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Network hard drive NAS ASUSTOR AS6404T 4-BAY review

Asustor was founded in 2011 with a direct investment from ASUS and in just 9 years, it became one of the most respected NAS (Network Attached Storage) manufacturers in the world. Compete directly with apps like QNAP and Synology.

It sells NAS products at a variety of prices, and we got the chance to test the Asustor AS6406T, which is aimed at individual users and businesses. It has a four-door NAS, and it uses quad-core Intel Apollo Lake processors, making it much more capable than low-cost NAS drives.

Priced at $ 599 in the US, the AS6404T comes with a 3-year warranty. You can get it for as low as $ 549 through Amazon. The company claims that it not only stores but also more. Let's find out if it's really worth it compared to cheaper solutions from Asustor and other brands.

Asustor AS6404T 4-Bay specifications & specifications

The Asustor AS6404T uses a metal case, Intel Celeron J3455 quad-core CPU (Apollo Lake) running at 1.5 GHz, 8GB DDR3L RAM (dual channel 4GB x2), 8GB eMMC storage, and four hard drive bays.

Each tray can support 14TB drives, total internal storage capacity up to 56TB. Of course, you can add expansion compartments to increase the total number of trays to 16, taking the maximum possible storage space up to 224TB.

Asustor has insurance on storage expansion. In terms of I / O, there are two gigabit ethernet ports for increased reliability, and there are three USB 3.0 Type-A ports, one USB 3.0 Type-C port, one HDMI 2.0 port (for 4K 60Hz video output), one S / Port. PDIF and IR receiver.

Thanks to the HDMI port, you can connect the AS6404T to a monitor or TV and use it as a mini PC. You can connect standard keyboards, mice, printers, scanners, external optical drives, pen drives, hard drives, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi locks, speakers, DACs, and more. There's an LED display that displays useful information like network, storage, temperature and activity.

You also access 1-touch backup and initiate shutdown or restart activity. The AS6404T supports Wake-on-LAN (WOL) and Wake-on-WAN (WOW) so you can wake up the NAS over your local network or over the internet.

The NAS runs ADM 3.2 (Asustor Data Manager), offering hundreds of features and applications. Common applications like activity manager, backup and restore manager, file browser, file sync manager, media server, music and video player, and torrent download manager.

Using App Central, additional services can be installed. These include data synchronization apps for various cloud storage solutions like Box, CrashPlan, Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive and more. There is an online video downloader and a VPN server. You can also install VirtualBox and a bunch of other services for developers like Git, Ruby, Perl, phpMyAdmin, Python, and TomCat.

The NAS can also act as a central hub for a video surveillance system and includes four free camera channels. Up to 36 camera channels are supported, but you need to pay extra for it. Asustor mobile apps can be installed on Android and iOS devices to access data management, file access, media streaming, access torrent downloads, and video feeds from surveillance cameras. .

Has security against networks and other types of threats, firewalls, email and SMS alert notifications, built-in hardware encryption engine, and 256-bit AES encryption. Energy management can be accessed. Security against disk failures and bad blocks is achieved through scheduled scans. Needless to say, AS6404T supports Linux, macOS, and Windows operating systems.

Asustor AS6404T Design & installation of 4-Bay NAS

The Asustor AS6404T NAS device feels pretty solid as it uses a metal case. It measures 185.5x170x230mm and weighs 2.9kg (without hard drive). There are four vertical hard drive bays and they are easily accessible at the push of a button. There's a large power button that also has an LED (lights up in green when turned on and red when the NAS is in sleep mode).

Above each drive tray, there is an LED indicating the status of the hard drive. The LED displays green when inactive, flashes green when data is being accessed and red when there is an error. There are two LEDs to indicate the LAN port and USB 3.0 Type A port for connecting external devices. On the top side, there is an LED display and four navigation keys to access important features.

All remaining ports, including Ethernet, HDMI, USB Type-A and USB Type-C ports, are on the rear. There is also a Kensington lock at the back as well as a 12V power port. The power brick provided can provide up to 90W (12V 7.5A) power to the NAS.

Installing the hard drive is pretty easy. Press the button below the drive tray, take it out of the compartment, insert the disc into the tray and secure it with the screws provided. You can fit in 2.5 inch as well as 3.5 inch discs. After you have installed all the hard drives, connect the AS6404T to the router using one of the provided LAN cables. If you want network redundancy, you can connect the NAS to two different routers. When you press the power button, the NAS will start to initialize.

You can enter the IP address displayed in the NAS screen, into your web browser and start configuring it. If there are two or four disks, the AS6404T is configured in RAID 0 mode by default. If you want to use it in JBOD mode, you should select it during the configuration, as it will be more difficult to convert the RAID 0 configuration to JBOD once the default setup is complete.

When you set up the NAS, log in with the default username and password and install the Asustor Portal app, you can connect the NAS to an external display using the HDMI port and use it as a mini PC for web browsing or viewing. video.

Asustor NAS software and user interface AS6404T 4-Bay

The first thing you'll see once the setup is complete is the login screen and the instructions containing the default credentials. You can then customize passwords, add user accounts, and customize the login screen. The Asustor data management software is based on Linux and includes Asustor customizations, suitable for NAS devices.

The home screen consists of application icons arranged in a grid layout, but the layout can be changed and arranged to your liking. There's a taskbar at the top that shows account names (along with account personalization, reboots, shutdowns, and sleep options), system notifications, task monitoring, performance monitoring, and find menus sword. All settings can be found in the Settings app.

Here is a brief explanation of all the applications that come pre-installed with ADM 3.2:
Access Control: Customize access controls for user accounts. By the way, there can be 4096 user accounts. You can also create user groups, set user access rights for all home folders, create shared folders, set application privileges, and set storage quota for users. It also allows you to join Windows Active Directory and LDAP user accounts and user groups.
Activity Monitoring: It allows you to monitor the performance of the NAS. You can check CPU, disk, iSCSI, memory and network performance. Resource usage per app and service can be seen here. Disk usage can be seen in a separate section in this app.
App Center: This is where you can test and download apps and services created / customized for Asustor NAS products. It also shows all installed apps, apps that need to be updated, log of all app downloads, uninstall and updates. You can also manually install apps using App Central.
Asustor Portal: This section can be used to manage the Asustor Portal applications. You can also choose which apps and information to display when the NAS is connected to an external display. Resolution, screen saver and wallpaper can also be customized.
Backup & Restore: You can set up Remote Sync with other Remote Sync devices. The same can be achieved with Amazon S3 and FTP servers. Backup of one internal folder to another internal folder can also be set up. Data inside NAS can be backed up to external storage devices and one-touch backup button can be configured (to copy data from USB to NAS or vice versa).

Download Center: It is a full torrent downloader app, complete with concurrent download support, download and upload speed limits, download scheduling and mobile notifications when the download progress down completed.
External device: It displays the status of all connected USB devices like Bluetooth dongles, flash storage drives, external hard drives, optical drives, printers, Wi-Fi keys, etc. The storage device can also be formatted.
EZ Sync Manager: This service can be used to back up data from a computer connected to the NAS or vice versa. These synchronized files can be accessed on smartphones through the Asustoror mobile apps on Android and iOS.
File Explorer: It is an official file manager, similar to the file manager on macOS and Windows operating systems. You can browse and organize, manage, check properties, rename, move / copy / paste, compress, decompress and delete files and folders on NAS internal and external drives. . Of course, you can upload and download files from the NAS to the connected device. Files can also be shared via URLs.
LooksGood: It is the Asustor video streaming server and you can use it to stream home videos, movies, TV recordings, and TV shows to play compatible media on smartphones. tablets and TV. You can stream videos directly from it to the Asustoror mobile app. It has support for a wide range of file formats and subtitles.
Services: This section allows you to customize and manage various services like Windows File Service (CISF / SAMBA), macOS X file service (AFP), NFS, FTP, Rsync, SFTP, SNMP, terminal, TFTP, WebDAV and web server.
SoundsGood: It is an official music player and music streaming server. It supports most audio file formats and lyrics.
Storage Manager: A place where storage devices (internal and external) connected to the NAS can be configured in different types of RAID levels. Drive health can also be checked using the Disk Doctor service and S.M.A.R.T. to scan.
System Information: Displays NAS system information such as CPU, RAM, storage space, temperature, fan speed, LAN status (and IP address), software version, uptime, system log system, user logs and system health (using Dr. Asustor).
In addition to these services and applications, you can install many other first and third party services from App Central. There is an online guide with tips on using various features provided by Asustor NAS devices.
Asustor AS6404T 4-Bay NAS performance

To test the AS6404T NAS, we used four 2TB WD Red 5400RPM hard drives with 64 MB cache and a 6GB / s SATA interface. Western Digital is sufficient to provide usage of drives optimized for use with NAS equipment). We have configured them into default RAID 0 mode.

The router used in our test setup is the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 AC1900. We used three file types to test the read and write performance of the NAS, and all tests were done over Wi-Fi as well as ethernet. We also used the FastCopy app to measure transfer times and transfer speeds.

Here is the result:

1Gbps Ethernet Wi-Fi connected PC

317MB video file Read 107.7Mbps 24.3Mbps
317MB video file Write 111.8Mbps 22Mbps
21.3GB folder (1,073 images) Read 89.3Mbps 21.7Mbps
21.3GB Folder (1,073 images) Write 98.4Mbps 21.7Mbps
11.1GB video file Read 111.1Mbps 25.1Mbps
11.1GB Video File Write 111Mbps 24.6Mbps

As you can see, the file transfer speeds are close to what Asustor promises on its website. We would say that the bottleneck is the 1Gbps Ethernet port rather than the read and write capabilities of the NAS. First time NAS manufacturers began equipping their products, at least the more expensive ones, with 5Gbps or 10Gbps Ethernet ports to get the most out of the file transfer rate.

Is buying the Asustor AS6404T 4-Bay NAS worth it?

Overall, the Asustor AS6404T is an impressive NAS network hard drive. It has great build quality, a great feature set, fast performance, and a large collection of compatible apps and services. However, the company needs to step up even more when it comes to Asustor Portal UI and mobile apps.

Asustor Portal UI needs a lot of bug fixes and performance improvements, and the company's mobile apps have user interfaces reminiscent of 5-6 year old Android smartphone apps. Although it costs twice as much as many two-bay NAS devices with dual-core CPUs, it has the performance to back up along with four drive bays and an extensive feature set.

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