Thecus N5550 Review

Editor: Gavin Bonshor  Date: 24-04-13   Comment(s) - Join the discussion here
Features & Specification

Hardware Platform

Processor - Intel® Atom™ Processor
System Memory - 2GB DDR3
LAN Interface - RJ-45x2: 10/100/1000 BASE-TX Auto MDI/MDI-X WOL supported
USB Interface - USB 2.0 host port x4 (back x4) USB 3.0 host port x1 (front x1)
LCM Module - LCM display 4 buttons (ENTER, ESC, UP, DOWN)
HDMI Output - HDMI port (back x1)
VGA Output - VGA port (back x1)
Audio - MIC input, Line input, Audio output
Disk Interface 5 x SATA for internal 1 x eSATA for external
Power Supply - 200W Power Supply
USB UPS - Supported
Thermal/Fan control Thermal sensor on processor temperature System FAN speed controlled by temperature
System Clock - Battery-backed up system clock
Power Management - Auto power on after shutdown due to power loss
Buzzer - Adjustable frequency alarm
Buttons - Power button LCM button
Environment - Temperature: 5°C to 40°C Humidity: 0 ~ 80 % R.H. (Non-condensing)
Chassis - Tower Metal Chassis
Dimensions (HxWxD) 230 x 190 x 240 (mm)
Certificates CE/FCC/C-Tick/VCCI/BSMI RoHS WEEE VMware, Citrix

Software Functions

RAID Modes - RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 and JBOD
Auto-rebuild - Supported
Hot-swap - Supported
Hot Spare - Supported
Online RAID Migration - Supported
Online RAID Expansion - Supported
RAID Volume Encryption - AES256bit

Power Management - Available spin-down on idle setting
Bad Block Scanning - Supported
SMART Info - Supported
SMART Test - Supported
Disk Roaming - Supports volume-based roaming to other Thecus NAS

Configuration - Fixed IP address, dynamic IP address
Transport Protocols - TCP/IP/AppleTalk
File Protocols - SMB/CIFS, HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, NFS v4, AFP
Link Aggregation - Load balance, Failover, 802.3ad, Balance-XOR, Balance-TLB, Balance-ALB
DDNS - Supported
SSH - Supported
UPnP - Supported
UPnP Port forwarding - Supported

System status
System Monitor - Monitoring CPU, memory, temperature, fan, network utilization and protocols access user count
Syslog Management - Send syslog to assigned location Act as syslog server to receive log info from other systems

Data Access
Client OS Support - Windows 8/7/Vista/2003/XP/2000 UNIX/Linux Mac OS X
FTP - Built-in FTP server with bandwidth control
Secure FTP - Built-in secure FTP server with bandwidth control
TFTP - Users can download and upload files with TFTP programs
Download Manager - BT download (via Transmission module) NZB download (via NZB module)
Printer Server (IPP) - Supports USB printers Supports a wide range of IPP printers Client can manage print tasks (list/delete) via web user interface

Data Backup
Client Incremental Data Backup - Acronis True Image (OEM version)
Client System Disaster Recovery - Acronis True Image (OEM version)
Client Side Backup Software - Thecus Backup Utility (Windows/Mac OS X)
Data Burn - Create files to ISO image and burn to optical disc Create files to ISO image Read ISO image from optical disc and write to NAS
Mac OS X Time Machine - Supported
Data Guard - Remote Backup/Local Backup

Block Level Access
iSCSI Target/Initiator - Supports Microsoft/Mac OS X/Linux initiators and Thecus NAS targets
iSCSI Thin Provisioning - Supported
MPIO - Supported
MCS - Supported
Clustering - Supported
SCSI3 Persistent Group Reservation - Supported

Power Management
Scheduled Power On/Off - Supported

Volume Management
Multiple RAID - Supported
Multiple File System Selectable - EXT3/EXT4/XFS

Multimedia Support
iTunes Server - Supports AAC, MP3 w/ID3 tag and WAV
Piczza!™ Photo Server (via module) - Supports GIF, JPG (JPEG), BMP and PNG Supports EXIF display Supports slide shows
Media Server - Supports uPnP AV streaming protocol (via Twonkymedia module)

User Authentication
Local User - Supports built-in user accounts
Local Group - Supports built-in user groups
Windows ADS - Supported
LDAP - Supported
Access Guard - Supports Black & White list/IP Filter

Cloud Backup
DropBox - Supported (via module)
ElephantDriver - Supported (via module)
Amazon S3 - Supported

File System
Type - Journaling File System
Language Support - Unicode Support
Authorization (ACL) - “Read”, “write”, or “deny” privileges to individual users or groups in folders and sub-folders
User Quota - Supported

User Interface - Web-based user interface supports English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish and Czech.
Utility Program - MS Windows Setup Wizard Supports Windows 8/7/Vista/2003/XP/2000 Mac OS X Setup Wizard
Email Notifications - Sends system messages via email to the system administrator
SNMP Trap - System information trap out

Mobile Applications (iOS/Android)
Thecus Dashboard - Mobile monitoring and administration (via module)
T-OnTheGo™ (iOS) - Upload, download and stream multimedia

Data Security
Virus Scan - Supports McAfee® (via module)

Capacity Expansion
Stackable - Can extend for 5 additional iSCSI volumes from other Thecus NAS

Recycle Bin - Supported
Web Disk - Supported (via module)
Web Server - Supported (via module)
ISO Mount - Supported
IP Cam Surveillance - Supports up to 5 IP cameras (via module)
Auto Module Installation - Thecus’ module server automatically provides the latest modules and updates through the user interface.
Local Display - X-Window via HDMI output

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