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ASUSTOR AS-604RD 4-bay Rackmount NAS Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | Network Storage in IT/Datacenter | Posted: May 21, 2014 8:03 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: ASUSTOR

Asustor AS-604RD

 

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Here we get our first look at the NAS. The four drive bays are not screwed with a lock mechanism, which is one of our few complaints about the system.

 

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Two buttons and three LEDs get the system started, and the LEDs show disk and network activity.

 

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The drive cages secure both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drives. The cages are a mix of plastic and metal for a solid fit in the system without the cheap plastic feel or flex.

 

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The NAS has posts on the side for Asustor-specific rails, so I doubt it would be possible to get generic rails to work.

 

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The rack ears work with the rails to secure the NAS in its 1U slot.

 

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All of the I/O ports are located on the back, and that makes access to USB ports an issue if you just want to slap a flash drive in for easy backup.

 

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This system also has an HDMI port, but we didn't find it useful in a rackmount system. If you have a rack for your home theater, though, you can take advantage of Asustor's multimedia add-on software packages.

 

Two gigabit Ethernet ports connect to your network, and six USB ports allow you to expand the capabilities of the system. Two eSATA ports increase the storage density if needed.

 

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The AS604-RD uses dual power supplies for redundancy, a nice enterprise level feature that we rarely see on systems in this price range.

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