I'm powering up the Thecus N2310 for the first time and will take you step by step on what I experience. If you missed the unboxing you can catch up with this video.
I put a couple of 3TB WD Reds in the 2310 and fired it up. The instructions included with the unit tell you to go to install.thecus.com. It's here where you will download the setup file after you choose your model and OS. It downloads, you install. The Thecus Intelligent NAS version 1.01.08 now scans for hardware on the network, brings up a firewall dialogue to allow it do so and then scans for your device.
It found it very quickly.
The next button takes you straight to selecting your disk setup.
The two options honestly sound the same.
Manual creation and Self Raid Creation. I'm doing it manual or i'm doing it
I selected the raid option on top to get a screenshot
and wanted to go back and see what manual raid creation would be like
and when I went back it went to a login screen that I had not seen before
and then back to NAS discovery. It didn't like me doing that.
NAS discover then didn't see the 2310 so I had to restart it which found it
immediately. It continued where I was when I first clicked Self Raid Creation.
It found data on my disks which is fine with me but nice to see the precaution.
It now takes off on its own and tells me to wait.
I thought it was taking a while so i checked the time stamp on the last image.
The 5 minute install took 11 minutes. Actual clock time was 12 but i shaved
one minute off for correction. Still that is more than double the estimate
which is on the website and box!
I don't have a Thecus ID and I am immediately questioning why i need one to get
into my NAS? Yes, it's probably for DDNS services of some sort but Thecus
needs to be up front about it especially when presenting me with a Privacy
Policy. I would much rather do this via a browser so I can capture the data in
my password program. Just an FYI Thecus.
I failed to capture that screen but it asks for an email address, password,
first, middle, and last name. It also presents you with a link to the privacy
It pops up a box and lets you know that creation was successful and to check
your email for validation.
Aha! My inbox in the image below.
We knew all along what it was doing but it finally presents itself. Verified
with the link and now can login to this box waiting on me.
This box also is allowing me to customize my DDNS name for the box. Do I pick
something easy to remember? That also is easy to guess for a hacker.
Another popup box saying successful. The whole exe thing is starting to annoy
me. Get this into HTML Thecus, please.
I then launch the browser and finalize my password program LastPass so i can
remember all this stuff. Don't forget to add your DDNS domain in the notes
section for things like this.
Then I get this!
Come on Thecus. Translate? (top of screen shot)
Then the login box has the username"admin" prefilled and you can't take it out.
I just used my email address as my Thecus DDNS login name and this is admin.
I pasted in my password. Fail
I somehow got LastPass to change the username to my email address. Fail.
I should probably find some documentation. Nahh. I start guessing
passwords and it's admin / admin
I see this next
Then it decides to remind me that I failed some logins trying to get in. Thanks.
Finally, were in.
Immediately I want to click RAID Management to dig around in the drives but the
OS button in the top right is flashing at me. Mouseover the button and it says
"upgradeable." But, why wasn't I taken to some admin settings to change the
password? There should be some sort of message or reminder to do it first
thing. I can't let the OS button flash any longer though.
On clicking it presents me with this window.
Each blue install word is clickable to upgrade the particular app. When you
click it will do it's thing and come back so you can upgrade the rest of the
system. I did the dashboard upgrade and added the Piczza app. I'm saving the
Plex install for later and then went to the ThecusOS update.
The only thing I didn't like about the OS update is I couldn't tell what the
progress of the update was. It just said, Application Processing/Preparing
Application. That's it. No status bar and it took a long time.
It never came back to a normal window. After a LONG time I started a new tab
and put the IP address in. It came up to this screen.
You can see differences already. Oh, and for my complaining, the Admin button
is on the top right.
Aha! Change password!
Around the Desktop
The power button is on the bottom left. There are some default icons on the
desktop and the top left button is the one that fires up all the icons and
settings. First though, the bottom right has some goodies for you.
From left to right, RAID management, Disk Information, and Network.
Finally, I'm in to the disks! Editing the RAID configuration was easy.
One thing I found is if you mouse over the drive in this list it will show you
the location in the unit. Left side or right. If you have a list of errors
and you want to pull one there wont be any guesswork.
The Disk Information screen gives some of the same info and allows you to do
some testing on the individual disks.
The control panel has all the functions and settings for the system. Honestly,
I would start here first, after setting the new password, of course.
This was a rough start to looking at the N2310 but stay tuned for more on the control panel, performance, and overall thoughts.
To be continued...