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Thecus N2310 2-Bay NAS Server
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July 25, 2014

Over the years we have reviewed a handful of Thecus brand Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers, but the last one to come through Bigbruin.com was the N3200XXX back in June 2011. Fast forward three years and we finally have something new to look at in the form of the N2310, a 2-bay NAS server designed for home and small office use. While it may have a processor running at half the speed of the N3200XXX, and feature half as much memory, the price of the N2310 is about a quarter of what the N3200XXX sold for when it was new on the market.

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The promotional image above shows the no nonsense front face of the Thecus N2310 2-Bay NAS server. In this review we will take a look at this budget friendly unit in order to see exactly what you get in a sub $135 NAS server, and if it is a worthy investment for your home or small business. Before taking a look at the sample provided for review, let's look at some published information on the N2310 provided by Thecus...

Features and Specifications:

The data listed below details just a small sampling of all that Thecus has to offer in their N2310. For complete details on all of the features and specifications, please visit the official product page on the Thecus website.

Hardware Platform:

Processor: AMCC APM 86491 800Mhz
System Memory: 512MB DDR3
LAN Interface (PCI-e): RJ-45x1: 10/100/1000 BASE-TX Auto MDI/MDI-X
USB Interface:
    USB 2.0 host port x1 (back x1)
    USB 3.0 host port x1 (back x1)
Disk Interface: 2 x SATA for internal
Power Supply: 40W external power adaptor
Buttons:
    Power button
    USB copy button
    Reset button
Environment:
    Temperature: 5C to 40C
    Humidity: 0 ~ 80 % R.H. (Non-condensing)
Chassis: 2bays Tower
Dimensions (HxWxD): 135 x 97 x 207 (mm)/5.33 x 3.83 x 8.14 (in)
Weight: 0.79(Kgs) / 1.74(lb)
Certificates:
    CE/FCC/C-Tick/VCCI/BSMI
    RoHS
    WEEE

Software Functions:

RAID:
    RAID Modes: RAID 0, 1 and JBOD
    Auto-rebuild: Supported
    Hot-swap: Supported
Disk:
    Bad Block Scanning: Supported
    SMART Info: Supported
    SMART Test: Supported
    Disk Roaming: Supports volume-based roaming to other N2310
Network:
    Configuration: Fixed IP address, dynamic IP address
    Transport Protocols: TCP/IP, AppleTalk
    File Protocols: SMB/CIFS, HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, AFP, NFS
    TCP/IP: IPV6 & IPV4

With just two drive bays, you are very limited on how you setup your NAS server. Do you want redundancy and just half the possible data storage capacity (RAID 1) or do you want you want to use all the data storage capacity and have no redundancy (RAID 0 or JBOD). Once you get to a system with three drives or more things get far more flexible and you can have solid performance, redundancy, and higher percentage of disk space available.

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