Thecus N5550 NAS Server - Other Setup and Software

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

Extra Features:

There are a ton of extra configuration options with the Thecus N5550 NAS and we'll just cover a few more below. There are very few applications that come installed in the basic bundle, but more can be installed with a single click in the NAS Application menu. Dashboard (for Android), Plex, and Boxee can all be installed with a couple of clicks, but there's more. One thing that blew me away is the fact that you can install other things like a full McAfee virus scanner as well as things like a TeamSpeak 3 server as well as a full-on Minecraft server. That's right. This is not just a file or media server. Thecus has really stepped up their game and ported a few other things over to really add value to this product. There are a lot more applications that can be installed by heading to the Thecus site, downloading the application and then installing it through the web interface. Again, this is not as elegant of a solution as is on QNAP and ASUStor where the available applications are listed in the NAS interface through live web updates, still the hundreds of apps that are available make this worth checking out for sure.

 

Main Login

Main Login

Servers

Servers

 

There are a host of networking options to customize if you require, and what I find very cool is that is that the notification area allows you to set up alerts for email notifications or beep notifications. These notifications can be triggered for a variety of things including drive failure, power failure (if resume is enabled) and more. I use a feature like this often on client boxes and it has saved their bacon numerous times.

There are backup options that will allow you to hook up your PC for automated imaging and the Thecus N5550 can even burn your files to a connected drive. This is a nice feature for sure. RSYNC is quite proprietary on this system and while it looks like it should be pretty universal, you'll probably have to be a Linux guru and log in to SSH and configure it to work with your non-Thecus system.

System Resources

System Resources

 

External Features:

The Thecus N5550 sports both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connections and thanks to the faster processor, the performance of these connected devices is much better than on the little sibling N2310. The external USB ports support printers, UPS', external drives and more. I also like the included audio ports and HDMI connects that allow you to plug this into a TV or Audio Receiver to make it your true multimedia server.

On the last page, we'll cover some performance tests as well as talk about general use before we wrap things up with our conclusion.