Thecus N2810 NAS Reviewed

Thecus N2810 NAS

Thecus N2810 NAS

The Thecus N2810 is a linux based 2-bay NAS powered by Intel’s dual-core N3050 (Braswell) Celeron CPU. The N3050 runs at 1.6Ghz and is capable of 4K video transcoding. The N2810 comes configured with 2GB RAM that can be expanded to 8GB through the use of compatible DDR3 modules.

Thecus N2810 specifications include:
ProcessorIntel® Celeron® N3050 1.6GHz burst up to 2.16GHz Dual-Core
System Memory2GB DDR3
Memory expandable up to8GB Memory
RAID RAID Modes: RAID 0, 1 and JBOD
Auto-rebuild: Supported
Hot-swap: Supported
Hot Spare: Supported
RAID Expansion: Supported
RAID Volume Encryption: AES256bit
DiskPower 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 (Require ThecusOS 7 64 bit)
Disk Security: Supported
Network Configuration: Fixed IP address, dynamic IP address
Transport Protocols: TCP/IP/AppleTalk
File Protocols: SMB/CIFS, HTTP/HTTPS, FTP, NFS v4, AFP
Link Aggregation: Load balance, Failover, 802.3ad, Balance-XOR, Balance-TLB, Balance-ALB, Broadcast
TCP/IP: IPV6 & IPV4
DDNS: Supported
SSH: Supported
UPnP: Supported
UPnP Port forwarding: Supported
Bonjour: Supported
VPN Server: Supported
vLan: Supported
Data BackupClient Incremental Data Backup: Acronis True Image (OEM version)
Client System Disaster Recovery: Acronis True Image (OEM version)
Mac OS X Time Machine: Supported
Local folder/iSCSI Backup: Supported
Remote folder/iSCSI Backup: Supported
Snapshot: Supported (Btrfs)
System Failover: Supported
Multimedia Support iTunes Server: Supports AAC, MP3 w/ID3 tag and WAV
Media Server: Supports uPnP AV streaming protocol (via Module)
User AuthenticationLocal User: Supports built-in user accounts
Local Group: Supports built-in user groups
Windows: ADS Supported
LDAP: Supported
Cloud BackupDropBox: Supported (via module)
ElephantDriver: Supported (via module)
Amazon S3: Supported
AdministrationUser Interface: Web-based user interface supports English, Traditional Chinese, Simpli ed Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian.
Utility Program: MS Windows Setup Wizard, Supports Windows XP and after Mac OS X Setup Wizard
Email Notifications: Sends system messages via email to the system administrator
SNMP Trap: System information trap out
P2P Connection: Mail or FB account to register
DDNS: Supported
LAN InterfaceRJ-45 x 2: 10/100/1000 BASE-TX Auto MDI/MDI-X
WOL supported
USB InterfaceUSB 3.0 host port x3 (front x1, back x2)
LED IndicatorPower LED: White
WAN/LAN1 LED: White
LAN LED: White
USB LED: Activity/Failure: White/Red
HDMI OutputHDMI port (back x1)
Disk Interface2 x SATA for internal, support SATA II / SATA III hard disk
Power Supply48W extend power adapter
Thermal/Fan controlThermal sensor on processor temperature
System FAN speed controlled by temperature
Power ManagementAuto power on after shutdown due to power loss
ButtonsPower button/Copy button
BuzzerAdjustable frequency alarm
EnvironmentTemperatures: 0°C to 40°C (Operation) -40°C to 70°C (Non-operation)
Humidity: 0 ~ 80 % R.H. (Non-condensing)
Chassis2bays Tower Metal Chassis
Dimensions (HxWxD)146 mm x 102 mm x 213 mm

A quick CPU check via SSH confirms the inclusion of the Intel processor as described in the specs. Note that the newer v2 model runs on the Celeron N3060 processor.

N2810:~# head -5 /proc/cpuinfo ; echo ; uname -a ; echo

processor : 0
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 76
model name : Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU  N3050  @ 1.60GHz
Linux N2810 4.1.13 #1 SMP Wed Jan 6 20:54:29 CST 2016 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Design

Having recently reviewed the Thecus W2810PRO, there was a sense of familiarity when I removed the N2810 from the box. It wasn’t till I removed the cover that I realised that the 2 units use the same case as evident by the spare HDD mount on the side. This is where the Windows OS drive is mounted on the W2810PRO. For this reason, I won’t go into further detail and repeat my comments around the design. That said, one thing I did note was the lack of mounting screws for 2.5″ drives.

Configuration

The Thecus N2810 came preconfigured with a static IP address of 192.168.1.100 using 192.168.1.1 as the gateway. If you are like me and already have something on this address, you will need to use the Thecus setup wizard, available for Mac OS and Windows, to assist with the (re)configuration process.

Once the network configuration has been updated and you can connect to the N2810, the remaining setup can be completed via the browser.

Thecus OS 7.0

The Thecus OS 7.0 resembles a clean, simple and modern operating system and comes with similar features to its competitors.

The Thecus OS 7.0 also includes a range of useful backup options.

Finally, like QNAP and Synology, Thecus also provides access to additional official and 3rd party add-ons via the Apps Center.

Performance

The Thecus N2810 test unit was configured as follows:

  • RAM – 2GB
  • HDD #1 – Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD
  • HDD #2 – Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD
Thecus N2810 Tested with Samsung 850 EVO SSDs

Thecus N2810 Tested with Samsung 850 EVO SSDs

Hdparm was used to see how the unit performed with buffered and cached disk read speeds under RAID1:

N2810:~# hdparm -Tt /dev/sda
/dev/sda:
Timing cached reads:   2774 MB in  2.00 seconds = 1387.38 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads:  252 MB in  3.02 seconds =  83.35 MB/sec


N2810:~# hdparm -Tt /dev/sda
/dev/sda:
Timing cached reads:   1708 MB in  2.01 seconds = 851.15 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads:  240 MB in  3.02 seconds =  79.44 MB/sec


N2810:~# hdparm -Tt /dev/sda
/dev/sda:
Timing cached reads:   2738 MB in  2.00 seconds = 1368.76 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads:  256 MB in  3.01 seconds =  84.94 MB/sec

The second test was a NAS to NAS file copy using a QNAP TS-563. This test highlighted one annoyance with the N2810, there was no ability to mount an external share from File Center.

No option to mount a remote file share on the N2810

No option to mount a remote file share on the N2810

Fortunately, we do have this capability on the QNAP and a few clicks later, the N2810 test share was successfully mounted on the TS-563. The speeds were great, hitting peaks of around 235MB/s. It should be noted that the QNAP has a 10GbE connection and the Thecus was using Link Aggregation.

File copy from the QNAP TS-563 to the Thecus N2810

File copy from the QNAP TS-563 to the Thecus N2810

The final performance test was done using disk benchmarking software from a client PC over gigabit ethernet. For this test we used an iMac running the latest Mac OS and Windows 10 on a Surface Pro 3.

Final Thoughts

The Thecus N2810 was a solid performer. Speed results using a combination of link aggregation and SSDs were better than expected. For new players, the N2810 can be a viable alternative to similar products from the likes of Synology and QNAP. Existing NAS users probably won’t see enough differentiation between the brands to change camps though.

Overall, a great NAS which can only improve over time.

Highly Recommended

Highly Recommended

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