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Thecus N5550 Network Attached Storage Review

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N5550 Interior

DSC_0552Pulling the case off is very simple. Just loosen the three thumb screws at the back of the case, slide it forward a bit, and pull it up and away. After the case is removed we have a clear view of the system board. This board has two memory slots available and according to Intel, the D2550 can support a maximum of 4 GB of ram however, looking at the Thecus forums there are users that have installed 8 GB ram and the system works just fine.

DSC_0557The operating system for the N5550 is housed on this DOM or Disk on Module and is connected to the motherboard via a standard SATA port.

DSC_0555There is an mPCI slot on board, and it is physically compatible with mSATA drives as well as mPCI devices. According to the Thecus forums it is not connected to the storage subsystem and I am assuming that you could install a wireless card if so desired. The only issue would be getting the drivers to work, but I’m sure that any Linux guru should be able to help with that.

DSC_0560Network connectivity is handled by two Intel 82574L Gigabit Ethernet controllers. The controllers support network speeds of 10/100/1000 as well as advanced features such as jumbo frames, NIC teaming and 802.3ad link aggregation.

DSC_0559Sound for the N5550 is provided by the Realtek ALC262 and supports stereo output.

DSC_0565The backplane for the hard drives is handled by a 16X PCI-E riser card. There are 5 slots available for SATA and power. The power supply plugs into the riser card. On the backside of the riser card is the fan header.


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Tom Brokaw

Tom is a network and computer hardware enthusiast. He has been reviewing hardware products around for various sites around the net since 1999. He has modded a few cases back in the day.

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