Reviews and Problems with Thecus N5200 / N5200 Pro
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Continually on since december
David E., Newegg
14 August 2008
Summary: I needed a 2TB RAID array, and didn't want to build up a computer myself. This did the trick. I can't speak to speeds, as it is a backup machine for code, databases, music and movies, but it's worked like a champ.
Summary: In the week I've had my N5200BR Pro (same but with a 4 port switch) I have, figuratively speaking, pounded on it and tested its limits. I run a RAID1 with a pair of 1TB Western Digital Caviar GP drives (a bit slower, but cooler, quieter, and use 1/2 the idle power) and pair of old 80 GB SATAs for an...
Pros: (Note: To get the absolute most of out this device, you must be willing to tinker, but it's pretty stellar even if you don't.) * Top of it's class performance. (Read the numerous reviews for yourself) * iSCSI Target so you can mount a drive locally instead of over the network, which is much faste...
Cons: * Constructing a RAID takes shared volumes off-line. (My biggest complaint, but it's a factor of using software-based RAID) * iSCSI is currently using IET 0.4.12. Once they go 0.4.15 or higher, this will be an excellent, inexpensive device for VMWare ESX clustering (non-production) It works prett...
Summary: Mine was an open box so I saved about $150 and it came with all accessories. It was basically brand new. One of my three WD 500GB SATA drives was giving bad sectors during the creation of a RAID five. The unit detected this and informed me so it could be replaced.
Pros: QUIET! Anyone saying that this unit is noisy either: A) Has faulty fans in their unit or B) Has loud hard drives or C) Have no concept of what noisy actually is. This unit is quiet and is virtually in audible with a moderately quiet PC.
Cons: I had to set the IP address to dynanmic as I couldn't get into the web browser to control the unit until I did so, but this probably just has to do with my router settings, so it is not really a con.
Summary: I read all the reviews on this item and compared those to the other NAS items I was looking at. I am glad I picked this one for my home server. The setup took minutes, after the raid 5 build I set all the file restrictions and shares up no problem.
Pros: easy to set up, drives install nicely, web interface was simple to understand.
Summary: Shannon Rawls review has a basic flaw. 5 discs for Raid 5 Symetrical? Raid 5 to be "symetrical" would only have 3 discs. Raid 5 is a "parity bit" format, in which only 2 bits are allows for a 3rd parity bit. Bad review Shannon!
Pros: This thing is fast - I have it setup with 5 WD 750GB drives. The setup was quick (not the RAID build time but the setup). Like the prior poster, I love the LCD screen. Web interface works just fine. Manual is a pdf file on the CD.
Cons: It would be helpful to have more explanation on each selection option (I had to go the Internet a few times to understand what it was talking about).
Summary: Much faster and more expandable than the Terastation it replaced. Powerful Celeron M processor allows for useful mods which are easily installed. Happy I bought it.
Pros: Fast NAS with 5 drive capability, newest firmware very stable, easy to add mods such as Slimserver, Twonky, etc. Can add drives to expand JBOD or raid arrays (start with a couple of drives and add drives as needed.) Solid construction.
Cons: Fans are a bit loud - but no more so than a typical Shuttle computer. Best to use in a closet or remote location. Earlier firmware was somewhat buggy.
Summary: If you find yourself wondering "what the h*ll am I going to do with all of this down loaded TV, DVD ISO files and digital pictures", then this box is a nice answer! I was a bit thrown by the non-intel OS, but this was absolutely not an issue. Everything was handled by the web page interface.
Pros: Built this with 5x750GB seagate drives in a RAID5 config. I ended up with around 3Tb of redundant drive space. This is hooked up via gigabit lan to my HTPC. It is able to handle HD video playback without any issues.
Cons: I would have preferred a model with 8 to 12 drive bays. Initially, building the 3Tb array took about 13 hours.
Pros: The hard drives were very easy to add to the system and the software was very easy to configure once everything was plugged in and running. The unit has network failover which I needed (see Cons).
Cons: My original unit shipped with a bad WAN port limiting my transfer rate to 1mb/s but I set the LAN port as a failover and it picked up right away and increased the transfer rate to over 6mb/s