ASUSTOR AS3204T - NAS / Home Server
An Affordable Yet Very Powerful Gigabit LAN NAS
Join us as we review the Asustor AS3204T NAS. The 4-bay NAS server was designed to be extremely price competitive with a low price, yet offering serious performance as Asustor embedded an Intel Celeron 1.60 GHz Quad-Core Processor with turbo to 2.24 GHz. Combined with 2 GB of system memory and the latest Asustor management software and app suite this product is bound to impress. The AS3204T is not only a fast file server, it's also loaded with applications and features as well. Heck you can even connect it towards your HDTV and run KODI from it. The new ASUSTor series is called 32 series and runs an Intel Celeron 1.6 GHz Quad-core processor tied towards 2 GB RAM built-in (non-upgradable). 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 four HDD bays (not hot-swappable though), RAID functionality, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 connectors and then a heap of software functionality that remains to be really impressive. You could use this four bay AS3204T to download torrents or usenet (sickbeard, couchpotato and other popular software is supported), it has its own FTP server, a MySQL 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 Overclocking to 2.24 GHz) and 2 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 incredibly low amounts of power. Power consumption sits at just 7 in idle (one HDD) to 10 Watts with one HDD when in usage (depending on the HDD brand that number may vary a bit).
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 10 Watts with one active HDD. So yeah, this NAS might be a terrific deal for many. Have a peek and then let's head into the review. Armed with new firmware and an updated GUI + priced competitive against the big guns in the industry like Qnap, Synology and Netgear a year or two ago Asustor entered the market. We review the AS5102T NAS. We went blank into this review as we never had tested this brand before, but armed with very good hardware and an excellent software suite the AS-5102T is not only a fast file server, it's loaded with applications and media functionality as well.
Today's tested AS3204T NAS unit has four swappable HDD bays, RAID functionality, eSATA, Gigabit Ethernet, USB (2.0/3.0) and then a heap of software functionality that blows you away completely. I mean this puppy can download torrents, has an FTP server, a MySQL server, a WEB server, built-in media center and even an iTunes Server. It's compatible with all major OSes including APPs you can use on your smart-phone, all combined with user and group based management, yeah a proper NAS.
As you will observe, this little box has an implausible amount of tricks in it, from file-sharing, to usenet or torrent downloading, towards being a fully fetched Joomla CMS server, hey man whatever you need is served and it's doing so with an Intel Celeron 1.6/2.24 Turbo GHz quad-core based box and 2 GB of memory. Power consumption sits at 10 Watts (with one HDD).