Thecus N5500 5 Bay NAS Server Review

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Installing Drives and System Startup

Thecus N5500 5 bay NAS accessories

Thecus provides software, USB A to B cable, CAT5 cable, keys, and screws for mounting the hard drives.

Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB WD10EARS

I will be setting the N5500 up with five Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB WD10EARS SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5″ drives. With all the drives installed, hook up the unit to the network and fire it up. The unit will complete a self test and boot up for the first time.

Thecus N5500 5 bay NAS setup wizard step 1

Once the system has booted you will start up the setup wizard to find the unit on the network. Once the unit is discovered you select it from the list.

Thecus N5500 5 bay NAS setup wizard step 2

Once selected from the list you are asked for the Admin ID and password.

Thecus N5500 5 bay NAS setup wizard step 3

The next screen you can adjust the network settings. I like my NAS systems on a fixed IP address.

Thecus N5500 5 bay NAS setup wizard step 4

On the next screen you can change the default Admin password.

Thecus N5500 5 bay NAS setup wizard step 5

On the final screen you can setup another unit or start the browser interface for the unit you just set up.

Thecus N5500 5 bay NAS login page

When I started my unit the login page started.

Thecus N5500 5 bay NAS system info

As soon as I logged in I went straight to the system info to see what the revision level of the firmware was. My unit has 3.00.01 quick look at the website showed that Thecus was up to 5.01.05.

Thecus N5500 5 bay NAS firmware

I downloaded and updated the new firmware. It did not take long to update, and once it was done the unit had to reboot which only takes about 2 minutes. The system sounds off with a loud beep when it is fully up and running.

Thecus N5500 5 bay NAS updated

With the system up and running with the new firmware I went to the login screen and was greeted with a much nicer looking and more updated layout.

Thecus N5500 5 bay NAS

The layout is very nice and intuitive which makes it easy to find what you want to do. The Home screen holds links to the most used options. The left side bar holds all menus for all the NAS settings and features.

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