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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.

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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 20dB20130301-2

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.

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-45×1: 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).

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