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.
Fast & 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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Impressive so far
Pros: - 5 Bay
Cons: - Not hardware raid, instead software based
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.
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Love 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.
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Nightmare! Stay Away!
Pros: Nice features.
Cons: NAS keeps getting stuck at self testing when booted. Search google you will see many people are having the same issue. Support is not helpful and takes a full day to respond. Each they offer a meaningless troubleshooting suggestion.
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DOA with bad fan and bad LCD.
Pros: 5-bay storage for a cheap price, reasonably full feature set.
Cons: Dead fan out of the box, defective LCD panel, cheap feel, GUI looks like something out of the 1990s, M-F 9-5 support only.
Other Thoughts: Replaced this unit with a Synology DS1512+ and have been extremely happy with it. I won't go back to Thecus due to this bad experience.
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Pros: Fast installation
Cons: Can't think of any
Other Thoughts: Overall very satisfied with this product. Thecus's official forum is a great source of information for whatever questions I had. The 5 bays of storage gives me enough place for all of my movie collection and plenty for more. With the HDMI output and local display module, playing those movies on my flat screen TV is as easy as 1-2-3. And to add to the greatness I can control the local display with my smartphone :). I strongly recommend it, you won't be disappointed.
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N5550 True Performance
Pros: Easy-to-use NAS
Cons: No cons so far
Other Thoughts: The N5550 is truly a great NAS and for the price it's even better. For me, the most significant part of the N5550 is that it offers loads of options and functions.
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“Price - Easy Setup”— MichelB 1/16/2013
“Easy-to-use NAS— ChuckChuck 8/15/2012
Reliable NAS. Fast and quiet.
Intel Atom CPU provides superior operation performance
ThecusOS 5.0 ...”