Thecus N4100 Review

By Team Digit | Updated Aug 01 2007
Thecus N4100 Review
DIGIT RATING
70 /100
  • design

    70

  • performance

    80

  • value for money

    60

  • feature

    80

Verdict

Unfortunately, the N4100 will set you back by a good Rs 37,500, which will put it out of reach of most SoHos. And yes, we must remind you that the N4100 does not come with any hard drives.

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Thecus N4100 detailed review



Stack your data!

The Intel XScale-based N4100 NAS (Network Attached Storage) server by Thecus is an excellent answer to your data sharing, storage, and backup needs. Less than half the size of a regular PC cabinet, the N4100 is sturdily built. It has four drive caddies that can hold a 500 GB SATA hard drive each, thus touching 2 TB.

Installing drives is a cinch; thanks to the precision rail mechanism, the drive gets neatly engaged with the SATA connectors inside—no cables involved. The activity LEDs indicate drive status. Bearing no resemblance to boring file servers, it is, in fact, very presentable, and you wouldn’t mind letting it adorn your desktop!

The CD guides you through the process of initialising the server, and also lets you configure the hard drives in RAID 0, 1, JBOD, or even RAID 5 arrays if you give data security top priority. The easy-to-use browser interface also allows you to set up the N4100 as an FTP, iTunes, file, print, or a backup server, and lets you create shared folders, with user and group access rights.

If a drive fails, Hot PnP lets you remove it on the fly and replace it with a new one, and the server won’t be down at all. The RAID array starts getting rebuilt as soon as the hard drive is replaced, or even when a new drive is added. Alarms sound when one of the drives fails, and an e-mail alert is sent to the system admin.

It takes just over two minutes to transfer a 1 GB file to the N4100—good enough. The only problem here is inadequate ventilation, even with the 80 mm fan at the back.

In addition to the setup program, the accompanying CD contains a backup utility.

Unfortunately, the N4100 will set you back by a good Rs 37,500, which will put it out of reach of most SoHos. And yes, we must remind you that the N4100 does not come with any hard drives.

Specifications

CPU: Intel IOP; SATA controller: Intel (supports Hot PnP); memory: 128 MB DDR; Flash memory: 16 MB; interfaces: 2 x Gigabit ports, 2 x USB 2.0 ports; RAID levels: 0, 1, 5, JBOD; 4 x SATA drive bays; maximum capacity: 2 TB (4 x 500 GB); dimensions: 167 x 199 x 223 mm (W x H x D); power supply: 200 W; client platforms: Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP, UNIX/Linux/BSD (by CIFS), Apple OS X (AFP)

RATINGS
Performance  : 4
Features : 4
Build Quality : 3.5
Value for Money : 3
Overall : 3.5


Contact : Apical Impex Pvt Ltd
Phone : 919821349177
E-mail : tejas@apical.in
Web site : www.apical.in     
Price
: Rs 37,500


 

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