When it comes to Network Attached Storage hardware, the name of Thecus stands next to such brands as QNAP and Synology. This company has a five years’ experience and specializes in storage systems, offering a broad range of products from simple home-oriented single-disk models to professional rack-mounted solutions for as many as eight HDDs.
The N4100PRO is targeted at the SMB/SME market and is the first 4-disk NAS from Thecus to be based on an x86 platform. Its predecessors have been based on chips with ARM architecture. The exterior design has changed, too. The HDD bays (with hot swap feature) are now hidden behind a door. There is a dot matrix display and a few additional buttons at the bottom of the device. Thecus’s new N5500 and N7700, for five and seven HDDs respectively, are designed in a similar way.
Thecus’s NASes differ but little in terms of functionality because they share the same Linux-based firmware. The basic capabilities for accessing files via standard protocols are complemented with such functions as a media server, FTP server, print-server, etc. The performance of a NAS is usually determined by the performance of its central processor and the amount of system memory. And judging by its specs, the N4100PRO can prove to be a very fast model.