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Asustor AS4004T NAS Review

Mainstreaming 10GbE in to your home

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Asustor AS4004T

Every month we see a greater demand for faster file sharing devices that can support higher capacities. Let’s face it, 1Gbps connectivity inside of your house is slowly dying. The next step up from 1Gbps speeds is 10Gbps. I remember a few years ago 10Gbe networking wasn’t affordable for your average household and only enterprise companies were able to afford them. Today we can buy a 10Gbps switch for just a few hundred bucks and if you already have a 10Gbps network ready then you probably looking for a new NAS device. NAS manufacturers acknowledge the change in the small offices and household and so they release newer devices with 10Gbps capabilities. My test subject comes from Asustor, AS4004T. AS4004T is a four-bay Network Attached Storage device that is 10Gbps ready and backward compatible with 1Gbps networks. This NAS is powered by Marvel Armada 7K Dual-Core Processor and has 2GB of DDR4 RAM by Toshiba.

Review Sample Provided byASUSTOR
Product Name: AS4004T
Price at time of review: $ 359.00 USD MSRP
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

Packaging

The sample arrived in a plain shipping box however actual product packaging is similar to other Assistor’s NAS products. Asustor signature packaging is mostly white with blue images and detailed descriptions. Check out our other Asustor reviews if you are curious. Inside of the shipping box AS4004T is securely packaged in the protective foam and actual device has a plastic bag around it to prevent any accidental scratches.

Asustor AS4004T

 

Hardware & Packaging

Hardware Specifications

  • CPU: Marvell ARMADA-7020 1.6GHz (Dual-Core) Processor
  • Hardware encryption engine integrated
  • Memory: 2GB DDR4
  • Memory Expandable up to: not expandable
  • Flash Memory: 512MB DOM
  • HDD: 4 x SATA3 6Gb/s; 3.5″/2.5″ HDD/SSD¹ Compatibility
  • Maximum Internal Raw Capacity: 56 TB  (14 TB HDD X 4, Capacity may vary by RAID types)
  • Maximum Drive Bays with Expansion Unit: 12
  • Maximum Raw Capacity with Expansion Units: 168 TB  (14 TB HDD X 12, Capacity may vary by RAID types)
  • Expansion: USB 3.1 Gen-1 x2
  • Network: Gigabit Ethernet x 2; 10Gigabit Ethernet x1
  • Output: N/A
  • System Fan: 120mm x 1
  • Power Supply Unit / Adapter: 90W x1
  • Input Power Voltage: 100V to 240V AC
  • Certification: FCC, CE, VCCI, BSMI, C-TICK

Operation

  • Power Consumption: 31.5W (Operation);
    17.1W (Disk Hibernation); ²
  • Noise Level: 19.7dB (HDD idle)
  • Operation Temperature: 5°C~35°C (40°F~95°F)
  • Humidity: 5% to 95% RH

ASUSTOR Hightlight

  • 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

Software & Features

Operating System

  • ADM 3.1 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 Explore 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 ,Btrfs
  • External Disk: FAT32, NTFS, EXT3, EXT4, HFS+, exFAT ,Btrfs

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

Storage Management

  • Support Multiple Volumes with Spare Disks
  • Volume Type: Single disk, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 10
  • Support for Online RAID Level Migration

MyArchive

  • Insert Hard Disk & Immediately Access Files
  • Transfer or Exchange Terabytes of Data via the Internal Hot-Swap SATA Interface
  • Up to N-1 Bays Reserved for MyArchive Docking Purposes

iSCSI/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: Supports 802.3ad and Six Other Modes for Load Balancing and/or Network Failover
  • 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
  • EZ Sync

Snapshots

  • Btrfs Snapshots
  • 256 snapshots
  • iSCSI LUNs
  • Support model: AS31/32/40/50/51/52/53/61/62/63/64/70. Snapshot Center will not display Volume snapshots information in other models.

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: 4096
  • Maximum Number of Groups: 512
  • Maximum Number of Shared Folders: 512
  • Maximum Number of Concurrent Connections: 512
  • Supports Windows Active Directory
  • Supports Windows Active Directory / LDAP

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: AS10/31/32/40/53/54/6/61/62/63/64/70 Series
  • RAID Scrubbing: detects the integrity and consistency of RAID 5 and RAID 6 drive data.

Network Defender

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

External Devices 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 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

DropBox

  • Each ADM Account is Able to Individually Log into One Dropbox Account
  • Supported Backup Methods:
    • Sync
    • Dropbox to NAS
    • NAS to Dropbox

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 into 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 into 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 to configure the order of favorites and playlist history
  • System administrator can configure 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

iTunes Server

  • For iTunes on Mac & Windows
  • Supports AirPlay
  • Supports iOS Remote Pairing
  • Supported Audio Formats: AIF⁵, M4A (AAC & Apple Lossless), 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 16 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, Firefox, Mac Safari, Mac Firefox ESR
  • 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
  • CMS Lite supports connect up to 128 IP Cameras from 32 NAS
  • Two different camera license packages are offered: single channel and 4 channels.
  • Maximum IP Cam (4 Free Licenses; Additional Licenses to be Purchased)
SeriesMaximum IP camLocal displayNote
AS764YesWith 8GB Memory
AS63/6436YesWith 8GB Memory
AS61/6236YesWith 8GB Memory
AS50/5130YesWith 8GB Memory
AS31/32/31 v2/32 v225YesN/A
AS4016N/AN/A
AS-616YesN/A
AS-2TE/AS-38YesN/A
AS-2T8N/AN/A
AS10/AS10 v28N/AN/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, Twitch, 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, L2TP/IPsec
  • 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 L2TP/IPsec
  • View Current Connections & Ability to Disconnect Suspicious Connections
  • Comprehensive Connection Log

RADIUS Server

  • Centralized management of wireless network certification
  • Using WPA-Enterprise or WPA2-Enterprise encryption
  • Must be combined with a wireless router that supports RADIUS authentication

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 15 years now. As a Sr IT Systems Engineer by day and media reviewer by night, Alex brings his expertise in networking and storage aspects of the technology as well as in overall knowledge of the latest technologies.

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