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Thecus N5500 Five-Bay NAS Server

By: Chris Ramseyer | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Oct 2, 2009 8:54 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Thecus

The Thecus N5500

 

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I have to admit, this is the ugliest NAS I have tested to date. The good thing is that a NAS doesn't get or in this case lose points for style. At the bottom of the N5500 Thecus has placed a 2x20 display that shows the servers status. The buttons below give the user an interface to setup the NAS without a PC.

 

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Once you open the door the N5500 becomes the kind of NAS we like to see. I can see a need to be able to lock the front door and have the power button on the inside. There is also a USB port mounted on the front of the NAS for easy access to a free port. Also note that each drive bay has its own lock.

 

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On the side of the NAS you will find vents that keep the unit cool.

 

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On the back we found connections galore; five USB, an eSATA, comm and dual Ethernet. The entire NAS is cooled by a large fan that runs at different speeds depending on the cooling needs. Never during our testing did the NAS get hot or loud.

 

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The other side of the NAS has more ventilation.

 

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Thecus has always delivered a nice accessory package with their servers. Here we see the N5500's pack.

 

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