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Thecus N3200XXX NAS Server Review

Nemo    -   October 6, 2011
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Configuration:

External Devices:

The N3200XXX has a single rear USB port that can be used to connect external devices, such as a printer or an uninterruptible power supply (UPS).

Printers

The Printers subsection lists any USB printer connected to the N3200XXX via the rear USB port. There is no configuration involved as the NAS server will automatically detect the printer manufacturer and model name as soon as it's connected. Once a printer is attached, the Remove and Restart buttons become active and you can clear the print queue and Restart the printer service. The N3200XXX acts as a print server, making the attached printer available to anyone on the network. In order to access the printer from a local machine, you will need to add the printer as "http://N3200XXX_IP_ADDRESS:631/printers/usb-printer" where 'N3200XXX_IP_ADDRESS' is the IP address of the NAS server on your network.

Uninterrupted Power Source

You can connect the N3200XXX to a UPS unit via USB cable and have it monitor the status of the UPS and whether there has been a power failure. You must first enable UPS monitoring and then manually select the make and model of the UPS unit from the drop down list. You can also adjust the time between a power failure and when the server notifies you of the event. When the UPS battery charge falls below a predetermined level, the N3200XXX will shut down gracefully to avoid any loss of data and reduce the chance of corrupting the RAID volume. It would have been nice to have the server automatically detect the UPS instead of having to manually select it from a list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That concludes our tour of the configuration sections, so let's move on and see what it's like to actually use the N3200XXX.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation
  3. Configuration: Initial Setup
  4. Configuration: Web UI & System Information
  5. Configuration: System Management
  6. Configuration: System Network
  7. Configuration: Storage
  8. Configuration: Storage (Continued)
  9. Configuration: User and Group Authentication
  10. Configuration: Network Service
  11. Configuration: Application Server
  12. Configuration: Backup
  13. Configuration: External Devices
  14. Web User Interface
  15. Specifications & Features
  16. Testing: Setup
  17. Testing: SiSoft Sandra
  18. Testing: Intel NAS Performance Toolkit
  19. Testing: Intel NAS Performance Toolkit (Continued)
  20. Testing: Operation
  21. Testing: Features
  22. Conclusion
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