The entire Thecus administration is done via a web-based utility – simply connecting to the IP address of the NAS and logging in will get you access to all the options, features and setup you need.
The web-based tool gives you a lot of great information on the system including CPU load, system fan level, up time and all the various services the N5200B offers.
Here you can set on/off times for the NAS if you are in a power-saving kind of mood.
When you have drives installed in the Thecus N5200B they will show up in this section of the admin section.
The RAID configuration menu is seen above and you see the options of JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and 10 are supported and simple check boxes allow you to select which hard drives you include in the build.
In this case we already have one RAID array on the NAS using disk 1 and 2 and thus we have the option to create a new array or migrate the existing array with the new drives.
The LAN and WAN configuration menus allow you to setup the networking connections as you see fit from basic DHCP to link aggregation. The unit can also act as a basic router in order to allow the NAS to be connected to two different networks. You might use this feature to allow connections in the local office and also allow workers from home to access the network storage.
You can see here that the Thecus N5200B NAS supports a TON of great services – ways for your network storage to be useful from basic FTP access, HTTP access and even streaming media support with the DLNA support.
You can enable emailed messages to notify you of problems with the NAS while you are away – a great feature for IT leads.
Once you have configured an array the Thecus NAS requires you setup “folders” which are like partitions on the hard drives that you can then adjust the user rights to and adjust what services are in use.