Thecus N3200XXX NAS Server ReviewNemo - October 6, 2011
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Like most of the other NAS units we've reviewed here at OCC, the N3200XXX ships without any hard drives. That leaves it up to the end user to purchase and install the drives, so the installation process should be as easy and straight-forward as possible.
The three drive bays are located behind the front door of the NAS, which has a push-to-open catch in the middle of the door on the right-hand side. You can see the bays in the top of the unit with the SATA backplane located at the rear of the enclosure. This backplane contains the power and data connections for the drives so there is no need to install any cables. Unlike other units that make use of trays or caddies for mounting the drives, the N32200XXX uses a tool-less system of mounting rails that secure to the front bays with thumb screws. With the thumb screws loosened all the way, you can remove the rails from the unit. The second photograph shows each rail has a series of protruding tabs that match the mounting holes on the side of the drive. To install the rails, simply align the tabs to the screw holes on the drive and push them in gently. If you've done it correctly, the finished product should look like the last photograph in the series below.
With the rails attached to the drive, it's an easy matter of sliding each drive into its respective slot and tightening down the thumb screws. Be sure to seat each drive securely by pushing it firmly against the backplane prior to fastening the thumb screws. With no cables to attach, the whole process can be accomplished in a matter of minutes. Once done, you can close the front door and secure it by pressing the latch on the right side.
Once everything is installed and buttoned up, the next task is to connect the Ethernet cable to the WAN/LAN1 port, which is the lower of the two, on the rear of the case and connect the other end to your network. The last remaining item on the installation list is to connect the power adapter to the unit, plug it in, and turn it on.
Now we're ready to begin configuring the N3200XXX for use.