Thecus N7700PRO Network Storage ServerAug 22nd, 2010 | By Anthony
Setting up a NAS can be a bit daunting with the sheer amount of settings and features to sift through. We won’t go through each and every detail of the setup as it would vary from users to users, but we’ll go through the basics starting with the hardware.
Pressing the button on the trays unlatch it from the body. Pulling the lever detaches the drive from the backplane and removes the tray from the housing.
Unlike the last few Thecus network attached storage units we’ve looked at, the N7700Pro reverts back to the old mounting system. This system most of us would be familiar with, regardless whether or not one has used a NAS before. Unfortunately, it does take a while to secure 28 screws.
With the drives secure, the trays just slide back into the body and with the corresponding cables connected, we can begin setting up the unit for use. The software will automatically detect the NAS. Hit next for network configuration settings.
Afterwards, the web interface can be accessed to setup disks, RAID configurations and so on.
The firmware hasn’t changed too much since we looked at Thecus’ N0503 back in January and unfortunately I must make much of the same complaints. Besides the unfinished appearance the interface complicates sub menus quite a bit by separating functions and features into further classifications adding needless entries to the main menu. The interface is comprehensive, and even a quick glance at our look at the N7700Pro’s features is quite an indicator that we’re dealing with nothing short of pages of settings.
The interface could definitely use some polishing but with some time, some familiarity helps. Let’s have a look at some more rudimentary functions.
The main page of the disks page shows a listing of the disks attached to the system along with corresponding capacity, model and firmware.
RAID information and configuration settings can be found on the following page. Those of you who would like to try out the firmware for yourself; Thecus has made access to a demo accessible through the web. The device, though isn’t a N7700Pro but rather an N5500 runs the same firmware and can be reached here. Password: Thecus.