Thecus N5550 NAS Server - Software Setup and More

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Thecus N5550 NAS Server
Hardware and Software Specs
Software Setup and More
Other Setup and Software
Performance and General Use

Drive Installation:

Just before we jump into the software side of things and the setup for the Thecus N5550, we need to set up the hardware side of things. There are five drive bays on this device and you can use a mixture of drive sizes depending on your goals. As with most NAS products today, the Thecus N5550 supports both 2.5" and 3.5" drives and there are enough screws and holes to fasten the 3.5-inch drives with four screws each. Below are a few images of the trays and different drives.

Drive Racks

Drive Racks

2.5-inch Drive

2.5-inch Drive

 

Once the drives are in the racks, they easily slide into place and are secured by the traditional mechanism on the front. The drive racks feels quite sturdy and very sleek. The rack for the N5550 is much different than for the N2310 and this is a good thing. While those racks were sturdy as well, they lacked the professional appearance and finish that this one has. These racks should provide many installs and drive swaps without failing.

Drive Bays

 

Software Installation / Basic Setup:

While some other NAS products we've looked at have a great software solution to get started, I found that with the N5550, the display shows you what the IP address of the NAS was, so I connected directly to the webpage to set it up. Once at the main login screen, I logged in with the default username and password and proceeded to walk through the setup built into this device. The first thing that was done was notification setup, followed by RAID creation, user creation and then waited a few minutes for all of this to complete, the RAID arrays to be initialized and formatted and we were good to go.

Notification Setup

Notification Setup

Create RAID

Create RAID

RAID 5

RAID 5

 

The interface is nice and clean and has a few more features available that the N2310 we looked at previously. This of course is thanks to the extra drive bays and no doubt to the Intel Dual-Core processor. While the interface is nice and clean overall, there are still a few issues with spelling, spacing or general formatting that make it look a little less than professional.

Poor Interface

 

Following the lead from other companies and their own entry-level products, once you've logged in through the super-slick interface, you are met with a much-less slicker interface that really doesn't feel done. While the functionality is great - the interface feels unfinished in my opinion. They need to build in a more cohesive experience and it would be a lot easier to navigate and manage.

On the next page, we'll take a look at a few of the extra features that make the Thecus N5550 a Network Attached Server - rather than just storage.