Asustor AS-604T 4-bay NAS Review

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NAS Features


In general, a NAS box is just like an external hard drive caddy that is attached to your network rather than by USB or even Firewire. Because of this we can find a whole host of other features and utilities bundled into them giving them the leading edge over the other options available on the market.

One key feature that we will point out from the extensive list below for this particular system, and one that we have not seen or used to date is the support for for RAID 50. For those who are not full familiar with how the RAID systems work when mixed together, RAID 50 is basically two 3 drive RAID 5 arrays that are then striped together to give the benefit of a RAID 5 parity array but with effectively with a speed boost. With this in mind we should expect to see this array type showing some good results in our NASPT suite when it gets put to the test.

Specs

Hardware Specifications

  • CPU: Intel® Atom™ 2.13 GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • Memory: 1GB SO-DIMM DDR3 (Expandable. Max. 3GB)
  • HDD: 2.5″ / 3.5″ SATA II/ III or SSD x 4¹
  • Expansion: USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 4, eSATA x 2
  • Network: Gigabit Ethernet x 2
  • LCD Panel
  • Output: HDMI x 1
  • System Fan: 120mm x 1
  • Input Power Voltage: 100V to 240V AC
  • Certification: FCC, CE, VCCI, BSMI, C-TICK

Operation

  • Power Consumption: 33.2W (Operation); 26.2W (Disk Hibernation); 1.4W (Sleep Mode)
  • Noise Level: 22.3 dB(A)
  • Operation Temperature: 5°C~35°C (40°F~95°F)
  • Humidity: 5% to 95% RH

ASUSTOR Hightlight

  • System Migration
  • Cloud Connect
  • Dr.ASUSTOR
  • 2-way Backup
  • Task Monitor

Eco-Friendly Design

  • System Sleep Mode (S3)
  • Auto-Standby for Both Internal and External Disks
  • Auto Fan Control
  • LED Night Mode
  • Power Schedule: On, Off, Restart, and Sleep

Size and Weight

  • Size: 185.5(H) x 170(W) x 230(D) mm
  • Weight: 3.5 kg / 7.72 lb

 

Software & Features

Operating System

  • ADM 1.0 Onwards
  • Built-in App Central for Various Apps

Supported OS

  • Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, Server 2003, Server 2008, Server 2012
  • Mac OS X 10.6 Onwards
  • UNIX, Linux, and BSD
  

Supported Languages

  • Deutsch, English, Français, Italiano, Nederlands, Русский, 日本語, 한글, 简体中文, 繁體中文, Česká, Polski

Supported Browsers

  • Internet Explorer 9 Onwards
  • FireFox
  • Chrome
  • Safari

Network Protocols

  • CIFS/SMB, AFP, NFS, FTP, WebDAV, Rsync, SSH, SFTP, iSCSI, HTTP, HTTPS

File System

  • Internal Disk: EXT4
  • External Disk: FAT32, NTFS, EXT3, EXT4, HFS+

Storage Management

  • Support Multiple Volumes with Spare Disks
  • Volume Type: Single disk, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 10
  • Support for Online RAID Level Migration
  • Support for Online RAID Capacity Expansion

iSCSI

  • Maximum Targets: 256
  • Maximum LUNs: 256
  • Target Masking
  • LUN Mapping
  • ISO File Mounting
  • Supports MPIO & MCS
  • Persistent (SCSI-3) Reservations

Disk Management

  • Scheduled Bad Block Scans
  • Scheduled S.M.A.R.T Scans

Network

  • TCP/IP (IPv4 & IPv6)
  • Link Aggregation: Supports 802.3ad and Six Other Modes for Load Balancing and/or Network Failover
  • Jumbo Frame (MTU)
  • VLAN
  • Cloud Connect
  • Wireless Network²
  • DDNS and EZ-Router

Backup Solutions

  • Rsync (Remote Sync) Backup
  • Cloud Backup
  • FTP Backup
  • External Backup
  • One Touch Backup

System Administration

  • Log Type: System Log, Connection Log, File Access Log
  • Real-time Online User Monitor
  • Real-time System Monitor
  • Network Recycle Bin
  • User Quota
  • Virtual Drive (ISO Mounting, Maximum 16)
  • UPS Support

Access Control

  • Maximum Number of Users: 4096
  • Maximum Number of Groups: 512
  • Maximum Number of Shared Folders: 512
  • Maximum Number of Concurrent Connections: 512
  • Supports Windows Active Directory

Security

  • AES 256-Bit Folder Encryption
  • Firewall: Prevent Unauthorized Access
  • Network Defender: Prevent Network Attacks
  • Alert Notifications: E-mail, SMS
  • Encrypted Connections: HTTPS, FTP over SSL/TLS, SSH, SFTP, Rsync over SSH

Featured Apps

File Explorer

  • Web-based File Management
  • ISO File Mounting
  • Share Links

Surveillance Center

  • Live Monitoring (4 Free Channels)
  • Multiple Channel Playback with Audio
  • Supported Browsers: Internet Explorer, Chrome, FireFox (Windows only)
  • Event Notification

UPnP Media Server

  • Supports PS3 and other Digital Media Player Capable Devices
  • Supports On-The-Fly Transcoding for Most RAW Images and Audio(OGG, FLAC)
  • Supported Image Formats: BMP, GIF, ICO, JPG, PNG, PSD, TIF, RAW Image³ (3FR, ARW, CR2, CRW, DCR, DNG, ERF, KDC, MEF, MOS, MRW, NEF, NRW, ORF, PEF, RAF, RAW, RW2, SR2, X3F)
  • Supported Audio Formats: 3GP, AAC, AC3, AIFC, AIFF, AMR, APE, AU, AWB, FLAC1, M4A, M4R, MP2, MP3, OGG Vorbis1, PCM, WAV, WMA
  • Supported Video Formats: 3GP, 3G2, ASF, AVI, DAT, FLV, ISO, M2T, M2V, M2TS, M4V, MKV, MPv4, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, MTS, MOV, QT, SWF, TP, TRP, TS, VOB, WMV, RMVB, VDR, MPE

FTP Explorer

  • Directory Structure View with Drag & Drop Transfers
  • Task Monitor
  • Stopping of Transmission Task & Resumption of Connection
  • Encrypted Connections: Explicit over TLS, Implicit over TLS
  • FTP Site Manager
  • Bandwidth Control
  • Maximum Simultaneous Transfer Control

VPN Client

  • Supported VPN Protocols: PPTP, OpenVPN
  • Transmission Package Monitor
  • PPTP Authentication: PAP, CHAP, MS CHAP, MS CHAP2
  • PPTP Encryption: No MPPE, MPPE (40, 128 bit), Maximum MPPE (128 bit)
  • OpenVPN Port Control
  • OpenVPN Link Compression

iTunes Server

  • For iTunes on Mac & Windows
  • Supports AirPlay
  • Supports iOS Remote Pairing
  • Supported Audio Formats: AIF⁴, M4A (AAC & Apple Loseless), M4P, M4R, MP3, WAV⁴
  • Supported Video Formats: M4V, MOV, MP4
  • Supported Playlist Formats: M3U, WPL

Download Center

  • Supports BT(Torrent & Magnet Link), HTTP and FTP Downloads
  • Torrent Search
  • Choose Files Before a BT Task Starts
  • Customizable Download Schedule
  • Bandwidth Control
  • RSS Subscription and Automatic Downloading (Broadcatching)
  • ASUSTOR Download Assistant for Windows & Mac
  • AiDownload for iOS & Android

Boxee / XBMC (Beta) ⁵

  • Play All Media Content Stored on NAS
  • Video Output via HDMI
  • TV Shows, Movies, Apps and More
  • ASUSTOR Customized Features
  • AiRemote Mobile App

SoundsGood

  • Import Personal/Public Music Collection
  • Personal/Public Music Collection Permission Control
  • Playlist Editor
  • ID3 Tag Editor
  • Local Speaker Support: HDMI, USB, Audio Jack
  • Supported Audio Formats for Browser: MP3, WAV, Ogg
  • Supported Audio Formats for Transcoding Through Browser: AAC, AIFF, Flac, Apple lossless, WMA
  • Supported Audio Formats for Local Speaker: MP3, WAV, Ogg, AAC, AIFF, Flac, Apple lossless, WMA
  • ASUS DAC Support
Note:
¹ Hard disks not included.
² USB Wi-Fi dongle not included.
³ You must first enable real time transcoding for these files in order to play them.
⁴ Metadata (e.g. title) may not be able to displayed in iTunes.
⁵ Currently, Boxee is only available on the 6 series while XBMC is only available on the 3 series.

Article Index

  1. Introduction
  2. A Closer Look
  3. NAS Features
  4. Asustor GUI
  5. Testing Method
  6. HD Video Playback
  7. 2x HD Video Playback
  8. 4x HD Video Playback
  9. HD Video Record
  10. HD Playback & Record
  11. Content Creation
  12. Office Productivity
  13. File Copy to NAS
  14. File Copy from NAS
  15. Directory Copy to NAS
  16. Directory Copy from NAS
  17. Photo Album
  18. Final Thoughts
  19. View All

Author Bio

2 Comments on Asustor AS-604T 4-bay NAS Review

  • Avatar d6bmg says:

    This is the second NAS review I went through today and I’ve to say both of them are wonderful.
    4 Bay NAS are the standard now-a-days and for £500 it is one of the value for buck NAS available in the market.

  • Avatar d6bmg says:

    lastly another very good review by Chris.

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