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N2560 Experience the Revolution
  • Improved Intel® Atom™ SoC CE5335 processor (1.6GHz)
  • Expanded accessibility with T-OnTheGo™ mobile access
  • Reimagined module experience with the NAS Application Center
  • Intuitive yet feature-packed Intelligent NAS utility
  • Energy Efficient 9W Idle, 14W Load
  • Ultra Quiet 20dB
  • 5 Minute Complete Installation
  • Quick NAS Accessibility with Client Utility
  • Easy Connection Through DDNS**(How-to)
  • HDMI Output for Multimedia Playback
  • Auto Flashback Photo Gallery
  • Intelligent NAS Online Resource
 

Awards/Reviews

2014-08-26
Media: GinjFo | Country: France

GinjFo concluded the review with an excellent score.  “With a nice look, great equipment, and complete RAID functions, this NAS is a perfect 2-bay solution.”

2014-08-12
Media: Digital Photography School | Country: USA

Finishing up the review with an impressive score, Digital Photography School had this to say about people wanting a new NAS perfect for beginners: “If you’re looking for a well priced, entry level NAS to introduce into your digital workflow, this little Thecus N2560 would be a decent option.”

2014-07-14
Media: TestFreaks | Country: USA

With all these perks in mind, Kristofer concluded his review with the following:All in all the Thecus N2560 is great choice for a NAS for those looking for decent specs and lots of features but don’t want to pay a lot of money.

2014-06-13
Media: Photofocus | Country: USA
“The Thecus N2560 is a two-bay NAS targeted for the prosumer. What does that mean in layman’s terms for someone like me? Simple, I have more storage space.”
2014-06-02
Media: Modders-Inc | Country: USA

On the media front, the N2560 was also impressing. Feeling “right at home sitting next to the television”, the HDMI and SPDIF ports, support for media players (XBMC and Plex), and iTunes server make this unassuming device the perfect home entertainment solution for the modern household. Or as Modders-Inc puts it, “You’ve got one capable little NAS.”

Features

  • 5 Minute Complete Installation
    The N2560 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 N2560 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 N2560 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® N2560 by utilizing domain names instead of IP digits.
  • Photo Flashback
    A new feature that Thecus® has integrated in the N2560 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 N2560’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® is proud to announce the release of the latest incarnations of its ground-breaking line of home- and SMB-targeted NAS solutions. The 2-bay N2560 and 4-bay N4560 feature the latest Intel Atom SoCs, increased RAM, as well as all the hardware that made the original models such a success. Thecus® has also striven to improve functionality and productivity through the inclusion of the T-OnTheGo™ remote accessibility feature and the unveiling of the NAS Application Center online. With improved power and performance along with cutting-edge features, the N2560 and N4560 are pushing the boundaries in home and SMB networking.

“To make the world first even better, we looked first at what made our breakthrough possible: the SoC heart of the NAS. With the performance advances taken care of by Intel’s latest Atom and 2GB of RAM in both models, we turned to the user experience.” - Florence Shih, General Manager of Thecus®

Highlights: Thecus® N2560/N4560

-Improved Intel® Atom™ SoC CE5335 processor (1.6GHz)
-Both models incorporate 2GB of DDR3 RAM
-Expanded accessibility with T-OnTheGo™ mobile access
-Reimagined module experience with the NAS Application Center
-Intuitive yet feature-packed Intelligent NAS utility

Intel® Atom™ CE media processor CE5335: low power, high performance

Thanks to Thecus’s® close relationship with Intel®, we have once again been able to keep on the leading-edge of SoC and NAS integration. With the 30% increase in processing power provided by Intel’s® latest Atom chip, the N2560 and N4560 are able to provide home and SMB users with an unprecedented performance/cost ratio.

Multitasking – now twice as easy

With growing functionality comes growing demands on networks’ multitasking capabilities. To help your home or SMB network keep pace with these and other advances, the N2560 has had its memory doubled to 2GB of advanced DDR3 RAM. With this increase, your NAS can easily accommodate multiple users and their multimedia requirements.

“What we wanted to do with this release was improve both connectivity and usability. As a result, we incorporated support for our new T-OnTheGo™ app into both models. We also made sure that our new models came preinstalled with Local Display and XBMC so that they could be a plug-and-play media center for users. Finally, we are proud to announce the launch of our online NAS App Center where users can easily find and download the latest official and third-party modules for their Thecus® NAS devices.”

The quickest and most effective way to access your NAS

Available for both the N2560 and N4560 is Intelligent NAS. Our unique tool for accessing your NAS directly without a web browser, Intelligent NAS is a powerful utility that gives you quick and feature-packed access to your stored data. Browse all of your files, see statistics about your stored contents, monitor your NAS activity (copy/download/log), and also personalize, manage and share files all in one easy-to-use application.

Right there with you – wherever you are

We’re a mobile society, and our NAS solutions are keeping up! Incorporated into the N2560 and N4560 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.

Customisation, at your fingers

To get the most out of your NAS, you need easy access to the official and user-made modules developed for Thecus® products. But how do you make sense of and easily sort through the constantly updating list of applications available on the Thecus® forum? The answer is our newly released NAS Application Center.

Making use of an intuitive layout and numerous already available apps, the NAS Application Center allows users to easily find and download modules based on their type, popularity, and NAS model they were originally designed for.

Ready-To-Go

Furthermore, to get you started, your Intelligent NAS now comes with the most popular modules already preinstalled. As soon as your newly purchased NAS is up-and-running (which will be within 5 minutes of powering it up), you’ll find a powerful media player (XBMC), a leading anti-virus solution (McAfee), photo server software (Piczza), and a BitTorrent client (Transmission) at your fingertips. Simply connect it to your network for a powerful storage solution, or attach it via an inbuilt HDMI port to any display for an advanced media center you’ll love from the start.

The world’s first, now better

Improved connectivity, unbeatable accessibility, an ever-expanding list of features, and an unflinching commitment to quality are the name of the game for the newest additions to the Intelligent NAS line. With the latest Intel® hardware serving a community-focused list of modules, look no further than Thecus’s® N2560 and N4560 for all your home and SMB storage needs.

“We’re proud of the next generation of our entry-level NAS systems. They’ve got the latest advances in hardware and the most user-friendly software yet. We just know you’re going to love them, too.”

Specs

1. Hardware Platform
Item Spec
Processor Intel® Atom™ SoC CE5335 (1.6GHz Dual Core)
System Memory 2GB 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)
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 N2560)
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
5 Minute 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