Thecus N2310 NAS Features
As the volume of personal and business data continue to rise exponentially, the systems we use to store and manage it have become more complex. I started my long relationship with computers when program storage meant a shoebox full of punch cards. Now, a bare-bones PC starts off with almost a million files on it BEFORE you add your own data. I’m not going to tell you that computing is going to get any simpler, that’s an outright lie, but I can say that the tools we use to manage them are going to make it easier. Thecus has introduced several new features with the N2310. We’ll look at the newest and most unique features first, and then cover some of the more common ones.
The Thecus N2310 ships with a NAS management app that lets users access, copy, stream, and edit any data on their NAS, from either an iOS or Android mobile devices. This is it, the defining notion of ubiquitous computing; access your own personal cloud, from anywhere with internet access. The app makes it all seamless, without having to worry about IP addresses or URLs.
If you need more structured access than what you get on your Smartphone, then you have the option of easy access to your NAS via Dynamic DNS (DDNS). Remote access with an easy-to-remember URL allows users to access their NAS files via the internet. DDNS provides each user with a unique domain name to make NAS management much more convenient. When the IP address is changed, the DDNS server will automatically adjust, to make sure that remote access is always available
In a modern digital home, content can be delivered to any screen, anywhere in the house. The Thecus N2310 supports that theme with an app called Plex Media Server. This free server app is available on the Thecus App Center, and it allows you to set up and manage all the media that’s stored on your NAS network storage server. With the Plex Media Server installed on your Thecus NAS, devices on your network, such as your Xbox 360, can connect to and stream your local and online media.
Once you’re used to Gigabit transfer speeds with your NAS, the thin trickle of DATA that passes through USB 2.0 becomes a painful experience. USB comes to the rescue on the N2310, with a max data rate that’s 10x faster. Theoretical throughput is up to 5Gb/s, but there aren’t any USB devices I know of that will actually provide that kind of speed. There is only one USB 3.0 port on the N2310, and it’s located on the rear panel.
Included in ThecusOS 6 is Transmission, a powerful BitTorrent client. Easily add torrent seed files to Transmission and sit back and relax as your NAS does the rest, independent of your computer. Once downloaded, your files will be automatically stored in your NAS P2P folder where you’ll be able to access them across your network or through the internet. The N2310’s native BitTorrent support allows set and forget torrenting, that’s accessible anywhere.
The Data Guard backup solution is flexible software that provides both local and remote components. In normal fashion, data is backed up across RAID volumes, external USB drives, and eSATA drives. In addition, Data Guard can sync data across the network to other NAS devices or servers. I’m a big proponent of remote backups, so this is a big deal for me.
Now that we’ve seen a few of the newest features that Thecus offers, let’s look at the Specifications for the N2310 NAS network storage server.