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External Devices

The Thecus N2800 has two USB 2.0, one USB 3.0 and one eSATA port. The latter can only be used with external disks whereas the USB connectors can work with printers and uninterruptible power supplies. The list of compatible UPSes is long but the NAS cannot automatically identify the model. Besides local connection, the client-server mode is possible. You can enable power failure notifications and emergency shutdown in the settings. Unfortunately, the NAS can only shut down safely but cannot turn back on when power is restored. Hopefully, this will be implemented in firmware updates.

A single network printer can be established on this NAS. The scanning feature of all-in-ones is not supported.

External disk volumes can be formatted as FAT32, EXT2/3/4 or NTFS, both for reading and writing. They are mounted in subfolders of shared folders called usbhdd and eSATAHDD. You can only specify access rights for these top-level folders. Safe turning off is only available for USB disks. USB hubs are supported poorly, so you should avoid them. We also had some problems with the front-panel USB 3.0 port. Some of our devices didn’t work with it at all. The Copy button on the front panel can be used to copy data from a USB disk to the NAS’s predefined USBCopy folder.

The user manual mentions wireless USB adapters but the manufacturer doesn’t provide a compatibility list, so you shouldn’t rely much on this usage scenario.

The Data Burn feature refers to optical drives connected to the NAS. It can be used to make backup copies, burn disc images to optical media and create such images out of selected files.

System Settings

Like most other same-class NASes, the Thecus N2800 offers system settings like admin password, firmware updates, saving/restoring/resetting its configuration, and internal clock. Interestingly, it can act as a time synchronization server for other devices on the LAN.

The NAS allows saving a backup copy of the system partition from the DOM but it’s unclear what to do with it afterwards.

NASes based on the x86 platform often offer enhanced power management options. So, besides the mentioned WoL feature, the Thecus N2800 can be set to work by a schedule with 5 minute precision. It can also be turned off or rebooted from the web-interface.

The event log is very detailed and can be filtered by type. Email notifications are supported for up to 4 recipient addresses. You can set up SMTP server parameters including authentication. SNMP, remote or local Syslog servers can also be used. The new firmware version can log all user actions on AFP, FTP, iSCSI, Samba/CIFS and SSH protocols.

There are a few pages with information about the NAS. The first one shows its name, firmware version and uptime. On the second page you can check out the running services and read monitoring data: temperature of the CPU and mainboard, fan speed, and CPU, memory and LAN load. The same data can be viewed dynamically on a special monitoring page. The last item in the System Information section shows the hardware configuration: CPU model, system memory amount, BIOS version, names of the LAN, USB and SATA controllers.

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