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ASUSTOR AS1002T NAS: A Perfect Balance of Value and Features

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ASUSTOR AS1002T NASWe review all types of storage devices here at Modders-Inc anything from cloud provider gateways to personal storage devices. As you can imagine the price range of these services and devices varies greatly based on the requirements. Most of the questions and concerns we get are about the price of the devices without drives. From our experience, most of the users look for simple and affordable storage devices to keep their backups and ability to stream media. This is where vendors open up their product lines towards personal/home demands. A perfect example of an affordable Network Attached Storage is an ASUSTOR AS1002T. ASUSTOR company was created in 2011 by ASUSTeK Computer Inc as a part of a direct investment. Today ASUSTOR carries a wide variety of NAS products for home and office use. AS1002T is their entrance NAS solution for anyone who wants to get into network attached storage at an affordable price. This two-bay NAS is powered by a Dual-Core CPU and controlled by ASUSTOR award-winning ADM (ASUSTOR DATA MASTER) OS.

 

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Product Name: AS1002T


The product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

Packaging

AS1002T is being shipped in a stylish and comprehensive packaging. What I like about this packaging is that pretty much everything you want to know about this device is right there on the box. There are numerous colorful images throughout the packaging with descriptions in multiple languages.

ASUSTOR AS1002T NAS

The actual device comes secured in a plastic foam while being wrapped in a plastic bag to avoid accidental damages. The accessory box is secured in the shipping box as well.

Hardware Specifications

  • CPU: Marvell ARMADA-385 1GHz (Dual-Core) Processor
  • Hardware encryption engine integrated
  • Memory: 512MB (not expandable)
  • HDD: 2 x SATA3 6Gb/s; 3.5″ HDD Compatibility
  • Maximum Internal Raw Capacity: 24 TB  (12 TB HDD X 2, Capacity may vary by RAID types)
  • Maximum Single Volume Size: 16TB
  • Expansion: USB 3.0 x 2
  • Network: Gigabit Ethernet x 1
  • Output: N/A
  • System Fan: 70mm x 1
  • Power Supply Unit / Adapter: 65W x1
  • Input Power Voltage: 100V to 240V AC
  • Certification: FCC, CE, VCCI, BSMI, C-TICK

Operation

  • Power Consumption: 13.2W (Operation);
    6.6W (Disk Hibernation); ²
  • Noise Level: 18.6dB (HDD idle)
  • Operation Temperature: 0°C~40°C (32°F~104°F)
  • Humidity: 5% to 95% RH

ASUSTOR Highlight

  • System Migration
  • EZ Connect
  • Dr.ASUSTOR
  • 2-way Backup
  • Task Monitor

Eco-Friendly Design

  • Auto-Standby for Both Internal and External Disks
  • Auto Fan Control
  • LED Night Mode
  • Power Schedule: On, Off, Restart.

Size and Weight

ASUSTOR AS1002T NAS

Software & Features

Operating System

  • ADM 3.0 Onwards
  • Supports Online Firmware Updates
  • Supported OS
    • Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10, Server 2003, Server 2008, Server 2012
    • Mac OS X 10.6 Onwards
    • UNIX, Linux, and BSD
    •   

Supported Languages

  • Deutsch, English, Français, Italiano, Nederlands,Русский, 日本語, 한글, 简体中文, 繁體中文, Česká,Polski, Svenska, Dansk, Norsk, Suomi, Português,Türkçe, Español, Magyar

Supported Browsers

  • Internet Explorer 11 Onwards
  • FireFox
  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Microsoft Edge

Network Protocols

  • CIFS / SMB, SMB 2.0 / 3.0, AFP, NFS, FTP (Unicode Supported), TFTP, WebDAV, Rsync, SSH, SFTP, iSCSI/IP-SAN, HTTP, HTTPS, Proxy, SNMP, Syslog

File System

  • Internal Disk: EXT4
  • External Disk: FAT32, NTFS, EXT3, EXT4, HFS+

Storage Management

  • Volume Type: Single disk, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1
  • Support for Online RAID Level Migration

iSCSI Read/Write (5GB file, 1GbE x 1)/IP-SAN

  • Maximum Targets: 64
  • Maximum LUNs: 64
  • Maximum Snapshot Versions of a Single LUN: 256
  • Target Masking
  • LUN Mapping
  • ISO File Mounting
  • Supports MPIO
  • Persistent (SCSI-3) Reservations

Customized Sign In Page

  • 2 Different Template Choices
  • Customizable Title, Image and Background
  • Image Import Function

Disk Management

  • Scheduled Bad Block Scans
  • Scheduled S.M.A.R.T Scans

Energy Control

  • Configurable Disk Hibernation Wait Time

Network

  • TCP/IP (IPv4 & IPv6)
  • Link Aggregation: 0
  • Jumbo Frame (MTU)
  • VLAN
  • EZ Connect
  • Wireless Network³
  • DDNS and EZ-RouterCompatibility
  • Supports Wake-on-LAN (WOL)

Backup Solutions

  • Rsync (Remote Sync) Backup
  • Cloud Backup
  • FTP Backup
  • External Backup

System Administration

  • Log Type: System Log, Connection Log, File Access Log
  • Real-time Online User Monitor
  • Real-time System Monitor
  • User Quota
  • Virtual Drive (ISO Mounting, Maximum 16)
  • UPS SupportCompatibility

Network Recycle Bin

  • Share folder-based
  • Maintains original directory structure and file permission
  • One-click restore
  • Supports scheduled emptying
  • Filtering rules
    1. File size
    2. File extension

Access Control

  • Maximum Number of Users: 1024
  • Maximum Number of Groups: 256
  • Maximum Number of Shared Folders: 256
  • Maximum Number of Concurrent Connections: 128
  • Supports Windows Active Directory

ACL

  • Provides both Windows ACL and Linux ACL permission configuration methods
  • Can enable Windows ACL for specific shared folders
  • Comprehensive support for Windows’ 13 types of advanced permission settings
  • Can view Windows ACL permission settings from within ADM
  • Supports local users and groups
  • Exclusive permission reset function allows users to quickly restore default permissions

Security

  • AES 256-Bit Encryption
  • Firewall: Prevent Unauthorized Access
  • Alert Notifications: E-mail, SMS
  • Encrypted Connections: HTTPS, FTP over SSL/TLS, SSH, SFTP, Rsync over SSH
  • Built-in Hardware Encryption Engine: AS70/64/63//62/61/31/32/10 Series

Network Defender

  • Auto blacklist
  • Trusted list
  • Black/Whitelist
    • Supports IP/IP range/geolocation

External Device Compatibility

  • Supports USB External Storage Devices
  • USB Wi-Fi Dongle Support
  • Bluetooth Dongle/Speaker Support
  • USB Printer Support
  • USB DAC Support
  • CD ROM Drive/DVD ROM Drive/Blu-Ray ROM

Featured Apps

Download Center

  • Supports BT(Torrent & Magnet Link), HTTP and FTP Downloads
  • Torrent Search
  • Choose Files Before a BT Task Starts
  • Customizable Download Schedule
  • Bandwidth Control
  • RSS Subscription and Automatic Downloading (Broadcatching)
  • ASUSTOR Download Assistant for Windows & Mac
  • AiDownload for iOS & Android with Push Notification
  • Smart Download Function

DataSync for Microsoft OneDrive

  • Each ADM account is able to individually log into a OneDrive account
  • Supports file filter and bandwidth limitation
  • Supported backup methods:
    • Sync
    • Directly upload files to OneDrive from NAS
    • Directly download files from OneDrive to NAS

File Explorer

  • Web-based File Management
  • ISO File Mounting
  • Share Links
  • Task Monitor
  • Browse Files on Local PC
  • Thumbnail Previews
  • Data Access via External Optical Drive
  • Supports video playback¹⁰

FTP Explorer

  • Directory Structure View with Drag & Drop Transfers
  • Task Monitor
  • Stopping of Transmission Task & Resumption of Connection
  • Encrypted Connections: Explicit over TLS, Implicit over TLS
  • FTP Site Manager
  • Bandwidth Control
  • Maximum Simultaneous Transfer Control

Google Drive

  • Each ADM Account is Able to Individually Log in to One Google Account
  • Supported Backup Methods:
    • Sync
    • Directly Upload Files to Google Drive from NAS
    • Directly Download Files from Google Drive to NAS

HiDrive

  • Support OneDrive and OneDrive Business
  • Each ADM Account is Able to Individually Log in to One HiDrive Account
  • Supported Backup Methods:
    • Directly Upload Files to HiDrive from NAS
    • Directly Download Files from HiDrive to NAS
  • Supported Protocols:
    • Rsync
    • FTP
    • FTPS
    • SFTP
    • Rsync + SSH

hubiC

  • Each ADM Account is Able to Individually Log in to One hubiC Account
  • Supported Backup Methods:
    • Sync
    • Directly Upload Files to hubiC from NAS
    • Directly Download Files from hubiC to NAS

Yandex

  • Each ADM Account is Able to Individually Log in to One Yandex Account
  • Supported Backup Methods:
    • Sync
    • Directly Upload Files to Yandex from NAS
    • Directly Download Files from Yandex to NAS

LooksGood Transcoding Capabilities

  • Built-in three main video library categories (Movies, TV Shows, Home Movies) and smart video sorting management
  • Efficient Global Search function allows for searches by keywords followed by the execution of more detailed searches according to the Movies, TV Shows, Home Movies categories and parameters such as actors, director, year, genre, writer, and title
  • Attractive poster wall and thumbnail display
  • Automatic production of video poster thumbnails
  • Centralized management and ability t o configure order of favorites and playlist history
  • System administrator can configur e video library and editing permissions according to user
  • Can configure access permissions to share with
    friends and family
  • Multimedia conversion function
  • Self-defined smart folder for video conversions
  • Supports digital TV recordings via digital TV dongles
  • Easy streaming with Chromecast and DLNA
  • Support to watch videos in Apple TV via AiVideos tvOS version
    Supported browsers Windows Edge / Chrome / Firefox, Mac Safari
    Supported video formats 3GP, 3G2, ASF, WMV, AVI, FLV, F4V, MKV, WEBM, MOV, MPG, MPEG, M1V, DAT, TS, M2T, M2TS, MTS, MP4, M4V, OGG, OGV, RM, VOB, WMA, MKA, M4A, RA, RAM
    Supported video codec H.264 (AVC)
    Supported external subtitle formats srt, ass, ssa, vtt
    Supported photo formats jpg, jpeg, bmp, png, gif, tif
    Supported TV stick TV standards DVB-T, DTMB
    Series supporting hardware transcoding AS2TE/3/31/32/50/51/61/62/63/64/70

iTunes Server

  • For iTunes on Mac & Windows
  • Supports AirPlay
  • Supports iOS Remote Pairing
  • Supported Audio Formats: AIF⁵, M4A (AAC & Apple Loseless), M4P, M4R, MP3, WAV⁵
  • Supported Video Formats: M4V, MOV, MP4
  • Supported Playlist Formats: M3U, WPL

Mail Server

  • Each ADM Account can Become an Independent Email Account
  • Email Activity Monitor (Over 1 Week, 1/3/6 Months)
  • Provides SMTP, IMAP and POP3 Mail Protocols
  • Supports SMTP Relay and Verification
  • SMTP-SSL Secure Connections
  • Spam Filter and Black List Settings
  • Email Alias Creation and Mapping
  • Monitoring of Mail Queue
  • Mail Service Activity Log
  • Exclusive Email Backup Mechanism
  • Auto-Forwarding and Auto-Response Protocols

Photo Gallery

  • “Album” and “Browse” Viewing Modes
  • Manage Photo Album Access Rights: Public Access, Restricted to Certain Accounts, Album Password
  • Multi-level Folder Structure Support
  • Supports Tagging of Photos
  • Intuitive Sorting and Comprehensive Search Function
  • Adjustable Photo Wall Browsing Scales
  • Automatic Image Rotation
  • One-click Sharing to Social Media (Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Plurk, email)
  • Intuitive Drag and Drop Management
  • Slideshow Viewing Mode
  • Provides Comment Function for Users to Interact with Each Other.
  • Supports a Wide Range of Image Formats: JPG/JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, RAW
  • Supports Video Playback

Surveillance Center Compatibility

  • Up to 64 channels in 720p on single live view display
  • On-screen camera controls including camera PTZ, manual recordings, take snapshots, configure camera settings and open Maps
  • Up to 4 channels of synchronous and non-synchronous playback with audio
  • Intelligent video analytics including motion detection and foreign object detection
  • Supported Browsers: Windows Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Mac Safari, Mac Firefox
  • Event notification supports SMS, E-mail, and mobile push notification
  • Automated event action rules
  • Role-based access control
  • RTSP streaming server (video and audio)
  • AiSecure mobile app for iOS and Android with Push notification
  • ONVIF™ 2.4, Profile S certified
  • Two different camera license packages are offered: single channel and 4 channels.
  • Maximum IP Cam (4 Free Licenses; Additional Licenses to be Purchased)
    Series Maximum IP cam Local display Note
    AS7 64 Yes With 8GB Memory
    AS63/64 36 Yes With 8GB Memory
    AS61/62 36 Yes With 8GB Memory
    AS50/51 30 Yes With 8GB Memory
    AS31/32 25 Yes N/A
    AS-6 16 Yes N/A
    AS-2TE/AS-3 8 Yes N/A
    AS-2T 8 N/A N/A
    AS10 8 N/A N/A

Minimum PC Client Requirements

  • CPU: i5/i7 or above
  • RAM: DDR3 4G or above
  • Operating system Windows 7 and onward, Mac OS X
  • Windows browsers: Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Chrome, FireFox
  • Mac browsers: Safari 7.0, Firefox
  • Display resolution: 1280×800 pixels or higher for best user experience
  • Network interface: Gigabit x1
  • Independent graphics card is highly recommend

SoundsGood

  • Import Personal/Public Music Collection
  • Personal/Public Music Collection Permission Control
  • Playlist Editor
  • ID3 Tag Editor
  • Local Speaker Support: USB
  • Supported Audio Formats for Browser: MP3, WAV, Ogg
  • Supported Audio Formats for Transcoding Through Browser: AIFF, Flac
  • Supported Audio Formats for Local Speaker: MP3, WAV, Ogg, AIFF, Flac
  • ASUS DAC Support

Takeasy

  • Download from YouTube, Vimeo, YouKu, Tudou and More
  • Selectable the Video Type and Quality
  • Automatic Downloads with YouTube Subscriptions
  • Preview Downloads in Progress
  • Online Playback

UPnP Media Server

  • Supports PS3 and other Digital Media Player Capable Devices
  • Supports On-The-Fly Transcoding for Most RAW Images and Audio(OGG, FLAC)
  • Supported Image Formats: BMP, GIF, ICO, JPG, PNG, PSD, TIF, RAW Image⁴ (3FR, ARW, CR2, CRW, DCR, DNG, ERF, KDC, MEF, MOS, MRW, NEF, NRW, ORF, PEF, RAF, RAW, RW2, SR2, X3F)

VPN Client

  • Supported VPN Protocols: PPTP, OpenVPN
  • Transmission Package Monitor
  • PPTP Authentication: PAP, CHAP, MS CHAP, MS CHAP2
  • PPTP Encryption: No MPPE, MPPE (40, 128 bit), Maximum MPPE (128 bit)
  • OpenVPN Port Control
  • OpenVPN Link Compression

VPN Server

  • Supported VPN Protocols: PPTP, OpenVPN, and IPsec
  • View Current Connections & Ability to Disconnect Suspicious Connections
  • Comprehensive Connection Log

SNMP Server

  • Supports SNMP v1, v2c, v3 and trap
  • ASUSTOR NAS MIB provided

Syslog server

  • Supports standard Syslog protocol
  • Graphical log monitoring by time and device
  • Supports TCP and UDP
  • Auto log archiving
  • User-defined email notification

Note:
¹ Hard disks not included.
² Test HDD: WD Red 3 TB HDD
³ USB Wi-Fi dongle not included.
⁴ You must first enable real time transcoding for these files in order to play them.
⁵ Metadata (e.g. title) may not be able to displayed in iTunes.
¹⁰ Video playback is not supported in Chrome.

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Alex Lusakhpuryan

Alex has been part of the media scene for about 10 years now. He has formed and operated a nonprofit review company "UMLan" and after its recent closure has joined Modders-Inc. An Sr IT Systems Engineer by day and media reviewer by night, Alex brings his expertise in networking and storage aspect of the technology as well as in overall knowledge of latest technologies.

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