ASUSTOR AS6208T - NAS Server
Going Redundant With A Very Powerful NAS Unit
Today we review the Asustor AS6208T NAS. This SOHO based NAS unit offers 8 HDD bays and was designed to be the price competitive NAS unit for the small business owner and heavy consumer. The unit really is a small server offering a wide range of features from advanced RAID functionality, towards Media center output towards LAN Link Aggregation with its four gigabit Ethernet jacks. The sky is the limit with the AS-6208T as it is plenty powerful as well. The default model will come with a proper 4 GB of DDR3 memory, expandable towards 8 GB of course. And then the processor, this Asustor is housing a proper Intel Celeron 1.60 GHz Quad-Core Processor that can turbo turbo towards 2.24 GHz. Combined with the latest and advanced Asustor management software and app suite this product is bound to impress. The AS6208T is not only a very fast file and capable server, it's also loaded with applications and thus functionality. Heck you can even connect it towards your HDTV and run KODI from it if you wanted to do so. Key usability for this product would be centralized storage, professional grade backup availability and hey, it is a viable H.265 1080P and 4K multimedia solution as well with its HDMI 1.4b Port. Armed with the latest firmware and an updated GUI + priced competitive against the big guns in the industry like Qnap, Thecus, Synology and Netgear a year or three ago Asustor entered the market.
Today's tested model NAS unit has eight HDD bays (hot-swappable), RAID functionality, 2x eSATA, 4x Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0/3.0 connectors and then a heap of software functionality that remains to be really impressive. You could use this eight bay AS6208T to download torrents or usenet (sickbeard, couchpotato and other popular software is supported), it has its own FTP server, a MySQL compatible MariaDB server, a WEB server including support for virtual hosts, built-in Kodi media center and well anything you could wish for on a low power server. You can use Android and IOS Apps to control or monitor the NAS and next to all that luxury, it remains a user and group based management based proper NAS as well. Basically whatever you need is ticked in some sort of way on a list of necessities anno 2016 for a modern age NAS, and it's doing so with an Intel Celeron 1.60 GHz Quad-Core Processor (Automatic turbo to 2.24 GHz) and 4 GB of memory. It does all that while remaining completely silent, well as silent as your HDD is really. Next to that by using that Intel Celeron 1.60 GHz Quad-Core Processor processor, this NAS unit in IDLE consumes fairly low amounts of power.
So whether you want to use it as a file server or for usenet or torrent downloading or heck, even install a fully fetched Joomla CMS server, whatever you need is served and it's doing so with more than enough speed and performance. Power consumption with one HDD sits at roughly 20~25 Watts with one active HDD. So this NAS might be a terrific choice for many. Have a peek and then let's head into the review, armed with the lates ADM firmware.
Today's tested AS6208T NAS unit has no less than eight hot-swappable HDD trays, extensive RAID functionality, eSATA, 4x Gigabit Ethernet, USB (2.0/3.0) and then a heap of software functionality. It might just sound like a NAS, but it is a fully fetched server slash PC as it can download torrents, usenet downloads, has an FTP server, a MySQL (MariaDB) server, a WEB server, built-in media center and so much more. It's compatible with all major OSes including APPs you can use on your smart-phone, all combined with user and group based management.
As you will learn the AS6208T has an incredible amount of features. Have a peek at the product after which we'll dive into the full review.