Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

Thecus N2310 review
Posted on 2-Jul-2014 13:03 by M Freitas. | Tags Filed under: Reviews.


Thecus is not a brand I often hear about here in New Zealand so it is an interesting change to have one at home, more specifically the entry-level Thecus N2310 dual bay NAS appliance.

Out of the box first impression is of a well designed and manufactured product. The box contains the N2310 itself, a power adapter, power cord, ethernet cable, accessory bag with screws of different sizes and a DVD (which I didn' use seeing we have no optical drives around here anymore).







To test this NAS I used a couple of 3TB WD Red 3.5" drives. Physical installation is in itself very simple with easy access to each drive bay. We use screws to attach the drivers to adapters and most importantly it supports 2.5" drives as well, ideal for those reusing laptop drives or using SSDs for storage.

The software install required me to run their own application, which had a bit of hard time finding the NAS in the network - I did try assigning a static IP but at the end just let if get the IP from DHCP and after a couple of attempts the software told me it was ready to install the operating system.

From that point on the installation went flawlessly and after a few minutes (more than the initial five minutes estimate but not too long) the NAS was ready to be used.

Like other similar devices your primary interface is the web browser. The user interface design is not flash and bang like other devices but it does the job just fine. Most importantly it is easy to use when you need it to be, although I'd say the specifications could be a bit "heavier".

The Thecus N2310 is based on the AMCC APM 86491 800Mhz chipset, which is now around three years old. With 512MB RAM the unit can sometimes be slow, specially when a lot of I/O is going on, such as copying a terabyte of files during tests while the unit is still working on the new files. This slowness tends to disappear during normal operation after the unit is loaded with data.





With a gigabit ethernet the unit provided pretty good transfer speeds, comparable to my experience with other NAS brands. Two USB ports (one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0) provide for local one-button backup and UPS support.

The install automatically detected my two HDD and offered to create a RAID 1 configuration. The software supports RAID 0, 1 and JBOD). Initialisation was easy and the shutdown and boot routines seem to be fast - although I tend to leave my servers/NAS appliances powered up for days.

The operating system is easy to use and supports downloadable applications. There's no "store" on the device itself, so you have to visit the Thecus website to use the NAS App Center and find the apps you want. You can filter by product model and category, but not as easy as having a local store with all this filtered for you.

You will find all sorts of applications - web server, database, backup/sync, file management, mail server, media/DLNA, photo server, security tools and more. You will also find mobile apps for remote access to files and dashboard.

Overall the Thecus N2310 is a capable entry-level NAS appliance. It can easily fit into a home network as well as within a small business network.


More information: http://price.geekzone.co.nz/search.aspx?q=the...
comments powered by Disqus


Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

The world's biggest troll Steve Biddle turns 40
Created by scottjpalmer, last reply by nakedmolerat on 3-Jul-2015 23:28 (107 replies)
Pages... 6 7 8


When are the new snap/2 degrees broadband plans coming out?
Created by Guv, last reply by eXDee on 1-Jul-2015 15:58 (21 replies)
Pages... 2


Ticketek Sort your website - Super15 Final, ticket sales & scalping
Created by keewee01, last reply by mudguard on 3-Jul-2015 15:24 (93 replies)
Pages... 5 6 7


FreeviewPlus has arrived and so has the aerialBox T2100
Created by joshhill96, last reply by joshhill96 on 2-Jul-2015 20:37 (37 replies)
Pages... 2 3


Media box for TV - whats best
Created by bbunnys, last reply by nickrout on 3-Jul-2015 21:24 (17 replies)
Pages... 2


Any new RUM tool for NZ?
Created by pcmac, last reply by freitasm on 1-Jul-2015 21:48 (17 replies)
Pages... 2


End of popping bubble wrap.. time for revolution
Created by MikeB4, last reply by Kraven on 3-Jul-2015 17:01 (15 replies)

Introducing the Dish TV S8200, the latest & smartest all-in-one MyFreeview Satellite PVR
Created by joshhill96, last reply by rb99 on 3-Jul-2015 11:33 (31 replies)
Pages... 2 3