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N2520 Experience the Revolution

 

Awards/Reviews

2013-12-18
Media: Gladget | Country: South Africa

Gladget’s editor sums up their review with: “As far as personal ‘cloud’ storage solutions go, the N2520 from Thecus is a fantastic option. It’s numerous added extras (including anti-virus software and much much more) make it an excellent choice for those wanting a little more out of their network.”

2013-12-09
Media: 35 PHOTO | Country: Russia

“Thanks to the various functions of the Thecus N2520, the device seems like a very interesting option for photo studios. When using cameras equipped with embedded or external wireless Wi-Fi adaptors, it’s possible to transfer images to NAS via the local network close to in real time. This is convenient when it’s necessary to make video recordings on the fly, firstly because photographers don’t have to interrupt their work to copy recorded material, and secondly because those who deal with image processing will receive access to the material on their computers immediately. Besides,the N2520’s remote access function means that you can download files for further processing and printing via the Internet.”

2013-11-29
Media: iPon | Country: Hungary

Not overlooking the multimedia capabilities of the Thecus® N2520, iPon also had a close look at XBMC, the standard media player used while on Local Display mode (i.e. when you have a TV connected directly to NAS via HDMI). Through Local Display, you can enjoy the direct playback ability of the N2520 with your movies, music and photos, without the need for a computer or set top media player. Additionally, the N2520 supports DLNA streaming via Plex Media and can also stream data to your mobile device with the T-OnTheGo app and free DDNS support.

2013-11-18
Media: IT Expert | Country: Russia

Finally, IT Expert pointed out the ease of the N2520’s setup: “When connected, users can install the proprietary utility ‘Intelligent NAS’. This program is dedicated to NAS administration and the management of data, both without using web browser. The interface is very convenient and extremely easy to understand.”

2013-11-11
Media: apc | Country: Australia
Besides these points, the underlying performance of the N2520 also impressed APC when they found that the unit’s access speeds put it“on par with much more powerful machines.” To understand the N2520’s potential role as a media center, APC then took a closer look at its Intel® SoC“The Atom is a 32-bit processor with a GPU, meaning it can process HD video streams and even output them via the device’s HDMI output. This means the N2520 can play media directly from its drives, rather than requiring a separate player and using up network bandwidth to stream it.” As a result of these capabilities and all-round performance, APC concluded that the N2520 is “a great choice as a combo NAS/media player” and labeled it ‘Highly Recommended’. 

Features


  • 5 Minute Complete Installation
    The N2520 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 N2520 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.
  • Powerful Client Utility
    Thecus® developed a unique way to access your NAS without the need to go through web browsers. The client utility is better known as “Intelligent NAS,” it’s a utility that is packaged in the N2520 to offer ease of use. This powerful utility will directly be installed on your computer and auto-Samba your NAS, thus automatically gives you access to designated folders.
  • 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® N2520 by utilizing domain names instead of IP digits.
  • Photo Flashback
    A new feature that Thecus® has integrated in the N2520 model is the Auto Flashback Photo Gallery. When the user utilizes the client utility, they will be presented with a feature of photos from the past, hence flashback. For example, if the current date is “Feb xx, xxxx,” Auto Flashback Gallery will automatically display photos of the same date but different year. If a photo of that date is absent, other photos will simply take its place.
  • 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.
  • Antivirus
    Thecus’ innovative hardware helps prevent failures. But sometimes you have to protect the NAS against itself. Adding an antivirus to the already comprehensive software bundle will provide the necessary software protection by scanning the files on your NAS and defending it against possible threats. McAfee is the world’s largest dedicated security technology company and shares Thecus’ spirit of dedication and quality. By establishing a strong partnership with them, Thecus will allow users the benefit of McAfee’s powerful software on their NAS entirely for free.
  • Cloud Backup
    The private and public clouds meet with Thecus’ new DropBox, Amazon S3 and ElephantDrive cloud backup functionality! Guard your data with RAID at home and an additional level of protection in the Cloud. Just drag and drop files into the folder on your NAS and access them on any computer or mobile device with DropBox, Amazon S3 or ElephantDrive.
  • HDMI Output
    Make your NAS into the ultimate multimedia hub! The N2520’s HDMI output allows you to connect your NAS directly to your TV for device management, and even HD video playback. Don’t force yourself to watch movies on that tiny little computer screen anymore, take it to the living room!
  • 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.
  • Acronis True Image
    Thecus brings the best to the table with Acronis’s advanced backup software. Back up all your data with One-click Protection or pick and choose only your most important files. Acronis sports a slick interface, user-friendly design, and comprehensive features to keep your data safe.
  • iOS/Android Connectivity
    In the modern world, nothing is as important as reaching your data from anywhere. With T-OnTheGo and the Thecus Dashboard, you can manage your NAS, and upload to and download/stream from your NAS using an iOS or Android device on the go.
  • User Quota
    Divide the massive storage of a Thecus NAS among multiple users. Whether there are two users or 100, user quotas make it easy to divvy up and manage disk space.

Overview

Thecus® releases an all new 2-bay N2520 and 4-bay N4520 NAS server to lead the competition. The latest 2 and 4 bay NAS are designed to offer a revolutionary experience to the NAS industry. It utilizes the latest Intel® Atom™ processor with 1GB RAM (N2520) and 2GB RAM (N4520). In addition, superspeed USB 3.0 fosters quick transfers, HDMI output is convenient for multimedia playback and McAfee Antivirus protection is to keep your NAS operating smoothly. The past proves merit; innovative technologies have been utilized to develop the new N2520/N4520 NAS to serve one single purpose: improve user experience and satisfaction.

“The integration of the new Intel® Atom™ processor CE5315 and Thecus® award-winning NAS is truly a revolution. We are proud to be the initial storage manufacture to embed Intel’s first SoC storage dedicated chip, said Florence Shih, General Manager of Thecus®. This pairing is phenomenal because it offers a new energy efficient, multimedia powerhouse and performance driven NAS solution to the storage industry.”

Highlights: Thecus® N2520

- Superior price for performance Intel® Atom™ SoC processor
- Ultra energy efficient 9W idle, 14W load
- Ultra quite 20dB
- 5 minute complete installation
- Quick NAS accessibility with client utility
- Easy connection through DDNS
- HDMI output for media playback
- Auto Flashback Photo Gallery

Intel® Atom™ CE media processor CE5315: performance without compromise

The next-generation Intel® Atom™ CE media processor CE5315 is designed to manage multitasking like multimedia playback and data backup without affecting performance. This significantly changes the user experience as NAS appliances are becoming optional to mandatory.

Furthermore, the new Intel® Atom™ processor provides superior performance and efficiency with its System-on-Chip (SoC) platform, new to the NAS industry. A true multi-user NAS environment with web hosting, data backup, data encryption, application serving, RAID 0, 1, JBOD (N2520) and RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, JBOD (N4520)volumes, and multimedia playback: welcome to the world of smooth multi-tasking!

"The integration of the Intel® Atom™ media processor CE5315 into the Thecus N2520/N4520 model NAS enables users to simultaneously manage activities such as media sharing and data backup without compromising performance,"said Bev Crair, General Manager of Intel® Storage Division. “It's a great small system storage solution.”

ThecusOS™ 6: new OS for new management experience

A noteworthy feature for the new OS will include auto firmware and module update. Users will not have to go online to check whether they have the latest firmware and modules, a quick look at the UI and the simple press of a button is all you will need to keep your NAS updated. Most importantly, ThecusOS™ 6 has gone under a complete make-over, which promotes a faster, smoother and more fluid transition during NAS management. Experience innovative ThecusOS™ 6!

Ultra energy efficient x86 SoC NAS 9W idle / 14W load, ultra quite 20dB

As noted, the Thecus® N2520/N4520 utilizes the latest Intel® Atom™ processor built on a System-on-Chip, SoC platform. What this means is that the chip offers a myriad of works built into one; such as processor, graphics, memory and so on. This innovative technology paired with the Thecus® N2520/N4520 allows the best energy efficient combination. The N2520/N4520 offers the lowest power consumption of x86 NAS, 9W idle/14W load, and over 50% power savings. Furthermore, noise levels are kept to a minimum at 20dB. Ultimately the Intel® SoC promotes ultimate energy efficient characteristics. This combination of Intel® Atom™ processor and Thecus® NAS can be summed up as “pure performance, ultra energy efficient.”

5 minute complete installation

The N2520/N4520 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 N2520/N4520 and set up will be completed within 5 minutes. This breakthrough feature truly makes this a plug-and-play NAS.

Quick NAS accessibility using client utility

Thecus® developed a unique way to access your NAS without the need to go through web browsers. The client utility is better known as “Intelligent NAS,” it’s a utility that is packaged in the N2520/N4520 to offer ease of use. This powerful utility will directly be installed on your computer and auto-Samba your NAS, thus automatically gives you access to designated folders.

Browse all of your photos, see statistics about your stored data, monitor your NAS (copy/download/log activity), personalize, manage and share files, all this in one easy to use application.

Easy connection through 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® N2520/N4520 by utilizing domain names instead of IP digits.

Personal Cloud

The Thecus® N2520/N4520 can easily be set up as your personal cloud; you now have the ability to access all your files stored in your NAS via mobile device or devices synced to the NAS network. The N2520/N4250 is able to store up to 8/16TB of storage capacity which provides a large amount of cloud storage. In addition, cloud service providers such as Dropbox, ElephantDrive and Amazon S3 are fully compatible. Whether you are backing up sensitive data to your personal cloud, to streaming movies and music from your NAS, the N2520/N4520 offers easy personal cloud access.

HDMI output for multimedia playback

With the easy to use local display module, simply plug a screen via HDMI connection, you won’t require a computer anymore to monitor your NAS! Local display via HDMI makes things that much more convenient, directly attach keyboard and mouse or sync mobile device to start data management. Ideal for small/medium business and home users who need to show presentations or home users who wish to display multimedia on their HDTV. Whether it is music, photos or videos the N2520/N4520 is capable to display multiple formats via HDMI multimedia playback.

Auto Flashback Photo Gallery

A new feature that Thecus® has integrated in the N2520/N4520 model is the Auto Flashback Photo Gallery. When the user utilizes the client utility, they will be presented with a feature of photos from the past, hence flashback. For example, if the current date is “Feb xx, xxxx,” Auto Flashback Gallery will automatically display photos of the same date but different year. If a photo of that date is absent, other photos will simply take its place.

In all

The new Thecus® N2520/N4520 is the ultimate home and SMB NAS for any user who manages daily data backups, personal cloud to multimedia playback purposes. The easy 5 minute installation contributes to the phrase “plug and play” in addition to the easy remote NAS access via DDNS. Furthermore, the client utility known as Intelligent NAS is a big hit and offers a revolutionary experience to manage your Thecus® NAS without the need of web browser. As networking storage technology is evolving quickly, energy efficiency is always a consideration; the Thecus® N2520/N4520 paired with the latest Intel® Atom™ SoC chip offers the best performance while conserving energy. Last but not least, ThecusOS 6 and Auto Flashback Photo Gallery are remarkable updates which add to the user experience; explore the Thecus® N2520/N4520, Experience the Revolution.

Specs

1. Hardware Platform
Item Spec
Processor Intel® Atom™ SoC CE5315 Dual Core(1.2GHz Dual Core )
System Memory 1GB DDR3
LAN Interface (PCI-e) RJ-45x1: 10/100/1000 BASE-TX Auto MDI/MDI-X
WOL supported
USB Interface USB 2.0 host port x2 (back x2)
USB 3.0 host port x1 (front x1)
HDMI Output HDMI port (back x1)
Audio Output SPDIF (back x1)
Disk Interface 2 x SATA for internal
Power Supply 40W external power adaptor
Power Management Auto power on after shutdown due to power loss
Buttons Power button
USB copy button
Reset button
Environment Temperature: 5°C to 40°C
Humidity: 0 ~ 80 % R.H. (Non-condensing)
Chassis 2bays Tower
Dimensions (HxWxD) 166 x 114 x 210 (mm)/ 6.54 x 4.49 x 8.27 (in)
Weight 1.35(Kgs)/2.98(lb)(NAS only)
Certificates CE/FCC/C-Tick/VCCI/BSMI
RoHS
WEEE

2. Software Functions
RAID
RAID Modes RAID 0, 1 and JBOD
Auto-rebuild Supported
Hot-swap Supported
RAID Volume Encryption AES256bit
Disk
Power Management *Available spin-down on idle setting
Bad Block Scanning Supported
SMART Info Supported
SMART Test Supported
Disk Roaming Supports volume-based roaming to other Thecus NAS
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
DDNS** Supported (How-to)
SSH Supported
UPnP Supported
UPnP Port forwarding Supported
System status
System Monitor Monitoring CPU, memory, network utilization and protocols access user count
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
FTP Built-in FTP server with bandwidth control
Secure FTP Built-in secure FTP server with bandwidth control
Download Manager BT Transmission
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 Acronis True Image (OEM version)
Client System Disaster Recovery Acronis True Image (OEM version)
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 (iSCSI not supported for N2520)
Power Management
Scheduled Power On/Off Supported
Volume Management
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
Right click to publish on social network like FB (Intelligent NAS)
Media Server Supports uPnP AV streaming protocol
User Authentication
Local User Supports built-in user accounts
Local Group Supports built-in user groups
Cloud Backup
DropBox Supported
ElephantDriver Supported
Amazon S3 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) MS Windows Setup Wizard
Supports Windows XP and after
Windows Server 2003 and after
Mac OS X Setup Wizard
Email Notifications Sends system messages via email to the system administrator
DDNS Support one free DDNS registration (ex. xxx.thecuslink.com)
UPnP and Port forwarding Support auto setting in Intranet environment
Zero Installation Go through defined URL for auto install (Intelligent NAS)
Client Utility (Intelligent NAS) 1. Auto flashback photo gallery
2. BT download
3. File manager
4. Piczza
5. WebDisk
Mobile Applications (iOS/Android)
T- Dashboard Mobile monitoring and administration (via module)
T-OnTheGo™ Upload, download and stream multimedia
Data Security
Virus Scan Supports McAfee®
Local Display
HDMI/Audio *Supported
DVB-T *Supported
Others
Recycle Bin Supported
Web Disk Supported
UPS Supported
* Supported upon official firmware or application release of these features.
*The XBMC application found in our N2520/N2560/N4520/N4560 units is a beta release. We are busy working closely with Intel on an official full release.
**Thecus ID & DDNS setup requirements: An ADSL or Cable modem and router (that supports configurable UPnP port forwarding or IGD).

Package Contents

Ethernet Cable Power Cord Power Adaptor QIG
Warranty Card HDD Compatibility List Card All in one DVD

How To

NAS 101

Connecting to your NAS

Backup and Data Security

Thecus TV

Thecus N2560/N2520 Unboxing

3-Step to get a FREE DDNS (only for Intelligent NAS series)

When you purchase a Thecus Intelligent NAS, you will receive a FREE DDNS while completing the 3-step setup. You can then set your NAS address to anything you like, such as "apple.thecuslink.com". This feature is only available for the Intelligent NAS Series.

N2520 - Your New Home Appliance

-Multi-device & Cross-platform
-Remote Access
-Centralized Storage
-Ease-of-use
-Share your files on-demand

N2520 Design Inspiration

There is more in the N2520 then just a sleek, new chassis and a different color. Discover where the 2 bay Thecus® N2520 design was inspired from.

N2520 Installation Guide

After you have received your new Thecus® N2520, a few basic steps are required to properly install and set-up your NAS. See here how to install the hard drives, download the Intelligent NAS application and get started with your Thecus® N2520.

Thecus Intelligent NAS - N2520

-World's First Intel® Atom™ SoC Embedded NAS
-Energy Efficient 9W Idle, 14W Load
-Ultra Quiet 20dB
-5 Minute Complete Installation
-Quick NAS Accessibility with Client Utility
-Easy Connection Through DDNS
-HDMI Output for Multimedia Playback
-Auto Flashback Photo Gallery