NETGEAR has released four new additions to its ReadyNAS Ultra family of home media servers that are quite impressive in terms of speed and capability.

The new ReadyNAS Ultra Plus series delivers approximately 30% more performance over the ReadyNAS Ultra series, offering the world’s best streaming media experience for music, movies, photos and files. In addition, the 2-bay model of the ReadyNAS Ultra family will soon be available worldwide. That’s the model I’m waiting for to test out in my configuration at home (hello NETGEAR…)

The ReadyNAS Ultra Plus series transforms home media networks, delivering media content to local or remote handhelds, desktops and game consoles. NETGEAR’s industry-leading partnerships deliver expanded media experiences at home and away from home. TiVo users may use the ReadyNAS Ultra Plus to expand their DVR capacity.

Orb transcoding support puts the right media formats on the right screens, streaming movies on handhelds in any connected location.

Skifta shifts movies and music onto any DLNA networked screen.

The best part…remote file access is now available for iPhone users with the new ReadyNAS Remote iPhone App.

“The explosion of digital content has resulted in large personal media collections that are often unmanaged and scattered. As media collections grow, so has the demand for home media servers. Consumers want simplicity and flexibility,” said Norm Bogen, industry analyst at In-Stat. “And the NETGEAR ReadyNAS Ultra family delivers. With a ReadyNAS Ultra or Ultra Plus at the center of the home network, consumers can consolidate and organize their content in a secure, expandable place that’s accessible anywhere.”

“The ReadyNAS Ultra family brings cutting-edge partnerships and applications to the home media server market. The new Ultra Plus series is now the most powerful home storage available,” said Tiffany Pham, Product Line Manager for Prosumer Storage at NETGEAR. “Now users can do more with their digital media collections than ever before.”

Pricing and Availability

The ReadyNAS Ultra Plus series will be available online in late November 2010 from leading direct marketers and ecommerce sites at the following estimated street prices:

  • RNDP200U – Ultra 2 Plus (Diskless 2-bay), $449.99 USD
  • RNDP400U – Ultra 4 Plus (Diskless 4-bay), $699.99 USD
  • RNDP600U – Ultra 6 Plus (Diskless 6-bay), $999.99

The ReadyNAS Ultra 2 will be available online in late November 2010 from leading direct marketers and ecommerce sites at the following estimated street prices:

  • RNDU2000 – Ultra 2 (Diskless 2-bay), $399.99
  • RNDU2120 – Ultra 2 (2TB: 1 x 2TB), $549.99
  • RNDU2220 – Ultra 2 (4TB: 2 x 2TB), $699.99

The ReadyNAS Remote iPhone app is available on Apple’s App Store for $2.99 – click here to get the app.