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Friday, 21 June 2013

Benchmark Reviews Has Moved To WordPress CMS!

You are viewing our archived website, retired after six years and 15,000 published articles. There are still plenty of good reviews and helpful guides to be found here, which is why we're keeping this site online. If you'd like to stay up to date, visit the new site at http://benchmarkreviews.com/

Back on March 2007 our website was published on the Joomla! (1.x) content management system. There have been many attempts to move the site into newer versions of the Joomla! CMS, but the platform often restricted our migration. It's been six years since we released our first review, and a new look was long overdue.

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Easy NAS Server Setup with Thecus Intelligent NAS E-mail
Written by Thecus Technology Corp   
Friday, 14 June 2013

Easy NAS Server Setup with Thecus Intelligent NAS

And what other features it has in store

Intelligent NAS is a software designed by Thecus to offer inexperienced users an all-in-one application to manage and access everything that comes with their NAS. It can run on Windows as well as on Mac systems and lets the user have his NAS-system up and running with some mouse clicks within 5 minutes.

Intelligent NAS will take care of all the standard procedures that are needed to setup a NAS-system without the need of additional software. It detects and installs all hard disk drives that are connected to the NAS and sets them up in a RAID array automatically. Furthermore it takes care of mounting the NAS-drive to the user's system. So that it is immediately visible for the user as soon as the setup is complete. The NAS will be available online as well after the setup with an own domain. To make sure that the user's NAS will always be available under the same domain, Intelligent NAS has the ability of managing the so-called Dynamic Domain Name Server (DDNS): even if the specific IP-address of the NAS changes, it is still possible to access it through the same domain with the help of DDNS.

Intelligent NAS is exclusively available for Thecus® products. Both the Thecus® N2520 as well as the Thecus® N4520 are compatible with Intelligent NAS in order to simplify the setup-procedure of the user's NAS so that he can enjoy its functionalities faster and without the need of consulting various manuals beforehand. They also are equipped with a HDMI output so that the media stored on the NAS can directly be enjoyed on TV.

  • For more information on Thecus® N2520, go to: http://www.thecus.com/product.php?PROD_ID=87
  • For more information on Thecus® N4520, go to: http://www.thecus.com/product.php?PROD_ID=86
  • For more information on Thecus®, go to: http://www.thecus.com/

About Thecus®

Thecus® Technology Corp. specializes in Network Attached Storage and Network Video Recorder solutions. The company was established in 2004 with the mission to make technology that is as transparent as it is easy-to-use and products that are not only the best on the market, but are accessible to experts and novices alike. Combining a world-class R&D team highly experienced in storage hardware and software development with a keen customer focus, Thecus® stays close to the market to develop high-quality products to fulfill the storage and surveillance needs of today's world.

 
DDNS Dynamic Domain Name System: Access NAS Server Outside Home E-mail
Written by Thecus Technology Corp   
Friday, 14 June 2013

DDNS - Dynamic Domain Name System

How to access your NAS from outside your home

For most people, internet is an opaque concept. Its layer based structure allow end-users to use and interact with all those data transmission protocol without knowing more than how to use their software like Internet Explorer, their email client or their favorite FTP software.

Greatly for you guys, this article is not about all the different layers used for our daily internet communication. We will only concentrate on one aspect, level 3 which is responsible for the internet addressing and forwarding part. So, you may have heard about IP (Internet Protocol), or read about it. It is the main protocol used by this layer for addressing, classifying and routing communication over the network. There are two types of IP addresses, the IPv4 which uses 4 groups of numbers from 0 to 255, and the IPv6 represented by 8 groups of numbers separated by colons. The IPv6 is the newest and was created to solve the "near future" problem of shortage in internet addressee.

Thus, any machine (laptop, cellphone, computer, name it) that connected to the internet needs an address so they can route their communications. At this level, we only need those four digits; for example you can try the address http://173.194.72.101/ which is one of the numerous addresses used by Google for their servers. The usage of this type of addressing architecture is absolutely wonderful for machines but painful for human. So, engineer created a protocol (in layer 7) to facilitate the usage of IP addresses.

This protocol is called DNS, which is an acronym of Domain Name System. It is hosted by specialized server (usually setup automatically when you're connecting to the internet) that allows mapping between the real IP addresses and a human name. But by doing so, you also need to synchronize and create a directory of all those addresses; those machines are known as "root servers". Moreover, this synchronization process is not instantly and may require up to 72 hours for registering a new address. Maintaining and processing this registry is not free and that is where one part of your money goes when you purchase a domain name.

Now, suppose that you have a NAS at home with picture of your last born. You are visiting friends far from home and you want to show them those pictures. Using your smartphone you can connect to your NAS web interface and make a slide show for them. But you have only one problem, if you didn't pay both a domain name and a static IP (from your Internet Service Provider), you may not know what your NAS address is and how to reach it.

That is where the Intelligent NAS, available with the new Thecus® N2520 and N4520, can help you. During the first installation, Thecus® help you to setup a free DDNS (Dynamic Domain Name System). You simply need to register and chose which address you would like to use. Afterward, the NAS will resynchronize his current internet address with the Thecus® server and Thecus® will host and maintain the mapping between the real internet and your NAS address. And by consequence, if your address changes or you connect your NAS somewhere else, the change will be effective immediately. Your files will always be accessible anywhere you go without any worries.

  • For more information about the different transmission layers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OSI_model
  • For more information on the N2520, go to: http://www.thecus.com/product.php?PROD_ID=87
  • For more information on the N4520, go to: http://www.thecus.com/product.php?PROD_ID=86
  • For more information on Thecus®, go to: http://www.thecus.com/

About Thecus®

Thecus® Technology Corp. specializes in Network Attached Storage and Network Video Recorder solutions. The company was established in 2004 with the mission to make technology that is as transparent as it is easy-to-use and products that are not only the best on the market, but are accessible to experts and novices alike. Combining a world-class R&D team highly experienced in storage hardware and software development with a keen customer focus, Thecus® stays close to the market to develop high-quality products to fulfill the storage and surveillance needs of today's world.

 
Scythe Kabuto II CPU Cooler E-mail
Friday, 14 June 2013

Scythe Kabuto II CPU Cooler Review

The Scythe Kabuto II Cooler arrived Technic3D. See you in the following Review the Kabuto II HTPC CPU-Cooler with one 120mm PWM-Fan and six 6mm Heatpipes compared with many other Cooler on a Intel Core i5 2500k CPU... Technic3D

 
Microsoft Surface Pro 128 GB Tablet E-mail
Friday, 14 June 2013

Microsoft Surface Pro 128 GB Tablet Review

With the Microsoft Surface Pro switches sides. The software giant was otherwise always on the side of the operating system the road that comes with the Microsoft Surface Pro now the first Tabelt directly from Microsoft as a hardware manufacturer in Germany on the market. We have and the new Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet with a capacity of 128 GB and etlichem accessories for you viewed and show in our video test what the device is and what is still a little hitch... Allround-PC

 
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