Thecus N3200XXX NAS Server ReviewNemo - October 6, 2011
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The System Network section provides the tools needed to configure the network connections on the N3200XXX.
The N3200XXX has two Gigabit Ethernet connections with the first designated as WAN/LAN1, designed to connect to that portion of your network which has access to the Internet. On the rear panel of the N3200XXX server, this is the lowermost of the two and is clearly labeled 'WAN LAN1' as shown on the first page in the Closer Look section of the review. The NAS comes with a factory-default, fixed IP address of 192.168.1.100. Depending on your network configuration, you might want to assign a different IP address or use a dynamic address and this is where you make those changes.
The host name defaults to N3200XXX and you can provide a different name if desired. The same goes for the Domain Name, which comes set to 'thecus.com'. The Windows Internet Name Service (WINS) servers can be set to the appropriate values for your network as well. The above values typically apply to Windows networks controlled by some flavor of the Windows Server operating system.
The server also supports jumbo frames in sizes ranging from 2000 to 15000 bytes in 1000 byte increments. This is a major improvement over what we saw in the original N3200PRO, which only supported frame sizes of 4000, 8000, 12000, and 16000. As we just mentioned, the N3200XXX has two Ethernet ports and you can choose to enable IP sharing mode, which allows users on the LAN2 port to access the WAN/LAN1 segment of the network, which would also include access to the Internet. Link aggregation is the ability to combine both ports to act together in one of six different modes: Load Balance, Failover, Balance-XOR, 802.3ad, Balance-TLB, or Balance-ALB.
The final selection is really the one we're interested in and that is setting the proper static IP address for the N3200XXX, which we'll set to 192.168.1.32. You also need to set the proper netmask value, gateway, and DNS servers for your network. Be sure to hit the Apply button to save the changes. If you choose to set the server up to use a dynamic IP address assigned by your network's DHCP server, all you need to do is select the Dynamic tab and hit the Apply button. Whichever your choice, changing the IP settings and hitting the Apply button causes the system to request a reboot in order for the changes to take effect.
The LAN2 connection can be configured to a specified static IP address and it supports a wide selection of jumbo frame sizes as well. You can also set the N3200XXX to act as the DHCP server for the LAN2 network and give it a range of IP numbers from which to assign addresses and specify the gateway and DNS server addresses.
That is all there is to setting up the network connections, so we can now get to the heart of the configuration process and look at setting up a RAID volume.