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“Thecus N5550: More than just a NAS”
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08/03/2012The N5550 keeps racking up good reviews and awards from all four corners of the world. For its latest accomplishment, the 5-bay NAS from the Vision series has been awarded “Best Buy” by, an Italian web media specialized in IT.

A thorough review

For the Italian IT pro, the N5550 has no secret! The review writer Alberto literally stripped down the NAS to its bare bones and gave an educated description of all the hardware the Thecus® NAS has to offer. Nothing was left out, from its appearance, passing by all of its connectivity and going into details about the mother board, every single part were referred. Here are some quotes from the review.

About the outside

“The Thecus N5550 measures just 23 x 19 x 24 cm and can hold up to 5 SATA 3.5” HDD…This makes it a very compact and suitable NAS for environments where space is critical.” “Regarding the design of the N5550, the NAS is characterized by a flat black paint and a very professional appearance.”

About the Inside

“This processor is one of the top performing processor of the Atom family.” “The expandability is also ensured by the presence of a mini PCI-Express slot.” “In addition to the hard riding equipment, this device supports a good number of connections of various kinds, ranging from USB3.0 to HDMI, giving it the stature of a media center” “More in detail on the rear panel are a good 4 USB2.0 ports, E-Sata, 2 Ethernet (RJ-45) ports, a 3.5 jack for microphone, jacks for audio output, a VGA port and an HDMI port. On the front panel only shows one USB 3.0 port, useful for connecting a pen drive for high transfer rate.”

About the operating system

“Through a very user-friendly GUI, the user can configure complex services such as LDAP, SNMP, DHCP, FTP, SAMBA, etc, via a few clicks.” “The use of a web interface has a number of key advantages:

  • Allows the administration of the device from both LAN and the Internet (WAN)
  • Allows multiple access to multiple users
  • Enables quick and easy configuration of many complex services
  • It can also be accessed from tablets and smartphones
  • Configuration of additional modules and options, including iTunes server, Dropbox, web disk, etc…”


“We can say that this device combines in it all the advances features you could expect from an evolved NAS, those that are the basis for a server to share files and those that are expected from a media center” “This device has much more to offer to any type of users. Although this is a device dedicated to small businesses and office, very demanding home users could also exploit the potential of the Thecus N5550 for their needs. This is fundamentally enabled by the ease of configuration of even complex processes such as LDAP, SNMP, mail server, FTP, web disk and so on.” “Thecus chose all components of quality, starting from the adapter that is certified 80PLUS and is able to feed the NAS continuously with a good degree of efficiency.”

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About Thecus®
Established in 2004, Thecus Technology Corp provides market leading network attached storage and network video recorder solutions, committed to revolutionize how everyone from home user to enterprise level business centrally stores, manages and accesses their digital data both onsite and cloud-based. Thecus strives to deliver continuous innovation through cutting edge technology and design to provide data storage with the most customer-friendly platform, rapid performance and robust security. In May 2016, Thecus was formally acquired by Ennoconn Corporation and thus became part of the Foxconn IPC Technology group. Partnered together this diverse group of companies work in tandem to provide a total IoT (Internet of Things) solution. Now with an unparalleled portfolio to work with, Thecus is collaborating to bring unprecedented change to the network storage industry.