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Thecus N4100PRO NAS Server Review



Module Management:

You can enhance the functionality of the Thecus N4100PRO through installing different modules that allow you expand the unit's capability. These modules can provide the ability for the server to act as a media server, download files directly from the Internet, replicate the RAID volume and more. These modules are available directly from the Thecus Download Center (http://www.thecus.com/download.php?set_language=english). Along with the software you can also download an accompanying user manual for most modules.

Module Installation

Once you have selected a module and downloaded it to your local PC you will need to unzip the file to a location that you can access from the management UI. The unzipped file will have a .mod file extension. For this example I chose the DLM2 module (Download Manager V2) and unzipped the DLM2_1.0.9.mod to a location on the local hard drive. I used the browse feature to locate the file and then clicked on the Install button. The system will take a few minutes to install the software and you'll see a dialog with a progress bar while you wait. Once installed, you'll need to enable the module by clicking on the arrow icon in the Action column next to the module name. Once you answer the prompt saying you want to enable the module, you see it listed in the System Module section on the left. This would be a good time to peruse the user manual you downloaded to figure how to use the new module. Thecus has also indicated you can write and install third party software as well which will show up in the User Module section. We'll not cover the modules in depth here beyond pointing out how to download and install them.






The last section in the configuration process covers backup which we'll cover next.

  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: User and Group Authentication
  9. Configuration: Application Server
  10. Configuration: Module Management
  11. Configuration: Backup
  12. Web User Interface
  13. Specifications & Features
  14. Testing: Setup
  15. Testing: SiSoft Sandra
  16. Testing: Intel NAS Performance Toolkit
  17. Testing: Intel NAS Performance Toolkit (continued)
  18. Testing: Operation
  19. Testing: Features
  20. Conclusion
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