ASUStor AS-604T 4-Bay NAS
|ASUStor AS-604T 4-Bay NAS|
|Closer Look and Software Setup|
|Setup and Feature Configuration|
|Features and Configuration Continued|
|Interface Thoughts and Usage|
Today we are looking at a four-bay NAS server from ASUStor. ASUStor is a relatively new player in the market in terms of storage, but they are not new to the computer industry. ASUStor is a division of ASUS - making of motherboards, laptops, graphics cards and a lot more. We met with them at CES 2013 and have been following along with their company for a few months prior to that. It appears that they have some of the talent that used to work with QNAP and as we'll see as we start this review, there are more than just a few similarities between the two product lines.
ASUStor has four products in the AS-60xT series. They start off with a two-bay unit and scale up to a four-bay, six-bay and the big eight-bay unit. They also have recently announced some rack-mountable NAS units as well - but these won't grace many small offices as they are designed more for enterprise use. Today we will be looking at this unit from both a hardware and software perspective as well as checking out the performance of this unit on our local network. It claims to have a lot to offer and we'll find out if it lives up to it's claims.
Founded in 2011, ASUSTOR Inc. is a leading innovator and provider of private cloud storage (network attached storage) and video surveillance (network video recorder) solutions. We are devoted to providing the world with unparalleled user experiences and the most complete set of network storage solutions possible.
As you can see by the brown-box with a label, the ASUStor AS-604T isn't geared for a retail shelf. Generally speaking, customers looking for a NAS of this caliber know what they want and have some research online before they go shopping. The contents of the box are very well padded and this sample from ASUStor comes without drives and is ready to be jam-packed with whatever 2.5" or 3.5" drives you choose. For some of this review we had a few mismatched drives in the unit, but in the end migrated a set of 3TB drives to the unit.
The bundle that ships with the AS-604T is pretty standard. There isn't a lot in the bundle, but there is enough to get you up to speed. Included are a pair of Ethernet cables, a power cord, software CD (utilities) and some screws to mount either 2.5" or 3.5" drives. It's pretty standard and very adequate.
The images below show the first look at the AS-604T NAS. It's almost identical in size to the QNAP TS-469 Pro series. It is pretty heavy when loaded up with drives. Speaking of drives, you can install four drives of your choice and it now supports up to 4TB drives - and will support larger drives as they become available. The front contains four drive bays as well as a USB port/copy button, power button and a display with a few buttons for navigation. This display shows system status and error messages, weather forecasts, custom messages and more. ASUStor has made the display actually useful.
The next couple of images show a the front and side profiles of the ASUStor AS-604T.
The AS-604T from ASUStor is a very nice looking piece of hardware and we will dive into the basic hardware specifications on the next page before we take a closer look at this device.