Editor's Rating

If you are looking for an inexpensive, full featured NAS unit, take a close look at the Thecus N2310. For a low entry fee of $163.28/£111.39, you will find this a solid Linux server.

8
Design
8
Performance
8
Ease of Use
9
Value for Money
8.5
Features

It is Network-Attached Storage (NAS) time again, and the subject of today’s review is the Thecus N2310.

As can be seen above, this is a 2-bay device designed for the SOHO/Home market.  Thecus describes the N2310 as a “Best-in-Class-Value”, which to me simply means that it has the features and performance needed for the market the N2310 is targeted to.

Does this make the N2310 limited in performance/features or just the right feature/performance set for the Home and SOHO environment?  Let’s find out.

As a SOHO/Home targeted device, the Thecus N2310 comes to you in a nice consumer-oriented package.

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It is interesting to note that the information does not really emphasize that this is a full-fledged NAS solution vs. a simple storage device.  Whether this is good or not may be debatable, but Thecus may be on to something by emphasizing the feature set of the N2310 for its use as a “storage” and “data-protection” device.  “NAS” may just not be identifiable to the SOHO/Home market, just as “server” may not be.  This market wants to store and protect data.

Once opened the contents are removed, you will find a 2-bay NAS unit,

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with a nice bit style to it.

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On the back of the unit you will find

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  • one USB 3.0 port
  • one USB 2.0 port
  • one 1 Gb LAN port
  • reset button
  • power port
  • cooling fan (60 mm?)

The front of the machine you will find

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the HD bays as well as the LEDs and buttons as indicated above.  The LED colors indicate various component status as outlined in the following table.

Power LEDSolid blue: System ready
Blinking blue: Power on process
Solid Red: System with error occurred
System status LEDBlinking white: Diagnostic mode kick-in
Solid white: Diagnostic completed
Solid Red: System with error occurred
HDD LEDsBlinking white: HDD activity
Red: HDD failure
LAN LEDSolid white: LAN Cable link
Blinking : Network activity
USB LEDSolid white: Installed
Blinking white: USB copy activity
Solid Red: USB copy failure

When you first open the box, you will find a Quick Installation Guide (QIG).

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Inside a separate box are the following accessory items

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  • Power brick
  • Cat 5e Ethernet cable
  • Power cable
  • Accessory bags with screws for 3-1/2” and 3-1/2” hard drives

plus

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  • Installation CD
  • Warranty card

Once everything is unpacked, we need to install some hard drives.  Flip up the lock levers, remove the drive caddies,

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and install the drives.  The caddies are designed to hold either 3-1/2” drives (lower arrows, each side) or 2-1/2” drives (upper arrows).

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Once the drives are installed, slide the caddy back into the drive slot and flip down the lock lever.

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Now all we need to do is choose a location where one can plug in the power cable and Ethernet cable, then fire the unit up.  As you can see below, the N2310 takes up little space, especially considering that this little device can handle up to 8 GB of hard disk space!

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