The new 2 series line-up of NAS appliances from ASUSTOR offer an affordable and well powered option for those of you in the market for a storage solution and media solution in one device. Similar to what other NAS vendors offer, ASUSTOR too allows access to XBMC via the integrated HDMI port, giving you the perfect ironed out solution for entertainment, whether it be HD video or listening to your music collection or even streaming to multiple devices on the network.
The ASUSTOR unit also offers a number of backup options including Rsync, which I recently started using myself, and have found it incredibly simple to use. Through this protocol, you can setup, like I have a very quick NAS with a RAID 0 setup to access your data quickly, which is then backed up to a more resilient array such as a RAID 5 or 6 on another appliance. Additionally, ASUSTOR offers Amazon S3 cloud and Dropbox access and of course the USB One Touch backup via the front mounted USB 3.0 port.
Applications made available within the NAS management system are quite plentiful and include Download Center, Surveillance Center and SoundsGood to name a few. There is also a growing third-party development community that will only further enrich the experience you get from ASUSTOR appliances.
Pricing at the time of writing for the 2-bay AS-202TE allows for a MSRP of $259.99 as a diskless solution. Comparable products in market have the QNAP TS-269L priced much higher at $449.99, and the Thecus N2560 we recently reviewed at $339.99. This effectively puts ASUSTOR in the lead when it comes to features obtained for the price you pay.
In short, if you're looking for a simple 2-bay solution with a feature rich environment and at a good price, you want the ASUSTOR AS-202TE.
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