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N4200Eco Power Meets Affordability
  • Next-Generation Performance
  • Huge Storage Capacity
  • Complete Data Management
  • Dual Display Convenience
  • Advanced Power Saving Features
  • Robust Functionalit


Media: CHIP | Country: Italy

As CHIP magazine mentions it, the N4200Eco is a “Professional device with fast CPU Intel Atom”.

Media: OverclockingStation | Country: Germany

“With the N4200Eco Thecus has released an interesting NAS solution for home users as well as for companies. The quality of the unit is fine. The material used for casing and the hardware were selected according to high standards of quality. Everything is cleaned up on the housing and the arrangement of buttons or displays is well thought out. The displays allow users without a PC to read current status of the drive. The buyer will receive a fully developed product, both in hardware and in software.”

Media: Kitguru | Country: UK

“The build quality is without reproach, the chassis is crafted almost completely from metal and each of the drive bays are strong enough to withstand long term abuse. The fact these have individual key locks is the icing on the cake. The front fascia has two individual colour panels which report back copious detail on N4200ECO activity, as well as network and drive status.”

Media: | Country: Germany

"...Very handy in this context is the integrated display, through which you can quickly and conveniently view and evaluate the current status information. This mean that you can see, even without a computer switched on, the current state of the system.”

Media: Deep in it | Country: Czech

 “In addition to hardware design we were especially pleased with performance. Transfer speeds can use gigabit network and it can be seen that the performance of dual-core Atom CPU fits this type of device.”


  • Next-Generation Performance
    The N4200Eco is powered by the latest Intel® Atom™ D525 Processor and 1GB of DDR3 memory, which delivers impressive performance across the board. Transfer files at incredible speeds, experience instantaneous system response, and have multiple clients connect to the N4200Eco hiccup-free.
  • Huge Storage Capacity
    If you've got a lot of data to store, then you're going to love the N4200Eco. Four SATA hard disk bays mean up to 8TB of storage, perfect for your entire collection of movies, music, photos and more. And with hot-swap capability, you don't even need to turn the NAS off to swap out a hard disk.
  • Complete Data Management
    When it comes to data management, the N4200Eco truly lets you have it your way. Select between multiple RAID modes including RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 and JBOD for your own balance of performance and data protection. Should a hard drive malfunction occur, changing one is simple thanks to online RAID migration and expansion, hot spare, and auto rebuild.
  • Dual Display Convenience
    The N4200Eco is equipped with not one, but two separate displays. See critical system status from the LCD module and change various system settings using the colorful 2.8" OLED module – all without being anywhere near a computer!
  • Advanced Power Saving Features
    Save the planet and save money at the same time with the N4200Eco's power saving features. Schedule your NAS to turn on and off automatically, and have hard disks automatically spin down when idle for a time that you specify. With features like these, saving money is a snap with the N4200Eco.
  • Robust Functionality
    Being affordable doesn't make the N4200Eco any less functional. Included with the N4200Eco is a laundry list of useful features such as an FTP server, download manager, printer server, iTunes® server, photo web server, media server and more, making the N4200Eco an amazingly flexible and robust storage device.


Many users today want a NAS device that can handle all of their daily data backup and management needs, but not break the bank. For these users, Thecus® Technology, the Creator in Storage, is happy to announce the N4200Eco NAS Server, a surprisingly affordable four-bay NAS that offers next-generation performance and functionality.

The N4200Eco delivers first-class performance at an economy-class price. The two Gigabit Ethernet ports provide high throughput, which is a perfect match for the N4200Eco's four hot-swappable SATA bays worth of storage potential. Users can install up to 8TBs of storage, and manage it all with multiple RAID modes including RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 and JBOD. Changing a damaged hard disk is easy, thanks to a slew of useful capabilities including online RAID migration and expansion, hot spare and auto rebuild, and to further protect sensitive data, AES 128bit RAID volume encryption is included as well.

Managing the N4200Eco is an incredibly simple affair. To help you keep tabs on your NAS, the N4200Eco features dual displays. Check the LCD indicator for the latest system status information including hard disk power and activity, network activity and USB copy status. The colorful 2.8" OLED module allows you to change a variety of system settings right on the spot. To help you save even more money, the N4200Eco comes with a number of advanced power saving features, including scheduled power on/off, Wake-on-LAN, and auto disk spin down. Set the N4200Eco to turn on and off at designated times and watch your power bill shrink. The N4200Eco also comes with a ton of other useful features including an FTP server, download manager, printer server, iTunes server, photo web server, media server and more, rounding out one of the best NAS values on the market.

“Featuring a new IntelAtom processor, DDR3 memory, and a slew of advanced features, the N4200Eco raises the bar again in the value NAS segment,” said Florence Shih, Thecus® Technology general manager. “With impressive performance and strong functionality, we're confident that value seekers are really going to appreciate this powerful yet affordable NAS server.”

Equipped with the latest Intel® Atom™ D525 processor and 1GB of high-speed DDR3 memory, users will discover that the N4200Eco delivers incredibly snappy system response, blazing file transfer speeds, and silky smooth operation even when multiple clients are connecting to it at once.

“Demand for anytime, anywhere access to data on any device continues to fuel innovation in networking and storage,” said David Tuhy, general manager, Intel Storage Group. “The Intel Atom processor provides the energy efficient performance necessary to tackle next-generation workloads which include media streaming, protecting files and sharing digital content locally and remotely.”


1.Hardware Platform




Intel® Atom™ Processor D525 (1.8GHz Dual Core)

System Memory


LAN Interface

RJ-45x2 : 10/100/1000 BASE-TX Auto MDI/MDI-X

LCD indicator

  • HDD Power, Activity (Yellow) / Fail (Red)
  • LAN_WAN Activity (Green)
  • USB_COPY_Busy (Blue)
  • USB_COPY_ Fail (Red)
  • OLED Module

  • 2.8” OLED display
  • 4 buttons (ENTER, ESC, UP, DOWN)
  • Multi-lingual supported
  • Power Supply

    External power adapter 19V input (support 2TB and above HDDx4 )

    Disk Interface

    SATA x4 for internal, 2x eSATA for external

    Expansion Slot

    PCI-e x1

    USB Interface

    USB 2.0 host port x6(Front x2, Back x4) (A Type)

    Thermal/Fan control

  • Thermal sensor on system and processor
  • System fan speed controlled according to temperature
  • Real-time clock

    Battery backup system clock


  • Power button
  • Reset to factory default button
  • Chassis

    Metal chassis

    Dimensions (HxWxD) 192 x 172 x 250 (mm)
    Weight 14.6Kgs


  • Temperature : 5°C to 40°C
  • Humidity : 0 ~ 80 % R.H. (Non-condensing)

  • 2. Software Functions


    RAID Modes

    RAID 0, 1, 5, 6,10, JBOD





    Hot Spare


    Online RAID Migration


    Online RAID Expansion


    SMART Info


    SMART Test


    RAID Volume Encryption

    AES 256bit


    Power Management

    Configurable automatic drive spin down


    Supports roaming to other N4200Eco NAS

    Bad Block Scan


    Volume Management

    Multiple RAID


    Selectable File Systems

    Ext3/ XFS/ZFS



    Fixed IP address, dynamic IP address

    IP sharing mode

    Can be enabled/disabled

    Link Aggregation

    802.3ad, load balance, failover, Balance-XOR, Balance-TLB, Balance-ALB

    Transport Protocols

    TCP/IP, AppleTalk

    File Protocols

    v3, AFP

    Data Access

    Client OS support

    Windows XP and after
    Windows Server 2003 and after
    Mac OS X


    Web-based file access


    Built-in FTP server with bandwidth control


    Built-in SFTP server with bandwidth control

    Download Manager (module)

    HTTP / FTP / BT / eMule / NZB

    Printer Server (IPP)

  • Supports USB printers
  • Supports IPP various printers
  • Client can manage print tasks (list/delete) via web user interface
  • TFTP Server

    Users can download and upload files with TFTP programs.

    Data Backup

    USB copy via OLED operation

    Copy USB mass storage device contents to specified locations on NAS

    NAS data backup to external USB disk (module)

    Incremental with schedule supported

    Client schedule incremental

    Acronis True Image (OEM Version)

    Client system Disaster Recovery

    Acronis True Image (OEM Version)

    NAS Remote Replication

    Via Thecus proprietary Nsync

    NAS Remote Replication (module)

    Via Rsync to replicate data between two systems.

    Mac Time Machine Supported



    Block Level Access

    iSCSI Target

    Supports Microsoft/Mac/Linux Initiator

    iSCSI initiator

    For stackable with N4200/ N4200PRO/N4200Eco/ N5200PRO/1U4600/N5500/N7700 series/N8800 series

    iSCSI Thin Provisioning

    Virtual size adjustable up to 16TB

    Multimedia Support

    iTunes Server

    Supported file types: AAC, MP3 w/ ID3 tag, WAV

    Photo Web Server

  • Supported file types: GIF, JPG (JPEG), BMP, PNG
  • Supports EXIF display
  • Supports slide show
  • Media server

    Supports uPnP AV streaming protocol

    User Authentication

    Local User

    Supports built-in user accounts

    Local Group

    Supports built-in user groups

    Windows NT/ADS


    File System


    Journaling file system



    Language Support

    Unicode Support


    Read, Write or Deny options on individual users or groups

    Authorization (ACL)

    Read, Write or Deny options on individual users or groups for shared and sub-folders


    Multi-Lingual Web-based Administration

    Web-based server management interface supports English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Polish and Portuguese.

    Utility Program

  • MS Windows / Mac OS X Setup Wizard,
  • Supports multilingual
  • Supports Windows 2000/7/XP/2003/Vista, Mac OS X backup utility
  • Email notification

    Sends system messages via email to system administrator

    SNMP Management


    Power management

    Scheduled On/Off


    Wake-On-LAN (WOL)



    Recycle bin


    Web Server + MySQL (module)


    ISO Mount


    Web Disk

    Supported with remote access

    Auto Module Installation

    If Thecus IP storage is capable of connecting to the Internet, then it will automatically link to Thecus's official website and list available modules.

    IP CAM Surveillance Server

    Supports up to 5 IP CAM devices

    Supported Web Browsers

  • Internet Explorer 7 or higher
  • Firefox 3 or higher
  • Package Contents

    Accessory Bag(with key) Ethernet Cable Power Cord Power Adaptor
    Acronis True Image DVD Universal CD QIG Warranty Card
    HDD Compatibility List Card

    How To

    NAS 101

    Connecting to your NAS

    Backup and Data Security


    Thecus TV

    Discover iSCSI and how to use it with a Thecus NAS

    This tutorial is separated in three parts. The first part will teach you what's iSCSI and how it can be used. The second and third part would be practical demonstration on iSCSI Target/Initiator. Only the second part requires a Thecus NAS!

    The basics of Thecus Firmware V5

    Learn more about the brand new Firmware V5 for Thecus NAS. This video focus on UI improvements, user-friendliness features, and the new AMI (Auto Module Installation) which allows you to customize your NAS in a few clics. Live video starts at 2:18