the IP address displayed in the status area.
Log in to the Unit
1. Run the RAIDar utility. It will detect the unit.
Tip: In your DHCP server, reserve the IP address assigned for your ReadyNAS Pro so that
it always gets this address. This helps assure that mapped drives work consistently on
any operating system.
2. Click Setup to open a browser ReadyNAS Pro FrontView session
with the unit. The login screen will display. The default user name
is admin and the password is netgear1.
The FrontView configuration utility home page displays.
Use the Setup Wizard to Configure Basic Settings
The Setup Wizard will guide you through setting up basic file sharing. Refer to the
ReadyNAS Pro User Manual for instructions on configuring options like backup,
streaming media servers, printers, VLAN, or user accounts and quotas.
Note: If you choose to bypass the Setup Wizard, be sure to configure and alerts email
address, change the admin password, and provide a password recovery question.
1. In the factory default state,
when logged in to the unit,
Setup Wizard is enabled. Click
Next to proceed with the
2. On the Clock tab page, modify
or accept the default timezone,
time, and NTP options. Click
Next to proceed.
3. On the Alerts tab page, provide
at least one email address for
system alerts. Click Next to
4. On the Ethernet 1 tab page,
accept or change the IP address
Click Next to proceed.
5. On the Global Settings tab
page, you can modify the unit’s
hostname. Also, if you will use
a static IP configuration, you
will need to configure the
gateway and DNS settings (you
do not have to change these
settings if you use the unit in its
default DHCP configuration).
Click Next to proceed.
6. On the Admin Password page,
change the system login
password, and provide a
recovery question, answer, and
email address. Note these
changes. Click Next to
7. On the Security Mode tab
page, accept the default option
of “User” which controls
access to shares based on user
or group accounts. FrontView
will attempt to use the first workgroup name it discovers in the network. Otherwise, it
will default to “VOLUME” as the workgroup name. Specify the workgroup name you
want the unit to join. Refer to the ReadyNAS Pro User Manual for ACS setup
instructions. Click Next to proceed.
8. On the Accounts page, click Add User. Add a new user and user password. Click
Next to finish the wizard. Refer to the ReadyNAS Pro User Manual for full
instructions on setting up accounts.
This completes the basic setup. Next, you will verify that you can access shares on your
Accessing Your Shared Storage
Follow the steps below to access shares on the ReadyNAS Pro.
Note that, by default, these file sharing protocols are enabled: CIFS, AFP (advertised over
both Bonjour and ATP), HTTP/S. FTP, NFS, and Rsync are supported but are not enabled
Refer to the ReadyNAS Pro User Manual for instructions on accessing shares from Linux
or Unix workstations, drive mapping, and other file sharing options, including unique
language support for file names such as those that use unicode or ideographic characters.
Accessing Shares from a Windows PC
1. To see a share listing in Windows, either click Browse in RAIDar or enter
\\<ip_address> or \\<hostname> in the Windows Explorer address bar.