Every modern NAS is started up in the same manner. You attach your HDDs to the installation frames, insert them into the NAS, connect power and network cables, and press the Power button. The only subtlety with the N4100PRO is in choosing the right port for the first connection. It is, however, logical to choose the port marked as 1.
The NAS takes about 2 minutes to boot up. To set it up further, you can use the Setup Wizard or the web-interface (accessible at the IP address you can read on the NAS’s display). At this step you can also format your HDDs using the front-panel buttons.
Unfortunately, the Setup Wizard can only work when installed on a hard disk. It also requires .NET Framework, which may be inconvenient. It can be used to search for the NAS on the network, create disk volumes and set up network parameters.
When accessed via a browser as a user (not the administrator), you can access file manager and photo album features. I will discuss them shortly. The NAS can be administrated from one computer at a time. The interface is available in multiple languages.
By default, the interface works on port 80, but this parameter can be adjusted in the settings. SSL is supported using a self-signed certificate (the SSL port can be changed if necessary). While many other makers have transitioned to pretty-looking Ajax-based interfaces, Thecus still prefers a conservative and austere design of interface pages. Of course, this has no effect on the performance and functionality of the NAS, but does not agree with the modern standards of user convenience.