ReadyNAS NV+ Enhancing System Ventilation

May 25, 2007 at 10:13 pm Leave a comment

It seems that there is a small issue with a percentage of the NV+ units on the market. The power supply can overheat, causing premature failure. Infrant says this is happening in about 0.5% of units, so it’s not time to go crazy, but I’m guessing that is a significant increase in failure rate over their older units.

If your machine serial number falls into a particular range (like mine), Infrant offers you two methods to lower your chance of having a hot and bothered NAS:

First, the “I don’t care about noise” option, which involves loading some software to it to raise the fan speed from 1700 to 2100 RPM. It’s easy, but an extra several hundred RPMs may let everyone know the NV+ is in the room.

The “low noise” option involves reversing the direction of airflow through the unit. Instead of sucking air in through the front and sides of the unit, it will now suck air in the back, pushing it out the front and sides. It takes about 10 minutes to do this, according to their doc, requiring only a Phillips screwdriver and the ability to follow simply instructions.

Despite my inability to follow my wife’s simple instructions, I chose the 2nd option. It was pretty painless.

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