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Thecus N2100SM Diskless System Network Storage

  • Diskless System
  • Intel IOP 80219 Processor
  • 2 x 10/100/1000M
  • 3 x USB2.0
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Keep your data safe with Thecus' N2100SM network storage appliance. This 2 bay enclosure accepts SATA drives and has 3 USB 2.0 ports for added storage. The internal drives can be configured for speed, security or size with RAID 0, 1 or JBOD.

The journaling file system keeps your backups current. Support for Microsoft, Mac and Linux protocols makes this a great choice for a multiplatform environment. It also supports FTP and HTTP/s for web based transfers.

This is more than just a data storage device. It can stream audio and video to DLNA compatible televisions and receivers. It also has an iTunes server so anyone on the network can listen to the centrally stored music. You can also show pictures with the photo web server.

  • newegg Supports SATA Storage up to 1TB With two 3.5" drive bays, the Thecus N2100SM accommodates up to two SATA hard drives for a maximum storage of 1TB to suit your growing network storage needs.
  • newegg Raid Function The Thecus N2100SM 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 N2100SM features dual Gigabit Ethernet ports for lightning-fast file transfer so you can access your digital media throughout your home or office network quickly and easily. Three high-speed USB 2.0 ports are featured to connect your external storage devices for network storage expansion or data backup.
  • newegg Enhanced Server Functions With Intel XScale computing technology, the Thecus N2100SM 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 the Thecus N2100SM from anywhere on the network with your favorite browser. Along with network neighborhood connectivity, the Thecus N2100SM features excellent compatibility with Windows, Apple OS X and Linux operating systems for convenient file sharing between networked PCs.

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


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  • Matthew J.
  • 8/20/2008 11:00:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice product for home sysadmins

Pros: Easy to set up and configure the basics through the web GUI. Many add-on modules are available for home hackers that know their way around. These can extend the unit's functionality extensively.

Cons: Support from Thecus is sparse. There are several user-supported forums on the web, but they tend to focus on advanced usage. I had to do a fair amount of research to get answers to some of my setup and config questions.

Other Thoughts: Mine failed after a series of brownouts. Responded to PING, but nothing else. I took the HDDs out and was able to recover all of my data by using DiskInternals Linux Reader. NewEgg replaced the unit under their one year warranty policy.

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  • Brian G.
  • 8/4/2008 9:56:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsTricky, but works

Pros: So far, I'm diggin' this little box. I bought it to replace my constantly failing external drives I use for music storage.
- Easy physical install. Dropping in disks wasn't hard.
- Easy initial setup. Some issues, noted below.
- SOLID netork access
- Wide range of "features"

Cons: The manual is missing a LOT of information. What's there is ok, but there's so much that's NOT written. Here's the highlights:
- RAID initial setup. I could watch progress in the browswer window that I used to start the setup, but it was not obvious, so I initially missed it. WARNING, my 750 gig RAID1 took over 6 hours to setup.
- Language Options. I had to reset the Apple File Sharing to English to get it to take my file names.
- When to do what. Don't start your iTunes server until AFTER you have all your files in place.
- FTP Obscurity. Sure you can FRP, if you have the right brand router, if you setup your location with another online service....
- Webserver. I'm sure it works, it's right THERE! What what is it running and how do I modify it?! No clue.
- Photo sharing. As someone else noted, this has a 4 mb per file restriction. Use of this "feature" will probably be tricky, so I don't plan on it.

Other Thoughts: As a FILE SERVER this thing is a great bargain. I don't konw what its long-term life will be, but so far it has delivered what I needed.

Tech support via email, even on weekends at odd hours, had good response and clear answers. I have been very satisfied with their service so far. Not sure I'd put information on here that was mission-critical, but that should go without saying.

I'm not certain what the steps are for me to take to rebuild the RAID if I need to, for example, but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

Interesting to note it has a firmware upgrade for a webcamera, Oh really...

In the guts of the machine I saw empty sockets for additional chips. More memory? Who knows. Certainly seems to be a robust computer in a drive box...with a fair amount of untapped (and undocumented) potential.

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  • George K.
  • 6/25/2008 7:07:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsUnit seems good at first...

Pros: Seems to be an excellent choice for a personal NAS evice. Two gigabit ethernet ports, three USB, and a fair job of keeping discs at reasonable temps.

Cons: As of the current firmware, no photograph larger than 4MB in size can be uploaded directly to the Photo Gallery (and it you upload it through FTP, it will show up as a broken link in the photo gallery). If you've got a decent-resolutiondigital camera and want to store or share pix, this device is NOT FOR YOU.

Other Thoughts: Sadly, the limitation is listed only in the fine print of the most recent firmware (v2.1.09), and even there is is listed as a [Known Limitations] section rather than in the [Known Problems] area: not much hope that this is something that will be corrected soon.

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  • Richard W.
  • 6/8/2008 1:41:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsStay Away

Pros: Relatively easy to set up. Not too loud. Small footprint. Reasonable user interface

Cons: Unreliable (lasted 3 1/2 weeks), support is only in Taiwan, no phone numbers. When all your data is on a box, you want someone to call when it all vaporizes only 3 1/2 weeks after you migrated 1 TB of critical data over to it. Download the FAQ and you will see a link to Firmware update instructions which is a dead link. These guys do not deserve to be trusted with critical data. I have spent 2 solid days trying to recover my data and RAID array and it is gone.

Other Thoughts: When you are in desperate trouble after this box just dies on you, this is what you will find on the Thecus Support website in the place you were hoping to find a 1-800 phone number. When you just lost a TB of data and you are down, do you want to hear about long response times because they are Taiwan and they don't want to be up late at night? At least give a phone number and have them available 21x7.

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As the Thecus representatives who are here to assist you through our care@HEXUS program are based in Taiwan, please do allow an extended time frame to receive a response to your queries, bearing in mind the time zone differences and other responsibilities which they have.

Thecus are a committed member of our care@HEXUS program and will of course, do their best to respond to all your queries at their earliest opportunity.

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  • Charles S.
  • 2/27/2008 8:26:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Easy to install drives, easy to setup (I didn't even bother with the software that came with it, though). Runs very quiet (I have two HD501LJ's in it, which are very quiet too) and acceptably cool. I can watch a VOB file stored on it over a 100Mb connection without any noticeable problems.

Cons: It was easy to set up, with the exception of RAID. Getting RAID setup was more of a pain than it should have been. When it was building RAID 1, it gave no indication it was doing anything, with the exception of both HDD lights being continuously on. I believe the message it gave was "Please wait ... building swap area ...", but I can't remember. After two hours I couldn't take it anymore and turned it off and on again. This changed the status to something like Rebuilding, 67% which told me it was doing something, but after it got to 100% it hung, so I removed RAID and started again. After three hours it was done and gave a status of healthy.

Other Thoughts: I mainly got this to replace and external HDD I bought back in 2004 that has run out of space, so i haven't tried out many of the features it supposedly comes with.

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  • Ogallala S.
  • 2/14/2008 11:38:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood Idea But ...

Pros: I like the Raid capability, Web server, and FTP server. You can also set up users with ACL's which is great. But ...

Cons: ... I just can't get past the horrendous performance. I set this up with two 500 GB drives as Raid-1. I started copying about 350Gb of data that i wanted to store on it ... it didn't finish after several hours. I resumed the copy process the next day ... several hours later i had to call it quits again ... still not done ... etc, etc.

Other Thoughts: If you're extremely patient (or if you're starting from scratch and don't have to copy a large amount of files to it) then go ahead and consider it. I suppose a few files at a time would be ok ...

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/10/2007 2:21:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsN2100

Pros: small footprint, quiet, easy to setup.

Cons: Was not recognized by Playstation 3. I had trouble resetting system to clear cmos - tried documented method without luck. I had to remove the battery for a little before things were back to normal.

Other Thoughts: Have not tried gigabit speeds yet.

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  • MICHAEL Z.
  • 7/5/2007 1:19:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsWe have a winner!

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

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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