Tyler's Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Prime Z370 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i3 8350K (buy from Amazon)
- RAM: Corsair Vengeance 32GB 4x8GB DDR4 3200 (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair Hydro H115i (buy from Amazon)
- Case: Corsair Air 540 (buy from Amazon)
- OS Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: Corsair RM850x (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 (buy from Amazon)
- Wi-Fi NIC: ASUS PCE-AC88 (buy from Amazon)
- 10Gbe NIC: ASUS XG-C100C (buy from Amazon)
- Thunderbolt 3: ASUS Thunderbolt EX3 (buy from Amazon)
When we are testing Diskless NAS platforms, the Toshiba High-Reliability N300 are the drives used.
The dashboard of the Asustor ADM platform gives us a desktop environment to work from. This includes several icons that are shortcuts to manage the NAS platform.
Diving into the Storage Manager, we have our first look at the configured volume at the top and the number of disks below.
The volume tab, goes into further detail on the drives installed. Above, we can see the RAID mode and filesystem
The disk menu gives us the health of each drive along with capacity.
The settings menu is a general location to configure the broad range of options for the NAS. We start with display customization including the desktop wallpaper if wanted.
The network tab gives access to both gigabit Ethernet ports and if you have a USB Wi-Fi adapter it will show up here as well.
On the hardware tab, we have access to the front panel LEDs, system buzzer along with energy control and fan control.
ADM defender allows you to create lists of devices allowed to access the NAS system, you can also make a list of devices not allowed in the black list.
For those that want access to their NAS from anywhere in the world, Asustor aides in setup with EZ-Connect.
Local network browsing can be completed via a few services, the first being SMB. One tab down allows setup of AFP and the last is NFS.
Backup features include remote sync, FTP backup along with one touch and external options. At the bottom of this menu, you can setup Cloud backup.
ADM has a large library of applications that work with it. Every time I have a new unit in-house for review this selection seems to increase in size. That said it has all of the basics including Google Drive, One Drive, and Plex.
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United States: The Asustor AS7004T-i5 | Enterprise Network Attached Storage | 3.0GHz Quad-Core, 8GB RAM | Personal Private Cloud | Home or Business Data Media Server (4 Bay Diskless) retails for $1099.00 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Asustor AS7004T-i5 Consumer NAS retails for £XXX at Amazon UK.
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