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3Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)
2000MB RAM
Intel Atom D2550 1.86GHz Dual Core
2yr Warranty
Description
Thecus N5550

Intel® Atom™ Processor
HDMI Output
Vastly Increased Performance
Benefit from the McAfee® AntiVirus
iSCSI Thin Provisioning Support
Rock-Solid Security

Features
Data Burn
Thecus® NAS provides connection for USB and slim CD-ROM; users have the choice to install two types of optical disc drive to their Thecus storage device. NAS data can now be burned directly to CD, DVD, and Blu-ray discs with Data Burn, this hassle-free module makes burning data to a disk effortless. In addition, burning ISO image file is also supported. Whether you’re managing audio, media or essential files; Data Burn copies information fast while significantly reducing waiting time. The process of burning file to disk is now easy and smooth with Data Burn module.
Antivirus
Thecus’ innovative hardware helps prevent failures. But sometimes you have to protect the NAS against itself. Adding an antivirus to the already comprehensive software bundle will provide the necessary software protection by scanning the files on your NAS and defending it against possible threats. McAfee is the world’s largest dedicated security technology company and shares Thecus’ spirit of dedication and quality. By establishing a strong partnership with them, Thecus will allow users the benefit of McAfee’s powerful software on their NAS entirely for free.
Cloud Backup
The private and public clouds meet with Thecus’ new DropBox and ElephantDrive cloud backup functionality! Guard your data with RAID at home and an additional level of protection in the Cloud. Just drag and drop files into the folder on your NAS and access them on any computer or mobile device with DropBox or ElephantDrive.
HDMI Output
Make your NAS into the ultimate multimedia hub! The N5550’s HDMI output allows you to connect your NAS directly to your TV for device management, web browsing with Flash support, and even HD video playback. Don’t force yourself to watch movies on that tiny little computer screen anymore, take it to the living room!
USB 3.0 Connectivity
The next generation of connectivity is here with speeds 10x faster than USB 2.0. Whether connecting digital cameras and smart phones, backing up large external hard drives, or extending the capacity of your NAS, USB 3.0 will make sure it's done in no time at up to 5 Gbit/s. Backwards compatibility adds the connectivity of a world full of USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 devices to get the best combination of speed and universal access.
Acronis True Image
Thecus brings the best to the table with Acronis’s advanced backup software. Back up all your data with One-click Protection or pick and choose only your most important files. Acronis sports a slick interface, user-friendly design, and comprehensive features to keep your data safe.
Multiple RAID
When it comes to data management, Thecus NAS truly let you have it your way. Create multiple RAID volumes each supporting different RAID modes including RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 and JBOD for your own balance of performance and data protection. Should a hard drive malfunction occur, changing one is simple thanks to online RAID migration and expansion, hot spare, and auto rebuild.
Multiple File Systems
Support for multiple file systems including EXT3, EXT4, and XFS, gives Thecus NAS flexibility to handle many different types of environments. Users can simultaneously use different file systems across multiple RAID volumes to get the best of each one.

iSCSI Thin-Provisioning
Get the most out of your storage space with the extreme speed of iSCSI and the efficiency of iSCSI thin provisioning. Connect through iSCSI for the fastest data transfer speeds available and make wasted disk space a thing of the past with thin provisioning's flexible storage functionality.
iOS/Android Connectivity
In the modern world, nothing is as important as reaching your data from anywhere. With ThecusShare and the Thecus Dashboard, you can manage your NAS, and upload to and download/stream from your NAS using an iOS or Android device on the go.
Rsync
Backing up your data is very necessary, and everyone has specific needs when it comes to storage. Thecus’s Rsync functionality gives users great flexibility with remote backup capability, a flexible scheduler, and the stability of Linux-based transfer.
User Quotas
Divide the massive storage of a Thecus NAS among multiple users. Whether there are two users or 100, user quotas make it easy to divvy up and manage disk space.


Overview
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 large amounts 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.

Specifications: N5550 for High Value Storage

- Intel® Atom™ Processor
- 2GB of DDR3
- USB 3.0
- HDMI output
- LCM Display


Specs
1. Hardware Platform
Item Spec
Processor Intel® Atom™ Processor
System Memory 2GB DDR3
LAN Interface RJ-45x2: 10/100/1000 BASE-TX Auto MDI/MDI-X
WOL supported
USB Interface USB 2.0 host port x4 (back x4)
USB 3.0 host port x1 (front x1)
LCM Module LCM display
4 buttons (ENTER, ESC, UP, DOWN)
SATA DOM 1GB
HDMI Output HDMI port (back x1)
VGA Output VGA port (back x1)
Audio MIC input, Line input, Audio output
Disk Interface 5 x SATA for internal
1 x eSATA for external
Power Supply 200W Power Supply
USB UPS Supported
Thermal/Fan control Thermal sensor on processor temperature
System FAN speed controlled by temperature
System Clock Battery-backed up system clock
Power Management Auto power on after shutdown due to power loss
Buzzer Adjustable frequency alarm
Buttons Power button
LCM button
Environment Temperature: 5°C to 40°C
Humidity: 0 ~ 80 % R.H. (Non-condensing)
Chassis Tower Metal Chassis
Dimensions (HxWxD) 230 x 190 x 240 (mm)
Certificates CE/FCC/C-Tick/VCCI/BSMI
RoHS
WEEE
VMware, Citrix

2. Software Functions
RAID
RAID Modes RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 and JBOD
Auto-rebuild Supported
Hot-swap Supported
Hot Spare Supported
Online RAID Migration Supported
Online RAID Expansion Supported
RAID Volume Encryption AES256bit
Disk
Power Management Available spin-down while idle setting
Bad Block Scanning Supported
SMART Info Supported
SMART Test Supported
Disk Roaming Supports volume-based roaming to other Thecus NAS
Network
Configuration Fixed IP address, dynamic IP address
Transport Protocols TCP/IP/AppleTalk
File Protocols SMB/CIFS, HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, NFS v4, AFP
Link Aggregation Load balance, Failover, 802.3ad, Balance-XOR, Balance-TLB, Balance-ALB
TCP/IP IPV4
Data Access
Client OS Support Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/ 7
UNIX/Linux
Mac OS X
FTP Built-in FTP server with bandwidth control
Secure FTP Built-in secure FTP server with bandwidth control
TFTP Users can download and upload files with TFTP programs
Download Manager BT download (via Transmission module)
HTTP/FTP/BT/eMule (via DLM module)
NZB download (via NZB module)
Printer Server (IPP) Supports USB printers
Supports a wide range of IPP printers
Client can manage print tasks (list/delete) via web user interface
Data Backup
Client Incremental Data Backup Acronis True Image (OEM version)
Client System Disaster Recovery Acronis True Image (OEM version)
Client Side Backup Software Thecus Backup Utility (Windows/Mac OS X)
Rsync Backup Rsync replicates data between two systems (via Rsync module)
DVD Backup Supported
Mac OS X Time Machine Supported
Block Level Access
iSCSI Target/Initiator Supports Microsoft/Mac OS X/Linux initiators and Thecus NAS targets
iSCSI Thin Provisioning Supported
MPIO Supported
MCS Supported
Clustering Supported
SCSI3 Persistent Group Reservation Supported
Power Management
Scheduled Power On/Off Supported
Volume Management
Multiple RAID Supported
Multiple File System Selectable EXT3/EXT4/XFS
Multimedia Support
iTunes Server Supports AAC, MP3 w/ID3 tag and WAV
Piczza!™ Web Server (via module) Supports GIF, JPG (JPEG), BMP and PNG
Supports EXIF display
Supports slide shows
Media Server Supports uPnP AV streaming protocol (via Twonkymedia module)
User Authentication
Local User Supports built-in user accounts
Local Group Supports built-in user groups
Windows ADS Supported
File System
Type Journaling File System
Language Support Unicode Support
Authorization (ACL) “Read”, “write”, or “deny” privileges to individual users or groups in folders and sub-folders
User Quota Supported
Administration
User Interface Web-based user interface supports English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Polish and Portuguese.
Utility Program MS Windows Setup Wizard
Supports Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Mac OS X Setup Wizard
Email Notifications Sends system messages via email to the system administrator
SNMP Trap System information trap out
Mobile Applications (iOS/Android)
Thecus Dashboard Mobile monitoring and administration (via module)
ThecusShare™ Uploading, downloading, and streaming multimedia
Thecus-Disk™ Manage files and folders on Thecus NAS, playback audio and video media, and view photos and documents
Others
Recycle Bin Supported
Web Disk Supported (via module)
Web Server Supported (via module)
ISO Mount Supported
User/System Module Supported
IP Cam Surveillance Supports up to 5 IP cameras (via module)
Auto Module Installation Thecus’s module server automatically provides the latest modules and updates through the user interface.
Cloud Backup Dropbox, ElephantDrive, Amazon S3*, Acronis (via module)
Local Display X-Window via HDMI output
Antivirus McAfee (via module)
*Available in Q2 2012.
Specifications
Specifications

General

Stock code IBT-N5550N
Brand Thecus
Series Desktop 5-Bay NAS
Model N5550
Type SATA HD, JBOD/RAID 0/1/5/6
ROHS Y
Date added 27/04/2012

N5550 Spec Information

Form Factor / Drive Height 230x190x240mm
Platter size 3.5"
Platter (alternate) 2.5"
RAM/Cache 2GB
Guarantee 2yr
Processor Intel Atom D2550 1.86GHz Dual Core
CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net) 672
Encryption Y
Total Drives 5
Total Drives (alternate) 5
RAID 0:1:5:6:
RAID Levels RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 and JBOD

N5550 Spec Connections

sub- connectionI/EQuantity
LANLANExternal2
SATASATA 7-pin Discrete with PowerInternal5
USB3USB3 type A (host)External1
USB2USB2 type A (host)External4
eSATAeSATA (host)External1

Software

N5550 Speed

Speed/RPM 3Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)
NAS speed (est.) 104-112

Physical

Colour Black
Weight (kg) 11.3kg
Weight (bare) 7.1kg
External Length (mm) 400cm
External Width (mm) 340cm
External Height (mm) 400cm
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Thecus N5550 Key features


3Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)
2000MB RAM
Intel Atom D2550 1.86GHz Dual Core
2yr Warranty


Thecus N5550

Intel® Atom™ Processor
HDMI Output
Vastly Increased Performance
Benefit from the McAfee® AntiVirus
iSCSI Thin Provisioning Support
Rock-Solid Security

Features
Data Burn
Thecus® NAS provides connection for USB and slim CD-ROM; users have the choice to install two types of optical disc drive to their Thecus storage device. NAS data can now be burned directly to CD, DVD, and Blu-ray discs with Data Burn, this hassle-free module makes burning data to a disk effortless. In addition, burning ISO image file is also supported. Whether you’re managing audio, media or essential files; Data Burn copies information fast while significantly reducing waiting time. The process of burning file to disk is now easy and smooth with Data Burn module.
Antivirus
Thecus’ innovative hardware helps prevent failures. But sometimes you have to protect the NAS against itself. Adding an antivirus to the already comprehensive software bundle will provide the necessary software protection by scanning the files on your NAS and defending it against possible threats. McAfee is the world’s largest dedicated security technology company and shares Thecus’ spirit of dedication and quality. By establishing a strong partnership with them, Thecus will allow users the benefit of McAfee’s powerful software on their NAS entirely for free.
Cloud Backup
The private and public clouds meet with Thecus’ new DropBox and ElephantDrive cloud backup functionality! Guard your data with RAID at home and an additional level of protection in the Cloud. Just drag and drop files into the folder on your NAS and access them on any computer or mobile device with DropBox or ElephantDrive.
HDMI Output
Make your NAS into the ultimate multimedia hub! The N5550’s HDMI output allows you to connect your NAS directly to your TV for device management, web browsing with Flash support, and even HD video playback. Don’t force yourself to watch movies on that tiny little computer screen anymore, take it to the living room!
USB 3.0 Connectivity
The next generation of connectivity is here with speeds 10x faster than USB 2.0. Whether connecting digital cameras and smart phones, backing up large external hard drives, or extending the capacity of your NAS, USB 3.0 will make sure it's done in no time at up to 5 Gbit/s. Backwards compatibility adds the connectivity of a world full of USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 devices to get the best combination of speed and universal access.
Acronis True Image
Thecus brings the best to the table with Acronis’s advanced backup software. Back up all your data with One-click Protection or pick and choose only your most important files. Acronis sports a slick interface, user-friendly design, and comprehensive features to keep your data safe.
Multiple RAID
When it comes to data management, Thecus NAS truly let you have it your way. Create multiple RAID volumes each supporting different RAID modes including RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 and JBOD for your own balance of performance and data protection. Should a hard drive malfunction occur, changing one is simple thanks to online RAID migration and expansion, hot spare, and auto rebuild.
Multiple File Systems
Support for multiple file systems including EXT3, EXT4, and XFS, gives Thecus NAS flexibility to handle many different types of environments. Users can simultaneously use different file systems across multiple RAID volumes to get the best of each one.

iSCSI Thin-Provisioning
Get the most out of your storage space with the extreme speed of iSCSI and the efficiency of iSCSI thin provisioning. Connect through iSCSI for the fastest data transfer speeds available and make wasted disk space a thing of the past with thin provisioning's flexible storage functionality.
iOS/Android Connectivity
In the modern world, nothing is as important as reaching your data from anywhere. With ThecusShare and the Thecus Dashboard, you can manage your NAS, and upload to and download/stream from your NAS using an iOS or Android device on the go.
Rsync
Backing up your data is very necessary, and everyone has specific needs when it comes to storage. Thecus’s Rsync functionality gives users great flexibility with remote backup capability, a flexible scheduler, and the stability of Linux-based transfer.
User Quotas
Divide the massive storage of a Thecus NAS among multiple users. Whether there are two users or 100, user quotas make it easy to divvy up and manage disk space.


Overview
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 large amounts 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.

Specifications: N5550 for High Value Storage

- Intel® Atom™ Processor
- 2GB of DDR3
- USB 3.0
- HDMI output
- LCM Display


Specs
1. Hardware Platform
Item Spec
Processor Intel® Atom™ Processor
System Memory 2GB DDR3
LAN Interface RJ-45x2: 10/100/1000 BASE-TX Auto MDI/MDI-X
WOL supported
USB Interface USB 2.0 host port x4 (back x4)
USB 3.0 host port x1 (front x1)
LCM Module LCM display
4 buttons (ENTER, ESC, UP, DOWN)
SATA DOM 1GB
HDMI Output HDMI port (back x1)
VGA Output VGA port (back x1)
Audio MIC input, Line input, Audio output
Disk Interface 5 x SATA for internal
1 x eSATA for external
Power Supply 200W Power Supply
USB UPS Supported
Thermal/Fan control Thermal sensor on processor temperature
System FAN speed controlled by temperature
System Clock Battery-backed up system clock
Power Management Auto power on after shutdown due to power loss
Buzzer Adjustable frequency alarm
Buttons Power button
LCM button
Environment Temperature: 5°C to 40°C
Humidity: 0 ~ 80 % R.H. (Non-condensing)
Chassis Tower Metal Chassis
Dimensions (HxWxD) 230 x 190 x 240 (mm)
Certificates CE/FCC/C-Tick/VCCI/BSMI
RoHS
WEEE
VMware, Citrix

2. Software Functions
RAID
RAID Modes RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 and JBOD
Auto-rebuild Supported
Hot-swap Supported
Hot Spare Supported
Online RAID Migration Supported
Online RAID Expansion Supported
RAID Volume Encryption AES256bit
Disk
Power Management Available spin-down while idle setting
Bad Block Scanning Supported
SMART Info Supported
SMART Test Supported
Disk Roaming Supports volume-based roaming to other Thecus NAS
Network
Configuration Fixed IP address, dynamic IP address
Transport Protocols TCP/IP/AppleTalk
File Protocols SMB/CIFS, HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, NFS v4, AFP
Link Aggregation Load balance, Failover, 802.3ad, Balance-XOR, Balance-TLB, Balance-ALB
TCP/IP IPV4
Data Access
Client OS Support Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/ 7
UNIX/Linux
Mac OS X
FTP Built-in FTP server with bandwidth control
Secure FTP Built-in secure FTP server with bandwidth control
TFTP Users can download and upload files with TFTP programs
Download Manager BT download (via Transmission module)
HTTP/FTP/BT/eMule (via DLM module)
NZB download (via NZB module)
Printer Server (IPP) Supports USB printers
Supports a wide range of IPP printers
Client can manage print tasks (list/delete) via web user interface
Data Backup
Client Incremental Data Backup Acronis True Image (OEM version)
Client System Disaster Recovery Acronis True Image (OEM version)
Client Side Backup Software Thecus Backup Utility (Windows/Mac OS X)
Rsync Backup Rsync replicates data between two systems (via Rsync module)
DVD Backup Supported
Mac OS X Time Machine Supported
Block Level Access
iSCSI Target/Initiator Supports Microsoft/Mac OS X/Linux initiators and Thecus NAS targets
iSCSI Thin Provisioning Supported
MPIO Supported
MCS Supported
Clustering Supported
SCSI3 Persistent Group Reservation Supported
Power Management
Scheduled Power On/Off Supported
Volume Management
Multiple RAID Supported
Multiple File System Selectable EXT3/EXT4/XFS
Multimedia Support
iTunes Server Supports AAC, MP3 w/ID3 tag and WAV
Piczza!™ Web Server (via module) Supports GIF, JPG (JPEG), BMP and PNG
Supports EXIF display
Supports slide shows
Media Server Supports uPnP AV streaming protocol (via Twonkymedia module)
User Authentication
Local User Supports built-in user accounts
Local Group Supports built-in user groups
Windows ADS Supported
File System
Type Journaling File System
Language Support Unicode Support
Authorization (ACL) “Read”, “write”, or “deny” privileges to individual users or groups in folders and sub-folders
User Quota Supported
Administration
User Interface Web-based user interface supports English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Polish and Portuguese.
Utility Program MS Windows Setup Wizard
Supports Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Mac OS X Setup Wizard
Email Notifications Sends system messages via email to the system administrator
SNMP Trap System information trap out
Mobile Applications (iOS/Android)
Thecus Dashboard Mobile monitoring and administration (via module)
ThecusShare™ Uploading, downloading, and streaming multimedia
Thecus-Disk™ Manage files and folders on Thecus NAS, playback audio and video media, and view photos and documents
Others
Recycle Bin Supported
Web Disk Supported (via module)
Web Server Supported (via module)
ISO Mount Supported
User/System Module Supported
IP Cam Surveillance Supports up to 5 IP cameras (via module)
Auto Module Installation Thecus’s module server automatically provides the latest modules and updates through the user interface.
Cloud Backup Dropbox, ElephantDrive, Amazon S3*, Acronis (via module)
Local Display X-Window via HDMI output
Antivirus McAfee (via module)
*Available in Q2 2012.

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Specifications

General

Stock code IBT-N5550N
Brand Thecus
Series Desktop 5-Bay NAS
Model N5550
Type SATA HD, JBOD/RAID 0/1/5/6
ROHS Y
Date added 27/04/2012

N5550 Spec Information

Form Factor / Drive Height 230x190x240mm
Platter size 3.5"
Platter (alternate) 2.5"
RAM/Cache 2GB
Guarantee 2yr
Processor Intel Atom D2550 1.86GHz Dual Core
CPU Mark (cpubenchmark.net) 672
Encryption Y
Total Drives 5
Total Drives (alternate) 5
RAID 0:1:5:6:
RAID Levels RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 and JBOD

N5550 Spec Connections

sub- connectionI/EQuantity
LANLANExternal2
SATASATA 7-pin Discrete with PowerInternal5
USB3USB3 type A (host)External1
USB2USB2 type A (host)External4
eSATAeSATA (host)External1

Software

N5550 Speed

Speed/RPM 3Gb/s to Gigabit Ethernet (1,000 Mbit/s)
NAS speed (est.) 104-112

Physical

Colour Black
Weight (kg) 11.3kg
Weight (bare) 7.1kg
External Length (mm) 400cm
External Width (mm) 340cm
External Height (mm) 400cm
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16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
Is there a difference between network drive, backup drive, network hard drive and nas drive?

There is no physical difference between a network drive, backup drive, network hard drive and NAS drive, the MAIN difference is about the use of the equipment. So:

A Network Drive is a area on storage that is useable to anyone on the network and will be visible to the device you are using if you have the correct login/password.

A Backup Drive is a storage device is a area of NAS or DAS storage that is used JUST for backups and only for writing, not reading - it backs up one or multiple devices on a regular basis.


A Network Hard Drive is the same as a network drive, but instead of a portion of online storage that is network/internet accessible, it is an entire disk drive. Much larger and often includes a RAID drive acting as a fall-back.

A NAS Drive can do all of the above. It can be set up to be a backup drive for all your devices, it can make either a portion or ALL of the storage available over the internet or network, it can do all of these at the same time and can give you much, much more access options thanks to NAS software from the likes of QNAP, Synology, WD, Asustor, Buffalo and Drobo.


 

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is a server at home?

A server at home is a network attached storage device (NAS) that is like a computer, but with the emphasis on storage space. They can be purchased for as little as £100 and mean all your data can be accessed, used and backed up to and from overt the internet or your home network (WiFi etc). Bigger and more expensive home servers can do more, such as virtual computers, surveillance recording and multimedia access.

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is meant by diskless NAS?

A Diskless NAS means that it a network storage device that is sold without any Hard Drives inside. Many NAS Brands like WD and Buffalo will only sell their NAS server devices with Drives already installed - this can often increase the price significantly, as well as limit the Hard Drives you want to install. A diskless NAS is a device that you can choose which drives, how many and the capacity you want and install them yourself, for a more bespoke NAS storage device. Installing the Hard Drives is very easy and you can often save a lot of time and improve your long term storage by choosing a diskless NAS and selecting the drives yourself.

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is a NAS external hard drive?

A NAS external Hard Drive is an external storage device that, unlike USB 3.0 and eSATA external Hard Drives, is accessed used the internet or your home network. So that means you can access the contents (DATA) of the NAS on your iPhone, iPad, Smart TV, PS4, XBOX One, Sonos Sound System, Bose system, Laptop, Smartphone and pretty much any DLNA enabled device without having to connect to it with a cable. Meaning you do not need to carry duplicates of all your data on all your devices, but can have one central NAS storage devices that all the other devices can access.

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
How do I connect to my NAS remotely?

You can connect to your NAS server remotely with the mobile applications that are free with your NAS Brand manufacturer for iOS and Android. Alternatively you can use a number of desktop applications from the big brands QNAP and Synology NAS to access your device remotely. Lastly you can create a network and internet accessible drive with iSCSI and then setup software (Virtual Machine, backup, Surveillance and more) on your Mac or Windows machine to read and write to the NAS remotely.

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is a NAS drive used for?

A NAS drive can be used for the following:

Apple Time Machine Backups
Synchronized Backups of Windows and Android devices
A Plex Media Server
DLNA Media Server
Download Server
Printer Server
Virtual Machine Deployment
Email Server
CRM and/or CMS System
A CCTV IP Camera Enabled Surveillance station for your home or office
File Server
and more...


 

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What are the different types of RAID?

The most popular and recommended RAID levels for a 2-Bay NAS and 4-Bay NAS from Synology and QNAP are:

RAID 0 - Meaning all drive storage is pooled together into 1 big drive - MOST UNSAFE
RAID 1 - Drives are duplicated so you lose half the available storage, but have a complete, up to the second copy of your data
RAID 5 - You lose 1 drive of data storage space, but data is spread across all the available drives and a small piece of information called PARITY is created each wave/stripe that makes a blueprint of all the data
RAID 6 - Same as above, but it removes two drives worth of space and protects you against the loss of two Hard Drives

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is a RAID hard drive?

A RAID Hard drive is a Hard Disk Drive that is designed to be used in a RAID configuration - in simple terms it is a drive that can be installed with multiple other drives of the same type (such as WD Red RAID Drives, WD Purples Surveillance RAID Drives and Seagate Ironwolf NAS RAID Drives). These are designed to be on for long periods of time and for handling data that is shared and/or duplicated across multiple drives at once - constructed with better vibration, head and access controls). Most other drives are designed to work on their own.

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is raid on a NAS?

RAID on a NAS is a means to protect yourself from losing your data due to hard drive failure. Hard Drives are the 2nd most vulnerable area of a NAS device and if a drive fails and you do not have a copy of the data elsewhere, you will most likely lose it all. RAID gives you a safety net (called REDUNDANCY) which means you can afford to lose 1, 2 or even 3 hard drives with the right configuration. The most common options are:

RAID 0 - Meaning all drive storage is pooled together into 1 big drive - MOST UNSAFE
RAID 1 - Drives are duplicated so you lose half the available storage, but have a complete, up to the second copy of your data
RAID 5 - You lose 1 drive of data storage space, but data is spread across all the available drives and a small piece of information called PARITY is created each wave/stripe that makes a blueprint of all the data
RAID 6 - Same as above, but it removes two drives worth of space and protects you against the loss of two Hard Drives

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is a personal cloud storage device?

A personal Cloud storage device is a piece of Hardware, Like a NAS, that gives you the access, freedom, speed and utility of popular 3rd party cloud providers such as Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, Amazon S3 and more. However unlike those providers that hold your data on a server farm hundreds or thousands of miles away, where you it can be broken into, a Personal Cloud (NAS) lives in your home/office and can be protected with both bespoke AES-256bit encryption, individual login credentials and if the worst case scenario, can be simply unplugged from the network/internet.


It is also considerably cheaper in the long term.


 

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
How do you connect to a NAS?

You can connect to a device in several ways:


- You can connect to a NAS via your home network as long as it is connected to the same router/switch that your other devices are connected to, via cable or over Wi-Fi (the devices, not the NAS)


- You can connect over the internet using the NAS manufacturer’s respective software on desktop or mobile platforms for Mac, Windows and Android devices


- You can also access the data as a network drive (where the location of the drive with be an IP - 192.168. etc.) and then the drive can be read and written to as needed


Thank you


 

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
How does a NAS device work?

Excellent Question. A NAS devices like a computer that is dedicated to storing data that is made accessible across all your internet enabled devices. It connects to your home network (in simple terms, the internet connected network in your home or office) and makes the data that is store on it accessible. You can also access the data from outside the phone via WiFi at hotspots and other buildings, or via your mobile 3G or 4G internet connection.

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
Do you really need a NAS?

If you have data spread across multiple devices without a single backup location, then YES, you really do need a NAS drive. As it will make backing up with multiple devices easier, more automated and reliable.


If you are a business with large amounts of data that needs to be accessible quickly, across multiple machines or outside your office environment for off-site staff or clients, then YES you needs a NAS.


If you want your internet accessible data to be 100% inaccessible when needed (for security) and are considering a Cloud provider or a NAS, BUY A NAS!!! It is cheaper in the long run and can have individual and bespoke security measures. 


 

16/11/2017 | Popular Question | GB Flag |
What is a NAS drives for home?

A NAS drive for Home is the means of storing your data in a central location that can be used for more home and entertainment based applications. Often these are 2-Bay or 4-Bay NAS Devices that support applications such as Plex, DLNA Server support, Backups like Apple Time Machine and Surveillance over IP cameras from companies such as Edimax and Reolink. The Hard drives in a NAS Drive for Home are recommended to be WD Red NAS Drives or Seagate Ironwolf NAS drives.


 

22/09/2015 | | GB Flag |
Fast, Quiet, Can be used as a media server, Good value, Very Good Read/Write Performance, HDMI/,


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