ASUSTOR Launches Powerful High-Capacity AS6208T and AS6210T

ASUSTOR launched two new high-capacity enterprise-class NAS units, the AS6208T and the AS6210T. The only difference between the two units is that one has 8 drive bays and the other one has 10 drive bays. They are powered by an Intel Celeron (Braswell) 1.6GHz quad-core CPU with Boost speeds up to 2.24GHz. This is backed by 4GB dual-channel DDR3L memory which is expandable.

This is a great base for a powerful system that comes with hardware encryption support and 4K capabilities. All that power can be connected through the four built-in Gigabit Ethernet ports for a read and write performance up to 398 MB/s and 355 MB/s respectively in a RAID 5 setup.

There are plenty of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports as well as two eSATA ports. With that amount of extra ports, you can expand the systems even further than with the 8 and 10 internal bays that each support up to 8TB drives.

It’s probably unlikely that a system like this will be used for as a multimedia hub, although it would be perfectly suitable for it. Instead, it is much more likely to be used for surveillance tasks. It is well equipped for both scenarios with its direct usage ability. It features both an HDMI 1.4b connector and an S/PDIF audio link.

As with all other ASUSTOR NAS units, these two new ones come with a 3-year warranty and a suggested retail price of $999 for the AS6210T and $899 for the AS6208T. That’s actually not bad at all.

Key Hardware Specifications

  • Intel Celeron 1.6GHz Quad-Core Processor (Automatic Overclocking to 2.24GHz)
  • Read Speed of up to 398+ MB/s and Write Speed of up to 355+ MB/s Under Link Aggregation and RAID 5 Configurations
  • 4GB Built-in Dual-Channel DDR3L High Speed Memory (Expandable up to 8GB, 4GB x2)
  • 4 x Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • Front of Device: 1 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5 GB/s) Port
  • Back of Device: 2 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5 GB/s) Ports, 2 x USB 2.0 Ports, 2 x eSATA Ports
  • 1 x HDMI 1.4b Port
  • 1 x S/PDIF Audio Output Port
  • Infrared Receiver
  • Supports RAID Volume Management: Single, JBOD, RAID 0/1/5/6/10, RAID 0/1/5/6/10+Hot Spare
  • Supports Hot Swappable Hard Disks
  • Disk Tray Locks
  • LCD Panel
  • Supports Largest Capacity Hard Disks on the Market (8TB)
  • Smart Fan Temperature Control

The AS6208T and AS6210T both come built-in with the latest ADM 2.5.4 firmware providing RAID data protection, high-grade AES-NI hardware encryption technology, a 256-bit data encryption mechanism, firewall, network defender, antivirus software for installation and other safety mechanisms to keep data safe and secure. But you will be able to upgrade to the newest firmware very soon as ADM 2.6 is scheduled to be released in April.

Key Software Specifications for ADM 2.6

  • Seamless Cross-Platform File Access (Windows, Mac, Unix-Like Operating Systems)
  • Virtualization Support: Citrix, Hyper-V, VMware (NFS)
  • Scheduled and Automatic iSCSI LUN Snapshots
  • Virtual Machine Support with VirtualBox (ASUSTOR Portal and ADM Web Interface)
  • Comprehensive Backup Solutions (Public Cloud, Local Device, PC, Mobile Devices)
  • Integrates Windows AD, Windows ACL Permissions and Batch Importation of Accounts
  • SNMP Network Management Protocol Support
  • Instant System Event Notifications (Email, SMS or Push Notification)
  • Supports 3-Step Seamless System Migration
  • Supports Online Capacity Expansion and RAID Level Migration
  • Supports N-1 MyArchive Hard Disks with Encryption and Binding of USB Devices as Encryption Keys
  • Newly Added File System Support for MyArchive (EXT4, NTFS, HFS+) Increases Compatibility of MyArchive
  • Disks.
  • Remote Access via Cloud Connect Technology
  • App Central App Repository Features Rich Variety of Apps for Multimedia, Business Productivity and More.
  • Surveillance Center Supports up to 25 Camera Channels

ASUSTOR Launches Entry-Level Quad-Core AS32 Series NAS

ASUSTOR announced the launch of two new economical entry-level multimedia NAS devices called the AS3202T and AS3204T. The difference between the two is the number of drives you can mount, either 2 or 4. The new AS32 Series is built around Intel’s latest Celeron 1.6GHz quad-core CPU that provides plenty of processing power for such units and they come with 2GB DDR3 dual-channel memory.

Besides being a great quad-core CPU for NAS usage, the systems also feature Intel’s AES-NI encryption instructions that allow the devices to support hardware encryption. This is something that gives a far better performance when dealing with encrypted drives than a software solution would.

The AS32 series also features a great graphics processing unit that allows you to use the NAS as a multimedia hub. You can connect the systems directly to a TV or monitor for direct playback without the use of other devices. Attach a keyboard and mouse or use an IR remote to stay in control of the system.

The ASUSTOR Portal App makes it easy and allows you to use the NAS to browse the web, change the configuration, use KODI and similar apps while the official ASUSTOR remote control completes the couch experience. Users can centrally store all of their digital multimedia on the NAS (photos, music, movies) and play it all back on demand, enjoying a comprehensive home multimedia experience.

The AS32 series doesn’t feature external drive bays, but still work with a toolless mounting system that allows you to easily install everything just by the use of thumbscrews. The exterior design uses the diamond pattern that we’ve seen before, for example on the AS1002T that we reviewed a little while ago.

“In order to provide better multimedia playback experience to consumers, we are launching the AS3202T and AS3204T tower model NAS devices which feature powerful performance,” said Johnny Chen, Product Manager at ASUSTOR. “When compared to the 31 series devices of the previous generation, the 32 series devices provide even more powerful graphics processing capabilities which allow for sharper imaging and smoother playback for all high definition multimedia.”

External storage can be connected to the three USB 3.0 ports on the AS32 series. One is located on the front for easier access and the other two are on the back next to the Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port and the HDMI 1.4a port.

The NAS naturally come with ASUSTOR’s ADM operating system that’s both easy to use and setup. There is no need for complex installation and the devices can be setup with just a three steps. This makes it a great NAS for beginners as it’s budget friendly, easy to install, and still powerful.

Besides the default function, the functionality can be expanded with a large variety of add-on applications that can be installed directly from the built-in app central. There are mobile companion apps too for users that want to access their storage on the go and through the comfort of their smart devices.

Currently, ADM version 2.5.4 is the latest official version of the operating system, but the ADM 2.6 beta is available too and thereby we can expect the full version of this to be released soon too. The latest ADM 2.6 beta includes upgrades to ASUSTOR Portal web applications by increasing YouTube 1080p playback performance and support for a rich variety of streaming video sites such as Netflix, MetaCafe, US Stream, Vimeo, Youkou, Tudou and more.

Key Features for the AS3202T and AS3204T

  • Intel Celeron 1.6GHz Quad-Core Processor (Automatic Overclocking to 2.24GHz)
  • RAID 1 Read Speed of up to 112+MB/s and Write Speed of up to 110+ MB/s
  • 2GB Built-in Dual-Channel DDR3L High-Speed Memory
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet Port
  • Front of Device: 1 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5 GB/s) Port
  • Back of Device: 2 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5 GB/s) Port
  • 1 x HDMI 1.4b Port
  • Infrared Receiver
  • Supports RAID Volume Management Single, JBOD, RAID 0/1 (AS3202T)
  • Supports RAID Volume Management Single, JBOD, RAID 0/1/5/6/10 (AS3204T)
  • Supports Seamless System Migration
  • Supports Largest Capacity Hard Disks on the Market (8TB)
  • Supports Intel AES-NI Hardware Encryption Engine

ASUSTOR Enhances Core Functions With New ADM 2.6 Beta

It has been about three years since ASUSTOR introduced the ADM operating system, now they’re ready with the public beta on the newest version, ADM 2.6. The new ADM version enhances a lot of core functions in the operating system and it is one well worth checking out for ASUSTOR NAS owners. Among the improvements in ADM 2. beta, we find an even better MyArchive function, advanced iSCSI LUn snapshot configuration, and a more flexible cloud storage system as well as an improved Portal experience.

One of ADM’s strongest points and one of the features that I love most on the ASUSTOR NAS is the MyArchive feature. It allows you to use internal drives in a more flexible way that allows drive ejection at basically any time. This allows you to use drives in the same way you would optical drives, only with a lot more storage capacity and the abilities that come from HDDs. That feature is better than even with ADM 2. beta as it now allows for N-1 drive bays to be assigned as MyArchive drives which mean that you can use all but the main drive for it. Further, you can now format the MyArchive drives as NTFS and HFS+ on top of EXT4 to allow for easy connection to Windows and Mac OS systems when not in use in the NAS’. Also, you can self-define tags for each disk for easier management and identification, each MyArchive drive can be configured to automatically mount on up to 20 trusted NAS devices, supports AES 256-bit encryption by password, electronic key, or physical USB device. As an ASUSTOR NAS user myself, I can say that I love every one of these new features.

MyArchive isn’t the only place that got improvements. Account management also got easier with the new ADM beta version and now includes batch-creation of user accounts, including import function from text and CSV files with integrity check. You can also create scheduled iSCSI LUN snapshots now to take regular snapshots based on specific time periods.

Along with the ADM 2.6 beta enhancements, ASUSTOR 31, 50, 51, 61, 62 and 7 series users can also upgrade to the ASUSTOR Portal beta and URL-Pack, allowing them to stream from even more popular media sites. There’s a newly added hardware accelerated Chromium browser next to Crome, you get smooth streaming of YouTube 1080p videos, and can stream from sites such as Iqiyi, Sohu, Tudou, Youku, Vimeo, MetaCafe, US Stream, Crunchyroll, and Vudu directly on your TV.

You can find all the detailed information about the ADM 2.6 Beta program on the official minisite or just go ahead and upgrade your NAS right away. Keep in mind tho, this is a beta version, so there could be possible bugs.

ADM 2.6 beta Update Highlights

  • Upgrades the GNU C library from eglibc 2.13 to glibc 2.22
  • Upgrades the Linux kernel for AS50/51/70 devices to the latest 4.1 long-term support version
  • Increases supported MyArchive bay number to N-1
  • Adds NTFS, HFS+ support for MyArchive disks
  • Supports AES-256-bit encryption for MyArchive disks (in EXT4 format only)
  • Supports batch creation and importation of ADM accounts
  • Supports scheduled iSCSI LUN snapshots
  • Supports intermediate certificate importation
  • Supports hardware accelerated Chromium for optimized YouTube performance
  • Adds URL-pack app to offer more popular streaming video websites

ASUSTOR NAS Adds Comprehensive Search App QuikFynd

ASUSTOR’s latest NAS feature could be one of the most useful features yet to be added, but it does come with a few things that you should pay attention to before you get too excited. The new feature is called QuikFynd and while it sounds like a frying pan from IKEA, it is an awesome search feature for your NAS.

The first thing that might come between you and the usage of QuikFynd is that it is limited to the x86 based models. This is however a logic limitation as it is a feature that requires some proper performance in order to deliver a workable experience. Also, most ASUSTOR NAS are X86 based, so users of ASUSTOR 2, 3, 6, 31, 50, 51,61, 62, 70 series devices combined with the latest ADM 2.5.2 version and onwards can now find the comprehensive search app QuikFynd in their App Central.

“With data become digitized in exponential amounts, businesses and individual users alike, all face the problematic task of accurately searching for items from amongst thousands of files and terabytes of data. QuikFynd provides a convenient search solution, allowing users to quickly search for target files stored on their NAS according to content, file name or tags.”

After installation, users can open the dedicated interface from the ADM desktop and begin searching or use one of the mobile apps that also should be available now. You have the full privacy of your files as everything is stored on your own server at home.

There is one more thing with ASUSTOR’s QuikFynd that you should pay attention to. There are two different versions of this feature, a Lite version that is free or a Pro version that you’ll need to pay for. Both versions offer search by names and meta-data tags, streaming over local networks, search history, recent items, access from a browser, and access from mobile apps. The Pro version also allows for full-text search, location details from GPS tags, search text within images, stream to remote devices, and result-highlighting.

ASUSTOR is letting you try the Pro version for 3-months without costs, but after that, you’ll have to pay either $20 for a year’s subscription or $60 for a lifetime subscription to the QuikFynd Pro features. As previously mentioned, the apps can be found through your App Central within the ADM and you can find all the details and subscribe on the official website.

ASUSTOR Releases Photo Gallery 2.0 Beta

ASUSTOR released a new version, although it’s only a beta version for now, of their Photo Gallery NAS feature. The new version brings a lot of new features as well optimizations and speedups on existing function. The new Photo Gallery 2.0 Beta is available now and it is compatible with all ASUSTOR NAS devices running ADM version 2.5.2BDF1 and onwards.

The new Photo Gallery 2.0 Beta offers multi-level folder structures, increased thumbnail processing speeds, and more sorting functions than before. New features also include auto rotation to correct orientation of uploaded images, a concealable side navigation bar that shows album folder structures, and an intuitive search function. Customizable browsing quality based on the device and network environment was also added in order to give you the best experience. Those are all great things that I’m sure will be welcome among the ASUSTOR NAS users.

This latest version of Photo Gallery is using a new database technology that makes most of these functions possible, such as the multiple levels of folders as well as the greatly increasing thumbnail processing speeds that will give you a much smoother browsing experience.

We take more and more digital photos every day and the larger the collection grows, the harder it gets to sort and manage them. We want this to get as easy as possible and the new Photo Gallery 2.0 Beta version offers some new improvements here. You can now switch between Album and Browse modes when viewing photos. Users can also customize the browsing interface according to their preferences where customizable items include language, hide and show the number of comments, show the total number of photos on a page, image aspect ratio, and the ability to prioritize image quality or speed according to the usage environment or device. Another new feature is the ability to auto-rotate photos based on the information stored in the image file. This can save many hours of work manually rotating all your panorama shots, for example.

“In our modern technological age, the total output of digital photos is growing significantly every day. The ability to manage all these photos has become a key issue for many individuals,” said Vincent Tseng, Product Manager at ASUSTOR. “Photo Gallery allows users to save time and effort while helping them to centrally manage all of their photos. Users will be able to effortlessly browse and share all of their favorite photos with friends and family around the globe.”

The new Photo Gallery 2.0 Beta is available directly from the Beta Apps section in your ASUSTOR App Central and it is also available as a direct download for devices that don’t have an active internet connection. There’s also a new Android app, AiFoto 2.0 beta, available to work with the new Photo Gallery 2.0 Beta. A new iOS version will also be available soon.

Key features for the Photo Gallery 2.0 beta version

  • “Album” and “Browse” viewing modes: “Album” mode, organizes all the photos from the various subfolders of an album into a single level for convenient browsing while “Browse” mode allows users to browse through photos in detail according to the album and subfolder infrastructure.
  • Multi-level folder structure support: In “Browse” mode users can create multiple levels of subfolders. And for second level folders can assign permissions, providing flexibility for permissions management.
  • Concealable side navigation bar: Provides album thumbnails and total photo count for each album.
  • User preferences: Individual users can decide whether to show the total number of comments and whether or not to have the side bar automatically open to the location of the current album being viewed. Users can also change the interface language and configure image quality according to browsing device, optimizing the browsing experience.
  • Intuitive sorting: Ability to sort images in ascending or descending order according to file name or time taken.
  • Adjustable browsing: Supports photo wall, 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9 image ratios for display along with an ability to scale down images to a minimum of 0.60 times. The number of photos shown per page can also be configured (50, 100, 250, 500, 1000).
  • Automatic image rotation to correct orientation, saving time and energy.
  • Comprehensive search function: Can use keywords to search within specified albums and folders. Can also specify search criteria such as file name, album name, file description, comments, commenter, time taken, time uploaded and tags.
  • One-click sharing to social media (Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Plurk, email)
  • Intuitive drag and drop management: In “Browse” mode, supports directly dragging and dropping photos to move them.
  • Can configure album cover and tags (for a single photo or batch of photos).
  • Slideshow viewing mode
  • Provides comment function for users to interact with each other.
  • Supports a wide range of image formats: RAW, PNG, JPEG, TIFF, GIF
  • Supports video playback

ASUSTOR Releases ADM 2.5.2 Beta

ASUSTOR is starting the new year with a new beta version of their upcoming ADM 2.5.2 firmware and it comes with new features as well as some bug and security fixes. There are three new main features in ADM 2.5.2 beta that could make your network life a little easier. There is a new DHCP server feature, an improved print server feature that now supports USB IP printing, and the Share link explorer that helps to make sharing more intuitive and flexible.

The first new addition is the DHCP server that can take over the job normally performed by your router. It might be convenient for a lot of people that they only have to use one control panel and user interface to configure their network rather than two. Let the router handle the basic connection while your NAS, that is running anyway, is doing the rest. ASUSTOR’s DHCP server can assign multiple IP subnets from one LAN interface, and also supports DHCP reservations for specified network devices

The Print server function got an upgrade and now also supports USB IP Printer mode to virtually connect the printer with your PC and generally increase the range of printers that the NAS is compatible too without worries. USB IP printer mode is used together with Windows ASUSTOR Control Center, which again limits it to the Windows ecosystem. Then again, most consumer use Windows.

The new Share link explorer makes it easier for the people you share files with. When your friend or colleague receives a share link, he or she can see the shared files and folders in a list and with just one click they can select only the needed files to download. This makes file sharing more intuitive and flexible.

There are also some additional upgrades behind the lines such as the PHP backend being updated from version 5.3 to 5.6 and Apache2’s HTTPd got upgraded from 2.2.29 to 2.2.31 to address the CVVE-2015-3183 security vulnerability. The App Central got a new installation wizard. The built-in database switched from MySQL to MariaDB 10 which should free up some general resources.

You can download the new beta firmware directly on ASUSTOR’s beta program website.

ASUSTOR AS1002T 2-Bay Entry-Level NAS Review

Introduction


It isn’t everyone that needs the fastest NAS model on the block with all sorts of fancy features, sometimes you just want something simple, effective, and cheap. ASUSTOR created a great NAS for just such a scenario and dubbed it the AS1002T. The AS1002T is a 2-bay entry-level NAS and today I’m taking a closer look at the NAS, its features, and performance.

ASUSTOR only just released the 10-series a little while ago and these are the first ARM-powered NAS devices from ASUSTOR. Next to this 2-bay unit that I’m reviewing today, ASUSTOR also created a bigger brother to it with 4-bays. However, it is the AS1002T that I’m reviewing today and this NAS is powered by a Marvell ARMADA-385 1.0GHz dual-core processor and comes with 512MB onboard RAM. That might not sound like much, but it should be plenty for normal file-serving and streaming purposes at home. The Marvell ARMADA-385 CPU offers both hardware encryption engine and floating-point unit, but it only consumes a small amount of power; a truly efficient little NAS with a power consumption of just 13.2W during operations.

The diamond pattern on the front together with the otherwise simple black layout gives the AS1002T a great design and it isn’t as boring as a plain black unit would be. It would look equally nice next to your entertainment system or TV as it would in your home office.

The 70mm fan on the rear of the unit provides the cooling and the NAS only produces 19dBA of noise during idle mode and 32 dBA during use. That’s not much at all which is a great thing, a device that will run 24/7 needs to blend into the background and be forgotten.

The AS1002T is a basic NAS that provides basic connectivity. It comes with a single Gigabit Ethernet connection that in itself is sufficient for most personal setups where low-end switches wouldn’t allow for link aggregation anyway. Adding more would just increase the price. You get two USB 3.0 ports that not only support storage drives but also USB UPS devices and printers that then easily can be shared over your network. WiFi and Bluetooth adapters are also supported on the AS1002T

The NAS features a completely tool-free installation with two thumbscrews on the rear of the unit to open it. Once they are out, you can simply slide the case apart and install your hard disks. The hard disk installation is tool-less too thanks to the included thumbscrews. A simple way to make it easy to install the drives and keeping everything cost-effective. The downside here is that you cannot swap slide out the hard drives as easy and during use as you would be able to with an NAS that features ejectable drive trays. Again, that would have been an unnecessary cost increase as most home users won’t swap drives at all. Once it’s running, it’s running.

Thanks to the ARM CPU, the AS1002T is a very efficient little NAS. It only consumes 13.2W during operation and 6.6W during disk hibernation. The AS1002T features automatic standby for both internal and external disks, auto fan control so it never spins more than needed, and power scheduling for on, off, and restart. These are all features that are great for the environment, hardware, and electrical bill.

The LEDs can be dimmed to fit just the scenario you put the NAS into and whether you want to see them or not. The AS1002T also features the LED Night Mode where it automatically adjusts the LED lights based on your settings.

Despite the low power consumption and eco-friendliness, the AS1002T NAS still performs great. It is capable of providing a read and write performance of up to 95MB/s reading and 110MB/s writing with the 3TB WD RED test drives that ASUSTOR used for the specifications.

Besides just being a network connected storage, the AS1002T is a great multimedia companion. The CPU’s built-in floating-point unit is able to quickly process large amounts of photo thumbnails, allowing you to instantly transfer and browse photos at any time. The rich variety of multimedia server applications is able to smoothly stream high-definition multimedia entertainment to devices such as UPnP/DLNA players, web browsers on computers, tablets and smartphones.

As I previously mentioned, the ARM CPU features a built-in encryption engine, allowing data to be completely protected from the moment it is first stored on the NAS. This means that you never have to worry about your confidential data falling into the wrong hands even if your hard disks become lost or stolen. The built-in hardware encryption engine features read speeds of over 39 MB/s and write speeds of over 31 MB/s for encrypted data. This is only about a third of the speed non-encrypted files would have, but it is still plenty for most operations that involve sensitive data.

ASUSTOR’s AS1002T is naturally powered by the ASUSTOR Data Master (ADM) 2.5 firmware that provides users with the latest enhanced core functions such as internal backup, shared folder based network recycle bins, and iSCSI LUN snapshots. Optionally, users can download more apps such as Syslog Server and DataSync for Microsoft OneDrive along with newly upgraded versions of existing Apps such as Photo Gallery and LooksGood. The NAS unit will of course also work with ASUSTOR’s mobile apps for tasks such as system management, file management, backup, downloading, media sharing, home surveillance and more, allowing users to have effortless and continuous access to their NAS while on the go.

Packaging and Accessories

The ASUSTOR AS1002T box is a simple white with all the relevant information right on the front, such as compatibility, basic features, and specifications, as well as a photo of the unit itself. The rear features a few more information in a variety of languages.

Inside the box, you will find an AC power adapter and a power cable that is suited for the region you bought the unit in. There is an LAN cable, software and manual disk, setup guide, and eight thumbscrews to mount the drives.

ASUSTOR Adds Compatibility for All PLANET’s IP Cameras

ASUSTOR partnered up with PLANET to Create an even better cloud surveillance solution. ASUSTOR added compatibility for all of PLANET’s IP camera models, giving users that utilize the Surveillance Station functionality to turn their NAS into an NVR even more choices when it comes to cameras that they can use. All ASUSTOR NAS devices are now compatible with world renowned PLANET IP cameras. Traditional surveillance systems are a thing of the past thanks to the increased network bandwidth that has become available, both wired and wireless, making IP cameras the optimal choice.

ASUSTOR NAS not only provides a highly stable network storage system but also allows users to easily setup and install a surveillance management system. This is the first time that PLANET teams up with ASUSTOR, so it is quite nice to see that all their high-quality IP camera products now are compatible with ASUSTOR’s network storage servers.

Users that require a complete network surveillance solutions can get their high-quality surveillance feeds transferred and stored on ASUSTOR NAS via PLANET’s smart energy-saving PoE switches and related equipment. Furthermore, smart system functions help administrators with remote management while maintaining high-quality surveillance and productivity in any usage environment.

ASUSTOR’s Surveillance Center is a free, but you may need to purchase additional camera licenses, and it can be installed on all ASUSTOR NAS devices, instantly turning the NAS into a Network Video Recorder. Surveillance Center features a simple 5 step quick installation wizard that can complete camera additions within 90 seconds and configure recording, viewing and management settings.

A full list of compatible cameras can be found here.

ASUSTOR Launches 31 Series of Braswell Powered 4K Multimedia NAS

ASUSTOR just launched the new 31 series of NAS designed for the multimedia prosumer and with built-in 4K capabilities. The new series consist of two devices, the 2-bay AS3102T and the 4-bay AS3104T. The new NAS units are built around an Intel Celeron N3050 1.6GHz dual-core processor with a 2.16GHz Boost speed. It comes with 2GB built-in dual-channel DDR3 memory and can provide around 110MB/s transfer speeds in a RAID 1 setup.

The NAS connect through a single Gigabit Ethernet Port, which also explains the transfer speed ratings. They also come with one USB 3.0 port on the front and another two on the rear for extra storage connectivity. There is an Infrared receiver on the front and an HDMI 1.4b port on the rear that supports 4K UHD resolutions that make it ready to hook directly up to your 4K TV or monitor.

“ASUSTOR’s 31 series devices provide smoother multimedia playback via their enterprise-class core hardware and dual-channel memory,” said Johnny Chen, Product Manager at ASUSTOR. “The 31 series lowers the barriers for home users and prosumers who require 4K multimedia playback and secure cloud storage.”

The compact sized NAS units with the elegant looking diamond pattern pack quite a punch thanks to the Braswell generation CPU that provides enhanced multitasking and supports AES-NI encryption engine for increased access speeds on encrypted data. The systems don’t use drive trays that are hot-swappable, but drives can be swapped toolless thanks to the thumbscrews on the rear and inside.

ASUSTOR’s LooksGood app can be used on the AS31 series to view videos over the Internet as well as to watch and record live digital TV. LooksGood also features ASUSTOR’s Hyper-Transcoding technology which provides at least a tenfold reduction in video conversion times. This series also support real-time transcoding that allows users to enjoy a smoother streaming experience where the playback device otherwise could have limits in capabilities and bandwidth.

ASUSTOR Announces Stylish and Budget Friendly 10 Series

ASUSTOR has launched a new line of entry-level NAS devices called the 10-series and it is the first ARM powered series from ASUSTOR. The new NAS units AS1002T and AS1004T are powered by a Marvell ARMADA-385 1.0GHz dual-core processor and come with 512MB onboard RAM. That should be plenty of performance for normal file-serving and streaming alike.

Intel’s x86 based CPUs aren’t the cheapest on the block and opting for an ARM based solution can cut the costs quite a bit. The ARMADA-385 shouldn’t be discarded due to that as it comes with hardware encryption engine and floating-point unit while it only consumes a small amount of power; a truly efficient little NAS.

The AS1002T is a 2-bay NAS and the AS1004T is a 4-bay NAS, but other than that they are the same. You get two USB 3.0 ports where one of them is placed on the front as well as a single Gigabit Ethernet connection. Plenty to hook everything up and get a good performance. The NAS units are capable of providing read and write performance of 95 MB/s and 110 MB/s.

The diamond plate finish gives the units a nice touch and the installation is completely tool-less thanks to the hand-screw design. There is one more minor difference in the two units: The AS1004T comes with a 120mm fan where the AS1002T only has a 70mm fan.

“ASUSTOR’s 10 series was designed with both hardware performance and modern aesthetics in mind,” said Johnny Chen, Product Manager at ASUSTOR. “The devices also feature the convenient use of hand screws, which allows users to easily remove the outer cover and complete hard disk installation without the use of any extra tools.”

Both NAS units feature ASUSTOR’s ADM (ASUSTOR Data Master) 2.5 firmware that provides users with the latest enhanced core functions such as internal backup, shared folder based network recycle bins, and iSCSI LUN snapshots. Optionally, users can download more apps such as Syslog Server and DataSync for Microsoft OneDrive along with newly upgraded versions of existing Apps such as Photo Gallery and LooksGood. The NAS units will of course also work with ASUSTOR’s mobile apps for tasks such as system management, file management, backup, downloading, media sharing, home surveillance and more, allowing users to have effortless and continuous access to their NAS while on the go.

Key Features for the AS1002T and AS1004T

  • Marvell 1.0 GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • Pre-installed 512 MB Memory
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet Port
  • Front of Device: 1 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5 GB/s) Port, LED Indicators
  • Back of Device: 1 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5 GB/s) Port, Power Button, Reset Button
  • Hand Screws, Easily Remove Cover and Install Hard Disks Without Additional Tools
  • Supports Hardware Encryption Engine
  • Supports RAID Volume Management RAID 0/1, Single, JBOD (AS1002T)
  • Supports RAID Volume Management RAID 0/1 /5 /6 /10, Single, JBOD (AS1004T)
  • Maximum Supported Capacity of Hard Disks: 12TB (AS1002T)/ 24TB (AS1004T).
  • Supports Seamless System Migration

ASUSTOR NAS Are First To Support Brand-New Kodi 15

While Kodi 16’s alpha is making headlines in some places for its upcoming features, Kodi 15 is the latest official and full version. ASUSTOR are the first NAS manufacturers to support Kodi 15 on their 50, 51, 61, 62, and 7 series NAS devices; All those with HDMI out.

Multimedia streaming and direct play is one of the main reasons many people invest in an NAS in the first place and as such it’s nice to see the manufacturers hurrying to get the best experience out to their users. As part of that, ASUSTOR will also release AiCast soon, a powerful and dedicated remote mobile app for Kodi. With AiCast users will be able to conveniently select media and control playback on Kodi from their local network or even remotely.

Kodi  15 brings some nice new features such as a chapter selection window for mkvs and other containers that support chapters, adaptive seeking where the time jumps will get larger the more you press the seek button, and the audio and subtitles can now be selected from a list rather than a spinner. The Language Add-Ons also got an overhaul and are no longer dependent upon release. The overall add-on manager has been reworked too, making it easier to find the add-ons that you’re actually looking for.

If you, like me, are the lucky owner of an ASUSTOR NAS that supports Kodi, then the update is a breeze. Just log in to your ADM control panel and head to your App Central to select the update. All done.

I’ve upgraded mine and it’s a great one. Now I’m looking forward to Kodi 16 getting out of tis alpha stage, so I can enjoy features such as non-linear stretching and the option to select “none” for preferred subtitles.

ASUSTOR Launches Four Braswell Powered NAS Units

ASUSTOR has just launched four new NAS units and they are all part of the World’s first Braswell powered NAS units. The new NAS devices are the AS6202T 2-bay and AS6204T 4-bay NAS powered by quad-core processors while the AS6102T and AS6104T are powered by dual-core processors. The choice of CPU brings along quite a few advantages besides having an overall more powerful chip in your back and would be a great choice for both prosumer and SMB users.

Along with the new Braswell CPUs, the four NAS units feature EAS-NI hardware encryption, expandable memory, plenty of USB 3.0 and eSATA ports as well as HDMI and audio out for Ultra HD 4K direct connections. The system is utilizing dual-channel memory and can expanded up to 8GB.

The new units also come ready and pre-installed with the latest version of ASUSTOR’s operation systems, ADM 2.5, that brings along a lot of improvements and strengthening of the core functions. Better backup features and security, enhanced network recycle bins, and iSCSI LUN snapshots are just a few of those.

The four new NAS units from the 62 and 61 series are currently launching in global markets and should be available for purchase very soon. A four units include a 3-year warranty.

Key Features for the AS6202T and AS6204T

  • Intel Celeron N3150 1.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor (Automatic Overclocking to 2.08 GHz)
  • High-Performance Read Speeds of up to 223+ MB/s and Write Speeds of up to 220+ MB/s Under Link Aggregation and RAID 1
  • Pre-installed Dual-Channel 4GB SO-DIMM DDR3L High-Speed RAM (Expandable to 8GB)
  • 2 Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • 1 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5 Gb/s) Port on the Front
  • 2 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5 Gb/s) Ports, 2 x USB 2.0 Ports and 2 x eSATA Ports on the Back
  • 1 x HDMI 1.4b Port
  • 1 x S/PDIF Port
  • Infrared Receiver
  • Supports Hard Disk Hot Swapping and Online RAID Migration
  • Supports Seamless System Migration
  • Supports RAID Volume Management RAID 0/1, Single, JBOD (AS6202T)
  • Supports RAID Volume Management Single, JBOD, RAID 0/1 /5 /6 /10, RAID 1 /5 +Hot Spare (AS6204T)
  • Maximum Supported Capacity of Hard Disks: 12TB/ 24TB (AS6202T/AS6204T)
  • Disk Tray Locks
  • LCD Panel (AS6204T)

Key Features for the AS6102T and AS6104T

  • Intel Celeron N3050 1.6 GHz Dual-Core Processor (Automatic Overclocking to 2.16 GHz)
  • High-Performance Read Speeds of up to 220+ MB/s and Write Speeds of up to 188+ MB/s Under Link Aggregation and RAID 1
  • Pre-installed Dual-Channel 2GB SO-DIMM DDR3L High-Speed RAM (Expandable to 8GB)
  • 2 Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • 1 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5 Gb/s) Port on the Front
  • 2 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5 Gb/s) Ports, 2 x USB 2.0 Ports and 2 x eSATA Ports on the Back
  • 1 x HDMI 1.4b Port
  • 1 x S/PDIF Port
  • Infrared Receiver
  • Supports Hard Disk Hot Swapping and Online RAID Migration
  • Supports Seamless System Migration
  • Supports RAID Volume Management RAID 0/1, Single, JBOD (AS6102T)
  • Supports RAID Volume Management Single, JBOD, RAID 0/1 /5 /6 /10, RAID 1 /5 +Hot Spare (AS6104T)
  • Maximum Supported Capacity of Hard Disks: 12TB/24TB (AS6102T/AS6104T)

ASUSTOR Releases ADM 2.5 Beta

ASUSTOR announced the release of the ASUSTOR Data Master (ADM) 2.5 beta version which contains updates and features that focus on file security and backup. The ADM 2.5 beta is open to all ASUSTOR NAS users and it can be downloaded now from the official site.

ADM 2.5 beta provides a variety of enhanced core functions and new applications including iSCSI LUN snapshots for virtual storage, fast and flexible internal backup and shared folder based network recycle bins. Newly added apps for this version include the Syslog Server App, a management tool that enhances network maintenance productivity and the DataSync for Microsoft OneDrive App, which syncs the Microsoft OneDrive service with ASUSTOR NAS.

A great time save in this setup is the newly added iSCSI LUN snapshots and a snapshot manager. It provides almost instantaneous creation of snapshots and can save a significant amount of time and storage capacity when compared with traditional LUN backups. The snapshot manager helps users to view, manage, and restore the up to 256 snapshots that can be created for each LUN.

The Network Recycle Bin also got an update and now retains the original directory structure better and allows you to more easily recover accidentally deleted files including their file permissions and user settings. They’re also available for each shared folder now, giving the user the ability to enable it where needed and leave it out where it would be annoying. Another network improvement is the Syslog server that centrally aggregates system logs from various network devices.

The last addition is one that will be extra handy for those who upgraded to Windows 10. ASUSTOR ADM 2.5 beta supports Microsoft’s OneDrive and allows each individual ADM account to log into a OneDrive account and combine the power of cloud storage with your NAS. Synchronization works both ways and you can also just up and download files manually as you want.

As mentioned, the ADM 2.5 beta upgrade is available for download now on the official ASUSTOR Beta Program mini-site.

 

ASUSTOR Surveillance at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – A good NAS manufacturer also has a great surveillance system available and ASUSTOR is no exception here. They were also showcasing it live at Computex and we took a closer look.

Surveillance Center is a secure surveillance management system developed by ASUSTOR and it was demonstrated using the AS7010T NAS.

This system features multiple cameras combined with new functions, real-time recording, multiple viewing modes, a flexible control interface, electronic maps deployment, safer access permissions management rules and a smart search function that allows users to quickly find missing objects.

ASUSTOR’s Surveillance Center gives users the ability to easily create a convenient and ultra-secure real-time surveillance system with up to 49 channels in 720p on a single live display.

The Surveillance Center runs over a secure HTTPS connection and is ONVIF 2.4 profile certified and supports 600 IP different IP cams from various manufacturers.

 

There is also a mobile app to connect and monitor your live feeds that include push notifications as well as email and SMS functions. AiSecure as the app is called is available for both Android and iOS devices.

ASUSTOR Show off Their New NAS Devices at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – ASUSTOR is also present at Computex 2015 and we made a visit with them too. ASUSTOR has their great NAS lineup in the bags and brought them all along.

Among the units is the new ASUSTOR 1 Series, a new entry-level NAS line that brings you all the great ASUSTOR features at a more wallet friendly price.

The AS1002T two-bay unit is packed with 512MB DDR3 RAM, has two USB 3.0 ports, and a gigabit ethernet port for connectivity. The Dual core CPU should provide a good performance while you enjoy the benefits of your NAS at home from everywhere.

The AS1004T is the bigger brother and it has four drive bays. The addition of two more drive bays than the AS1002T doesn’t just allow you to add more drives, it also adds the ability to use RAID 5, 6, and 10 modes.

The ASUSTOR 6-series isn’t entirely new, but it also gets an update with the new AS6102T for example. The AS6102T is a 2-bay NAS powered by an Intel Celeron processor and equipped with 4GB memory. It is powerful enough for local HDMI output in 4K resolution.

The AS6102T is business ready with support for Windows Server, VMware, and Citrix along with all the other great features such as hardware-aided 256-bit encryption. It comes with both USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and eSATA ports as well as the HDMI and S/PDIF for direct HTPC usage.

Where a 2-bay unit is found, a four-bay won’t be far. ASUSTOR added the AS6104T as well.

The ASUSTOR 5-Series shouldn’t be forgotten either as it is a premium class as we’ve seen in our recent review of the AS5102T.

The AS5102T comes with 2GB RAM for the Intel Celeron processor, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, eSATA and HMDI ports as well as support for remote control usage.

The addition of HDMI ports and direct connection abilities to a monitor or TV is an amazing function. No need for an extra HTPC in your living room as your NAS already has the power to do it.

Run XMBC or Kodi, browse the internet or even install other operating systems thanks to the built-in virtualization system – not a problem.

Here you can see a quick video of the new AS7004T in action. It’s really nicely designed, features all the connectivity you’re ever likely to need around the back, as well as a simple and easy to use mobile app, that allows you to quickly control your multimedia, perfect for kicking back and watching a few movies on an evening.

For more information, you can view this video from Asustor:

We will keep you updated with more information as soon as it becomes available.

ASUSTOR Readying New 4k Capable NAS and New Entry Level Series

There isn’t long time until Computex 2015 takes off and all the big hardware players will be at the event to showcase their latest advances and creations. ASUSTOR is of course one of the companies that will be present at Computex and they’ll present at least two new lines of NAS servers, the 61 Enthusiast Series and the 10 Series for the entry-level market.

ASUSTOR’s 61 Series utilizes the newest high-performance Intel Braswell processors and includes the AS6102T and AS6104T models with 2 and 4 disk bays respectively. Both devices in this series come with dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and 4GB memory out of the box. The maximum support amount of memory is 8GB in both models for those who need more than the standard 4GB. Compared with its previous generation, the 61 series feature superior transfer performance and provides smoother multitasking as well as the newly added support for 4K/2K high-resolution video output directly from the NAS. The new 61 series would be perfect to act as both your personal cloud storage as well as a home entertainment hub.

The ASUSTOR 10 Series on the other hand, is a brand new entry-level model. The 10 series was created for the price conscious consumer and it is based on a Marvell processor. It comes with what is called an “eye-catching diamond-plate finish” on the exterior and it is just as easy to use as your personal cloud and file storage as it could be.

I for once can’t wait to find out more about these new NAS series and I’ll make sure to keep you all updated as more information and specifications are released.

ASUSTOR Adds the Last Missing Streaming Option to Their NAS’

ASUSTOR has been busy updating their NAS software all around, but with a special focus on the media part. Playing movies and tv shows is becoming a bigger part of users life every day and the solutions to do so become easier as well. ASUSTOR already had a pretty good coverage on the area with AirPlay support, KODI and XMBC media players, as well as UPnP and DLNA streaming. But one had been missing so far and that was the official Chromecast support.

That is not an issue anymore as the new AiVideos mobile app now supports Chromecast multimedia streaming playback, bringing the big screen entertainment experience to the last few ASUSTOR users who couldn’t already enjoy it. After linking with Chromecast, AiVideos turns into a remote control allowing users to pause, fast-forward, adjust the volume and even configure subtitles at the touch of a finger.

“Although consumers are relying on their mobile device more than ever before, many are still not satisfied with watching videos on a small screen,” said Steve Huang, Product Manager at ASUSTOR. “We are very excited to be adding Chromecast support to ASUSTOR NAS, allowing videos on our devices to be streamed and played on bigger screens and bringing our users a more satisfying digital entertainment experience.”

The new version of AiVideos is first available for Android and can be downloaded or updated from Google Play. Users should also use the newest version of LooksGood (1.0.0.r1220) in conjunction with the newest version of AiVideos in order to enjoy Chromecast support.

ASUSTOR AS5102T 2-Bay Enthusiast NAS Review

Introduction


I was pretty excited when I heard that the ASUSTOR AS5102T 2-bay NAS was on the way for a spin on my test bench. I’ve seen, heard and read a lot about ASUSTOR and their features but never had the pleasure of a hands-on experience. This has changed from today and I’ll be giving this unit a thorough lookover and testing.

The AS5102T is categorized as an NAS for power-users to businesses, and I had no doubt about that from the moment I took it out of the box. The NAS is relative heavy for its size and it’s a result of the absolute awesome build-quality. The AS5102T is powered by an Intel Celeron 2.0 GHz quad-core processor which combines with a rich variety of multimedia output functionality to give you an optimal choice for both work and play.

The unit is built around an Intel Celeron 2.0GHz quad-core CPU with a burst speed up to 2.41GHz. The 2GB SO-DIMM DDR3L memory can be expanded to a maximum of 8GB in two modules, it can take two 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch SSDs or HDDs of your choice and supports hot-swapping as well as easy migration to a new ASUSTOR NAS if this one ever should become too small. There is plenty of connection options with three USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, and two eSATA ports. One of the USB 3.0 ports is located at the front ‘inside’ the backup button for the same. A simple press of the key and the NAS will start to sync the drive with the specified location-based on your settings.sata, two gigabit ethernet ports,

The two Gigabit Ethernet ports support every possible setup from link aggregation to fail-over and dual-IP setups. The choice is yours. Another amazing feature is the direct output via HDMI 1.4a and S/PDIF. This allows you to connect the NAS directly to your TV, monitor, or audio system. No need for a dedicated HTPC. You can control it via a web interface, smartphone apps, or directly by attaching a keyboard and mouse to the unit. A true multimedia hub for all your photos, music and movies.

As mentioned above, you can control the AS5102T in multiple ways, but ASUSTOR adds one more to the list. They’ve also added an infrared receiver to the NAS and you can get this awesome little remote for it that works with the AS-6, AS-3, AS-2TE, AS50, AS51, and AS70 series. This is awesome, you can truly kickback and play all the media from your NAS in a convenient way.

With the newest version of KODI that was released just a few days prior to this review going live you’ll even be able to control the NAS and KODI with your normal TV remote. There are however two things you need for this to work, a TV that supports CEC function and an extra USB to CEC Adapter. But then it’s just plug-and-play assuming the TV has the CEC function turned on. Your ASUSTOR NAS is now fully integrated into your existing multimedia setup, awesome.

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ASUSTOR also made sure that the unit is as eco-friendly and economical as possible. The system will only draw 17.7W in an average configuration compared to the 100-350W a PC easily can draw. The system will automatically enter sleep mode (Schedule S3) when needed and supports auto-standby for both internal and external disks. The 70mm fan is controlled by the system and only spins as fast as it is needed and I didn’t notice it at all during my time with the unit. You can also set your own custom power schedule with on, off, restart and sleep settings.

A really awesome feature that I didn’t expect to find was not only the LED Night Mode, but also that you’re able to customize what LEDs are turned on and off as well as how bright they should shine. The Night mode can be automatic or you can set your own schedule. The more I dive into the depth of this unit, the more I get impressed by it.

I previously mentioned that the unit felt heavy when I unpacked it and that is because it’s a full metal unit, well aside from the front panel and rubber feet, of course. The NAS features an aluminium casing along with a rust and corrosion resistant coating which combines with the metallic hard disk trays to fully make use of the natural cooling properties of metal. This significantly enhances the entire cooling ability of the system and it’s far superior for the job than plastic units who need bigger fans running at higher speeds to keep cool.

 

The full metal drive trays feature both a locking mechanism to prevent accidental ejection during operation as well as someone taking a drive with him when walking past the unit. Each tray has two LEDs directly built and the locking mechanism when you plug the trays into the unit is simply superb. Same goes when ejecting a drive again, it pops and slides out without a noise or any resistance. It just fits.

A premium device also needs a premium accessories bundle, and the AS5102T has that too. ASUSTOR was so kind to provide us with a remote as part of our NAS, but you’ll have to purchase that seperately if you wish to use a more traditional control of the built-in media player. They NAS also comes with two LAN cables so you instantly can take full advantage of both ports. While other NAS devices provide multiple LAN ports at times, they rarely come with more than one cable. It’s a nice touch from ASUSTOR to include one for each port.

The AS5102T has a tiny footprint with only 10.8cm width, 23cm depth, and 16.35cm height. It weighs about 2kg due to the use of superior metals over plastic and the generally great build quality.

 

ASUSTOR has a long list of apps ready for your mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, among them AiData, AiRemote, AiVides, AiDownload, AiMusic, AiFoto, AiSecure, and AiMaster. Everything looks to be covered with just the right app for each occasion.

ASUSTOR has one more amazing function that I’d like to tell a bit about before we move on and take a closer look at the device itself. The MyArchive function allows you to use hard disks as removable storage archives. Plug in an archive when you need it and swap it out for another one when it isn’t needed anymore, or just to cut on the power consumption. It’s as easy as plug and play and works by keeping any OS related files off the drives.

There is a limited amount of drive bays reserved for this function and in the case of the AS5102T it is one. Larger models allow for two bays to be used for the MyArchieve function. The lazy person can even buy additional disk trays to eliminate the need for screwing when replacing drives this way. This is also a very cost effective way of storing a lot of data, especially when we look at the Seagate Archive HDDs. The 8TB variant costs less than a 6TB WD NAS drive as we use in our tests, and that is an offer that is hard to resist. But keep in mind that these drives are heavily optimized for reading and will have bad writing performance compared to NAS drives.

While AiRemote and AiDownload will be some of the most used tools, the AiMaster is the one worth highlighting. Not only will it allow you to initialize your new NAS from your mobile device, it also allows you to generate the entire setup, change and modify it at any time anywhere. All you need is a networked connection to your NAS. We’ll take a closer look at just this aspect a bit later in the review.

Turn your ASUSTOR NAS into a PC with new VirtualBox App

ASUSTOR released a new App for their Portal, and you can now turn your NAS into a computer with 24/7 availability and tremendous energy efficiency. The new VirtualBox app allows you to run a long list of virtual machines directly from your NAS. No matter if its sending emails, editing Word, Excel or PowerPoint files, or even Skype, all can be done on one machine, your NAS.

There are a few limitations as to which of the NAS devices support this new feature as it does require some CPU power as well as RAM to run properly. The supported models are the AS50, AS51, and AS57 models and it is recommended to have at least 4GB RAM in the system. The ASUSTOR Portal can also just run one virtual machine at a time, but it’s still really awesome.

Due to license limitations, users will also need to install the VirtualBox extension pack for USB 2.0 devices and Virtual RDP. You can get the pack on VirtualBox’s website as well as see a full list of supported operating systems.

The VirtualBox should satisfy all your virtual machine needs. From the numerous supported operating systems, importing and exporting virtual machines, creating virtual machine snapshots to designating physical NAS network ports for use by specific virtual machines, all can be done with VirtualBox.

ASUSTOR Upgrades LooksGood with Media Converter Support

ASUSTOR has released a new version of the LooksGood App with an added Media Converter function for its 5 and 7 series NAS devices. The new functions include multimedia conversion, ability to configure a Smart Coversion Folder, and exclusive Hyper-Transcoding technology, allowing you to truly experience a powerful media player directly in your browser.

The system resources are well balanced so you can enjoy a smooth playback exprience along with a tenfold decrease in conversion times thanks to the  use of Intel’s CPU hardware acceleration function. The media converter utilizes background file conversions to overcome non-supported codecs on mobile device or videos that are uable to play smoothly. Files placed in the smart conversion folder will automatically be analyzed for the best optimization and you can use the task scheduler to convert only during hours where the system otherwise just idles.

LooksGood also features TV Recordings and Media explorer functions next to the above mentioned improvements. Users who have a compatible DVB-T/DTMB can receive, watch, and record digital broadcasting signals including access to the EPG, repeat, and manual settings. A feature that takes your NAS to the next level.

ASUSTOR Announces the Launch of ADM 2.4

After almost 2 months in beta state, ASUSTOR officially released the new ADM 2.4 update. After updating their NAS with the new operating system, users will be able to enjoy improved performance on encrypted shares as well as a proper release of storage space previously occupied by already deleted files. The use of SSDs has also been optimized with full TRIM support to keep up the transfer speeds of the drives. The SNMP network management protocol was added and the Network Defender got enhanced with more flexibility. With the use of VLC, the NAS devices now also support multimedia browsing for the File Explorer with generated thumbnails of your videos.

The new update that also includes bugfixes is available for all ASUSTOR’s devices now, all you need to do is update your NAS. If you aren’t sure if you want to upgrade your system, you can take a test drive of the new system with the Live Demo on the ADM site.

New functions featured in ADM 2.4 include:

  • All new shared folder encryption mechanism: The new encryption mechanism, effectively increases data encryption speeds, and properly releases storage space previously occupied by already deleted files. With regards to encrypted folders that were created using the previous encryption method, a conversion function is provided on the settings page for easy converting without any complicated steps.
  • Newly added support for the SSD Trim command: This function allows the SSDs installed on the NAS to maintain stable read/write performance while simultaneously controlling the frequency of overwriting to specific blocks, extending the life of SSDs.
  • Newly added SNMP Network Management Protocol: Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) provides a set of standards that allows managers on a single network management system (NMS) to collect information from all network equipment for convenient monitoring and maintenance. ADM 2.4.0 supports SNMP v1, v2c, v3 and also provides a trap setting that can actively notify the NMS of significant events.
  • Enhanced Network Defender: Users can now create a trusted list and also define black and white lists using the IP country of origin or area via the Geo IP expansion module, providing added configuration flexibility.
  • Optimized File Explorer: Users can now intuitively right-click and select the preview function to play videos, music and images when browsing through multimedia files with ADM File Explorer.

Thanks to ASUSTOR for providing us with this information

ASUSTOR Launched Surveillance Center Version 2.2

ASUSTOR has been busy updating a long row of their apps with new features and improved functionality and the Surveillance Center is the latest to get the overhaul. The improved ASUSTOR NVR software for NAS devices includes support for the ONVIF Profile S (2.4.1) standard protocol, interactive electronic maps, the newest version of Safari (8.0.2) for Mac, and comes with an 30% increased display performance on Mac system.

The system supports any Profile S certified camera products and the Surveillance Center 2.2 upgrade also further expands compatibility for cameras from AXIS, AVTECH, Samsung, TRENDnet and Zavio for more choice and flexibility.

The new electronic maps can provide administrators with a quick view of all the IP cameras deployed and ASUSTOR’s Surveillance Center also supports direct HDMI output.

It comes with four free camera channels and more can be bought as addition, but four should be enough for most home users. Couple that with the cross-platform monitoring via Windows and Mac Web browsers, HDMI local output and the AiSecure mobile app, users can stay on track of every action at any time.

Surveillance Center 2.2 is suitable for use on all ASUSTOR NAS devices and it can be downloaded from the App Central.

Thanks to ASUSTOR for providing us with this information

ASUSTOR’s New AiMaster App Allows Easy 4-Step NAS Initialisation

ASUSTOR’s has released a new mobile app to control their NAS devices and it is the most comprehensive mobile NAS app made so far. The new AiMaster app allows for an easy 4-step NAS initialisation via your Android phone with all basic configurations including RAID setup. Setting up a new NAS has never been easier.

“In the past, the steps involved in configuring and installing a NAS were complicated enough to be prohibitive to many users,” said ASUSTOR Product Manager James Su. “ASUSTOR breaks through this barrier, allowing users to instantly configure and begin using their NAS from the convenience of their mobile device. We believe that AiMaster will prove to be an app that users will love to use, providing the ultimate mobile NAS experience via integrated personal cloud creation and management.”

Users can also use AiMaster to log in to ASUSTOR’s App Central and install Apps for their NAS as well as connect to other ASUSTOR apps on the smart device to quickly handle tasks such as finding files, viewing photos, listen to music or monitoring surveillance feeds.

You can always find and connect to your NAS with the three different connection methods it has: Cloud ID, Host IP and Auto Discovery. So there is no need to create connection setups for both local and remote connection or complicated reverse DNS settings on your network. HTTPS encrypted connections and a passcode lock function provide added privacy protection for mobile devices.

The new app can do pretty much anything that the normal interface does. With AiMaster users will be able to grasp the system status of multiple NAS devices while performing core system management tasks such as checking system information and resource usage, reading event logs, managing online users, executing USB One Touch Backup jobs, executing data backup and restoration, enabling and disabling system services, browsing App Central, managing NAS user access rights, customizing the AiMaster desktop wallpaper, Wake-on-LAN, Find Me, and push notification functions.

At the moment it’s only available for Android users, but an iOS version will be made available in Q2 2015.

Thanks to ASUSTOR for providing us with this information

ASUSTOR Releases ADM 2.4 Beta Version

ASUSTOR has released the ADM 2.4 Beta version of their app based NAS operating system. The new version includes functions for an improved shared folder encryption mechanism for increases data encryption speeds and it releases storage space previously occupied by already deleted files. It also optimized performance for SSDs with TRIM support as well as adding the SNMP network management protocol, enhanced Network Defender, and the newly added multimedia previews in File Explorer.

The Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) provides a set of standards that allows managers on a single network management system (NMS) to collect information from all network equipment for convenient monitoring and maintenance. The ADM 2.4 beta supports SNMP v1, v2c, v3 and also provides a trap setting that can actively notify the NMS of significant events.

The Network Defender also got an upgrade and users can now configure a trusted list of trusted IP addresses in addition to manually configuring black and white lists using the IP country or area of origin via the Geo IP expansion module.

“With the continual release of ADM upgrades, ASUSTOR aims to provide its users with the most optimized operating system possible,” said Vincent Tseng, Product Manager at ASUSTOR. “We sincerely appreciate and thank all our users for their continued support.”

The ADM 2.4 Beta is suitable for use on all ASUSTOR NAS devices and can be downloaded at the Beta Program mini page.

ASUSTOR First to Support Kodi on NAS

 

ASUSTOR announced that it has added Kodi to its NAS App lineup. Kodi is the newest generation of the award-winning media player and hub, XBMC, and ASUSTOR is the first to support Kodi on NAS devices.

Kodi, formally known as XBMC, features a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls, among many other useful features. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet and it uses the HEVC (H.265) codec for software transcoding.

All of ASUSTOR’s NAS devices from the 50, 51, and 70 series can now download and install Kodi from the Beta Apps section of ASUSTOR’s App Central.

Thanks to ASUSTOR for providing us with this information

ASUSTOR and DIGIEVER Create Optimal Surveillance Storage Solution

ASUSTOR has announced that all their Network Attached Storage solutions now are compatible with all DIGIEVER Network Video Recorders, providing a stable backup and storage solution for digital surveillance.

DIGIEVER might not be known by as many as ASUSTOR is, but they are a leading company dedicated to integrating IP video surveillance solutions and providing world-class network video recorder (NVR).

“DIGIEVER NVR’s exceptional surveillance management platform combined with ASUSTOR’s innovative network storage devices, allow us to provide an optimal solution for professional management and storage expansion,” said Allen Tseng, Product Manager at DIGIEVER. “No matter if for personal or business use, this solution offers a lot of added value for both ASUSTOR and DIGIEVER users with video surveillance and backup needs. Users will be able to complete configurations and setup in just a few easy steps. We are delighted to be cooperating with ASUSTOR and are looking forward to providing even more surveillance and storage solutions for the market.”

The new cooperation allows for comparable high-quality and large-scale surveillance NVR solutions at a tremendous price to performance ratio.

Thanks to ASUSTOR for providing us with this information

ASUSTOR Adds 4 New Tower Models to 50T/51T Enterprise-Class Series

ASUSTOR has added 4 new models to their Tower series of enterprise-class NAS systems. They’re all based on the latest Intel Celeron CPUs with boost function and come with easily upgradeable memory as well as Citrix and Hyper-V certifications and the new ADM 2.3 operating system with SMB 2.0 support.

The four new models are the AS5008T, AS5010T, AS5108T, and AS5110T, where the AS5x08T models have eight bays and the AS5x10T models have ten bays. They equally allow for memory upgrades up to 8GB, have four Gigabit Ethernet ports, three USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports as well as two eSATA.

“Enterprise users have always required increased productivity and simple management. Using this as an objective, ASUSTOR has chosen to use CPUs with hardware acceleration functions allowing for smoother multitasking while the meticulously developed ADM operating system provides an intuitive and simple management interface. No matter if it is system expansion or migration, ADM is able to significantly simplify maintenance and management for IT professionals,” said Johnny Chen, Product Manager at ASUSTOR.

The AS5008T and AS5010T are built around an Intel Celeron 2.41GHz dual-core processors and have 1GB of SO-DIMM DDR3L memory while the AS5108T and AS5110T models come equipped with an Intel Celeron 2.0 GHz quad-core processors and 2GB of SO-DIMM DDR3L memory.

The AS5108T and AS5110T also feature LCD panels and configuration keys to execute system initialization and quickly view basic system information. Additionally, they feature disk tray locks to avoid accidentally pushing disk tray buttons and releasing hard disks during operation. The lock is only to prevent accidental ejection and all you’ll need to unlock it is a flat-head screwdriver instead of some special key or tool.

The new NAS devices should be available soon at your local ASUSTOR dealer.

Thanks to ASUSTOR for providing us with this information