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The 5200 is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Disk) product, so you'll first need to mount drives on the supplied trays and plug them in. You then connect the 5200 to your LAN using its WAN port, plug in power, turn the rear panel power switch on and press the front panel power button to start her up. The 5200 comes with its WAN port set to 192.168.1.100, so you'll need to either run the setup utility that comes on the 5200's CD to change it, or set the machine you're using to a 192.168.1.XXX address.

The 5200's secure (HTTPS) access is enabled by default, but the product doesn't automatically direct unsecured (port 80) requests there. You have to both specify the secure port (443) and make sure you include https in your URL or you'll get the screen shown in Figure 6. Unfortunately, clicking on the link doesn't properly rewrite the URL and instead gets you a "server not found" response. Both the normal and secure ports can be changed to avoid problems with other web-based products on your LAN.

Unhelpful response

Figure 6: Unhelpful response

After you get your URLs straightened out and enter the default username and password, you'll be taken to the Product Information screen (Figure 7), which you also access via the Status > About menu.

Product Information / About screen

Figure 7: Product Information / About screen

The System, Info and About screens under the Status menu would better have been condensed into one screen. Figure 8 shows the System screen and I'm skipping the Info screen, since all it contains is a System Description field that appears only on the 5200's log in screen that you can change from its default of "N5200 IP Storage Server". The System Fan Speed in Figure 8 is showing "Fail" because I had the fan panel disconnected while taking the internal photo. It normally displays "OK" instead of the actual fan speed if all is well in that department.

System screen

Figure 8: System screen

The Status menu also holds a Printer selection for its built-in USB print server. Thecus provides no information on the server or compatible printers and I didn't test this feature. The Printer screen displays Manufacturer, Model and Status for an attached printer, plus a Remove All Documents link to empty the print queue.

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