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Thecus N3200XXX NAS Server Review



Now that the 'some assembly required' phase of the process is complete, the N3200XXX is ready to be configured for use. Thecus includes a setup CD in the box that contains a user's manual, setup wizard, quick installation guide, backup utility, and other items for several different NAS models. The setup wizard is used to detect any Thecus NAS devices on the network and allow you to make some initial setup changes on the device selected. To begin, just place the CD in your computer's optical drive and it should launch a welcome screen as long as autorun is enabled. From the initial screen, click on the the N3200XXX button to bring up a menu list of choices. The next step is to click on the Setup Wizard button to install and launch the setup utility. This begins the installation process and the only option is to specify the install directory. Once installation is finished, the Setup Wizard will automatically run.
















With the installation complete, you can click on the Start button to launch the Setup Wizard. This kicks off the Device Discovery process that scans for all Thecus storage units on your network. Once located, the utility will display the host name, IP address, and MAC address for each device it locates – at least in theory. The Version 2.0.4 of the the utility failed to find the N3200XXX, and in fact it didn't locate the other Thecus unit I had installed, the N4100PRO we reviewed previously. I went through a complete troubleshoot and tried various configurations including direct connect, connecting via the ports on my router, and swapping cables, and still the software couldn't find either unit. I even updated the firmware on the N3200XXX to the latest version with no luck. I confirmed I could ping each unit successfully and could load the administration page for the N3200XXX, so I knew it was set up correctly. On a hunch, I loaded the Version 1.1.99 software that came with the N4100PRO and the utility immediately detected both the N4100PRO and the N3200XXX. As Version 2.0.4 is the latest software available, there was nothing more for me to try here.




The last screen shot above is what we should have seen had the 2.0.4 software been working correctly. Since it doesn't work, we can only briefly see what the options are. You highlight the unit you wish to configure and then click the Next button, which takes you to a login page. The default user name/password is admin / admin and then you can set up the network configuration by choosing to let your network DHCP server assign an IP address or choose a static IP address. You can also change the default administrator password and then launch the browser-based administrative UI.

All these options are available from within the Web UI, so we'll just have to move on and look at how to change them there.

  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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