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The N7710-G is not as easily serviceable as some of Thecus' other tower NASes. Although the motherboard is mounted on the removable panel with the two main case fans, the drive bay backplane keeps the panel from sliding out. There are two thumbscrews that appear to be the key to freeing the panel, but they are on the other side of the drive bay cage and I could not figure out a way to get at them.

From what I could see and from a few morsels in StorageTimes.com's N8810U-G review (it uses the same motherboard), I've compiled what I could find out about the key components into the table below, along with those for the N6850. If anyone can provide the missing or "?" info, just let me know and I'll update the table.

Updated 5/7/14: Thecus provided missing and corrected component information.

Feature N7710-G N6850
CPU Intel Pentium G850 @ 2.9 GHz Intel Pentium G620 @ 2.6 GHz
RAM 4 GB DDR3 ECC (expandable to 16 GB total w/ 4 GB DIMMs) 2 GB DDR3 DIMM (expandable to 16 GB total w/ 4 GB DIMMs)
Flash 2 GB USB DOM 1 GB SATA DOM
Ethernet Intel WG82574L (x2) Intel WG82574L (x2)
Southbridge Intel C206 PCH Intel C206 PCH
USB 3.0 NEC D720200AF1 NEC D720200AF1 (x2)
PCIe PCIe x8 (from the CPU) - PCIe x8 (from the CPU)
- PLX Tech PEX 8604
4 Lane, 4 Port PCI Express Gen 2 (x2) for Southbridge device expansion
SATA Silicon Image SiI3132 SATALink PCI Express to 2-Port Serial ATA II Host Controller (x4) Silicon Image SiI3132 SATALink PCI Express to 2-Port Serial ATA II Host Controller (x2)
HW Monitors - Winbond W33795G hardware monitor ?
- Fintek F71889 Super Hardware monitor & I/O
- Winbond W33795G hardware monitor
- Fintek F71889 Super Hardware monitor & I/O
Video - CPU onboard
- Pericom PI3VDP411LSZBE Digital Video Level shifter
- CPU onboard
- Pericom PI3VDP411LSZBE Digital Video Level shifter
Table 1: Key component summary and comparison

Other info:

  • the board is marked N7710 / N8810U ver 0.2
  • the 10GbE NIC is a Tehuti TN4010
  • there are four full-sized DIMM slots, three empty.
  • the four Silicon Image SiI3132's are mounted on the drive bay board
  • the empty bay on top of the drive bay found in the N6850 is absent
  • there is a full-height mini PCIe slot on the main board near the rear panel, but with no panel cutout to access it
  • EXT4 filesystem is used

Features

I was surprised when I logged into the N7710-G to see Thecus' older V5 OS vs. the newer OS 6 [reviewed]. So check the N4800 review for a V5 feature overview. The N7510 review describes the newer Data Guard, Data Burn, Local Display and Transcoding Service modules. Here's a shot of the Home page that you get upon login.

N7710-G Home

N7710-G Home

As long in the tooth as OS 5 is, the firmware still has some rough edges. Whenver I selected the Auto App Installation menu, the browser just kept showing "Please wait" and I couldn't change to any other page. I had to kill the browser tab and delete the cookies for the NAS' IP address before I could get it unhung.

I was able to download and install apps by downloading them from the NAS App Center and uploading them via the uploader on the Application Server > App Installation page.

The App Center lists 163 apps for the N7710-G (ThecusOS 5 64 bit), but that count includes multiple versions of the same apps as shown in the screenshot below.

N7710-G App Center

N7710-G App Center

I had to use the Rsync backup app to run the network backup tests because the built-in Data Guard Remote Backup feature threw an error when I tried to connect to the Delta Copy rsync server that is my standard rsync test client. I was able to use Data Guard's Local Backup feature for attached backup testing. But I had to delete the profile each time vs. editing as I moved the USB drive between USB 2.0 and 3.0 connections. For an OS that has been around this long, problems like this should have been solved long ago.

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