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Thecus N4100PRO NAS Server Review





Nsync is Thecus' proprietary remote replication application which allows you to synchronize files between one Thecus NAS and another storage device. Thecus' implementation of this technology works between another N4100PRO or it can use an FTP server as its target for storing data.

Clicking the Add button brings up a dialog where you can create a task and specify the target as another Thecus NAS or an FTP server. The system supplies a default task name which you can alter to one of your own choosing. If you have an identical Thecus N4100PRO unit you can choose 'NAS' as the target server, otherwise you'll need to select the Legacy FTP Server radio button. You also have to specify additional target information such as the IP address, folder name to be backed up and login credentials on the target server. You can then create a schedule to run the task on either a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Another point to remember that if you are using another Thecus NAS device as the target you must enable the Nsync Target service in the System Network section.






I tried testing this on a Thecus N3200PRO using the NAS target server option and was not able to get it to synchronize as it wasn't an identical unit. However, choosing the Legacy FTP Server option and enabling the FTP service on the target N3200PRO unit I was able to create a backup with no problem. You can also kick off a backup task manually by pressing the arrow icon in the Action column. The system will indicate the status of the job in the Last Status column so you know whether it completed successfully. You can also highlight a task and use the Edit button to modify the task or delete the task using the Del icon. The restore icon will restore the contents from the last backup, just be careful as there is no confirmation dialog asking if you want to perform the restore, it just starts running.

That's the end of the configurable items on the N4100PRO. Next up is the Web UI for users to manage files on the NAS.

  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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