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Thecus N5200 / N5200 Pro
5.5 out of 10

Thecus N5200 / N5200 Pro

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Overall 8
8.0

It has it's strengths

Timothy M., Newegg
26 September 2008
  • Pros: Use this for redundant storage of my companie's computer images. Drive setup was simple. Used Raid10 with a extra drive. Hot swapping works well. The web interface is straight forward and does not take too much to configure. Autoshutdown is a nice feature so it's not running 24 / 7. Rather quiet,...
  • Cons: Does not sync well with A/D. Had a problem with the time sync. Even when I did manage to get it connected, it would not stay connected. I just login through the local users on the box and it works fine. A little confusing with the dua nic setup for internal and external connection. Understand why...
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Overall 8
8.0

Good choice but...

Steven F., Newegg
17 July 2008
  • Summary: I was looking for a device that supported multiple RAID arrays and this didn't cut it.
  • Pros: Installation was quick and painless.
  • Cons: System doesn't support multiple RAID arrays.
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Overall 8
8.0

Good now that the firmware works

Anonymous, Newegg
11 March 2008
  • Summary: I killed one trying to update the firmware, they took the RMA, sent me back a repaired unit, put my drives back in the right order and the RAID came back up with no data loss. I call that pretty sweet. I've owned it for a little less than a year.
  • Pros: Price. 5 Disks, many RAID modes, relatively simple setup. Physically easy to install drives. Great file transfer speeds and faster than most similar products. Raid 5 works well, even expanded the array without a problem. Support by email is good. Firmware updates to 2.0 have made the device a lot...
  • Cons: Early firmware pre 2.0 was not really ready. Documentation and clarity of interface still needs work. Interface can be confusing at times. Web interface can be a bit flaky.
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Overall 8
8.0

Fast and Loud

Robert N., Newegg
5 December 2007
  • Summary: I bought this so me and my wife could share photos, movies, and music between our collection of computers: Compaw laptop (Windows XP), iMac (OS X 10.4), MacBook (OS X 10.5), MacBook Pro (OS X 10.5). It works great and I'm very happy with my choice.
  • Pros: This box is well built and solid. It looks good sitting on the desk in my home office. I have it set up RAID5 with 5 x 500GB Seagate 7200.10 drives. It was quick and easy to set up, although the RAID build took overnight. The read speed is fast.
  • Cons: I'm not overly sensitive to case noise, but this thing is loud. The 92mm case fan isn't too bad, but the 40mm PSU fan is driving me crazy. I just ordered some quieter fans for the box which should help. Also, the box shipped with a very old version of the firmware. The first thing I did was to up...
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Overall 8
8.0

Okay with new firmware

Alejo G., Newegg
10 October 2007
  • Summary: With version 1 firmware it was absolutely awful - not at all stable, impossible to change certain configuration options. Night and day with version 2 firmware, though.
  • Pros: Works dependably for file transfers with version 2 firmware. Easy to set up services.
  • Cons: No sftp or scp transfer. Built in web access not very good (e.g., can't transfer an entire folder). The connection when mounting an SMB/CIFS share to my Linux machine isn't stable. Documentation not very good. Their website is all Flash, which is blocked here at work where the units are used; had...
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Overall 8
8.0

ITX based NAS with hacking potential

Walter I., Newegg
12 April 2007
  • Summary: My kitchen PC died and that was used to as a file server as well. With a crossover cable at 1gbit full duplex, I was getting around 17Mb/sec writeing to a RAID 1. Without the shell login I would be bored with it already.
  • Pros: Being a PC platform: there are options to overclock the bus, upgrade memory, and tweak the linux OS. It definitely needs gigabit to handle the throughput. Some have even gone as far as soldering back on the VGA and keyboard ports. Shell login is a great feature to have. The web interface can be m...
  • Cons: A Celeron M can probably handle software RAID, if that is all it does. It's shown weaknesses with a 2 drive RAID 1 already and I haven't enabled an iTunes server or FTP access. According to the OS, the stock 256Mb of memory isn't enough either. There is a 1Gb swap file that the OS has created. Th...
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Overall 8
8.0

Good File Server Substitute

Anonymous, Newegg
26 March 2007
  • Summary: With the advent of SATA drives and NAS units such as the Thecus N5200B, a file server is now a financial viable option for small business and home offices such as mine. With four 400GB disks in RAID 5 and a 400GB hot spare, I have at least nine times the storage capacity of the previous server at...
  • Pros: The unit is fast, and has been rock-solid stable. It hasn't hiccuped once. The 120mm fan quietly keeps everything cool. Compared to the four 120mm fans in the previous server I built in a Lian Li SCA SCSI case, the Thecus just whispers.
  • Cons: The PDF "manual" leaves a lot to be desired. It got me started, but I learned more through trial and error. The five disks create a small amount of vibration that is amplified by the file cabinet top where the unit resides. A mouse pad solved the problem.
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Overall 8
8.0

Thecus N5200 in home application

Daniel M., Newegg
17 January 2007
  • Summary: glad I got it, it's working great so far. Using 400gb seagate drives You want to handle the linux users & groups first - adding a new user to a share resets the nt permissions on files on the share I think it is a good product for advanced users preferably with good understanding of networking and...
  • Pros: 1 Gb Ether 5 drivebays 6 relatively small 7 ease of use for most things
  • Cons: 1 Highly unpolished interface, using the english language in an interesting way 2 fan speed appears completely uncontrolled 3 mixing samba and windows permissions an ugly thing
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Overall 8
8.0

Very fast

Anonymous, Newegg
4 January 2007
  • Summary: Got into a lengthy discussion at AVSFORUM about tis unit vs. the infrant ReadyNas. I went with this unit because of the reported speed and 5 drive setup. A 4-disk RAID5 seems silly to me. 5-disk makes much more sense, considering we are a symetrical species.
  • Pros: 1. Very fast - Using my gigabit network with jumbo packets enabled and SMB/CIFS (samba), I downloaded a 1080p WMVHD file from microsoft HD gallery and streamed it to 3 HTPC's simultaneously. Using standard DVD bitrates, I beleive I can serve probably 5-7 rooms at the same time. I backed up some o...
  • Cons: - It doesn;'t come with a paper owners manual. So i had to visit their website and download the PDF version. - The web interface works flawless and allowed me to setup a JBOD, RAID0, RAID 1 and RAID 5 with no problems. I tried them all just to see how it goes. I ended up with a RAID 5. However, t...
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Overall 8
8.0

Did what I wanted with no fuss

John L., Newegg
30 December 2006
  • Summary: My comments are for using the unit as a RAID 5 array. I have not explored too many of the other features. Check the web-site for drive compatibility. The popular Seagate 7000.9 series are not compatible. Don't forget to hook it up to a UPS.
  • Pros: 5 drives rather than the usual 4 which translates to less "wasted space" in RAID 5 and other arrays. Actually makes use of Gigibit ethernet bandwidth unlike earlier NAS products. Has been rock solid and provides fast file transfers.
  • Cons: The loudest electronics in my house. Firmware is still being updated to activate features / fix problems. Minimalist documentation.
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