Keeping software up to date is one of the golden rules of good computer management, and firmware is no exception. Thecus is very proud to introduce their brand new firmware V5.

There are many new functions, both visible and behind-the-scenes, that will change the way Thecus NAS users use and view their NAS. In addition to these changes, upgrading to V5 shows a huge jump in performance using NASPT (NAS Performance Toolkit) and an amazing 50% speed increase using NetBench.
The first groundbreaking innovation introduced by Thecus is their new photo server, Piczza. Share private albums with selected friends, or post a professional gallery using the well-designed templates to truly create a community around pictures.
Users can even host all their company’s event photos for a living, breathing showcase that other users can add to. Upload pictures, post responses and share the occasions that matter most.
Accessing terabytes and terabytes of multimedia content from an iPhone is now possible, thanks to ThecusShare. Set the parameters for local or remote access, define which contents users want to share, then just walk away from the NAS and use the iPhone anywhere in the world.
Users can watch their favorite movies, listen to their stored MP3s and show their friends a few pictures from their photo collection. They can even upload pictures to their NAS on the fly – just shoot and send. All that users will require is a broadband connection.
The new EXT4 file system allows twice as much data capacity for each volume than EXT3 at 16Tb. With 4K-block support, each file is broken into fewer pieces, giving users an incredible speed boost and much less space-wasting fragmentation.
EXT4 also has extremely fast file system checks, improved timestamps, fewer subfolder limitations, delayed allocation, and many other functions that give users more speed and efficiency.
Staying at the forefront of the industry, V5 also supports 3Tb hard drives, allowing users to bump their data capacity up by 50%.
Lastly, the user interface itself has been improved. The menus have been reorganised for new functionality, and localisation has been improved to make it easy for everyone to get the most out of their Thecus NAS.
Another big step is the advent of a universal, comprehensive built-in help menu to walk users through each function, and ensure greater ease of access. NAS are no longer reserved for advanced users.
Users can customise their NAS according to their needs, thanks to the Thecus V5 upgrade. Set up IP surveillance cameras, use Twonkymedia to play videos on TV and backup data with the advanced Rsync system. V5 builds upon Thecus’s growing volume of modules by adding two major ones, Piczza and ThecusShare, and making the entire library of modules open source.
That means developers and adventurous users can modify modules to fit their needs, or create brand new modules and publish them for the Thecus community. To encourage the rapid growth of this free and open system, Thecus is providing a developer kit to get people started with their creations.