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Thecus N4200 4-Bay NAS - Thecus N4200
The dual-core Intel Atom D510 processor nestling within the N4200, paired as it is with 1GB of RAM keeps the system ticking along nicely. Few could argue that Atom-based systems can serve as a replacement for a decent desktop PC, but compared to the average SoC used in most low-end NAS devices, having one in the N4200 makes it a veritable supercomputer by comparison.
There aren't enough of us in the TR office to particularly stress a system with clients, but if you need a NAS that can handle a number of your staff accessing it concurrently, then the N4200 should fit the bill nicely. Certainly, it's a less stressful device to use than my aging ReadyNAS NV which lags should I tax it with, for example, torrenting the latest Ubuntu release.
Connectivity is certainly a strong point for the Thecus N4200. It boasts two eSATA ports, which can be configured either to work separately or alongside the four that can be housed internally - say, as an easily removable backup. Six USB ports, two at the front, four at the rear, provide for the connection of a large array of various devices, from cameras, through printers to USB storage drives.
Should such connectivity be desired, the N4200 is compatible with a number of USB Wi-Fi adaptors. There's even a PCI Express expansion port, and although Thecus doesn't currently sell any upgrades that use it such additions will no doubt appear in time.
The front of the system is home to two separate displays. A 2.8in OLED panel up top is paired with a set of four buttons, giving basic access to a few useful functions, such as copying data from a USB drive (to a folder called "USB Copy" on the device), checking RAID status, and viewing and changing the system's IP address. This menu is protected by a four digit passcode, so curious employees or pesky meddling kids can be kept at bay.