Review of Thecus N2310 NAS Server

 

 

Specifications and Features

 

Thecus N2310

RAID support (0, 1, and JBOD)
Web-based file access
Built-in FTP server
BitTorrent client
Plex Media support
Mobile control and media streaming via T-OnTheGo (for Android and iOS)
Easy Connection Through DDNS
5 minute complete installation
Self-RAID creation
Energy Efficient: 5W without HDD(about 14W with 2 HDD loaded)

Features:

5 Minute Complete Installation
The N2310 is designed with ease in mind; it is easy enough for anyone to set up. Overlook the several steps which usually are associated with setting up NAS appliances. Simply plug the power supply, insert the Ethernet cable, boot up the N2310 and set up will be completed within 5 minutes. This breakthrough feature truly makes this a plug-and-play NAS.

T-OnTheGo Mobile App
We’re a mobile society, and our NAS solutions are keeping up! Incorporated into the N2310 is support for Thecus’s T-OnTheGo smartphone app. Now supporting both iOS and Android, this NAS management software enables users to access, copy, stream, and edit any data between their NAS and mobile device. Your own personal cloud, from anywhere with internet access.

DDNS
Have easy access to your NAS via Dynamic DNS (DDNS), this allows users to allocate and access their NAS files via the internet remotely. Since IP digits are often difficult to remember, domain names are utilized to make NAS management much more convenient. When the IP address is changed, the DDNS server will automatically adjust the IP address to make sure that remote access is always available. In short, DDNS provides convenient remote internet access to your Thecus N2310 by utilizing domain names instead of IP digits.

PLEX Media Center
The Plex Media Server is both the heart and brains for any digital media system. The free server is a module available on the Thecus App Center that allows you to set up and manage your media. With the Plex Media Server installed on your Thecus NAS, various devices on your network (such as your Xbox 360 and mobile devices) can connect to and stream your local and online media.

Native BitTorrent Support
Included in ThecusOS 6 is Transmission, a powerful BitTorrent client. Easily add torrent seed files to Transmission and sit back and relax as your NAS does the rest, independent of your computer. Once downloaded, your files will be automatically stored in your NAS P2P folder where you’ll be able to access them across your network or through the internet. Set and forget torrenting that’s accessible anywhere, that’s the N2310’s native BitTorrent support.

Data Guard
Data Guard backup solution is the ultimate software as it provides both local and remote parts. Currently, data is backed up across RAID volumes, external USB drives, and eSATA. In addition, Data Guard uses innovative technology to sync data across the network to other NAS and servers. More importantly, Thecus Data Guard is the total backup solution which makes managing NAS user-friendly and convenient.

Data Burn
NAS data can now be burned directly to CD, DVD, and Blu-ray discs with Data Burn, this hassle-free module makes burning data to a disk effortless. In addition, burning ISO image file is also supported. Whether you’re managing audio, media or essential files; Data Burn copies information fast while significantly reducing waiting time. The process of burning file to disk is now easy and smooth with Data Burn module.

USB 3.0 Connectivity
The next generation of connectivity is here with speeds 10x faster than USB 2.0. Whether connecting digital cameras and smart phones, backing up large external hard drives, or extending the capacity of your NAS, USB 3.0 will make sure it’s done in no time at up to 5 Gbit/s. Backwards compatibility adds the connectivity of a world full of USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 devices to get the best combination of speed and universal access.

User Quota
Divide the massive storage of a Thecus NAS among multiple users. Whether there are two users or 100, User Quota make it easy to divvy up and manage disk space.

Specs:
Hardware Platform
Processor: AMCC APM 86491 800Mhz
System Memory: 512MB DDR3
LAN Interface (PCI-e): RJ-45×1: 10/100/1000 BASE-TX Auto MDI/MDI-X
USB Interface: USB 2.0 host port x1 (back x1)
USB 3.0 host port x1: (back x1)
Disk Interface: 2 x SATA for internal
Power Supply: 40W external power adaptor
Buttons:
-Power button
-USB copy button
-Reset button

Chassis: 2bays Tower
Dimensions (HxWxD): 135 x 97 x 207 (mm)
Weight: 0.79Kgs

 

Software Functions:

RAID
RAID Modes: RAID 0, 1 and JBOD
Auto-rebuild: Supported
Hot-swap    Supported

Disk
Bad Block Scanning: Supported
SMART Info: Supported
SMART Test: Supported
Disk Roaming: Supports volume-based roaming to other N2310

Network
Configuration: Fixed IP address, dynamic IP address
Transport Protocols: TCP/IP, AppleTalk
File Protocols: SMB/CIFS, HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, AFP, NFS
TCP/IP: IPV6 & IPV4

System status
Syslog Management: Send syslog to assigned location
Act as syslog server to receive log info from other systems

Data Access
Client OS Support:
Windows XP and after
Windows Server 2003 and after
Mac OS X
Linux

FTP
Built-in FTP server with bandwidth control
Secure FTP: Built-in secure FTP server with bandwidth control
Download Manager    BT Transmission
Printer Server (IPP)    Supports USB printers
Supports a wide range of IPP printers
Client can manage print tasks (list/delete) via web user interface

Data Backup
Client Incremental Data Backup: Thecus Backup Utility
Data Burn: Create files to ISO image and burn to optical disc
Create files to ISO image
Read ISO image from optical disc and write to NAS
Mac OS X Time Machine: Supported
Data Guard: Remote Backup/Local Backup

Power Management
Scheduled Power On/Off: Supported

Volume Management
File System: EXT4

Multimedia Support
iTunes Server: Supports AAC, MP3 w/ID3 tag and WAV
Piczza! Photo Server (via module): Supports GIF, JPG (JPEG), BMP and PNG
Supports EXIF display
Supports slide shows
Media Server: Supports uPnP AV streaming protocol

User Authentication
Local User: Supports built-in user accounts
Local Group: Supports built-in user groups

File System
Type: Journaling File System
Language Support: Unicode Support
Authorization (ACL)    “Read”, “write”, or “deny” privileges to individual users or groups in folders and sub-folders
User Quota: Supported

Administration
User Interface: Web-based user interface supports English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Polish and Portuguese.
Utility Program (Intelligent NAS): MS Windows Setup Wizard
Supports Windows XP and after
Windows Server 2003 and after
Mac OS X Setup Wizard
Email Notifications    Sends system messages via email to the system administrator
DDNS: Support one free DDNS registration (ex. xxx.thecuslink.com)
UPnP and Port forwarding: Support auto setting in Intranet environment
Intelligent NAS: Go through defined URL for auto install (install.thecus.com)

Mobile Applications (iOS/Android)
T-Dashboard: Mobile monitoring and administration
T-OnTheGo: Upload, download and stream multimedia

Others
Recycle Bin: Supported
Web Disk    Supported

Price: $189.63 (from Amazon at time of review)

 

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