Thecus N4100PRO NAS Server ReviewNemo - July 19, 2010
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The N4100PRO offers the ability to run as a printer server which allows you to share a single USB printer with all users on the network. The NAS can also act as an iTunes server allowing any iTunes-equipped client on the network to locate and access media files on the N4100PRO.
Clicking on the Printer item brings up the Printer Information screen. This screen displays the make, model and status of any attached printer. There is no configuration involved as simply plugging a printer into one of the rear USB ports will cause the unit to automatically detect the printer. Once a printer is attached, the Remove and Restart buttons become active and you can clear the print queue and Restart the printer service. In order to add the printer to a local client machine you will need to point to the network address “http://N4100PRO_IP_ADDRESS:631/printers/usb-printer” where 'N4100PRO_IP_ADDRESS' is the IP address of the server on your network.
Flash back for a moment to the System Network section where we discussed the Bonjour service. With it enabled you can use the iTunes application to share music with iTunes-enabled clients on the network. Once you click on the Enable button you can set other options such as the Server Name used to identify the server to iTunes clients - this is the name that will appear in the iTunes shared folder. If you want, you can also set up a password the user will need to specify in order to access the server. The rescan interval represents how often the system will rescan the music folders for new additions. The default is every 30 minutes but you can choose 1-, 10-, 30- and 60-minutes and 1 day. The last option available is the MP3 tag encoding protocol which defaults to ISO, but you can choose from one of nine different protocols.
That wraps it up as far as applications are concerned so let's take a look at the expandability features available on the N4100PRO through the Module Management feature.