N2560

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.

My Need for More Space

I’m not a tech person. Just ask Richard Harrington who shakes his head at my MacBook when I can’t figure why my scratch disks are full. I use the excuse I’m too busy with single parenthood and working to deal with hard drives, computers and techy stuff. When I had the chance to have more hard drive space, I was excited and jumped for the opportunity.

Connection and Setup

Looking at the back of the N2560,  it has two USB 2.0 ports, a Gigabit ethernet port, HDMI, and a SPDIF(sony/Philips Digital Interface Format) digital audio out jack. There is no eSATA port.  Seagate provided the HDDs for the N2560 so that I could review the N2560

187657

The NAS comes with a Quick Install guide and a 3 step process that will set everything up.The N2560 also includes a USB 3.0 port at the front of the unit, and you can download the Intelligent NAS software for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The guide tells you how to insert the HDDs, connect the cable, and then gives you the URL for installing the software. That’s it.

It’s a quick install and the software discovered my Thecus on my network. You then are walked right through the process of setting everything up. Simple and done even for my non-computer background.

Once you are in, there is a quick wizard that will walk you through a few administrative things such as setting up email alerts. I could also check into the RAID management view and see that the system setup a RAID 1 volume.

The admin UI, differs from the Intelligent NAS software. You will also find you have an interface for users who don’t require admin access. Through Intelligent NAS, a user can see the amount of used and free space, a breakdown of file types you have.

For configuring and managing the device, you have to use the admin interface. There is where you can create shares, users, and user groups. You can see system status, logs and go into other management settings. I am still working in this area as I personally don’t need too much of that but it’s good to know I can set all that up. In fact, I will honestly have one of my more tech savvy friends come over and make sure I can mirror drives and set a nice back up going.

So far, I’m enjoying the user friendly interface. More tech savvy users may want 4 bays instead of 2 and you can argue many reasons for that. For someone like myself, two bays is perfectly fine until I start understanding more about setting up hard drive space. Plus it’s within my budget.

I searched around on the user forums and they are quick to respond with any issues and info on upgrades. I like that about any company that I’m dealing with. Seeing customer support is a huge draw for me.

Bottom Line:

I was scared to set everything up by myself but once I realized it practically walks me through step by step, it was easy and user friendly to get going. My files are backed up through the server which is always a positive thing at the end of the day. I would recommend this product. I enjoy reading through the user forums to learn more and I look forward to utilizing my new Thecus N2560 to the fullest.


This Post Sponsored by:

LensRentals.com Be a kid in a camera store. Rent lenses, cameras, lighting and more from the original and best online photographic and video equipment rental company.  Use PHOTOFOCUS15 in the checkout special instructions to receive 15% off any May rental.

Mosaic A complete solution for photographers using Lightroom who want to manage and share their photos. You can easily view images with their iOS app or web service. Plus your photos are backed up to the cloud with several plans to match your needs. Be sure to also check out the Lightroom Learning Center to learn new ways to work in Lightroom.

Photoshop World, the ultimate Photoshop, Photography & Lighting Conference. Las Vegas, NV, September 3-5.  Use the promo code PSWFOCUS414 to discount $50 OFF a full conference pass. Learn more in three days than you have in three years! 

ViewBug  Stick With ViewBug & Photofocus throughout 2014 – because we’ve announced the biggest contest in Photofocus history!

lynda.com Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials to comprehensive courses. Try lynda.com free for 10 days by visiting lynda.com/ Photofocus.

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft.

 

Join the conversation! 5 Comments

  1. Would it kill you to tell how much it costs?

    “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain

    >

    Reply
    • Because devices vary greatly from market to market, we generally do not list prices. After all kind of arrogant for us to list USD when that’s not applicable to most of the world. I’m quite sure you can do a simple web search and find a vendor and costs.

      Reply

Let us know your thoughts...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

About Pamela Ann Berry

Pamela has worked in Film and Radio for over 15 years. She started as a PA on major sets and eventually moved up to script supervisor. From there the roles of producing, directing, editing and camera operator followed. In college she was recruited right off the air from her college radio station and went on to be on air talent for country, top 40, and alternative radio stations including a 2 year gig as an Emcee for Radio Disney. Pamela currently tech edits books on Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator & Motion. Her main love is being behind the camera whether its doing video or photography.

Category

Reviews

Tags

, , , ,