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A Deep Dive Into Thecus NAS Software - System Network

Thecus has one of the best NAS menu systems available. Today Chris takes us through the ins and outs of this powerful package.

| SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Mar 5, 2010 3:31 pm
Manufacturer: Thecus

System Network

 

Thecus products have a couple of areas where I feel they lead the industry. The System Network setup options are one of those areas.

 

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The WAN Configuration area has all of the setup options for the WAN port. It is possible to use your Thecus NAS as a router by connecting your internet connection to the WAN port and your network switch to the LAN port. Another option is to load balance the two connections or set them up in a fail over activate setting.

 

The gigabit Ethernet ports are able to be configured with Jumbo Frame support up to 9K bytes. If you transfer large files more than smaller files, this option will allow you to transfer data faster than using the standard 1500 byte setting.

 

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The LAN Configure options allow you to also setup Jumbo Frames as well as use your NAS as a DHCP Server. Most users will already have a dedicated router and in that case you can set the LAN port up to accept settings from your routers own DHCP server.

 

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Thecus NAS servers have Samba Service and you can setup the system up to use File Access Cache. A Recycle Bin can also be enabled as well as Anonymous Login Authentication.

 

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Thecus NAS products also support AFP. This is the area where you configure this setting.

 

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NFS Support, check. The NFS area is where you enable or disable this feature.

 

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Thecus NAS servers allow for File Transfer Protocol (FTP) transfers. In the FTP area you can configure the settings. Later we will cover the user and group management.

 

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One of the neatest features for home or even small office users is the Media Server. This will allow you to make folders for music, movies and other multimedia types. This area is where you can choose the folders that you would like to share. I know if I ran an office this area feature would go over well and everyone would be playing music and watching movies over the network. On second thought, maybe this is best left for home users.

 

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Modern NAS servers are very powerful and setting up an intranet or web page is very easy on Thecus' hardware. Before you get started making your own website, you need to enable the feature and this is where that is possible.

 

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If you are running a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360 then you are fully aware what UPnP is. This feature will allow you to stream music and movies to other media devices and play them without copying the files over.

 

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Thecus NAS products are able to be used in both Nsync and Rsync configurations.

 

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Bonjour is also supported as a service and can be enabled or disabled in this area.

 

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