Thecus N2310 NAS Server
|Thecus N2310 NAS Server|
|Features and Specifications|
|Software Setup and More|
|Performance and General Usage|
It's been quite a while since we looked at a network attached storage product. The last one was the ASUStor AS-604T 4-Bay NAS and while this product was quite a bit cheaper than the comparable QNAP product, it is still priced out of the range of many home offices or for personal use. The Thecus N2310 is built for home or small office use and claims to have the best value and performance in its class. It is one thing to have the best value or the best performance, but if you can claim both, you certainly have a lot to live up to.
The Thecus N2310 isn't a powerful beast in terms of raw processing power, but it doesn't need to be. Four-bay solutions that have RAID 5 options require the processor to process parity information to offer data security. The N2310 offers security through a RAID 1 mirror and this doesn't require parity processing as it just mirrors the drives so that if one fails, you will have a drive that still contains all of your data. This significantly decreases CPU overhead and allows the box to perform very well.
The Thecus offers RAID levels of RAID 1, RAID 0 and JBOD and this will allow to choose either the extra performance of a RAID 0 stripe or the security of a RAID 1 array where you can lose a disk - without losing your data. For this test, we will focus on RAID 0 performance so that a single drive won't be the bottleneck as we try and see if we can reach speeds up to 100Mbps read and 80Mbps write speeds.
At Thecus, we take pride in developing innovative storage solutions that keep data safe and secure. Founded in 2004, the Thecus team brings decades of R&D expertise, Thecus brand marketing channel development, and a strong customer focus to deliver high-quality products that meet the storage needs of individual, small/medium business and enterprise.
Quality, innovation, integration, and reliability -- the four pillars that Thecus was built on.
- Quality - Commitment to bring only the highest quality products to the marketplace.
- Innovation - Investing vast resources into research and development to provide high performance and easy-to-use solutions.
- Integration - Understanding consumers' needs and bringing the most complete product line to serve various types of applications and environments.
- Reliability - Bringing the most secure, easy-to-use, and reliable storage solutions available.
The Thecus N2310 comes with a nice lean bundle that will get the job done in virtually every situation. It comes with an external power supply, network cable and a software CD that helps you find and configure the N2310 initially. There is also a bag of screws that will allow you to install either 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch hard drives.
Once we get the box out of the box we get a good first look at what the Thecus N2310 is all about. It's a traditional design that is very functional. On the front of the box we find an array of indicator LEDs that show power, error, drive one status, drive two status, network activity and USB status. The drive racks are easily removed by pushing up on a button located toward the bottom of the tray and then swinging the mechanism upwards. The rear of the unit shows the power connector, recessed reset button, 1Gbps LAN port as well as the USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connections. You'll also notice the 50mm fan that provides cooling at a moderate noise level as well as the lock slot so it won't run away from your storage closet.
The Thecus N2310 is a nice looking piece of hardware that is a bit on the minimalistic side, but as long as it has a minimalistic price and decent performance - it's all good. After all, beauty is only skin deep, right?