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Thecus N7710-G 10GbE 7-bay NAS Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | Network Storage in IT/Datacenter | Posted: May 29, 2014 5:33 am
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: Thecus

Thecus N7710-G

 

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Here we get our first look at the Thecus N7710-G. Aside from the sticker at the top left of the unit, it looks exactly like the N7710 and N7700 Series.

 

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There are seven locking drive bays for 3.5-inch drives, but the drive sleds accept 2.5-inch drives as well. The front door is non locking, but since each drive bay has a lock, this unit has a bit of physical security to go along with the AES 256-bit RAID encryption on the software side.

 

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Behind the mirror finish is a display that you can use to configure RAID, manipulate IP addresses, and check the system status.

 

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Status LEDs for system power, disk activity, warnings, and network activity grace the left side, embedded in an aluminum panel. Two front mounted USB 2.0 ports are just under the LEDs, and a power button graces the front as well.

 

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The –G badge gives this unit away: you have the connectivity of 10 gigabits packed inside....plus a couple of 1GbE ports for other networks or failover.

 

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The aluminum from the front fascia carries over to the side of the NAS.

 

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Most of the connectivity comes from the back of the unit. Two large Sunon low speed fans keep the disks cool. A small fan on the bottom keeps the power supply cool.

 

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The power supply is inside of the system, so you don't have to fiddle with a power brick.

 

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Two 1GbE ports, six USB ports (two USB 3.0), HDMI for A/V features, and a VGA port all come off the internal motherboard.

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The 10GbE port is at the top via a PCIe adapter card.

 

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With the side cover off, we can reach inside and slide the 10GbE card out to take a look. This is also the same method you use to add a card to the N7710 base model NAS.

 

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The drive sleds support both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drives.

 

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Thecus sells the C10GTR 10GbE NIC on its own for models like the 7710 and others with PCie ports and support for 10GbE NICs.

 

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The adapter uses Marvell 88X3110-BPB2 silicon.

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