Originally Posted by shannonrawls
It's kinda like trashing Mercedes Benz because the fancy heated seats feature doesn't get hot enough, so instead you give praise and encourage people to buy a Honda instead because their winshield wipers work just fine. And get this....Honda costs more! lol
Your analogy is wrong. The infrant is an MB S class. The thecus is a honda with a thousand HP motor in it. Sure it goes fast but the MB does everything else better...
OK, so let's forget the fancy stuff Thecus claims to do, because as far as I can tell, the Infrant could never do any of it anyhow. Let's talk about basic operation and intended use of the item.....
Actually the infrant does far more useful stuff correctly than thecus currently can:
UPNP - Check
Slim Server and Roku Support - Check
iTunes Support - Check
Mail Notifications that work - Check
SNMP Notifications that work - Check
UPS Managment that works - Check
Snapshot Capability - Check
Power Down Support - Check
Good Backup Client Support - Check
Recycle Bin Capability - Check
These BASIC functions that infrant does well aren't supported or don't even work on the Thecus. They claimed to have Snapshot and Power Management and they removed it from the latest firmware it was so bad.... How they decided to do that when the mail notificaiton is useless and there is no SNMP support...
The thecus does none of these things. I'm sure other infrant owners can chime in on what else they like... Bottom line here the infrant has dozens more features than the N5200. Sure the idea of 5 drives excites me... but the fancy new raid modes... no, having a cold spare is a nice idea... One of these days I will get up the balls to find out if it works...
Nobody is claiming the Thecus is "bad" or "crashing" or anything like that. If it wasn't booting up then that's one thing....... but if it fulfils the basic neccessity of serving your data from it's internal hard drives, and it serves it FASTER then the competition...the i'm lost as to what can be so wrong.
If you go read the thecus forum which is suprinsgly slow you will find people with data corruption issues. A lot of people myself included have the thing reboot for no apparent reason (The infrant has NEVER
once crashed in over 1 year of use). Oh then there are the file deletion issues with the thecus. Sometimes I delte files and they claim they are deleted and you go back on another machine and they are still there. Delete from the same machine again. same problem... try another machine they might actually remove they might not...
and then there is the support.
Non Existant. I have both called and emailed support. 0 replies... With infrtant , Yodah is always helping people out whether by phone, email, this forum or theirs...
I own them all and have tested and them and Toms hardware reached the same conclusion. The infrant is king at the moment. The thecus has potential but the
software quality and feature set is poor... So why did I buy one. I was suckered in by the speed and said "It can't really be that bad".... Well yes it is.... and there has been no new firmware in almost 2 months...
Curious which if either of these do you own and have used extensively?
The thecus may sound like a ferrari on paper but its really a 1000 HP Honda... I'll take the S-Class any day...
Some links other might find useful:
Toms Hardware review of the N5200:http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/content/view/29616/75/
Infrants Support Forums: (Very active)http://www.infrant.com/forum
Thecus User Group (unofficial, barely has a pulse)http://thecususergroup.proboards106.com/index.cgi
Thecus Forum (Official, DEAD!)http://forum.thecus.net/phpBB2/
You can read this thread where some other owners of both chime in and say the Infrant is a better box...http://thecususergroup.proboards106....ead=1153541166
Its all about the software... be interesting to see how iomegas new device fairs. I still recommend the terastation for the super budget conscious. it works better than the N5200 and its dirt cheap....