Reviews and Problems with Thecus N5200 / N5200 Pro
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17 August 2008
Excerpt: Safe, accessible mega-storage is what Thecus delivers with the N5200PRO, and they deliver it in spades! It even looks good doing it. With support for up to five terabyte drives and multiple RAID setups, this little jewel has what it takes to satisfy most any home/small business user.
Summary: NAS devices seem one of today's must-haves. Every storage company sells them and some are even specialized in this area. Thecus is one of these companies who specializes in NAS devices, hence their products are solid and future proof.
The N5200 Pro is one of the high end models, hence it doesn't come cheap. In return you get a product that will last for years. It can hold up to five high capacity SATA drives internally and allows expansion via eSATA and USB.
Pros: High performance, even during rebuild, High capacity via five drives and additional external solutions, RAID 5 support, Customizable via modules, Easy to use
Cons: Expensive, Limited features without modules, Can't turn off the LEDs
Conclusion: Chances are by now that you're familiar not only with the N5200 Pro but also its non-Pro brother and rackmount cousin the 1U4500. And that's a good thing because, while they're all running the same hardware (more or less), the differences between them are significant enough to meet different needs. But we've reviewed the N5200 non-Pro and 1U4500 already, so let's lock eyes on the N5200 Pro.
Summary: The Thecus N5200 Pro is definitely a higher end NAS, and will benefit power users and tweakers a lot more than entry-level users.
Pros: Both OS X and Windows software available, Gigabit Ethernet WAN & LAN with load balancing and teaming, Support for eSATA external drives, USB for external drives and printers, Modules offer powerful flexibility
Cons: Data check of hard drives shows no completion meter, Check the hard disk compatibility list before purchasing, does not support all drives, UI needs a usability overhaul
Conclusion: The Thecus N5200 PRO is not just any other NAS device but one that offers more than just file sharing over network. As a start, its five hot swappable SATA II bays offer a lot of versatility and options for the user. And what's more, it does not only offer RAID 5, but enterprise class RAID 6 option as well. With so many different options, the N5200 PRO can be configured for almost any sort of usage scenario.