Everything I read said you just plug this thing in. Nope, no matter what I try I cant get this devise to show up.
If your like me and you need storage but your not a network person then dont buy this.
It looks nice and the reviews are good but I have a 2000.00 paper weight right now, mines going back.
I presume you can 192.168.1.100. If so the go into services after login and make sure uPnp is turned on. Got to your router and do the same.
If you cant get to it there may be an IP conflict as it is 192.168.1.100 by default. You can either connect a crossover lan cable to it directly from your machine or go into your router and remove the conflict.
Enabling UPnp support on your router and the Thecus will solve a lot of problems seeing the machine locally
Did these units come with a user's manual? Still not one available for download on the Thecus web site. Can't wait to hear more about how these first units are working out!
You can download the user manual in .pdf on their site now. It covers basics but assumes a lot about the user and leaves out quite a bit of info as of yet. Im thinkning of re-writing one if I keep my unit and it behaves. Anyone can check my issues with the machine under tjhe N5200 problems.
So far it looks grim for this thing. I may have been better off building a whole new machine and dedicating it as an FTP server. I really wanted something small, quick and uncomplicated. 1 out of 3 isn't good.
Thank you for your review. I am (was? ) strongly considering to purchase this unit exactly for the type of usage that you described - as a dedicated FTP server with ample disk space. I assumed that the write speed to the drives in this box will be very similar to the results of a system assembled with dedicated server + DAS. Can you do the tests with your RAID config (or however you configured the box), measuring the speed of FTP transfer on a LAN to this box and publish the resuts here ? I will greatly appreciate it.
Any comments/suggestions on the subject of usage N5200 as a dedicated ftp server are greatly appreciated.
I will be waiting for the negative comments to be answered by thecus personnel directly here, on this forum, before purchasing the unit. It is very unfortunate start of otherwise interesting and well thought product.
I was really excited when we discovered the Thecus N5200 and were assured by Thecus' tech suppor that it did indeed support 750 GB hard drives. However, we were extremely disappointed with the device when we received it and ran into about 10 problems in the course of a week setting it up. The device is operational, but it has an extremely buggy and incomplete firmware that needs to be fixed by Thecus before the device can be used properly in our organization.
I wrote a detailed review of the N5200 and our experiences with it. Perhaps reading it will help some of you to decide whether to purchase the device:
Ok, I have my 5200 setup and working. I only got it with two 500GB drives, so I couldn't do RAID 5, so I setup RAID 1.
First, let me say that it isn't really plug & play if you don't know some basic networking. The manual assumes a basic knowledge, and it could be confusing if you don't know what you are doing.
That being said, after install, the NAS works great! It's fast and works as advertised. Yes, I had a minor issue with the hard drive error light on my second drive, but the firmware patch fixed that. Thanks to eaegis for sending it to me!
One minor issue that I was a bit disappointed in is the fact that if I plug in a computer to one of the ethernet ports in the back, it belongs to a different subnet (192.168.2 instead of 192.168.1), which means without routing or host file changes, other systems can't see that machine.
Personally, I would have preferred a direct passthru switch, basically extending my router, instead of using a different subnet. If anyone knows a way around this, I'd appreciate it!
I plan to buy more drives soon and switch to a RAID 5. Not sure how that migration will work, but I'll let you know!
So far, I am very happy with my purchase. Access speed to my files have increased significantly, and that makes me happy.