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There’s really not much to comment on for this category. Here you set up and manger users and groups, manage folders and folder access and set user quotas. You can also back up user and group settings to restore later.

Network Service

  • Samba/CIFS – In this menu, you Enable/disable the Samba service. You can also enable/disable anonymous login authentication, and Samba Native Mode. The Samba recycle bin feature is configured in this menu, as well.
  • AFP – Enable/disable AFP. You can also enable/disable Time Machine support and designate a target folder for Time Machine backups.
  • FTP – Enable/disable FTP and secure FTP. Configure internal/external FTP ports as well as passive port range. Allow/disallow anonymous FTP. Configure upload and download bandwidth.
  • Web Service – Enable/disable http and https as well as set operating ports. SSL certificate management is also on the menu.
  • UPnP – Enable/disable UPnP Service
  • Bonjour - Enable/disable Bonjour
  • SSH - Enable/disable SSH and specify SSH port. SFTP is also enabled/disabled on this menu.
  • DDNS – Even though Thecus guides you through setting up DDNS on Thecus Link during setup, there are additional DDNS options for DynDNS, zoneedit.com and no-ip.com.
  • UPnP Port Management – Thecus depends on UPnP to open ports on your router’s firewall. Thus, as is the case with many other NAS manufacturers, you’ll undoubtedly run into configuration problems if you either have disabled UPnP support on your router, or if you are in a double NAT environment. (ie, a second router behind a primary router.) The screen shot below shows a partial listing (due to scrolling) of the ports that the Thecus will open by default. For testing purposes, I enabled UPnP on my router and confirmed that the ports listed in the Thecus UPnP Port Management page were opened on my router. This menu also lets you add or delete additional rules.
  • WebDAV – Enable/disable WebDAV and WebDAV SSL and configure ports. Also you can enable/disable Browser View.
  • Auto-Thumbnail – when enabled, auto-thumbnail will automatically create thumbnails when photos are copied onto the NAS. This improves browsing performance for user accessing the NAS remotely using the T-OnTheGo Andorid/iOS applications.
Thecus OS6 UPnP Port Management
Thecus OS6 UPnP Port Management

The next screenshot shows the final three categories of the Control Panel and will serve as a guide as we finish our tour of the Thecus OS6 user interface.

Thecus OS6 final three control panel categories
Thecus OS6 final three control panel categories

Application Server

  • iTunes Server – Enable/disable the iTunes Server. You can set the iTunes server name and optionally a password. You can also set the rescan interval. You can’t however, change the default directory for the iTunes server scan. It only scans in the _Nas_Media folders. Initially, I had problems with my iTunes client “seeing” the iTunes server on the N2560. I stopped and restarted the iTunes server and that seemed to fix the problem. Tracks played as expected in iTunes.
  • App Installation – allows you to install downloaded apps
  • NAS Application – this is one area where Thecus noted improvements. In this menu, you can install additional applications that run on your Thecus NAS. When I first went to this menu, I noticed that the System Files were pending an update. It took just a single click to update the firmware to the latest version. I also installed the Dashboard, XBMC and McAfee VirusScan.
Thecus OS6 Nas Application
Thecus OS6 Nas Application
  • Piczza – This is a photo sharing application. Thecus advised that you can find the documentation here. Here's an example of an album that I set up.

Piczza Photo Sharing Application running on the N2560

Piczza Photo Sharing Application running on the N2560
  • Transmission kit – this app lets you control configuration for your BitTorrent client. It’s available on your NAS at http://ip_address:9091/transmission/web (ip_address = the IP address of your NAS)
  • Twonky Media – This lets you configure the Twonky Media server on the NAS. The Thecus NAS comes with a license key (found on the back of the CD jacket). The current version is 7.0.11 Special. The icon is essentially a link to port 9000 on your Thecus NAS.
  • McAfee Virus Scan – I installed the McAfee VirusScan program. The program doesn’t run automatically by default. You have to manually update the virus signatures and manually create scanning jobs. Your choices are limited. You can either quarantine or delete a virus. Similarly, your scanning options are limited to “Now”, “Daily” or “Weekly”. You can set the virus signature update for either daily or weekly at the hour you specify.

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