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N4310 Best-in-Class Value: Small Businesses
 

Awards/Reviews

2014-12-26
Media: IT-World | Country: Russia

The Thecus N4310 is an excellent choice for a family or a small organization. “It is unbelievable that a 4-bay NAS with such good performance can come at such an affordable price!”

2014-12-08
Media: HEXUS | Country: UK
“Priced at around £260, the N4310 offers four bays, USB 3.0 connectivity, decent performance from an energy-efficient, single-core processor, and a healthy set of features that includes home-user basics alongside various workplace-friendly services.”

Features

  • Power Redundancy Supported
    With your data secure, consistent operation also needs to be ensured. To this end, the N4310 also comes equipped with an additional power jack. Connecting the N4310 to a power source with this secondary system means that even in the event of an adaptor or socket failure, the NAS will remain in operation.
  • iSCSI Storage Supported
    Addressing the evolving needs of professionals seeking both efficiency and versatility in their NAS, the N4310 utilizes Hybrid Mode Storage for resource management, meaning support for both file (NFS or SMB/CIFS) and block-level (iSCSI) storage.
  • AES Data Encryption
    AES Data Encryption provides flawless security for your RAID volume when dealing with sensitive data. This 128-bit security solution is implemented with improved efficiency thanks to hardware-integration, and promises that your information will remain secure even in the event of data interception or hardware theft.
  • CPU Offload Hardware Engine
    The N4310 is equipped with a CPU offload hardware engine, allowing for high performance and speed within a RAID environment (100MB/s read speed and 75MB/s write speed). The hardware XOR engine manages this by handling parity calculations and freeing up the system processor.
  • 5 Minute Complete Installation
    The N4310 is designed with ease in mind; it is easy enough for anyone to set up. Overlook the several steps which usually are associated with setting up NAS appliances. Simply plug the power supply, insert the Ethernet cable, boot up the N4310 and set up will be completed within 5 minutes. This breakthrough feature truly makes this a plug-and-play NAS.
  • Self-RAID Creation
    All Thecus NAS include an innovative Self-RAID Creation tool that analyzes installed drives and, once the user has selected their preferred balance of performance and protection, automatically builds their customized RAID volume.
  • T-OnTheGo™ Mobile App
    We’re a mobile society, and our NAS solutions are keeping up! Incorporated into the N4310 is support for Thecus’s® T-OnTheGo™ smartphone app. Now supporting both iOS and Android, this NAS management software enables users to access, copy, stream, and edit any data between their NAS and mobile device. Your own personal cloud, from anywhere with internet access.
  • DDNS
    Have easy access to your NAS via Dynamic DNS (DDNS), this allows users to allocate and access their NAS files via the internet remotely. Since IP digits are often difficult to remember, domain names are utilized to make NAS management much more convenient. When the IP address is changed, the DDNS server will automatically adjust the IP address to make sure that remote access is always available. In short, DDNS provides convenient remote internet access to your Thecus® N4310 by utilizing domain names instead of IP digits.
  • PLEX Media Center
    The Plex Media Server is both the heart and brains for any digital media system. The free server is a module available on the Thecus® App Center that allows you to set up and manage your media. With the Plex Media Server installed on your Thecus® NAS, various devices on your network (such as your Xbox 360 and mobile devices) can connect to and stream your local and online media.
  • Native BitTorrent Support
    Included in ThecusOS™ 6 is Transmission, a powerful BitTorrent client. Easily add torrent seed files to Transmission and sit back and relax as your NAS does the rest, independent of your computer. Once downloaded, your files will be automatically stored in your NAS P2P folder where you’ll be able to access them across your network or through the internet. Set and forget torrenting that’s accessible anywhere, that’s the N4310’s native BitTorrent support.
  • Data Guard
    Data Guard backup solution is the ultimate software as it provides both local and remote parts. Currently, data is backed up across RAID volumes, external USB drives, and eSATA. In addition, Data Guard uses innovative technology to sync data across the network to other NAS and servers. More importantly, Thecus® Data Guard is the total backup solution which makes managing NAS user-friendly and convenient.
  • Data Burn
    NAS data can now be burned directly to CD, DVD, and Blu-ray discs with Data Burn, this hassle-free module makes burning data to a disk effortless. In addition, burning ISO image file is also supported. Whether you’re managing audio, media or essential files; Data Burn copies information fast while significantly reducing waiting time. The process of burning file to disk is now easy and smooth with Data Burn module.
  • USB 3.0 Connectivity
    The next generation of connectivity is here with speeds 10x faster than USB 2.0. Whether connecting digital cameras and smart phones, backing up large external hard drives, or extending the capacity of your NAS, USB 3.0 will make sure it's done in no time at up to 5 Gbit/s. Backwards compatibility adds the connectivity of a world full of USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 devices to get the best combination of speed and universal access.
  • User Quota
    Divide the massive storage of a Thecus NAS among multiple users. Whether there are two users or 100, User Quota make it easy to divvy up and manage disk space.

Overview

Thecus is pleased to announce the release of the newest addition to its lineup of home, SOHO, and SMB NAS solutions, the N4310. Featuring an AMCC 1GHZ SoC with 1 GB of DDR3 memory, the new 4-bay NAS offers exceptional performance and easy data management at an unprecedented value.

“Our mission begins with your needs. Adding the N4310 to our already extensive product portfolio allows Thecus to continue to redefine the NAS market,” said Florence Shih, chairperson at Thecus. “The N4310 provides the versatility and functionality required to reach the full spectrum of SOHO and SMB user needs.”

Following in the footsteps of the N2310 released late last year, the N4310 is stacked with features providing a practical solution for those in need of economical network storage:

-RAID (0,1,5,6, and JBOD)
-Private cloud features
-Built-in FTP server
-AES Data Encryption
-Hybrid Storage Mode for block and file-level storage
-Plex media support and BitTorrent client
-Mobile control and media streaming via T-OnTheGo (for Android and IOS)
-Energy Efficient: 29.5W - Operation mode / 10W – Sleep mode

-Addressing the evolving needs of business professionals pursuing a highly efficient NAS, the N4310 utilizes Hybrid Mode Storage for resource management, AES Data Encryption for added security when dealing with sensitive data, and a built-in FTP server for optimal file sharing. The unit is also equipped with a CPU Offload Hardware Engine, allowing for high performance and speed within a RAID environment (100MB/s read and 75MB/s write speed). For even further security, lockable drive trays come optional; and if you would like peace of mind with power redundancy, the N4310 also supports dual power input.

Offering an extensive array of software, including Plex Media Server, a BitTorrent client, and T-OnTheGo mobile support, the N4310 provides a strong platform for multimedia sharing. Beyond these, this latest 4-bay also offers media streaming and smartphone syncing, making it the perfect media data center.

Start-up is simplified with our Intelligent NAS utility, which boasts a 5-minute complete installation. Once up and running, the refined ThecusOS 6 provides users with a unique, customizable experience thanks to the rich reservoir of resources found in the Thecus NAS App Center.

As a high-performance, low-cost device, the N4310 offers a great array of solutions for all users, from audiophiles with expansive music libraries to the vigorous small business owner with essential financial data.

Specs

1. Hardware Platform
Item Spec
Processor AMCC APM86491RDK 1GHz SoC
System Memory 1GB DDR3
LAN Interface (PCI-e) RJ-45x1 : 10/100/1000 BASE-TX Auto MDI/MDI-X
WOL supported
USB Interface USB 3.0 host port x2 (back x2)
Disk Interface 4 x Internal SATA connections
Staggered Spin-Up Supported
Power Supply 60W external power adapter
2 x input: redundancy supported
System Clock Battery-backed-up system clock
Buttons Power button
USB copy button
Reset button
Environment Temperature: 5°C to 40°C
Humidity: 0 ~ 80 % R.H. (Non-condensing)
Chassis 4-bay tower
Dimensions (HxWxD) 135 x 170 x 217 (mm)/ 5.33 x 6.69 x 8.54(in)
Weight 3 (kg)/6.61(lb)
Certificates CE/FCC/C-Tick/VCCI/BSMI
RoHS
WEEE

2. Software Functions
RAID
RAID Modes RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 and JBOD
Auto-rebuild Supported
Hot-swap Supported
Hot Spare Supported
RAID Level Migration Supported
RAID Expansion Supported
RAID Volume Encryption AES 128-bit with hardware integration
Disk
Power Management Spin-down when idle
Bad Block Scanning Supported
SMART Info Supported
SMART Test Supported
Disk Roaming Supports volume-based roaming to other N4310
Network
Configuration Fixed IP address, dynamic IP address
Transport Protocols TCP/IP, AppleTalk
File Protocols SMB/CIFS, HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, AFP, NFS
TCP/IP IPV6 & IPV4
System status
Syslog Management Send syslog to assigned location
Act as syslog server to receive log info from other systems
Data Access
Client OS Support Windows XP and after
Windows Server 2003 and after
Mac OS X
Linux
FTP Built-in FTP server with bandwidth control
Secure FTP Built-in secure FTP server with bandwidth control
TFTP Users can download and upload files with TFTP programs
Download Manager BitTorrent client (via Transmission)
NZB client (via NZB Module)
WebDAV/WebDAV SSL Supported
Printer Server (IPP) Supports USB printers
Supports a wide range of IPP printers
Client can manage print tasks (list/delete) via web user interface
Data Backup
Client Incremental Data Backup Thecus Backup Utility
Data Burn Create files to ISO image and burn to optical disc
Create files to ISO image
Read ISO image from optical disc and write to NAS
Mac OS X Time Machine Supported
Data Guard Remote Backup/Local Backup
Block Level Data Access
iSCSI Target/Initiator Supports Microsoft/Mac OS X/Linux initiators and Thecus NAS targets
Power Management
Scheduled Power On/Off Supported
Volume Management
Multiple RAID Supported
File System EXT4
Multimedia Support
iTunes Server Supports AAC, MP3 w/ID3 tag and WAV
Piczza!™ Photo Server (via module) Supports GIF, JPG (JPEG), BMP and PNG
Supports EXIF display
Supports slide shows
Media Server Supports uPnP AV streaming protocol(via Module)
User Authentication
Local User Supports built-in user accounts
Local Group Supports built-in user groups
Windows ADS Supported
LDAP Supported
File System
Type Journaling File System  
Language Support Unicode Support
Authorization (ACL) “Read”, “write”, or “deny” privileges to individual users or groups in folders and sub-folders
User Quota Supported
Administration
User Interface Web-based user interface supports English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Polish and Portuguese.
Utility Program (Intelligent NAS) Supports Windows XP and above, Windows Server 2003 and above, and Mac OS X
Email Notifications Sends system messages via email to the system administrator
DDNS** Support one free DDNS registration (ex. xxx.thecuslink.com) (How-to)
UPnP and Port forwarding Support auto setting in Intranet environment
Intelligent NAS Go through defined URL for auto install (install.thecus.com)
SNMP Trap Sends system information trap out
Mobile Applications (iOS/Android)
T-Dashboard™ Mobile monitoring and administration
T-OnTheGo™ Personal cloud features such as uploading, downloading, and streaming multimedia
Cloud Service
Amazon S3 Built-in support
Others
Recycle Bin Supported
Web Disk Supported
ISO Mount Supported
User Access Log Supported
UPS Supported through USB interface

How To

Connecting to your NAS