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Thecus N5550 Diskless System NAS Server | Enterprise - Tower

  • Desktop
  • Usage Ultra high prerformance for large number of users
  • Diskless System
  • Intel Atom Processor Processor
  • 2 x 10/100/1000M
  • 1 x USB3.0 + 4 x USB2.0
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Thecus is proud to present itself as a technological innovator. Once again, Thecus releases an all new 5-bay N5550 server to lead the competition. The past proves merit: link aggregation, LCM display, USB 3.0, multi RAID functions and so on. Impressive technologies have been used to develop the new N5550 NAS to serve one single purpose: improve user experience and satisfaction.

Intel Atom CPU: silent power

Intel Atom CPUs are designed to work without fans. This will dramatically reduce NAS noise and power consumption.

Associated with 2GB of DDR3, Intel Atom CPUs will provide much better performance. Don’t be restricted to a 4-bay NAS, bring it up a notch, Thecus N5550 is available and boosts the best performance with a great price, without entering larger bay units. Multi-users environment, web hosting, intense backup, data encryption, application serving, heavy RAID computations, and HD multimedia streaming: welcome to the world of smooth multi-tasking!

McAfee Antivirus: preventing possible threats

The N5550 NAS is McAfee antivirus embedded meaning that users can have confidence that their sensitive data will be protected by the most advanced antivirus software, McAfee.

USB 3.0: from optional to mandatory

Thecus started integrating USB 3.0 more than one year ago, enabling this blazing fast protocol on most storage devices by embedding a PCI-e slot. On popular demand, future NAS will equip at least one port for USB 3.0 transfer rates of 10 times faster than USB 2.0.

HDMI, VGA and Audio out: removing the middle man

After installing the proper module, simply plug a screen by the use of HDMI output, you don’t even need a computer anymore to check on your NAS! Local display via HDMI makes things that much more convenient, directly attach keyboard and mouse to start data management.

The N5550 also supports VGA output for attaching traditional televisions, projectors and monitors. VGA output makes this 5-bay NAS convenient to display presentation or media files when HDMI is not on hand.

To add, users can attach speakers directly to the N5550 NAS to play audio files. With audio out, managing media and audio files is simple; attach the speaker plug to audio out and you’re set to go!

Ideal for small installations and/or mobile users, these features are designed to lower the total cost of ownership of your network architecture.



 

  • newegg Antivirus Thecus’ innovative hardware helps prevent failures. But sometimes you have to protect the NAS against itself. Adding an antivirus to the already comprehensive software bundle will provide the necessary software protection by scanning the files on your NAS and defending it against possible threats. McAfee is the world’s largest dedicated security technology company and shares Thecus’ spirit of dedication and quality. By establishing a strong partnership with them, Thecus will allow users the benefit of McAfee’s powerful software on their NAS entirely for free.
  • newegg Cloud Backup The private and public clouds meet with Thecus’ new DropBox, Amazon S3 and ElephantDrive cloud backup functionality! Guard your data with RAID at home and an additional level of protection in the Cloud. Just drag and drop files into the folder on your NAS and access them on any computer or mobile device with DropBox, Amazon S3 or ElephantDrive.
  • newegg Multiple RAID When it comes to data management, Thecus NAS truly let you have it your way. Create multiple RAID volumes each supporting different RAID modes including RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 and JBOD for your own balance of performance and data protection. Should a hard drive malfunction occur, changing one is simple thanks to online RAID migration and expansion, hot spare, and auto rebuild.
  • newegg iSCSI Thin-Provisioning Get the most out of your storage space with the extreme speed of iSCSI and the efficiency of iSCSI thin provisioning. Connect through iSCSI for the fastest data transfer speeds available and make wasted disk space a thing of the past with thin provisioning's flexible storage functionality.
  • newegg iOS/Android Connectivity In the modern world, nothing is as important as reaching your data from anywhere. With ThecusShare and the Thecus Dashboard, you can manage your NAS, and upload to and download/stream from your NAS using an iOS or Android device on the go.
  • newegg User Quotas Divide the massive storage of a Thecus NAS among multiple users. Whether there are two users or 100, user quotas make it easy to divvy up and manage disk space.


Learn more about the Thecus N5550

General

Brand
Thecus
Model
N5550

Interfaces

Port RJ-45
2 x 10/100/1000M
Port USB
1 x USB3.0 + 4 x USB2.0
Port eSATA
1 x eSATA
HDD Interface
5 x SATA (5 x Bay)
Port Others
1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA

Configuration

Form Factor
Desktop
Processor
Intel Atom Processor
Default/ Max. Memory
2GB DDR3

Hard Drive Performance

Included HDD Capacity
Diskless System
RAID
RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 and JBOD

Conveniences

Supported Protocols
Network
- 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
- TCP/IP: IPV4
Management
Power Management
Scheduled Power On/Off: Supported

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

Power

Power
200W Power Supply

Features

Features
Intel Atom Processor

HDMI Output

Vastly Increased Performance

Benefit from the McAfee AntiVirus

iSCSI Thin Provisioning Support

Rock-Solid Security
Usage
Ultra high prerformance for large number of users

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions
9.45" x 9.06" x 7.48"

Environment

Temperature
0°C - 40 °C
Humidity
0-80% RH non-condensing

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Maria G.
  • 1/16/2014 6:33:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsjust bad all around

Pros: 5 bays
price
hdmi
lcd display

Cons: door latch arrived broken
hd's wont spin down
unit wont sleep
fan is extremely loud
thecus support is horrible

Other Thoughts: had a cheap dlink 323 for my home media server
i bought bought this as an upgrade

right out of the box the door latch was broken so it wouldn't shut at all

the dlink with alt f has more features like power management and fan temp control
this unit is supposed to spin down after 30 min of inactivity and never spins down same wattage draw from my ups and same loud noise discs are always warm

i only access data a few hours a day if that hds spin 24 7 putting alot of un necessary wear and tear on my discs that i have about 600 dollars invested in
fan is super loud and the fan in the ps is loud also

thecus support is terrible i put a ticket in last week and after 3 days got one response from someone who doesn't have a grasp on the English language
and i been waiting for a reply three more days now

i thought id get some help on there forum
and tried to register after 3 days waiting for the registration emails (i tried with 3 different emails)
im still locked out from posting due to too many log in attempts

i would return this unit but new egg want me to pay to ship it 36 dollars plus a 60 dollar restock fee
im not paying 100 dollars and sending the unit back thats insane

lesson learned stay away from thecus all together
spend a few more dollars and go with a better company

hopefully they'll fix this in a firmware update before my wd red drives die from spinning 24 7

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  • Gary Q.
  • 11/27/2013 3:20:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat NAS

Pros: I own their older 4100Pro NAS and the 555 is much faster since it uses an Atom processor. I used 5 3TB Seagate drives with no issues. I used a RAID 5 config.

Cons: The door does not close well on mine.

Other Thoughts: The ones complaining about slow write speeds probably don't understand that RAID 5 always takes a write speed hit. Even high NAS drives do.

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  • Luke S.
  • 11/1/2013 11:34:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome for iSCSI

Pros: Great iSCSI box for Windows 2012 Hyper-V visualization. Solid box.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Can't get any better than this. Love this box and never have any problems.

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  • Tim H.
  • 10/20/2013 7:06:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood while it lasts

Pros: The unit looks nice, and the initial setup was pretty easy. I put 5x3TB drives in it as a raid six. Set up an ftp so I could access it remotely and in the first year I would have given it five eggs over two.

Cons: Several weeks ago I had the raid say a drive was bad. No big deal, I took the spare and put it in it's place and let it start rebuilding. After about halfway through the building of the replacement drive the unit locked up and dropped 2 more drives out of the raid. I managed to get one to be recognized and worked hard to get all the things not backed up off of it. Then after reading an post on the forums I updated the firmware and it picked up the other drive that had been dropped. After several weeks of trying various things, I came to the conclusion the raid controller had an issue and would crash whenever streaming video or music off of it to a local machine. The part I'm really annoyed with is the lack of rma process. Take it to a local repair center..which has no link on the site to repair centers. The eticket I opened was ignored, and I'm pretty sure I'm not going to be able to get it fixed. I might if I pay shipping both ways to where it is that they make them.

One of the things not listed on the specs is that the raid is an SIIG, which if I would have known I would have not gotten it. I've been burned by SIIG every time I've used one of their products....this is no exception.

Other Thoughts: I've since build my own nas and using all the drives I took out of the unit have tested to be 100% ok by the hd tools from the manufacturer, and they've been running like a dream for several weeks. So that pretty much verifies the controller has a problem. I guess Thecus goes on the never again list.

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  • Jeffrey C.
  • 9/16/2013 1:51:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWrite Speed Sucks

Pros: RAID easy to setup. Cool features although was very dissatisfied with the write speed. Seems like a hit or miss depending on what post on the Internet you see.

Cons: GUI has and old feeling. Write speed is slow, there are tons of issues like these within their support site. Updated the firmware to see if that would resolve the issue and it did not. Usually if you have a Gig connection, it goes faster that 22MB/s. Returned this product to get a credit back on my account. I was to run VMWare Machines on this thing and I dont feel as though I should wait forever to create a machine, so I decided to return it today!

Other Thoughts: Don't be fooled by the cool features of this box. STAY AWAY!!!!!!!!!

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  • Garland M.
  • 8/18/2013 7:33:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAwful support/Bad Product

Pros: Hardware is rock solid. There aren't many NAS's you can buy on the market for this price with the hardware that this unit has.

Cons: Hardware is nothing if the software is garbage!
Support is pretty much non existent!
Web UI is buggy!
Every change in the web UI causes a reboot, which means downtime!

Other Thoughts: This device looks good on paper but doesn't function as advertised. It says it integrates with Windows Active Directory but its not reliable. If the device isn't connected to port 1 it will lose connection to Active Directory. Setting folder permissions with Windows ACL doesn't work. So if you are looking to secure files for Windows users stay away from this device. I waited an entire week for support to respond to me and they still were unable to resolve the issue for me. I don't think they really cared in the first place. Also the device was physically defective when I received it so I had to return the unit. I don't think this is a good product to use for power users who want to control access to their data.

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  • Alex P.
  • 5/30/2013 3:54:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid NAS, Fast

Pros: Worked out of the box. I found it easy to use and fast. I have 5 seagate 4TB drives running in raid6. I get 100+MB/s on large file trasfers with the processor only hitting 50% or so.

Cons: Not a big deal, but could have included a second ethernet cable...

Other Thoughts: Mine is in the basement, so noise is a non-issue for me.

Also, if you do use drive >2TB would recommend raid 6 or raid 10 as the larger drives appear to fail more frequently than the smaller sizes for some reason.

I was interested to see the logs showed someone at the factory plugging in drives to test each bay

I had to update the firmware before I could use the drives

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  • Kerry R.
  • 4/4/2013 1:18:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast & Easy

Pros: Fast set up with (4) WD 3GB Red drives. Once I installed an Intel 1GB NIC, speeds were 100MByte/sec read & write. Using it for backup with my Acronis True Image 2013. Took a little fussing to have that see the Thecus by UNC but got it working without having to load any other software.

Cons: None so far

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  • Ryan F.
  • 2/7/2013 6:35:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsImpressive so far

Pros: - 5 Bay
- eSATA
- USB 3.0
- Dual Network
- Linux OS
- Established and Active community for tips & troubleshooting
- Support for wide array of internal 2.5 and 3.5 HDD/SSD's

Cons: - Not hardware raid, instead software based
- Memory limitations with Local Display
- No supported way to include eSATA disks into array
- USB 3.0 port only in front and only with door open

Other Thoughts: Intending to use for home media streaming, TimeMachine backup, and general file storage, the Thecus N5550 from NewEgg fit the bill. This particular order came with the device and a free 2tb USB 3.0 device, thus making it, cost wise, comparable to the Synology and Netgear solutions being considered.

Loaded with 5x2tb WD RED disks, the initial boot did not recognize the disks, however a firmware update to the latest revision recognized all disks: internal, eSATA, and USB 3.0 after the reboot. From that point there was no problem accessing the disks or creating a RAID set.

New firmware claims access to HFS+ on eSATA, however I was unable to view the filesystems on my external devices. Maybe with more time it will become apparent how to make that work.

The software RAID is not an issue for me. Primarily interacting with the device through wireless connections, the limiting factor is the network. In my setup it proved difficult to drive the system to miss-behave, seems to handle everything thrown at it in stride without missing a beat.

iTunes server appeared instantly upon activating as did NFS access. Recognized my UPS immediately and can fully integrate into Active Directory or LDAP if desired. User configuration is straight forward as is assigning ACL's for shares. Setting up NIC bonding is straight forward via the web console, providing a refreshing amount of redundancy for the price point. SSH access provides a decent amount of standard linux features, enough to get a little deeper in performance and configuration. I would caution, as the MOTD does, against making any changes from the shell prompt.

It is important to read through the manual (downloadable only). There are a few things that I thought were problems until I read the manual to see it was expected. Example being AFP. It can take up to 5 minutes for AFP to be fully alive on your network while the device broadcasts to all your OS/X devices. This will impact TimeMachine and at first may make you think it is not working.

All in all I am very happy with my purchase. Thecus hosts an active community that is available to provide tips and tricks to get the most out of your device. Lots of expansion and configuration options are available, some are supported, others might void warranty, however is all goes back to your appetite for risk.

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  • Melanie B.
  • 1/16/2013 10:13:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsLove this thing

Pros: Price - Easy Setup

Cons: None really

Other Thoughts: Best NAS for the price. Offers TONS of options and interacts nicely with Linux or Windows. I put Samsung disks in it .. I can't even hear the thing running.
I bought the 5550 because I bought the 4100PRO and this was one of the best buy I have ever made.

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