Thecus N2310 NAS Server Review
The Thecus N2310 NAS Server is a great home or small business server that allows for fast backup and network storage that is very affordable.
Ease of Use, Performance: 3/5
Look & Feel: 4/5
How much I enjoy: 3/5
Recommendation: 4/5 Stars
The Thecus N2310 NAS Server is a network attached storage device that allows you to use one or two solid state or hard disc drives to connect as network based storage. The N2310 comes as a two disc drive container that attaches to your network using the rear network connection.
You can also connect other devices like USB hard drives or printers using the two rear USB connections with one being 2.0 and the other 3.0 USB connections. The Thecus N2310 is easy to install with the included CD having the setup instructions, a setup wizard and all the drivers the device requires.
After setup you have a browser based control panel to the Thecus operating system where you control the device and all your apps including 3rd party ones. The regular apps from Thecus work very well for backup, connecting to the NAS device and even handle bit torrent downloading.
You can set up two drives in Raid configuration so the backup and data is always duplicated or use two drives in tandem for a lot of storage. You can use the Thecus N2310 to store data and media, backup files, handle bit torrent downloading and access files from anywhere you can get an internet connection.
The Thecus apps contain enough control and access to handle any small business files as well as the things like backup and downloading bit torrent files. Setup only takes a few minutes for the basic single drive or Raid drives but getting a few things like smartphone or tablet access might take longer.
I had a few problems with the setup trying to get my smartphone and tablet to access the files I stored but eventually did figure things out. I did have a little trouble finding out exactly what t use for a network address when connecting my tablet but I did figure things out.
Thecus does have an app for watching streaming video called Plex as well as listening to audio but the streaming video did not work on any of my setups. I tried accessing the files directly on my home network which worked just fine to play a video on my computer that was stored on the Thecus N2310.
When trying to access the same video through the Plex app from my tablet or PlayStation 3 connected to my TV the video skipped and has other problems that made it unwatchable. Streaming audio to listen to music stored on the N2310 worked just fine so the problem I feel is just not enough horsepower in the NAS device or the app itself.
The N2310 has an internal processor but it is only a single core and 800 MHz so it is limited in what it can do but they did keep this at a very reasonable price. The N2310 costs about $140 and is available from websites like Newegg and Amazon but you will also need to buy or have a hard drive to put in it.
At this low a price you would not expect much in the way of features and after testing using the Intel NAS Performance Kit found that NAS was plenty responsive. The Thecus N2310 NAS Server worked well and for the price you cannot beat this for a home or small business server for data and files.
I highly recommend the Thecus N2310 for a small business or home network storage device that works well for backup and data storage.
Easy and fast setup
Apps are easy to access and use
Audio streaming works well
Backup and restore is simple and works effortlessly
Media Streaming does not work well enough
Some setup may require a bit of help