Thecus N5500 5-Bay Dual-DOM NAS: 5xSATA internal, 1xSATA external, NAS + DAS + iSCSI Ready, w/ AJAX-based Web UI, RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, JBOD Network Attached Storage - N5500

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I was looking for an easy to use home NAS with at leat 6TB storage to store my media files. After searching online for a while I think Theucs N5500 has the best price & features, especially after the price drop :D. The setup is easy, just follow the setup wizard. I use Raid 5 for my N5500. It takes a while to build the raid but once finished it's a charm! The speed is excellent and it runs quietly under my desk that I almost foget it's there. Now my family can all enjoy the video or mp3 they like from the NAS at the same time. Very happy with Thecus N5500!

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Excellent NAS!

by K.D on 2/19/2010

I was looking for an easy to use home NAS with at leat 6TB storage to store my media files. After searching online for a while I think Theucs N5500 has the best price & features, especially after the price drop :D. The setup is easy, just follow the setup wizard. I use Raid 5 for my N5500. It takes a while to build the raid but once finished it's a charm! The speed is excellent and it runs quietly under my desk that I almost foget it's there. Now my family can all enjoy the video or mp3 they like from the NAS at the same time. Very happy with Thecus N5500! Read More

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Product Overview

When people are searching for a NAS device, they invariably want something that is not only secure, but also performs well. They want it to be flexible enough to handle any situation, while simple enough to operate without having to have a degree in computer engineering. To that end, Thecus® Technology is proud to unveil its most advanced five-bas NAS unit yet – the N5500. Building off the success of the Thecus® N5200, the N5500 incorporates the latest Thecus® innovations for unrivaled efficiency and data security.

First and foremost, the N5500 is engineered to store your data and keep it safe. The N5500 is equipped with five hot-swappable SATA 3.5” hard disk bays for a whopping 10TB of total storage capacity. To protect this data, the N5500 lets you choose from a wide selection of RAID modes, including RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and JBOD. The N5500 also supports multiple RAID volumes, enabling you to choose the right combination of RAID volumes for your network, and if you ever change your mind, the N5500 also features online RAID expansion, online RAID migration, and auto rebuild for maximum flexibility. In fact, the N5500 is the only storage solution on the market that can be configured as a NAS, a DAS, or an iSCSI device! A powerful Intel® CPU and dual Gigabit Ethernet ports with load balancing, failover, and link aggregation with 802.3ad, the N5500 lets you access your data quickly and reliably.

In a business environment, maintaining functional operation on storage device is critical. With the unique dual-DOM design, an extra DOM is installed to ensure continuous and flawless operation on N5500. Users do not need to worry about down-time due to unexpected system failure. The N5500 also shines in terms of flexibility with support for multiple file systems, including XFS, EXT3 and ZFS, and you can even select different file systems for each RAID volume. In addition to this, RAID volumes on the N5500 can also be encrypted for ultimate data protection and security. Those who require even greater performance will be happy to hear that the N5500 also supports iSCSI initiators, which means that you can enjoy blazing file transfer performance over Ethernet without the hassle and expense of fiber-channel.

For home users, the N5500 also has you covered with robust multimedia support, including an iTunes server, photo web server, and a media server which supports uPnP, making it the perfect central hub for all of your digital content. Debuting on the N5500 is Thecus’ new and AJAX-based web interface, which is more intuitive and easier to use than every before. The N5500 is also fully compatible with Windows, UNIX/Linux, and MAC OS 9/X operating systems, and a scheduled power on/off function means less wasted power and lower total cost of ownership. And with IP cam support, the N5500 can even be configured as a surveillance system for ultimate peace of mind.

Unique Dual-DOM Design
In business environment, maintaining functional operation on storage device is critical. With the unique Dual-DOM design, an extra DOM is installed to ensure continuous and flawless operation on N5500. Users do not need to worry about down-time due to unexpected system failure.

Incredibly Easy To Use
The N5500 features Thecus' next-generation web-based interface featuring AJAX technology, making it the easiest-to-use Thecus NAS ever.

Three Units In One
Flexibility is the name of the game. The N5500 is the only storage device that can be configured as a NAS, DAS, or iSCSI unit, making it a perfect fit for just about any configuration.

Unrivaled Data Security
The N5500 secures your data like never before. It supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 and JBOD and multiple RAID volumes. What's more, the snapshot feature offers version control for even greater peace of mind by enabling you to easily restore previous snapshots.

Flexible Storage Options
Aside from supporting iSCSI initiators, the N5500 is also stackable, allowing you to control multiple N5500 units from one master system for added flexibility. In addition to this, you can choose from a selection of file systems, including EXT3, XFS and ZFS, which enables the N5500 to adapt to virtually any type of network.

Total Network Performance and Reliability
Because accessing your data is as important as securing it, the N5500 comes with dual Gigabit Ethernet ports with 802.3ad link aggregation for excellent data throughput. You can even select load balancing or failover, depending on your network configuration, to ensure maximum uptime and data availability.

Specifications

Manufacturer Thecus/Clairtek Inc
Mfg Part# N5500
SKU 211482286
UPC 884956002000
UPC 14 00884956002000
Links
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Features
Interfaces/Ports 1 x 7-pin - eSATA / 2 x RJ-45 - Network / 5 x USB 2.0 - USB / 1 x RS-232 - Serial / 1 x 7-pin - Serial ATA
Product Name N5500 Dual DOM Network Storage Server
Manufacturer Part Number N5500
Manufacturer Thecus Tech., Corp
Manufacturer Website Address www.thecus.com
Product Model N5500
Product Type Network Storage Server
Standard Memory 1 GB DDR2 SDRAM
Network Cards Gigabit Ethernet IEEE 802.3ab 10/100/1000Mbps RJ-45
Power Supply 200 W
Total Storage Capacity Not Applicable
Hard Drive Not Included
RAID Levels 0 / 1 / 5 / 6 / 10 / JBOD
Processor Intel
Protocols TCP/IP / AppleTalk / CIFS/SMB / HTTP / HTTPS / FTP / NFS V.3 / AFP / IPP / UPnPAV / SNMP
Tech Specs
Hardware Platform
SATA device: 5 x SATA for internal, 1 x eSATA for external
System Memory: 1024MB DDR2 SODIMM SDRAM
LAN Interface (PCI-e): RJ-45x2 : 10/100/1000 BASE-TX Auto MDI/MDI-X WOL supported
USB Interface: USB 2.0 host port x5(Front x1, Back x4) (A Type); USB 2.0 Target mode (B Type)
LCM Module: 2*20
LED indicator: Power(Blue); System Status : Busy (FW Upgrade)(Orange); HDD1-5 Activity/Fail(Green/Red); WAN (Link : Green; Activity : Green); LAN (Link : Green; Activity :Green); RAID Status: Error (Red); USB (Copy LED: Blue); eSATA (Activity LED:Blue)
Power supply: 200W Power Supply support 2TB and above HDDx5
Disk interface: SATA I/II x5 via backplane
Thermal/Fan control: Thermal sensor on processor temperature; Temperature controlled system FAN speed; System fan monitoring
Buttons: Power button(Front, power down controlled by S/W); Reset button; LCM button (ENT,ESC,UP, DOWN)
RS232: 1 (For UPS)
Environment: Temperature : 5°C to 40°C; Humidity : 0 ~ 80 % R.H. (Non-condensing)
Dimension: Tower Base
Software Functions
RAID
RAID modes: RAID 0, 1, 5,6,10,JBOD
Auto-rebuild: Supported
Hot-swap: Supported
Hot spare: Supported
SMART Info: Supported
SMART Test: Supported
On line RAID Migration: Supported
On line RAID Expansion: Supported
RAID Volume Encryption: AES256bit (Available 2009/8)
Disk
Power management: Spin down while idle time setup
Bad Block Scan: Supported
Roaming: Support roaming to other N5500
Network
Configuration: Fixed IP Address, Dynamic IP Address,
IP sharing mode: Can be enable/disabled
Transport Protocols: TCP/IP/Appletalk
File Protocols: SMB/CIFS, HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, NFS v3, AFP
Link Aggregation: 802.3ad, load balance and fail over
Data Access
Client OS support: Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista; UNIX/Linux; Mac OS 9 / X
WebDisk: Web-based file access
FTP: File transmission protocol
Secure FTP: Secure File transmission protocol
Download Manager: HTTP / FTP / BT / eMule (Available 2009/8)
Printer Server (IPP): Support USB printers; Support IPP various printers; Client can manage(List/Delete) the print job queue on WEB interface
Data Backup
Client schedule incremental data backup: FarStone Drive Clone PRO 5.0
Client system Disaster Recovery: FarStone Drive Clone PRO 5.0
NAS Remote Replication: Via Thecus proprietary Nsync
USB device copy to N5500: Through LCM to control
Snapshot: Supported
Bi-directional USB Copy: Available 2009/8
Block Level Access
iSCSI Target: Support Microsoft/Mac/Linux Initiator
iSCSI initiator: For stackable with N5200/1U4500/N7700
iSCSI Thin Provisioning: Available 2009/8
Power management
Schedule power on/off: Supported
Volume management
Multiple RAID: Supported
Multiple file system selectable: Ext3 / XFS / ZFS
Multimedia Support (Options for module upload)
iTunes Server: Supported File Types: AAC, MP3 w/ ID3 tag, WAV
Photo Web Server: Supported File Types: GIF, JPG (JPEG), BMP, PNG; Supports EXIF display; Supports slide show
Media server: Supports uPnP AV streaming protocol
User Authentication
Local User: Supports built-in user accounts
Local Group: Supports built-in user groups
Windows NT/ADS: Supported
File System
Type: Journaling File System
Capacity: 16TB (XFS,ZFS) / 8TB (ext3) per volume
Language Support: Unicode Support
Authorization (ACL): Read, Write or Deny options on individual users or groups for share and sub-folders
Administration
Multi-Lingual Web-based administration (Default auto): Web-based server management Interface Supports English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Polish
Utility Program: MS Windows Setup Wizard,
supports Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista; Mac setup Wizard (OSX only)
Email notification: Sends system messages via Email to the system administrator
SNMP trap: System information trap out
Others
Dual DOM: Supported
Web Disk: Supported
Recycled bin: Supported
Web Server: Available 2009/8
ISO Mount: Supported
User module: Supported
IP CAM surveillance Server: Supported to 20 IP CAM device(Available 2009/8)
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