ASUStor AS5004T 4-Bay NAS - Web Interface and Setup

Article Index
ASUStor AS5004T 4-Bay NAS
Closer Look and Installation
Specifications and Features
Web Interface and Setup
General Usage and Final Thoughts

 

Interface and Setup:

While the interface may not be the most exciting thing to take a look at when it comes to selecting your NAS, the reality is that this is probably one of the most important aspects of the NAS. ASUStor uses their "ADM" software package that makes up the interface and it is far superior that QNAP, Synology and Thecus to name a few. While I haven't looked at products from Netgear, Western Digital and others, these first four names (including ASUStor) are pretty much the go-to companies for great NAS products. I really favor the clean, icon-based interface that adorns the AS5004T and find it super simple, clean, elegant and well laid out. While personal preference always plays a big role, I believe that you'll agree that the layout and "Desktop" look is pretty awesome.

ASUStor ADM Desktop

"Desktop" with multiple windows open in a browser

 

Once you click on one of the main icons on the main screen, you are met with a window that pops up much like you are used to on your PC or Mac, this familiarity is very welcome and the level of productivity it adds is awesome. You can have multiple windows open, minimize them and they stay running in the "taskbar" at the top of the browser window. You can jump between the two without opening the program again and this makes switching between tasks and windows much faster. I'm a fan.

Before we take a look at the folder sharing options, we'll take a very fast tour through the interface by way of a video so you can see it in action. Please click on 1080p HD and then view full-screen so you can see everything clearly.

 

 

The ASUStor AS5004T is so much more than a file server, but for many people this will be the primary use for file serving and backup storage. We have a few extra screenshots of the setup and folder options available for setting up user shares, hiding certain folders and more. There are a lot of options in this little area alone.

Users
Access Control - Users

Access Control - Shared Folders
Access Control - Shared Folders

Access Control - Virtual Drive
Access Control - Virtual Drive

 

One of the niftiest things that made VulcLAN easy for us was the "Virtual Drive" feature. You can mount an ISO and then map it on your local computer as a network drive. As such people who had to install all the latest patches and such for games could easily connect to the NAS without a CD drive in their system. Of course, they all had to provide their own CD key, but this saved a ton of downloading all the games over Steam. A great feature that is implemented extremely well, and with 10+ people connected to it, their installs still were faster than by loading off the a local CD.

 

On the next page we'll talk about general use of the AS5004T before we wrap up with our final thoughts.