Thecus N4310 Soho/Home Linux NAS Server Review

Storage/NAS by stefan @ 2015-03-06

The latest N4310 SOHO/Home NAS from Thecus is a visible upgrade over their low-cost N2310, both outside and inside; the hardware has been beefed up regarding the number of USB 3.0 ports, we’ve got more internal RAM and the SoC frequency (AMCC APM86491RDK) is now 1GHz instead of only 800MHz.

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Product Features



Power Redundancy Supported

With your data secure, consistent operation also needs to be ensured. To this end, the N4310 also comes equipped with an additional power jack. Connecting the N4310 to a power source with this secondary system means that even in the event of an adaptor or socket failure, the NAS will remain in operation.


iSCSI Storage Supported

Addressing the evolving needs of professionals seeking both efficiency and versatility in their NAS, the N4310 utilizes Hybrid Mode Storage for resource management, meaning support for both file (NFS or SMB/CIFS) and block-level (iSCSI) storage.


AES Data Encryption

AES Data Encryption provides flawless security for your RAID volume when dealing with sensitive data. This 128-bit security solution is implemented with improved efficiency thanks to hardware-integration, and promises that your information will remain secure even in the event of data interception or hardware theft.


CPU Offload Hardware Engine

The N4310 is equipped with a CPU offload hardware engine, allowing for high performance and speed within a RAID environment (100MB/s read speed and 75MB/s write speed). The hardware XOR engine manages this by handling parity calculations and freeing up the system processor.


5 Minute Complete Installation

The N4310 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 N4310 and set up will be completed within 5 minutes. This breakthrough feature truly makes this a plug-and-play NAS.


Self-RAID Creation

All Thecus NAS include an innovative Self-RAID Creation tool that analyzes installed drives and, once the user has selected their preferred balance of performance and protection, automatically builds their customized RAID volume.


T-OnTheGo™ Mobile App

We’re a mobile society, and our NAS solutions are keeping up! Incorporated into the N4310 is support for Thecus’s® T-OnTheGo™ smartphone app. Now supporting both iOS and Android, this NAS management software enables users to access, copy, stream, and edit any data between their NAS and mobile device. Your own personal cloud, from anywhere with internet access.



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® N4310 by utilizing domain names instead of IP digits.


PLEX Media Center

The Plex Media Server is both the heart and brains for any digital media system. The free server is a module available on the Thecus® App Center that allows you to set up and manage your media. With the Plex Media Server installed on your Thecus® NAS, various devices on your network (such as your Xbox 360 and mobile devices) can connect to and stream your local and online media.


Native BitTorrent Support

Included in ThecusOS™ 6 is Transmission, a powerful BitTorrent client. Easily add torrent seed files to Transmission and sit back and relax as your NAS does the rest, independent of your computer. Once downloaded, your files will be automatically stored in your NAS P2P folder where you’ll be able to access them across your network or through the internet. Set and forget torrenting that’s accessible anywhere, that’s the N4310’s native BitTorrent support.


Data Guard

Data Guard backup solution is the ultimate software as it provides both local and remote parts. Currently, data is backed up across RAID volumes, external USB drives, and eSATA. In addition, Data Guard uses innovative technology to sync data across the network to other NAS and servers. More importantly, Thecus® Data Guard is the total backup solution which makes managing NAS user-friendly and convenient.


Data Burn

NAS data can now be burned directly to CD, DVD, and Blu-ray discs with Data Burn, this hassle-free module makes burning data to a disk effortless. In addition, burning ISO image file is also supported. Whether you’re managing audio, media or essential files; Data Burn copies information fast while significantly reducing waiting time. The process of burning file to disk is now easy and smooth with Data Burn module.


USB 3.0 Connectivity

The next generation of connectivity is here with speeds 10x faster than USB 2.0. Whether connecting digital cameras and smart phones, backing up large external hard drives, or extending the capacity of your NAS, USB 3.0 will make sure it's done in no time at up to 5 Gbit/s. Backwards compatibility adds the connectivity of a world full of USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 devices to get the best combination of speed and universal access.


User Quota

Divide the massive storage of a Thecus NAS among multiple users. Whether there are two users or 100, User Quota make it easy to divvy up and manage disk space.


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