Once everything is set up in RAID itís a simple matter of using the N5200BR as a file server. You can view the N5200BR in your Network on Vista. The N5200 workgroup is called Mygroup which is different than the normal Work or Home workgroup found on most computers. You can use the N5200BR as a FTP server, or a print server from the menu, making it easy and simple to do. If you have a Mac or Linux computer the N5200BR can read the file systems of those as well, which is quite convenient and very smart on the behalf of Thecus to offer this functionality. The N5200BR has the advantages of having four Gigabit Ethernet ports with which you can store files on the N5200BR from four different computers or even wirelessly with a wireless network adapter through the onboard USB port.
Transfer rates are excellent with the N5200BR and this makes transferring your files and creating a backup of your information a shorter time consumer. Using an 8GB file of music from a computer I was backing up the transfer over a Gigabit LAN port on the video card test platform nForce 790i Ultra SLI board with to the Thecus N5200BR NAS server took a little less than four minutes to accomplish. This is incredibly fast as a 320 Megabit transfer rate of a large file is incredible. We setup a variety of new folders on the Thecus and backed up all our review and testing files, these files were very easily accessible thorough the network after we transferred the information. Itís been over thirty days since we built and started using the Thecus 5200BR as our main backup and no problems have been encountered yet. Itís a good feeling to know that all your pertinent data is being redundantly backed up daily and so far the Thecus 5200BR has been great.