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Thecus N4100PRO Four-Drive NAS Server

By: Chris Ramseyer | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Dec 29, 2008 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Thecus

RAID Setup


Thecus N4100PRO Four-Drive NAS Server


The Drive Information Screen is used to see the status of the drives that are installed in the system. The above image is from a three drive test.


Thecus N4100PRO Four-Drive NAS Server


The RAID Information Screen allows you to easily to view the status of your RAID configuration. Here four drives were used to build a RAID 10 array; one drive was removed, leaving three drives in a degraded RAID 10 array.


Folder Management


Thecus N4100PRO Four-Drive NAS Server


Adding new folders to the system is handled in the Folder Management Screen.


Thecus N4100PRO Four-Drive NAS Server


In the event of a drive failure you can run File System Check to find potential problems.


Ethernet Configuration


Thecus N4100PRO Four-Drive NAS Server


Thecus N4100PRO Four-Drive NAS Server


The most interesting feature in the LAN and WAN settings has to do with the Link Aggregation settings. As of right now there are very few, if any consumer/SOHO switches that utilize 802.3ad, but in 2009 we should see the feature brought into the sub-200 Dollar network products.


Last month I sat down with Chris Gardner and Martin Olsen from Vitesse. Among other things, Vitesse designs and develops key components used in many of today's highest rated routers and switches, from consumer to enterprise including two of the D-Link products used in my home network. The company's latest technology that is currently being adopted for products set for release in 2009 includes support for 802.3ad at the consumer level.


Without getting off into a three page article on the protocol, I will just leave it as two Cat 6 cables going from your switch to your NAS to double your bandwidth. We have seen the technology on several enthusiast motherboards for the past three years as well as on NAS appliances for the past two. The middle component, the switch has been the weakest link as it was only available on enterprise switches and running an enterprise switch in the home is not that enjoyable. "WHAT DID YOU SAY? I CAN'T HEAR YOU OVER MY NETWORK."


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