Thecus N5200BR NAS Server

Network and Account Settings

The Network menu is where the Thecus N5200BR can be fine tuned to fit most any network environment.  To start, the WAN sub-menu offers IP, Gateway and DNS settings for the server as well as specifying whether it should use DHCP and IP Sharing.  The LAN sub-menu provides further control, specifying whether the LAN ports are to be run on a subnet (default).  The WAN LAN Exchange sub-menu provides the control to change the behavior of the rear LAN / WAN ports.  By default, the single port is designated WAN while the four port are set to LAN.  With LAN WAN Exchange, this can be flipped if needed.

The Services sub-menu offers control over common settings, such as WebDisk (HTTP) Support and port specification (port 80 default), Secure Webdisk (Secure HTTP) Support and port specification (port 443 default) as well as enabling/disabling SMB/CIFS Sharing and File Access Cache and UPnP support.  Thecus also offers individual submenus for enabling/disabling Apple File protocol (AFP), Network File System (NFS) and File Transfer Protocol (FTP).  There is also a Media Manager Settings sub-menu that permits the enabling and setting of a custom media folders for access to all network devices through UPnP.  If the Web-Server module is installed, a sub-menu will be present with the status of Web Server along with the option to Start, Stop and Test the service.

Account Authentication handles all user login profiles, whether provided by Active Directory or hosted locally on the Thecus N5200BR NAS.  The Users sub-menu is where local user profiles are created, including User Name, User ID, Password and Group assignments.  The Group sub-menu allows for the creation of user groups to help organize things.  Each of the two aforementioned menus are rather simplistic, lacking any major control over group permissions.  This would all be handled on a folder level basis, which is less than ideal for efficient user access management.  The Batch Management sub-menu allows for the importing of users via a comma delimited file, which can be useful if a mass addition of users is needed.

Under the System menu, the Notifications sub-menu offers control over system beep notification while offering advanced settings for e-mail notification configuration.  The Logs sub-menu provides system event information such as booting, user log in and network interruptions.  The section is broken down by Info, Warn and Error with the ability to download all logs locally as a logal.tar.gz file.  The remaining sub-menus offer control over system date/time, configuration backup and restore, module management which allows for custom module add-ons such as Web Server, or IP Camera management which turns the system into a security camera DVR with supported cameras.  There is also controls for factory resetting the unit, changing the administrator password, upgrading the firmware and performing a system shutdown or reboot.  Lastly, the Language menu controls the system language setting to any of 10 languages with the option to add more via the module installation menu.

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