Thecus N5550 5-Bay Home NAS Review

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Thecus N5550 NAS Storage Server

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The Thecus N5550 5-bay NAS (shown above), looks very much like the N5500 that came out in 2009, but don’t let the looks fool you. With front with the door closed, the N5550 and N5500 look almost identical, with the only exception being the logo on the front of the unit. Once you open the door and start looking around, you’ll begin seeing that the new N5550 has hard a major hardware update. On thh front panel you’ll see that there is now a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port and on the back of the NAS you’ll find audio and HDMI ports. Thecus didn’t stop there though as this unit is powered by an Intel Atom platform (Cedarview) with 2GB of DDR3 memory and an updated operating system. The best part is that the MSRP of the Thecus N5550 is $599.99 and the street price is just $439.00 shipped. The Thecus N5500 had an MSRP of $869 when it came out just three years ago! With all the hardware and software beefed up and the price slashed in half, this should be an interesting product to review!

The Thecus N550 is aimed at home and small business users that are looking for an affordable storage solution for their network. The Intel Atom D2700 processor and 2GB of memory make it one of the most powerful units on the market and one of the lowest priced. Having features like USB 3.0, HDMI video output and 2GB of memory really help the Thecus N5550 stand out from the crowd.

You can find the hardware and software features out below and we’ll jump straight to unboxing the NAS on the next page!

 

Thecus N5550 Hardware Platform

Item Spec
Processor Intel Atom D2700 Processor
System Memory 2GB DDR3
LAN Interface RJ-45×2: 10/100/1000 BASE-TX Auto MDI/MDI-X
WOL supported
USB Interface USB 2.0 host port x4 (back x4)
USB 3.0 host port x1 (front x1)
LCM Module LCM display
4 buttons (ENTER, ESC, UP, DOWN)
SATA DOM 1GB
HDMI Output HDMI port (back x1)
VGA Output VGA port (back x1)
Audio MIC input, Line input, Audio output
Disk Interface 5 x SATA for internal
1 x eSATA for external
Power Supply 200W Power Supply
USB UPS Supported
Thermal/Fan control Thermal sensor on processor temperature
System FAN speed controlled by temperature
System Clock Battery-backed up system clock
Power Management Auto power on after shutdown due to power loss
Buzzer Adjustable frequency alarm
Buttons Power button
LCM button
Environment Temperature: 5°C to 40°C
Humidity: 0 ~ 80 % R.H. (Non-condensing)
Chassis Tower Metal Chassis
Dimensions (HxWxD) 230 x 190 x 240 (mm)
Certificates CE/FCC/C-Tick/VCCI/BSMI
RoHS
WEEE
VMware, Citrix


Thecus N5550 Software Functions

RAID
RAID Modes RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 and JBOD
Auto-rebuild Supported
Hot-swap Supported
Hot Spare Supported
Online RAID Migration Supported
Online RAID Expansion Supported
RAID Volume Encryption AES256bit
Disk
Power Management Available spin-down on idle setting
Bad Block Scanning Supported
SMART Info Supported
SMART Test Supported
Disk Roaming Supports volume-based roaming to other Thecus NAS
Network
Configuration Fixed IP address, dynamic IP address
Transport Protocols TCP/IP/AppleTalk
File Protocols SMB/CIFS, HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, NFS v4, AFP
Link Aggregation Load balance, Failover, 802.3ad, Balance-XOR, Balance-TLB, Balance-ALB
TCP/IP IPV6 & IPV4
DDNS Supported
SSH Supported
UPnP Supported
UPnP Port forwarding Supported
System status
System Monitor Monitoring CPU, memory, temperature, fan, network utilization and protocols access user count
Syslog Management Send syslog to assigned location
Act as syslog server to receive log info from other systems
Data Access
Client OS Support Windows 8/7/Vista/2003/XP/2000
UNIX/Linux
Mac OS X
FTP Built-in FTP server with bandwidth control
Secure FTP Built-in secure FTP server with bandwidth control
TFTP Users can download and upload files with TFTP programs
Download Manager BT download (via Transmission module)
NZB download (via NZB module)
Printer Server (IPP) Supports USB printers
Supports a wide range of IPP printers
Client can manage print tasks  (list/delete) via web user interface
Data Backup
Client Incremental Data Backup Acronis True Image (OEM version)
Client System Disaster Recovery Acronis True Image (OEM version)
Client Side Backup Software Thecus Backup Utility (Windows/Mac OS X)
Data Burn Create files to ISO image and burn to optical disc
Create files to ISO image
Read ISO image from optical disc and write to NAS
Mac OS X Time Machine Supported
Data Guard Remote Backup/Local Backup
Block Level Access
iSCSI Target/Initiator Supports Microsoft/Mac OS X/Linux initiators and Thecus NAS targets
iSCSI Thin Provisioning Supported
MPIO Supported
MCS Supported
Clustering Supported
SCSI3 Persistent Group Reservation Supported
Power Management
Scheduled Power On/Off Supported
Volume Management
Multiple RAID Supported
Multiple File System Selectable EXT3/EXT4/XFS
Multimedia Support
iTunes Server Supports AAC, MP3 w/ID3 tag and WAV
Piczza!™ Photo Server (via module) Supports GIF, JPG (JPEG), BMP and PNG
Supports EXIF display
Supports slide shows
Media Server Supports uPnP AV streaming protocol (via Twonkymedia module)
User Authentication
Local User Supports built-in user accounts
Local Group Supports built-in user groups
Windows ADS Supported
LDAP Supported
Access Guard Supports Black & White list/IP Filter
Cloud Backup
DropBox Supported (via module) 
ElephantDriver Supported (via module) 
Amazon S3 Supported
File System
Type Journaling File System  
Language Support Unicode Support
Authorization (ACL) “Read”, “write”, or “deny” privileges to individual users or groups in folders and sub-folders
User Quota Supported
Administration
User Interface Web-based user interface supports English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish and Czech.
Utility Program MS Windows Setup Wizard
Supports Windows 8/7/Vista/2003/XP/2000
Mac OS X Setup Wizard
Email Notifications Sends system messages via email to the system administrator
SNMP Trap System information trap out
Mobile Applications (iOS/Android)
Thecus Dashboard Mobile monitoring and administration (via module)
T-OnTheGo™ (iOS) Upload, download and stream multimedia
Data Security
Virus Scan Supports McAfee (via module)
Capacity Expansion
Stackable Can extend for 5 additional iSCSI volumes from other Thecus NAS
Others
Recycle Bin Supported
Web Disk Supported (via module)
Web Server Supported (via module)
ISO Mount Supported
IP Cam Surveillance Supports up to 5 IP cameras (via module)
Auto Module Installation Thecus’ module server automatically provides the latest modules and updates through the user interface.
Local Display X-Window via HDMI output

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