Date: June 25th, 2008
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thecus
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
…A setup wizard begins and detects any Thecus devices on the network. The only downside to this wizard is it only runs on Windows or MAC OS, so those using Linux will need to set up the unit on a machine running Windows or MAC OS first.
Network Configuration is straightforward with the option of choosing a static IP address or using DHCP. Most users will want to set up the NAS to automatically obtain an IP address if they're using a router that assigns IP addresses on the network.
RAID options include 0, 1, and 5, and also JBOD (Just a Bunch of Disks). I have two 250GB drives that I will be setting up as JBOD. The actual configuration of RAID is done on a different screen; here we just choose which one we want to set up.
Once the setup wizard is complete, the web interface opens and the rest of the configuration takes place. So to finish setting up JBOD, all I had to do was click the “JBOD” radio button and place a check mark next to each drive I wanted to include in the array.
Once the RAID volume is finished building, the next step (according to the manual) is to install firmware. In order to use a multitude of functions including the print server, media server, and download manager, the firmware must be installed. Thankfully it's an easy task – just browse to the file on the installation CD and click on “Apply”.
There are a lot of different features on the N3200, but for this review I'm just going to go over a few of the basics. First and foremost this is a device that is used for file access and storage, so let's take a look at how files and folders are arranged along with a couple of commonly used services.