Thecus is a manufacturer of network attached storage solutions based in Taiwan, that also has a presence in Germany, Austria, the USA, and China. Bigbruin.com first took a look at one of their products in September 2008, when their N3200 3-Bay SOHO network attached storage made quite a strong impression.
This review is going to take a look at the Thecus N4100PRO, a 4-Bay device that not only offers the potential for more storage capacity, but plenty of other improvements and refinements over the more 'entry level' N3200. The promotional image below takes a look at the N4100PRO, where it can be seen that it has a sleek, compact enclosure that should be well suited for use in an office or a home.
Before taking a closer look at the unit provided for review, let's take a look at some technical data on the Thecus N4100PRO 4-Bay network attached storage system. The items listed below, and on the next page, cover most of the key points on the device, and for a complete list of up-to-date features and specifications, please visit the official product page on the Thecus website.
» System Information at a Glance:
Equipped with a big, bright LCM module, the N4100PRO displays useful status messages such as IP address, date and time, and RAID status, making it easy for users to keep an eye on the condition of their N4100PRO. With the LCM module, N4100PRO users can even configure the unit in a dimly-lit living room for added convenience.
» Flexible Secure Storage Options:
The N4100PRO also improves on its predecessor by adding RAID 6 and RAID 10, providing users have even more options for data storage. What's more, the N4100PRO also supports RAID expansion, allowing users to add more storage to their RAID volumes as their needs arise. With the N4100PRO, users have the flexibility to store their data their way.
» Superb Network Reliability:
Being able to connect to your storage unit at all times is essential. That's why the N4100PRO comes with network bonding in fail over mode. With this feature, the N4100PRO can automatically switch to its second Gigabit Ethernet port should the first one fail for any reason. The result is a zero network downtime and increased reliability for N4100PRO users.
» Enhanced Performance:
Those familiar with Thecus products know of their extreme performance. For the N4100PRO, Thecus has raised the stakes by more than doubling the data transfer performance of its predecessor, delivering data transfer speeds of 35MB/sec! Equipped with the N4100PRO, media enthusiasts and SMBs don't have to wait around when accessing their data.