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Asustor AS5102T Two-Bay Prosumer NAS Review

By: Tyler Bernath | SOHO NAS/DAS in Storage | Posted: Apr 8, 2015 2:01 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: Asustor

Test System Setup

 

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Our Consumer NAS test system is similar to what you may have set up at home. Here we have the base of a GIGABYTE Z97X UD7 TH housing an Intel Core i7 4770 with 16GB of Patriot Viper DDR3. Our Operating System of choice is Windows 8.1 x64 Enterprise with all available updates and patches installed on a SanDisk Extreme Pro 960GB SSD.

 

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The Asustor finder application is the control center. Upon initial startup we have an uninitialized NAS with a Celeron J1900 and 2GB of memory.

 

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We have two options for setting up the Asustor AS5102T. The first option is the one-click setup that allows the NAS to choose all of the options for you, and the second option is a custom setup.

 

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After choosing our options and putting in some information, the NAS proceeded to setup. This part of the process took the longest, and we waited here for a good 30 to 40 minutes.

 

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Upon logging into the NAS, we have a full complement of options to go through. The options here include everything from the standard storage manager and app center to new items like activity monitor, and backup and restore.

 

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The backup and restore menu intrigued me, as I haven't had my hands on an Asustor appliance in quite some time. Accordingly, I ventured over to see what, if anything, has changed. From the top down, we have quite a few options here, including remote sync, FTP back, and external backup. In addition to those features, you can use one touch backup, or trust your data to the cloud with Amazon S3.

 

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Another surprise for me was the intense amount of USB device support. As you can see, we have everything from disks to printer and even optical drives within this menu.

 

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The file explorer is a given, but it can be a godsend when your network is on the fritz.

 

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Of course, no NAS appliance is complete without a full complement of network service support. The 5102T includes SAMBA, AFP, NFS, FTP, and Web Server, to name a few.

 

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Above, we have the storage manager with full iSCSI support.

 

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Yet another unique feature of the Asustor platform is Dr. Asustor, which will diagnose any issues the NAS is having.

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