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Thecus N2310 NAS Review

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Posted April 30, 2014 by Joe Kershner in PC Audio

Overview

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Price at time of Review: $166.50 at newegg.com
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Abundance of hosting features, supports RAID JBOD, 0 and 1, low power consumption, remote management
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Build quality, lacking local hardware processing status, no IP camera support
 
BOTTOM LINE:
The Thecus N2310 may be an entry level NAS but it's packed with an abundance of features.
by Joe Kershner
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Conclusion

While the N2310 is an amazing system for being their older line of NAS units, Thecus did a great job including all the features they have incorporated. The build quality may be made of cheap plastic but is still decent quality. I wouldn’t test the unit by dropping it at a high distance and expect it to stay intact, but Thecus chose to keep this unit at an affordable price for anybody. The low power consumption of 14w with two drives loaded and a mere 5w on idle is impressive. The administrative control panel with user friendly access is astounding.

Speaking of the GUI, I liked the windowed operating system. Thecus’s Help feature surely is an asset, but I noticed many grammatical errors and often had the impression that they simply used an automated translator for English texts. Continuing with its shortcomings: there is no iSCSI support, the system status page where you can check on CPU, RAM, and HDD utilization is missing, (though it is in the Thecus OS walk-through manual), and there is no module for IP camera control. One thing I didn’t like about the RAID configuration is the inability to go from a RAID 1 (shadowing) to a RAID 0 (striping). Shadowing drives makes a duplicate of data which is stored on both drives of equal size so I don’t understand why they don’t let you change from a RAID 1 to 0 without completely re-configuring the entire system and losing stored data. Another problem I noticed was there was no option to manually format a USB drive.

With that said, we have a few other things to share. These start with its highly affordable price and very low energy demands. The NAS also achieved high overall network transfer speeds with three clients connected simultaneously. This was a nice surprise since I didn’t expect the N2310 with its low-clocked CPU to perform as well. This small NAS also features USB 3.0 support and comes with a Bittorrent client pre-installed. This turns it into an independent download station for your torrent files. Its dimensions are very small, so finding a home for it out of sight should be fairly easy. The new windowed interface, provides many features and is rather easy to use – even for novice users. And this unit’s power brick will serve you reliably as time goes on because it is of high quality. What I really enjoyed was the abundance of web interfaces from the FTP, NFS, Samba/CIFS, SSH and so on, including the additional modules of the 3rd party PLEX media streamer, MySQL Database and the independent Bit-torrent service.

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To conclude, the N2310 has a couple major issues that I noticed, but most of its shortcomings are due to the immaturity of its fresh Thecus OS6 operating system. Thecus will hopefully fix all or at least most of these issues in the near future. The N2310’s CPU can cope with usage scenarios specific to a home environment, but the GUI will lag significantly under heavy data throughput, although speeds are fast enough. But with everything said and done, you can’t be very picky since you basically get a fully featured NAS that will cover most of your needs. The Thecus N2310 is currently sold out on newegg.com for $166.50 but if you are not willing to wait and need it immediately, Amazon.com has the unit for $176 with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty. Considering everything, the Thecus N2310 NAS Server earns the PureOverclock Great Hardware Award.

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