0. This is just a beta, not official release. 1. Fixed the issue that Seagate 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500G drives cannot be detected by NAS firmware while cold booting up. 2. File info: 2010/10/20 16:44 14,465,936 N2100_FW_2.01.11.4.bin MD5(N2100_FW_2.01.11.4.bin)= 5d7d8217ccc51159051ba74c8c877aa9
What you're seeing are bug fixes rather than new features. I emailed Thecus support to ask whether they were planning to release a fix that annoyance with unix extensions on samba (which upsets my mac) and/or whether they were planning a fancy firmware like the in the newer NAS models. They checked with the Taiwanese and stated that they wouldn't be working on any further releases for the N2100; i.e. They consider it 'obsolete'.
Re: N2100 beta firmware V2.01.11.4 « Reply #2 on Nov 28, 2010, 7:03am »
haha this is getting rediculous now! I love the fact that thecus is still maintaining this device but what would really help is guidelines on how the community can maintain/update this device.
I wonder how man more firmware release we'll see, but to be honest i suspect this is an update that has been pushed out to all their devices. It will be an easy fix that can be applied to everything.
On my N2100 the system time is shown as 8 hours and 3 minutes behind what it should be. Setting the time using the on-screen menu gives you the "System time has been set successfully." message but the time has not been changed. There are no messages in the N2100 log files to indicate an error has occurred or that the system time was changed. Note that it is only the time that is incorrect. The date is correct so the clock is ticking over.
Specifying a different NTP server also has no effect.
I have reported it to Thecus Tech Support and will let you know what they report back.
This error was due to me resetting the system to 'Factory Defaults' and not due to the firmware update.
The issue was actually due to the N2100 not being able to resolve the DNS for the NTP server. While I had restored all of my previous configuration settings, I had omitted to add the DNS server to the LAN 1 interface. Once I had added in the DNS server the time was updated correctly. The N2100 was rebooted and continues to work correctly.
While this was a "user error" problem, I'm surprised that there was no error messages when I tried to set the time manually using the System->Time menu page.
Don't do it - it's not supported! I tried this and it worked for a while and then things started to go wrong. After logging a message with Thecus I received an e-mail which contained the following info:
"- The drive has a block size of 4K and 512 Bytes block size HDD's are supported only - The N2100 supports up to 500GB only, 2TB is out of spec"
Another e-mail said "The N2100 supports HDD's up to 500GB, the WD EARS you have installed are 2TB. Next that, the EARS drives do have a block size of 4K, but the N2100 supports 512 byte block sized HDD's only. This will cause that the RAID is misaligned, which will cause stability issues."
As I depend on the NAS for backup I replaced it with a N2200Plus which does support the WD 2TB drives.
You should not use the newer WD drives at all in a RAID configuration, because of the WD specific error correction. Your NAS will remove the drive from the NAS as soon as the first error occures, even if the drive is fine for further usage.
By the way: WD hints this on all Caviar Black, Blue and Green Models!