Thecus N4100PRO NAS Server ReviewNemo - July 19, 2010
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The N4100PRO ships without hard drives so it is up to the user to provide drives and install them in the four hot-swappable drive trays. Although you will need a screwdriver to complete the installation, this is a fairly painless process and only takes a few minutes to complete.
You will find the four drive trays concealed behind the front door of the unit. Each tray has a lockable silver latch you you to release the tray, and once you've done that they slide easily out of the bay. As you can see in the shot below, the trays are fairly simple and are used to hold the bare drives securely and to ensure the connections line up properly against the backplane when inserted into the drive bay. The hard drive is placed in the tray so that the mounting holes on the bottom of the hard drive line up with the holes on the tray and you simply use the included mounting screws to attach the drive. Once complete, the assembled unit slides back into the drive bay on the N4100PRO and can be seated against the connection on the backplane with a gentle push. The final step is to close and secure the latch. The whole process can easily be finished up in under 10 minutes.
With the drives mounted in the NAS server the next step is to connect the network cable to the WAN port on the rear of the unit. Remember, there are two network connections, so be sure to use the topmost port. Once you have connected the other end of the Ethernet cable to your router or switch you can connect the power cable to the unit and plug it into the wall outlet. At this point you can turn the unit on by pressing the power switch on the front panel. After the system has booted you should see the power LED glowing a solid blue and the WAN status light should be steady or blinking green. Each hard drive tray has a blue LED light that should be on indicating the drive has power.
If everything checks out okay, we're ready to begin configuring the unit.