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Thecus N7700PRO Reviewed - Features

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Features

Here is a summary of the N7700PRO's feature set for quick reference:

  • Network file sharing via SMB/CIFS, NFS, AFP
  • Hot-swappable JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 with hot spare for RAID 1, 5, 6 and 10
  • Online RAID expansion and RAID level migration
  • FTP (and -SSL) with upload / download bandwidth control
  • HTTP / HTTPs file and admin access
  • Joins NT Domain / Active Directories for account information
  • Network Backup: Once daily, weekly or monthly networked backup to other Thecus NASes using proprietary nsync protocol or to standard FTP servers. No compression or encryption
  • Client Backup: FarStone DriveClone PRO 5 (Windows only)
  • Scheduled Backup to USB and eSATA drives (via installable module)
  • iSCSI target (5) and initiator
  • ISO mounts
  • User quotas
  • Email alerts
  • Logging
  • USB print serving
  • Apache webserver (via installable module)
  • Media servers: UPnP AV / DLNA, iTunes
  • Web photo album
  • BitTorrent / HTTP / FTP download service w/ scheduling
  • Webcam recording and playback

Although Thecus has included consumer features like media, iTunes and photo servers, the PRO's real value lies in its ability to simultaneously support iSCSI and SMB/NFS/AFP access and create multiple RAID volumes. When you create a volume, you can choose from EXT3, XFS and ZFS formats (you must use ZFS if you want volume snapshots).

Figure 3 provides a taste of the admin GUI in the V3 OS. A handy My favorite feature lets you put a shortcut to any screen on a special page that you can access via the My favorite link at the top of each page. While not yet the equal of what you'll find in Synology and QNAP's GUIs, Thecus is slowly getting to within striking distance.

Admin GUI My favorites page

Figure 3: Admin GUI My favorites page

Thecus is also finally making progress in the area of backup. A free installable module now adds schedulable backup to USB or eSATA attached drives (Figure 4). It ain't fancy, but it'll get the job done. I was able to use the module to run backup tests to USB and eSATA drives.

Attached backup module
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Figure 4: Attached backup module

Unfortunately only FAT, vfat and ext3 formatted drives are supported and there is no built-in format capability. So I was only able to test FAT backup, which came in 55.8 MB/s for eSATA and 25.36 MB/s for USB. The USB performance is good, but the eSATA rather low for such a high-end NAS.

Figure 5 shows the other available modules, which I didn't check out.

N7700Pro modules

Figure 5: N7700Pro modules

Thecus has also been working on adding support for general rsync targets instead of only its modified "nsync" flavor. An rsync target enable has been added to the Nsync Target page, which I assume allows the PRO to act as an rsync target (I didn't test this).

Figure 6 shows a Native Rsync server option when setting up an "nsync" network backup task, but don't get your hopes up. Note there is no place where you can specify the rsync target or path within the target. Thecus obviously still has some work to do here.

Misleading rsync backup setting

Figure 6: Misleading rsync backup setting



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SWEET!!!

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Reviewed by Skywave11
August 25, 2011
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BEST NAS I have ever experienced for SPEED and performance. Copying 2TB drives at 105 MB/s. Very Happy!

 

go get it if you can

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Reviewed by Dave
March 29, 2011
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Top NAS available on the market. With the new firmware update you can't beat 21 TB compare to other NASes at the same level. Quite impressive!!!

 

RAID 10 Array completely disappeared

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Reviewed by Rob
June 24, 2010
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At first everything went well. I decided to build a RAID 10 array because I was using six 2TB disks (Hitachi) and XFS. Building the array was the first problem - it didn't just take hours it took just a couple of hours short of 2 days! When it was finally built I transferred over 250GB of data or so and was just starting a second transfer when I got a message from Windows saying "too many files open" or similar.

Perplexed, I started looking for problems through the web interface when the red light started flashing on a drive. I looked at the manual and it seemed to say that I should just remove the drive with the flashing light and replace with a new one. I did that - fortunately I had a spare. The beeper sounded (it may have started when the red light came on I can't remember) and the display on the front said the array was degraded.

Then the problems really started - I navigated to one of the files in the 250GB I'd copied over and Windows put up it's progress bar and eventually timed out - not a good sign I thought. Then I tried to get to the web admin - the browser timed out. I pinged the box - it was still there. I waited a few hours trying every now and then - still the same. I waited overnight - still the same.

Next evening I gave up and turned the box off and on again. The box came back up with all green lights - very happy to let me go in through the admin web interface and look at my disks - all there and my RAID - what ! no RAID ! the RAID array had vaporized ! So what do I do now? I haven't lost any data but I've lost complete faith in the box!

 

fast data transfer speed

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Reviewed by Paul
April 20, 2010
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I got my Thecus N7700PRO from newegg last month, all metal construction, intuitive UI, and fast data transfer speed.
Thanks for the introduction of 10GbE, that's something I'm interested in and one of the reasons I bought this unit. I would also like to get the 10GbE cards and try it out.

 

Thecus N7700PRO Reviewed

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Reviewed by Coolerb
April 19, 2010
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I own one of this device myself and I use it mainly as a file server and I use the Farstone backup software that comes free with the device to backup files from my PC to the N7700PRO.

It is indeed a great device, it works perfectly without any problems since the day I got it.
I am content with performance and I really dont think this device is noisy at all.

 
 
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