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Thecus N3200 Diskless System RAID 5 Security Network Storage

  • Diskless System
  • 1 x 10/100/1000M WAN + 1 x 10/100/1000M LAN
  • 2 x USB2.0
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Bring the power and security of a RAID 5 back-up server home with the N3200 from Thecus. It can handle up to 3 SATA drives in its hot swappable bays. The Auto Rebuild and Hot Spare functions combine to keep your data secure even if a drive goes down. You can add drives to the eSATA ports and the 2 USB 2.0 ports for added capacity.

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 3TB With three 3.5” drive bays, the Thecus N3200 accommodates up to three SATA hard drives for a maximum storage of 3TB to suit your growing network storage needs.
  • newegg Ultra-fast eSATA Interface The Thecus N3200 features an eSATA interface for up to 3Gbps data transfer speed, which is over six times the speed of USB 2.0.
  • newegg RAID Support The Thecus N3200 supports multiple RAID modes including RAID 0, 1, 5 and JBOD to ensure data integrity.
  • newegg Superior Connectivity The Thecus N3200 features Gigabit WAN and LAN ports for lightning-fast file transfers over the Internet or your home/office network. Two high-speed USB 2.0 ports are featured to connect your external storage devices for network storage expansion or data backup.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/20/2008 11:48:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat hardware design can't overcome fatal flaw

Pros: Right out of the box, the Thecus N3200 is impressive. Small form factor. Easy-access access drive bays. No screws required at all, and no wires. I had my three Seagate 750 GB drives in it within 5 five minutes and was building my RAID 5 array. After letting it build overnight, I returned to it and had it configured before I knew it. The software isn't fancy, but it works well. The drives all showed up in Windows XP, 2000, and through Linux. I set my account access control just the way I wanted, did some performance tests (it's no Michael Phelps, but it's fast enough), and was ready to be happy.

Cons: A NAS should be really good at providing ample, reliable storage space on your network. This one isn't. If I tried transferring over 75 GB to it at a time, whether copying several 10 GB MPEG2 movies to it in one shot, or backing up a system with 250 GB worth of data, the Thecus would bomb each time after it hit that 75 GB mark or so, with a System No Response message displaying on its LED. And it would emit a continuous tone. Imagine how happy me and my wife were when it did this at AM, after I had started backing up my computer before going to bed. A search on the Internet revealed others have had this exact same problem, using various disks, and I could not find a solution. This is just unacceptable for a NAS. My 10 year old Pentium II system with a 320 GB EIDE drive and gigabit Ethernet is far more reliable, and even a bit more performant. But I won't even bother talking numbers here when core NAS functionality is fundamentally absent.

Other Thoughts: As much as I wanted to love this device, because of its truly impressive hardware configuration (three drives are a nice size for RAID 5 IMHO, and the way it comes together is truly a joy), I can barely even give this thing a passing grade because it fails miserably at what it's supposed to be really good at: store my data reliably. I have since replaced this unit with a Synology CS407, and while I paid about $220 more for it, it actually works using the exact same 3 disks. And given it has 4 drive bays, I can add a fourth disk later if I want. So until Thecus fixes its fatal flaw, I'd steer clear.

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  • Matthew P.
  • 9/5/2008 4:56:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsImpressed

Pros: Does more than many more expensive NAS units!!!
I bought this so I could play around w/ VMWare ESX Server - it has built-in NFS to store VM's. I have not used it as a media server but it seems fairly capable serving as such. Can't beat the price for RAID5 w/ Gigabit NAS. Very quiet & cool w/ 3x750GB Samsung HD's. Been running strong for well over a month now. USB Print Server function works well. CHEAP for what U get...

Cons: SLOW building array but not uncommon for a large RAID volume.
Network access could be speedier but it's not terrible by any means.
WebGUI is pretty utilitarian but still easy to use

Other Thoughts: S'posedly Thecus has no real English speaking support but I hardly ever call Support lines.
NIC Teaming - wish you had the option of taking the 2 nics (LAN&WAN) & binding them for a 2000Gbps connection

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  • Michael H.
  • 7/18/2008 12:33:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cheap NAS solution. Support for hardware RAID 5.

Cons: No support for iSCSI . Can't run all applications that require block transfer (only supports SMB CIFS)

Other Thoughts: Overall a great unit. I wish I would have bought 3 1 terabyte drives though. I'm already outta space with the 3 500GB in RAID 5.

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  • Ye C.
  • 5/13/2008 4:22:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood design, slow write RAID 5

Pros: Good quality, fan is quite, accept 1TB HD

Cons: 3 hitachi 1TB HD as RAID 5, slow write speed, 15MB/sec compare to N5200 52MB/sec

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/9/2008 7:50:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice NAS

Pros: This NAS works as Described. Fast and easy to setup once the updated firmware is installed. After that, setting up the ftp, Assigning a Network drive letter and accessing the server through HTTP or HTTPS (secure) is easy.

Cons: Non yet

Other Thoughts: I highly recommend this NAS for the first time user or Pro. For anyone wanting more storage for the home LAN or Small bussiness network.

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