The latest review of the N5200 comes from the editors of DnR Hardware, who brought the N5200PRO into their test labs. After subjecting the N5200PRO to a variety of tests, DnR Hardware editors came to the same conclusion – the N5200PRO is “a device which is in the top of its class,” giving it their coveted DnR Hardware Gold Award!
To kick things off, editors began with a short introduction of the N5200PRO: “At first glance the Thecus N5200B PRO is a mature product. First and foremost are 5 indicator LEDs, on / off and reset buttons, status display, 4 control buttons and 1 USB connection. The rear houses the power socket and switch, 3 USB (2 type A and 1 type B) connectors, 1 eSATA, 2 serial and gigabit network port. Included are a power and network cable, the key to the disc trays to open the drive trays themselves and 2 CDs (one with backup software in the form of Drive Clone 3 Pro and a Thecus CD with installation software and manuals.”
The N5200PRO offers some impressive features:
“Several features extracted from the N5200B PRO are nice. A few interesting options such as scheduled power on/off the device at regular intervals or the possibility of the 2 network connections in load balancing (sharing of network traffic) or failover (automatic switching between the other network connection). There is also a wide choice of different RAID types.”
“The N5200B PRO is a mature and robust product that provides consumers a ‘safe’ central place to store data. For SMEs, this product may be a very interesting alternative to the expensive storage servers from established brands like HP and Dell. Especially because of the performance and redundancy through the network, the N5200B PRO is very suitable.”
N5200PRO is not only a file server, but it also supports iSCSI initiators. Your server can access N5200PRO as a direct-attached-storage over the LAN or Internet. There is no easier way to expand the capacity of your current application servers. All storage needs can be centrally managed and deployed. This brings ultimate flexibility to users.
N5200PRO supports multiple RAID volumes on one system. So, you can create RAID 0 for your non-critical data, and create RAID 5 for your mission-critical data. Create the RAID level protection depending on your needs.
Faster and Fastest
N5200PRO is equipped with a Low Voltage Intel® 1.5GHz Celeron® M Processor and 512MB DDR system memory, which provides even faster response and more concurrent connections. With its built-in Module compatibility, the N5200PRO is able to run more applications at the same time.
Superior Power Management
N5200PRO supports scheduled power on/off. With this feature, users can set what time the system turns on or off. This feature is a big plus for people who want to conserve energy. Wake-On-LAN enables users to remotely turn the system on without leaving their seat.
Complete Network Reliability (N5200B PRO only)
Because businesses depend on being able to retrieve their data, the N5200B PRO comes with both Load Balancing and Failover to optimize and ensure network traffic. With its Failover capability, the N5200PRO automatically switches to an alternate Ethernet connection should the first one be inaccessible. With these two functions, the N5200B PRO provides users with greater network reliability.
Easy Remote Backup
The N5200 is also equipped with Nsync, Thecus’ remote data backup application. With Nsync, users can have the N5200PRO automatically upload files to an external storage device at a designated time. What’s more, if the external device is another N4100, the connection is made via a secure connection. Designed for SMBs for enhanced data protection, Nsync takes the guesswork out of data backup.
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