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Thecus N2100BM Diskless System Network Storage

  • Diskless System
  • Intel IOP 80219 Processor
  • 2 x 10/100/1000M
  • 3 x USB2.0
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If you need a highly compact data archive server or NAS appliance the Thecus N2100BM could be your solution. Capable of holding up to 2 SATA hard drives for up to a terabyte or more of data this little giant packs a lot of storage in a small space. RAID levels 0 and 1 plus JBOD are supported for data security.

The 3 USB 2.0 ports allow connection to your flash memory storage devices and "one button copy" functionality makes transferring the data to the hard drives an easy process. Two gigabit ethernet ports enable lightning fast data transfer throughout your network.

For your entertainment convenience you can configure the N2100BM to act as an iTunes server enabling all of the networked computers with iTunes installed to access the music library.

  • newegg SATA Hard Drive Support The Thecus N2100BM features two internal 3.5" SATA hard drive bays for up to 1TB storage capacity and an ultra-fast 1.5Gbps data transfer speed.
  • newegg Raid Function The Thecus N2100BM offers multiple disk storage options, including RAID 0 for optimized hard disk throughput, RAID 1 and its disk mirroring functionality for extra data security, and JBOD for enhanced capacity to store more videos, movies and photos.
  • newegg Superior Connectivity The Thecus N2100BM features dual Gigabit Ethernet ports for lightning-fast file transfers so your digital media can be made available throughout your home or office network quickly and easily. Three high-speed USB 2.0 ports are used for connections to your favorite high-speed flash storage devices for network storage expansion or data backup.
  • newegg Enhanced Server Functions With Intel XScale computing technology, the Thecus N2100BM offers robust protocol support to serve as an FTP server, iTunes server, Personal Photo Web Server or Web Disk server.
  • newegg Web-based Interface With the intuitive web-based interface, manage your personal storage server from anywhere on the network with your favorite browser. Along with network neighborhood connectivity, the Thecus N2100BM features excellent compatibility with Windows, Apple OS X and Linux operating systems and, makes file sharing between networked PCs more convenient than ever.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Darryl S.
  • 7/7/2008 4:04:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat NAS!

Pros: Gigabit LAN ports, quiet, Linux based (adding modules are easy)

Cons: I haven't found any yet.

Other Thoughts: I wish Thecus offered a free media server similar to TwonkyMedia that I could use to share my music with my Yamaha receiver.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/6/2008 6:33:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice little product

Pros: It works well after getting the kernel/firmware upgrade. Has upgradeable modules, such as web cam, and web server. Supports iTunes sharing. Dual Gigabit LAN ports. Convienent front USB port for quick USB flash drive backup. Upgradeable DDR memory. Webdisk access, FTP, iTunes sharing are standard. Has RAID 0 or RAID 1 configurations. Can connect external drives for sharing or backup to unit.

Cons: Dual gigabit are for separate LAN segments only. Second port has DHCP server for this purpose...not useful for the average home user. Set mine up with two Barracuda 500GB drives in RAID 1, it took two hours or more to initialize. Throughput somewhat slow from what I read. I transferred about 150GB in about 2 hours or so. I was satisfied, after all its not direct SATA II.

Other Thoughts: Webdisk is a nice feature though cumbersome. FTP access is best. Web cam feature is limited to about 5 USB web cam chipsets, none of which I heard of. Probably better off buying an IP cam and FTPing photos to drive. Small footprint!
Recommend upgrading DDR for more stable SMB share access if you have some DDR333 laying around. Upgraded mine from 128MB to 512MB.

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  • Hongfei C.
  • 5/30/2008 6:33:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood unit as a home file server

Pros: Had a couple of RAID 1 external hard drives from Maxtor and Seagate failing on me recently. So I bought this unit with 2 WD 640GB drives. Easy to set up as a RAID 1 and work with home network using either static IP or DHCP. It did take a long time to initialize the RAID. The web interface is simple but useful for configuring the box and checking its status, such as HD temperature and RAID info. The enclosure is plastic but it should hold up well for regular use. My fingers are crossed about its reliability, especially its small fan unit.

Cons: Since the enclosure is plastic, it doesn’t feel very solid before the hard drives are installed. Don’t sit or step on it! After connecting a USB drive to the front USB port, the unit acted weirdly – some folders were not shown on Windows Network Places. Only after the USB device was removed, the folders were seen again.

Other Thoughts: I wish the “Copy USB” function can be extended to allow users selecting which files to copy, instead of the entire USB device. Does the unit warn if the fan is dead or hard drives are running too hot?

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  • David P.
  • 4/23/2008 5:58:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome NAS

Pros: Opening it up and installing hard drives is so easy. The wizard guides you through practically the whole set-up, no annoying software like I heard about MioNet one that comes with the Western Digital MyBook World Edition NAS server (almost bought this until I read all of the terrible reviews about it). The built in software works awesome. Online features are satisfy both the novice and advanced user.

Cons: Bright blue LED light! LOL! For those who are reading this it's only a joke, don't let the light stop you. hehe.

Other Thoughts: I currently have two Western Digital RE2-GP 1TB HDD running RAID 1 and all is perfect. If you encounter any problems, we all do, check out the Thecus forum, we talk about EVERY issue there and I'm not exaggerating: http://thecususergroup.proboards106.com/index.cgi

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/1/2007 7:34:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThecus N2100BM

Pros: Physical installation of the hardrives and reassembly of the case is easy and strait forward. It's compact, looks nice and is very quiet. The supplied electrical plug-in is a strait plug and not a bulky transformer.

Cons: With two drives installed, the unit is heavy enough to stay in one place, but I wish the unit came with feet to prevent sliding around. I'm not a fan of bright LEDs. The notification lights are fine, but the power button light is too big and bright for my taste.

Other Thoughts: I bought this unit to replace an older storage computer that used more space and more electricity. I'm using 2 Samsung HD400G drives in RAID1 and I have 365G to work with. After backing up data for over a strait hour, the case feels too warm for my taste. Be careful when your configuration setup is complete and you exit the setup software. Afterward, the unit will immediately apply the configuration and begin formatting the drives. You'll need to give the unit some time for this setup - DO NOT interrupt this process. I really like this unit. The only thing that concerns me is if the drives will take the heat build-up after extended periods of non-stop use.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/13/2007 2:46:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat solution for home network

Pros: Excellent product!! works flawlessly, very easy to use and very reliable. I moved all my valuables into it, also using the iTunes server. What else can i say, its just what i wanted.

Cons: Connecting an external USB harddrive works fine, but if it has two partitions on it the Thecus won't see it (or at least i couldn't figure out how to do it)

Other Thoughts: Would be nice if i could also use it as a webserver and not just FTP. I know its possible, but i am not a linux guru and can't do it myself.

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  • MICHAEL Z.
  • 7/5/2007 1:24:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsBetter than the DLINK DNS323!

Pros: 1. Streams MP3's, Video, & Inet Radio to my Playstation 3!
2. iTunes displays all the mp3's on it just like my iPOD!
3. Small Form Factor
4. Two GigE ports
5. Three USB2.0 ports
6. Pretty quiet for a 2drive nas.
7. Many security features.

Cons: 1. Pretty Quiet but not silent. I have to say in its defense however, it's the Quietest NAS out there to date. Quieter than DLINK.

2. Quickstart Manual is missing important IP Address info. Pop the battery out and back in to reset the CMOS before you plug it in. Make sure your home network can talk to http://192.168.1.100 so the Thecus program can find your device (most home networks are 192.168.0.0 so set your subnet mask to 255.255.254.0 to support this without needed to change IP's.

Other Thoughts: After reading the negative reviews of the D-Link DNS 323 I decided to spend a few extra dollars on a Thecus N#### unit that would do more, was upgradable, and had a community of unix guru's making mods for it. It works great, fast as heck, and will change the way you use your computer forever.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/3/2007 7:25:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: works flawlessly.
easy to set up.
excellent tech support.
good browser interface

Cons: no support for 2 individual drives (JBOD or RAID only)

Other Thoughts: I wanted to use this as (2) 500gb drives but the server does not allow this. A minor problem and not enough to detract from the unit. Have tested it as JBOD and RAID 1 and it works great so far. I'm using it for file storage so haven't tested the media or FTP server yet.

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