|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||3|
Asustor AS6210T | Network Attached Storage | 1.6GHz Quad-Core, 4GB RAM | Personal Private Cloud | Home or Business Data Media Server (10 Bay Diskless NAS)
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- Cost effective enterprise grade storage solution
- Intel Quad-Core 1.6GHz (burst up to 2.24GHz) processor
- 4GB SO-DIMM DDR3L RAM (Exp. 8GB max, 4GB x 2, easy upgrade)
- 4 x Gigabit LAN supports failover and Link Aggregation
- Support for RAID 0,1,5,6,10 and hard drive hot swapping
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The AS6208T is equipped with a powerful Intel Celeron quad-core processor, 4GB of memory (expandable up to 8GB) and built-in AES-NI hardware encryption providing superior transfer performance and security.
Integrates a rich variety of I/O interfaces, redefining flexibility and expandability
ASUSTOR has built in USB 3.0, USB 2.0, eSATA, and 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports along with dual-channel memory to allow this NAS to connect to different types of external devices and become an all-in-one multifunctional network storage device. The AS6208T is also equipped with a high fidelity audio S/PDIF port and HDMI 1.4b port,
- Equipped with Intel Celeron 1.6GHz Quad Core (burst up to 2.24 GHz) Processor
- Equipped with 4GB SO-DIMM DDR3L
- Maximum Internal Raw Capacity: 112 TB (14 TB HDD X 8, Capacity may vary by RAID types)
- Local HDMI multimedia output
Fast! 3-Step Seamless System Migration
3-step seamless system migration, event notifications, and comprehensive support for all 13 Windows ACL file permissions, allowing for close integration with AD domains and providing simplified IT management and increased productivity.
PC-less Software Installation
Mobile installation with AiMaster takes only 3 steps! Finding your NAS, system initialization and installation, power management, ADM firmware updates, system information and more are all available from the convenience of your mobile device at any time.
Effortless Connections to Your NAS
ADM 3.0 provides easy connections by supporting a new Internet Passthrough function that helps users to simplify previously complex router configurations.
Intuitive User Interface
Using a NAS has never been easier. ADM's fresh and vibrant user interface features intuitive and familiar modern OS controls. With ASUSTOR NAS you'll never have to worry about a steep learning curve.
Seamless Cross-Platform File Sharing
ASUSTOR NAS devices provide seamless cross-platform file sharing, allowing you to easily connect to your NAS device no
matter if you are using Windows, Mac OS, or Unix-like operating systems.
Host your own website
No matter if it is a personal blog, company website, or e-commerce website, ASUSTOR NAS's Web Server function lets you host your very own website right on the NAS. Furthermore, you can use App Central to download Apps for content management, database management, bulletin board systems and more, allowing you to easily set up all different types of websites in just minutes.
Comprehensive Backup Solutions
Asustor NAS provide a variety of backup options and are connected to a variety of public cloud storage services including Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box.net, HiDrive, Ralus, WonderBox, xCloud and CrashPlan.
You can also use FTP Explorer, USB external hard drive enclosures, external hard drives and local backup to ensure proper backup for your data.
|CPU||Intel Celeron 1.6GHz Quad Core (burst up to 2.24 GHz) Processor||Intel Celeron 1.6GHz Quad Core (burst up to 2.24 GHz) Processor|
|Memory||4GB SO-DIMM DDR3L (2GB x 2, Expandable. Max 8GB)||4GB SO-DIMM DDR3L (2GB x 2, Expandable. Max 8GB)|
|HDD||8 x SATA3 6Gb/s; 3.5"/2.5" HDD/SSD||10 x SATA3 6Gb/s; 3.5"/2.5" HDD/SSD|
|Expansion||USB 3.0 x 3, USB2.0 x 2, eSATA x 2||USB 3.0 x 3, USB2.0 x 2, eSATA x 2|
|Network||Gigabit Ethernet x 4||Gigabit Ethernet x 4|
|Output||HDMI 1.4b x 1, S/PDIF x1||HDMI 1.4b x 1, S/PDIF x1|
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The "as bought" configuration has a quad core Celeron N3150 (Braswell) running at 2.06GHz and 4GB of DDR3 RAM.
USB (front) = 1, USB3 (rear) = 2, USB2 (rear) = 2, 2 ESATA ports, 2 Gb LAN ports and an HDMI port. I installed three 4TB HGST server drives (7200 rpm) running RAID5 and use the 4th bay for backups to be taken offsite.
First impressions are as follows:
The build seems very solid, size is 7.3"H * 6.69"W *9"D. Very quiet box.
Operating the NAS
ADM is their web interface to the NAS. On the whole, very nicely done. I do have some issues with some of the fixed size dialog boxes which makes reading things like log display almost as one cannot expand the dialog box at all.....that suggestion has been passed up the line from the TS folks. ASUS have a downloadable PC program to allow backups of a PC to the NAS. Bay4 (in my case) can be setup as an "MyArchive" (removable) disk. BTW, the disk trays (drives are screwed in) are far superior to my EX495 system. Extra drive trays cost $33 each direct from ASUSTOR. They do NOT have a storage box capable of holding the drive (when out of the system) and mounting tray securely. I am using Amazon generic boxes at the moment for this purpose. I have suggested to ASUSTOR that they sell a box capable of holding a drive (mine are 3.5" but the NAS will also accept 2.5" drives)...that suggestion has been passed up the line from the TS folks.
ASUSTOR Tech Support
Tech Support, by the way, is out of Taiwan. They do have the ability to TeamViewer into the NAS but the 12 hour time difference (from US EST) can be challenging. I have found the support staff to be reasonably quick to respond but I believe that ASUSTOR could do with hosting TS out of the USA for US customers.
Backups seem, to me, to be very slow. This is just by me timing backup starts and ends. My PC itself (all "data" files reside on the NAS) backs up about 76GB which takes almost 3 hours. The "Backup Plan" software (as far as I can tell) doesn't do incremental or differential backups. ASUSTOR TS deems this to be normal.
I have a backup regime that I use:
Weekly Thursday backups of the NAS to an external ESATA drive.
Weekly Friday backups of the PCs to the NAS itself.
Monthly backups to a "MyArchive" disk mounted in bay4 (I have 3 * 4TB HGST 7200 rpm drives ib bays 1 through 3). These disks are rotated on a father/son basis with one drive being stored out of the house. To do this I purchased a 5th drive tray (from the ASUSTOR website) for around $33 or so. I also bought some basic cases from Amazon for the MyArchive drives as they would NOT fit in the cases I had for bare drives.
I did have a problem logging in remotely initially. Setting up my "CloudID" (ASUSTORs term for a remote login ID kept giving me messages about having 2 routers. That confused my initially as I don't. Then, I remembered that my cable modem is also a router. My modem was "bridged" before it was replaced by Brighthouse a few months ago. I called Brighthouse and asked them to check whether the modem was bridged (it was not). They changed that from their end. I still could not login remotely. I updated my TS request to say that "bridging" the cable modem didn't fix the issue. They wrote back (the following day) - remember that 12 hour time difference - saying that they could. I tried again and it worked. I am guessing that maybe I tried too quickly for somewhere on the web (maybe routers needed updating somewhere else?). Anyways, it does work now.
The AS6204T supports this (has to be turned on in ADM->Settings). However, it doesn't seem to work (yet). Another TS request to ASUSTOR is ongoing on this topic. I have also raised an question with Linksys (as my WRT1900AC AFAIK also supports it. The NAS reports on it's front panel display that one of the LAN poirts is "Lost" and the one is "Connected". Apparently (according to LinkSys) my WRT1900AC does NOT support Link Aggregation - bummer!).
IP Address for the NAS.
I had set this as a fixed IP address in ADM. I noticed at some point in time the FreeCommander (a downloadable file manager with dual pane capability) that I use - showed some of the network shares as "red" (meaning not connected). At some point in time (when, I don't know) the IP address for the NAS changed from 192.168.1.128 to .129). It's not clear to me when or how this happened. I set the IP address to be dynamic (not my choice) and I could then browse the NAS shares again (even though FreeCommander still tagged some shares as "red"). This is still under investigation. The Backup Plan software (installed on each PC) keeps the IP address, so I had to change that otherwise, it reports a "Login Fail. Username or password not recognized". Not an obvious error message to me. I mentioned to ASUSTOR that the time masking on the backups was incorrect. They supplied me with a beta version of "Backup Plan" where this was fixed. That beta version also fixed the backup time not showing when editing the script. This was done in around 7 days by ASUSTOR. Excellent response time IMHO.
Summary (so far).
The ASUSTOR seems a very nice box. I think it has a few warts to iron out (mentioned above) but in general I would recommend it heartily.
The URL below contains a full description of the sleep mode of the AS6204T NAS:
Power consumption for the AS6204T is:
Disk Hibernation 13.6W
Sleep Mode 0.95W
I am fighting with setting up backups for all of my PCs.
I believe that ASUSTOR could have a more centralized (read via the NAS) solution to backups (versus NAS backups being done on the NAS and PC backups via separate software installed on the PC. My previous WHS system did this and it was 7 years old.
As it is, the "Backup & Restore" functionality is contained in the web based ADM interface (except for setting up PC backups). PC backups use a totally separate PC based install of their "Backup Plan" software. In my opinion, it would be much better from a user standpoint to have all "Backup & Restore in one place (ADM in ASUSTORs product). The ADM software is not capable, at present, of waking up a sleeping PC to take a backup of that PC.
So, to centralize backup would mean changing the PC based software program to be able to wake up the PC (assuming a scheduled job existed) to take the backup but having the PC backup setup itself take place in the ADM software and transmitted to the PC based software for the schedule.
This approach keeps everything nicely in one place for controlling backups (under ADM) and would enable unattended PC backups to take place.
Quieter than my HP EX495. I don't have a way of testing the noise but seem to remember that it was pretty quiet. The review below (which I didn't see in my pre-sale research) seems to show 34 to 40 dba.
It seems that the NAS has the ability to do all the backups that I am trying to do. Not necessarily HOW I like to do them <g>.
The backups that I do run are outlined below:
"Backup Plan" (separately downloadable from ASUSTOR) MUST be running in the background for scheduled tasks to work for backing up a PC. This software must be running on any PC that needs to be backed up. The NAS does NOT wake up unless you have a separately scheduled wake up task. IOW, you have to setup a separate wake up task within Backup Plan for just before the scheduled backup time.
Having Backup Plan up and running in the background is not an option when the software installs like much software (you can set it to run when Windows starts by using the "gear" icon in the top right of the screen).
Backing up to what ASUSTOR calls a "MyArchive" disk is known as an "internal backup". In my case, I run 3 * 4TB HGST NAS drives in Bays 1 - 3 and a "MyArchive" WD Red disk in Bay 4 ( I rotate 2 separate HDs in Bay 4 with one being stored offsite). The internal backup backs up data from the RAID array to a user manually defined folder (via other parts of the the NAS ADM interface) on the drive in Bay4. I have an ASUSTOR service ticket open to suggest that internal backups create a dated folder for each backup.
Backing up to an ESATA drive is the 3rd type of backup that I run (there are quite a few more that I do NOT use). This type of backup is known as an "external backup". This can be a scheduled task, but obviously one either has to have the external drive always running OR remind yourself somehow (I use an Outlook appointment) to remind you to turn the drive on.
So, all in all, I like this NAS. I just wish that the "backup" was more centralized and did NOT have to all these separate little things to get "organized".
My system is this: ASUSTOR AS6204T, 12 TB RAID-5 over three drive bays (3 * 4TB HGST drives), 2TB Fantom Esata backup drive
To top if off I submitted a very detailed ticket to ASUSTOR seeking help, days passed and no answer from them at all. This was the icing on the cake. Very disappointed I returned the NAS back to Amazon.
I dont know how it will truly affect the long term longevity of the drives. Please note that the my ambient temperature is about 70 Fahrenheit.
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Oh, and since the unit did not originally arrive on the expected date, I opened a ticket with them. Got a reply on the same day, by phone! A nice lady with a pretty voice called me, to explain the situation and offered be to get reimbursed or wait another week. And it did get to me within a week.