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Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Thermalright
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Video Review and Specifications

Video Review

Today we are taking a look at a NAS (network attached storage) device from Thecus, the N5200B.  I have included both the video review (posted right below this) and a more traditional written evaluation on the following pages.  There are more details in the written portion including shots of the administration pages and more angles on the NAS itself.

Enjoy!  If you have any feedback on the video please let us know!

Introduction

A network attached storage device (NAS) is really just what it sounds like - dedicated storage that exists on a networked environment that allows for easy sharing of data between various computers.  The Thecus N5200B we are reviewing today is one of the more high-end NAS options available to the everyday consumer with support for five hot-swappable hard drive bays, dual Gigabit networks, RAID 5 and 6 and expert user and configurations options.

Specifications

HDDs

5 x 3.5" SATA II HDD, Hot-swappable

eSATA port

1 x eSATA connector for capacity expansion

USB ports

2 x USB A type (Host mode)

1 x USB B type (Client mode)

Ethernet ports

N5200 : 2 x Gigabit RJ-45 Connector

N5200 RouStorTM : 1 x Gigabit RJ-45 Connector

                             4 port Gigabit switch

LCD Control Panel

For basic configurations and status display

Network File Protocols

Microsoft Networks (CIFS/SMB)

Apple Filing Protocol (AFP 3)

Network File System (NFS v3)

File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP)

Secure Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTPs)

Authentication

Microsoft NT Domain Controller (PDC)*

Microsoft Active Directory Authentication (AD)*

Network Client Type

Microsoft Windows NT/2000/XP/2003

Unix/Linux/BSD

MAC OS X, OS 9, OS 8.6

Network Configuration

Fixed IP Address

Dynamic IP Address

Disk Management

Power Management (Disk idle spin-down)

Disk Status Monitoring (S.M.A.R.T.)

RAID

RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, and JBOD

Auto Rebuild

Hot Swappable

Hot Spare

Disk Roaming

RAID Level Migration

RAID Expansion

Disk Capacity Supported :

80/120/160/200/250/300/400/500/750/1000 GB

Folder Management

Share Folder Level Permission

File Level Permission

Public Folder

Quota Management

Share Folder Quota Control

Backup

Thecus Backup Utility (Microsoft Windows XP/2000 /MAC OS X)

Thecus Nsync

System Management

Web GUI

Multilingual Support (English, French, German, Italian, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish)

Event Notification

Email Notification

Buzzer Notification

LCD

Supported USB Devices

USB Printer

External HDD/Flash disk

USB IEEE 802.11 b/g dongle w/ AP mode support **

Setup Utility

Windows 2000 / XP / 2003

MAC OS X

Safety and Environment

CE, FCC, BSMI, C-Tick, RoHS Compliant

Dimension

230 x 190 x 230 mm (H x W x D)

Media server

* Supports uPnP AV streaming protocol

* Works with DLNA-certified players

Physical

Lockable Disk Tray

Operating Environment

0 - 40 ℃

20 – 85Relative Humidity (non-condensing)

Power Supply

Server-rated AC Power Supply

100/220VAC, 50/60 Hz, Auto detect

Power Consumption

Standby mode: 87W

Full Loading: 194W with 1.5TB Seagate * 5 HDD installed

Sound Pressure Level Without HDD: 37.8 dB(A)

With HDD: 38.7 dB (A) with 1.5TB Seagate * 5 HDD installed

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