Thecus W4000+ Windows Powered 4-Bay NAS

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Thecus W4000+ Windows Powered 4-Bay NAS

August 20, 2015 by Lawrence Lee

Product
Thecus W4000+
4-Bay NAS/Server
Manufacturer
Street Price
US$500

Typically a 4-bay NAS at the US$500 price-point will ship with a simplified version of Linux tailored for networking and storage such as Thecus' ThecusOS or QNAP's QTS. It makes sense as many users consider a NAS to be more of an appliance than a proper server PC, though obviously there is a great deal of overlap. The Thecus W4000+ is interesting in that it blurs or perhaps erases this line, shipping with a pre-loaded licensed copy of Windows Storage Server 2012 Essentials, which is basically an OEM version of Server 2012 R2 Essentials provided only to manufacturers and optimized for network attached storage. Some of its benefits are outlined on the Thecus website.


The W4000+.

The W4000+ looks more or less like a typical NAS for this price-point but the display at the front and its control panel are nonfunctioning vestigial components as the chassis has been recycled from an older product line in Thecus' catalog. It has four hotswap drive bays, USB 3.0, eSATA, dual gigabit ethernet controllers, and an older Atom processor, the dual core 2.13 GHz D2701. Windows is a bit of a memory hog, so 4GB of RAM is included (the W4000, an identical model with 2GB of RAM is also available). The O/S needs a fair bit of storage space as well, so it ships with a 60GB SSD as well.


Unpacked.


Accessories.

The W4000+ ships with documentation, screws for mounting drives, keys for securing the drive door, and an ethernet cable. Instead of a small internal power supply, it gets power from a bulky external adapter. It's a Seasonic 19V brick with an output of 120W and a class V efficiency rating.

Thecus W4000/4000+: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Processor Intel® Atom™ Processor (2.13GHz Dual Core)
System Memory 2GB DDR3(W4000)/ 4GB DDR3(W4000+)
LAN Interface RJ-45x2: 10/100/1000 BASE-TX Auto MDI/MDI-X
WOL supported
USB Interface USB 2.0 host port x2 (back x2)
USB 3.0 host port x2 (front x2)
HDMI Output HDMI port (back x1)
VGA Output VGA port (back x1)
Audio Line output (back)
Disk Interface 4 x SATA for internal
1 x eSATA for external
Power Supply External power adapter
PCI-e x1 Slot 1 (1 lane)
Thermal/Fan control Thermal sensor on processor temperature
System FAN speed controlled by temperature
System Clock Battery-backed up system clock
Power Management Auto power on after shutdown due to power loss
Buzzer Adjustable frequency alarm
Buttons Power button
Environment Temperature: 5°C to 40°C
Humidity: 0 ~ 80 % R.H. (Non-condensing)
Chassis Tower Metal Chassis
Dimensions (HxWxD) 192 x 172 x 250 (mm)/ 7.56 x6.77 x 9.84 (in)
Weight (Kgs)/(lb) 4.38(Kgs)/9.66(lb)(NAS only)
Software Functions
File System Native NTFS support, FAT32, EFS, ReFS
Disk Management Data Deduplication
Storage Spaces:
1.Create pools of storage using industry standard hard disk drives
2.Enables data redundancy with mirroring or parity
NTFS Online Scan and Repair (CHKDSK) intelligently repairs unexpected corrupted data.
Network Support Protocols : IPV6 / Multiple NICs / DNS / DHCP & WINS
Support for multiple subnets / Multiple IP addresses
File and Block Storage Protocol Support File : SMB 1.0, 2.0, 2.1, 3.0 / NFSv2, NFSv3, NFSv4.1
Block : iSCSI Target Server, iSCSI , SATA, and USB
Directory Services / User Management Seamless Active Directory integration with any existing Active Directory Domain
Active Directory for authentication and authorization
Active Directory (Domain Controller, Certificate Services, Federation Services, Rights Management)
Windows Client integration via Launch Pad Agent deployed on client, one click connection to NAS appliance.
Performance NIC Teaming – aggregates bandwidth of multiple NICs
SMB Multi-channel- multiple transport sessions in a single NIC
Secure Remote Access Secure Remote Desktop Services with Encryption and Authentication
Remote file access via FTP/FTPS
Remote Web Access via HTTPS
Licensing Client support for up to 50 users or devices
No Windows Server Client Access Licenses ( CALs) required
Single processor socket / Up to 4 GB of memory
Printer Server Support / FAX and Scan Full Windows print services support – Local printer connection
Print Server & Document Services (Distributed Scan Server)
Health Reporting / Notifications Full Windows print services support – Local printer connection
Integrated health monitoring and reporting
Send health report to chosen email address on a customizable schedule
Media Pack for Streaming Stream music, videos, and pictures with the included Windows Server Essentials Media Pack.



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