Excerpt: This NAS is simply unbeatable for the money. No other machine offers the same hardware for anything close in terms of dollars.<br /><br />Having said that, I am using this nas for home purposes. I have seen some people complaining that it cannot serve multiple users at the same time well. To decide how many users can be handled, look at the hardware spec, and don't expect more than the hardware can do.<br /><br />For me, the nas is working beautifly.
Excerpt: I've been using USB Drives to backup my data, family photos, videos, documents only to always have a failed USB drive. My brother in law mention this NAS box and I now have it running 3 weeks now, very happy. Ie running a RAID 5 of 10. TB's.
Excerpt: Environment: <br />Small Business with approximately 25 users.<br />Even mix of Macs & PCs.<br />Work with lots of large graphic files.<br /><br />Configuration: <br />5 - 1TB WD Red Drives, configured for RAID5<br />Shipped with 2GB of DDR3 1333<br /><br />Opinion: <br />2GB of memory was wildly insufficient, especially considering the 1gig was reserved for on board video.
Pros: Easily Expanded, Easy To Set Up, Reliable, Small
Summary: One of the things not listed on the specs is that the raid is an SIIG, which if I would have known I would have not gotten it. I've been burned by SIIG every time I've used one of their products....this is no exception.
Pros: The unit looks nice, and the initial setup was pretty easy. I put 5x3TB drives in it as a raid six. Set up an ftp so I could access it remotely and in the first year I would have given it five eggs over two.
Cons: Several weeks ago I had the raid say a drive was bad. No big deal, I took the spare and put it in it's place and let it start rebuilding. After about halfway through the building of the replacement drive the unit locked up and dropped 2 more drives out of the raid. I managed to get one to be recognized and worked hard to get all the things not backed up off of it. Then after reading an post on the forums I updated the firmware and it picked up the other drive that had...
Excerpt: I purchased two of these units with 5 3tb Western Digital RED drives. The unit is easy to install drives in. However it appears that Thecus didn't properly secure the interal flash drive used for the base OS. I was having nothing but problems getting the unit to boot up, and when it did actually boot up none of the setting would save on reboot. Fortunately Thecus support is good and they instructed me to reseat the board. Once this was done everything works properly.
Summary: Really enjoying this machine. Looking forward to years of service from it.
Pros: Fast, easy to setup. $150 discount was awesome.
Cons: A little limited in terms of expandability in terms of modules. This is supposed to be addressed by the new OS6 soon to come out. Had to do a hard poweroff and it took 2 days to rebuild the volumes - 5 x 3 TB drives. Probably on par with other systems tho.