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Thecus N2310 NAS Server Hardware Installation:
The Thecus N2310 NAS Server comes with two HDD trays that slide vertically in the unit. The trays are not numbered and neither are the slots, so you might need to be creative on how to mark the trays to the drives and corresponding slots. I'm no stranger to ghetto-rigging stuff, so this doesn't bother me one bit. The trays lock in place via the same tool-less design found in some computer chassis. These trays do not have any anti-vibration materials and cannot be locked to the unit, which makes me question the utility of the Kensington lock.
The trays of the Thecus N2310 NAS Server will accommodate 3.5" and 2.5" drives that have to be secured with the supplied screws. The hard plastic seems sturdy enough, but the lack of rubber grommets caused the unit to generate annoying levels of vibration and noise.
The Thecus N2310 NAS Server is a dual-bay unit reinforced with a metal frame on the inside. The metal plate protects the main board and secures the PCIe expansion card in place. In the picture below, part of the PCIe card is visible where the SATA connectors are located.
With both trays populated, the Thecus N2310 NAS Server gets a good heft to it, while its rubber feet provide more than enough support. At this level, all that is needed is to connect the Ethernet cable to the N2310 and to a router, then power up the unit. Next we will take a look at the software setup.