Thecus N2310 NAS Server ReviewWesstron - February 27, 2014
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Thecus N2310 NAS Server Installation & Configuration:
The Thecus N2310 NAS Server comes bundled with an installation disc containing a Getting started and a User's Manual in PDF format, the Intelligent NAS software, the Thecus Backup Utility, and a link to the Online Resource section on the Thecus website. I highly recommend using the disc as a last resort and following the quick installation guide instead, which will ensure that the software and manuals are up to date.
The first step is to go to install.thecus.com and download the executable file of the Intelligent NAS software for the appropriate device and OS. The installer will walk you through the usual steps, and upon completion, you will see a prompt to close the install wizard and start the program. An icon will be created on the desktop for the Thecus Intelligent NAS.
The Thecus Intelligent NAS will automatically scan the network and identify the connected N2310 NAS. The scan result will also show some details about the unit, such as Host Name, IP, MAC address, model number, firmware version, and status. By selecting the device and pressing the next button, you will be redirected to the Install Mode screen with two options for RAID creation, automated or manual. I went with the Self-RAID Creation and the RAID1 option since I will be testing the Thecus N2310 NAS Server with two HDDs. The initialization process is supposed to last about five minutes, but in my case, it took almost nine minutes. When all is done, you will have the option to either create a Thecus ID or log in with an existing one.
Creating a Thecus ID is a simple process that requires a valid email and agreeing on the TOC. This will also create a DDNS address, which will be used to access the NAS remotely.
Next step is to click on the Start browser button to finally access the browser-based login screen. Logging in for the first time requires using the default admin/admin credentials. Needless to say that changing the password is mandatory for security reasons.
The interface of the ThecusOS 6 might seem pretty bare at first glance with only two available shortcuts for the Shared Folders and RAID Management. Other visible elements are the drop down menu on the top right corner where the admin password and language can be changed. This menu also lists the current ThecusOS build and a logout option. On the bottom right corner is the Message Bar showing three notifications: the RAID Information, Disks Information, and Network status. In the bottom left corner is a power menu to either shut down or reboot the N2310 unit.
Thecus opted to keep the interface clean by having only the Shared Folder and the RAID Management shortcuts available by default. The rest of the options are accessible via the Control Panel located in the top left corner. The Control Panel is divided in seven categories: System Management, Storage, File Sharing/Privilege, Network Service, Application Server, Backup, and External Devices. Each category includes several features and settings. By right clicking on any of the icons, it is possible to add it as a shortcut in the main screen for easy access.
By default, the following shared folders are created: NAS Public, USBCopy, USBHDD, NAS Media, and P2P Download. Also, these folders are defaulted to "Public" and are accessible by any device connected to the local network. More folders can be created through the Add option in the Shared Folder menu.
The ThecusOS 6 is packed with options and can be overwhelming for beginners, although the fast and automated initial setup alleviates some of the work involved in setting up the Thecus N2310 NAS Server. Thecus also provides a great online demo of the ThecusOS 6, even if it's read-only. The demo is accessible via this link, with admin/Thecus serving as username/password. Overall, the ThecusOS 6 was quite responsive and easy to navigate, with the occasional slowdown while applying settings and the approximate 100 seconds required for a reboot!