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Thecus N4100 NAS
By CPU-zilla
Category : Storage
Published by Vijay Anand on Wednesday, 2nd November, 2005
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  


Hardware Setup

There is hardly much effort needed in setting up the hard disk drives with the Thecus N4100 as everything is already built into the little black box. All you need to do is purchase four hard disk drives of the same capacity (and preferably model), then fasten them to the removable trays and insert them into the Thecus N4100. Yes, that's all and it's that simple.

Each of the trays comes with a simple lock to prevent any accidental removal of the hard drives. On each of the tray, there are two LED status indicators, one for power and the other for activity.

The hard drive tray.


Each drive comes with two indicator LEDs, one for power and the other for access/error.

Although the trays have been designed with adequate ventilation in mind, we don't think the spacing between the hard drives would help relief much of the heat generated since there is hardly any pathway for airflow. Under excessive loads, the hard drives could heat up quite significantly. Thus, we would recommend installing the N4100 in a well-ventilated and cool location.

The drives hardly have much room between one and another. Thus, drive ventilation is pretty much lacking although the trays themselves are designed with adequate vents.

With the drives installed, the final step would be to attach the power cord as well as the network cable. The Thecus N4100 comes with two Gigabit Ethernet ports and thus, should provide more than enough bandwidth for large volumes of file transfer.

At the rear end of the Thecus N4100, you'll find two Gigabit Ethernet ports, plus large ventilation fans as well.


A closer look at the two Gigabit LAN ports.

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