Asustor AS6104T review and test: powerful and functional network NAS storage into four compartments

Asustor AS6104T review and test: powerful and functional network NAS storage into four compartments

Storage Asustor AS6104T is aimed at home users and small businesses, typically found in this segment of entry-level NAS. But here we have four bays for 3.5 “or 2.5” drives, so that the capacity can reach impressive values, and Intel Celeron N3050 processor provides sufficient computing power for high data throughput. With two Gigabit Ethernet ports and support Link Aggregation store Asustor AS6104T coped well with parallel service multiple clients.

Asustor AS6104T relatively extensive set of interfaces. Storage offers a total of five USB ports, three of which relate to the USB 3.0 standard, as well as two ports eSATA. To work as a media server storage is equipped with HDMI and SPDIF outputs for digital audio transmission. Input devices such as a mouse and keyboard can be connected directly, and there is an IR receiver. As Asustor operating system uses proprietary ADM, the modern version offers an interface similar to desktop operating systems, for ease of use ADM is not inferior to Synology and QNAP top models.

“Subsidiary” model AS6204T has a similar appearance, but did Asustor store more powerful – it is equipped with 4-core Intel Celeron N3150 processor, has a front display unlike Asustor AS6104T. As for prices, then for the Asustor AS6104T will have to pay from 37 thousand. Rubles in Russia, or 480 euros, it is the competition level. AS6204T cost is more expensive (by 51 thousand. Rubles), compared with the level of Synology DiskStation DS916 +.

Asustor AS6104T review and test: powerful and functional network NAS storage into four compartments

Asustor AS6104T | Hardware

Appearance Asustor AS6104T quite typical NAS – in front of us a black cube. The body is made of steel anthracite light, front mounted usual plastic panel. Disks are mounted vertically in trays, lockable levers.

Plastic box of trays includes a place for the installation of the display, but it is available only in the “older” AS6204T model. Do not Asustor AS6104Tdisplay, so you’ll have to settle for standard status indicators next to the drives. It’s a shame, because the AS6204T and Asustor AS6104Tpromotional materials are often given together, and did not immediately guess that the display is not Asustor AS6104T. White space at the Asustor AS6104Teach time striking.

Behind dominates a large 120-m fan that works silently. Right handed interfaces, they have quite a lot of Asustor AS6104T.

Asustor AS6104Tcomes in a carton of white color, printed on the side of NAS specifications, management and connectivity features. Box Asustor AS6104Tand AS6204T same two storage are shown with only the blue sticker on the top left indicates the specific model.

In except NAS package includes two patch cable, external power supply, a set of screws to install drives into the trays, Quick Start Guide.

Asustor AS6104T review and test: powerful and functional network NAS storage into four compartments

At the top left you can see the power button with an indicator LED is located below the access to the drives. The brightness of LED in Asustor AS6104Tcan be adjusted, as well as to completely disable individual indicators. You can configure and night mode, in which all lights are turned off in the front panel.

Asustor AS6104T is equipped with a front port USB 3.0, integrated in the button. After connecting the USB-flash drive can conveniently press a button, as a result of the operating system will execute the planned action. Most often, the key tie function automatically copy data from USB-stick to the inner volume. But you can bind and inverse function, for example, copy on flash storage with a specific folder.

Two LED indicate the activity of the two LAN interfaces.

Behind is a large part of the interface. Namely, two ports USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, two eSATA ports and two Gigabit, so that the possibility of expanding Asustor AS6104T relatively good. With regard to the media center function, the sound can be output through the SPDIF, not only via HDMI, together with video. In the lower right corner of the visible slot Kensington lock slot is located next to the power of the external power supply.

The trays are installed in the NAS without using a screwdriver, but to install the SSD or hard disk trays has a screwdriver is required. 2.5 “drives are screwed to the bottom of the tray with four screws, 3,5” HDD screws are screwed to the sidewall. Each sidewall two holes for the screws provided. Even hard drives like Seagate NAS 8TB, with another layout of holes can be securely fastened to the tray with two screws.

Trays of hard disks are inserted into the vault and locked by a lever. To unlock the lever, press the button at the bottom of the tray. Then the tray can pull the lever. Over the lever can be seen two LED, indicating drive status. But indicators directly in the trays are not set, simply by using fibers of Plexiglas they transmit the light from the LED display production.

Inside the trays are sent to a metal frame, after which they joined to snap back. You can see and a large number of holes for ventilation. shell casing can be easily removed, it is fixed in the computers on the rear panel with screws.

Motherboard NAS located on the left side, an area just behind the buttons and a LED. You can notice the passive radiator, cooling Intel Celeron N3050.

Memory storage Asustor AS6104T replaced quite easily – the slots are located on the left side of the motherboard. Just remove the cover of said housing, and then bend the black insulating tape.

Asustor AS6104T review and test: powerful and functional network NAS storage into four compartments

Over the insulating film conceals two memory slots in the film itself has appropriate cutouts. The slots can be installed conventional strap DDR3L-1600. Capacity up to 8 GB, meaning you can install two modules of 4 GB. Staffing has two modules of 1GB. The use of two modules is very convenient, because the market can find a lot of memory strips left over from the upgrade laptop – and buy two units can be cheaper than a single SODIMM of the same volume. Therefore, a memory upgrade from Asustor AS6104T perform quickly and easily – in contrast to the Thecus N2810, for example.

Asustor AS6104T | Software

A key feature is the software support for NAS. Many users collect network storage independently, using both versions of Windows Server, as well as specially adapted Linux distributions like FreeNAS. The functionality of these solutions is enormous, but not all users like to mess with the installation and configuration, someone easier to pay for finished “box”. But the buyer of traditional NAS is expecting to receive a wide range of functions and an intuitive interface. Yet this NAS has to justify a significant premium in price compared to the “Self-assembling” solutions. Especially if you take into account the model 4 or more bay. Synology and QNAP today are one of the major players in the NAS market, the two companies offer a very user friendly interface that resembles a desktop operating system. The list of functions is quite standard, it is sufficient for most users, is “Self-assembling ‘solutions provide benefits only for some specific scenarios.

Asustor AS6104T review and test: powerful and functional network NAS storage into four compartments

First installation

To set Asustor NAS convenient to install Control Center utility with Asustor site. With the help of the network can detect the NAS, if the repository has been assigned the router’s DHCP-server IP-address. However, no one bothers to look at the IP-address Asustor storage router interface, and then look for it through a web-based interface. The installation wizard will set up the repository, you can start to work with the NAS after the configuration is complete, even if some types of RAID arrays will continue to sync in the background.

On Asustor AS6104T store runs a proprietary operating system Asustor ADM in the latest version 2.6.3. The interface is similar to the traditional desktop OS, but in fact in front of us Linux version. Desktop interface looks nice, but QNAP, Synology and Thecus has long moved to a GUI with windows familiar from Windows. After installing ADM interface offers the usual functions of configuration, direct access not only to the NAS settings and options volumes, but also to the user settings, and public folder – no need to additionally move them through the settings menu. Of course, and it provides access to other services, including a file manager, and monitor resources.

ADM interface is divided into the desktop to move the icons and the taskbar on top. You can open multiple windows at once, and then switch between them on the desktop or by using the taskbar on top. Window size can be changed, too, although it is supported by a small number of applications, for example, the same file manager File Explorer.

Through the icon “Settings” you can go to the ADM settings where you can specify the basic network options, hardware or firmware. Setting communication protocols, from SMB to FTP and Rsync Asustor not performed in the settings, but in a separate annex “Services”.

In paragraph “Hardware” Control Panel Settings available LED power and configuration options. You can select a night mode during certain hours when the lights will be switched off. Groups can also disable LED individually, or to reduce their brightness. The power management options can be set to stop internal and external storage devices after a certain period of inactivity. You can also activate the S3 sleep state (Suspend to RAM) for all NAS, the whole system will go into power-saving mode after (at least) 30 minutes of inactivity. Turn off hard disks, we met many of the NAS, but with all the storage hibernation rarely encountered. However, this in theory, in practice the NAS do not always pass into the sleep mode, which raises questions of many users. The fact that different background services preventing transition to idle mode can be run on NAS. To diagnose the cause is difficult, so Asustor offers additional diagnostics tab that launches a window with the magazine. In it you can see what services or processes continue to execute queries, preventing hibernation system or stop the disc. Relevant services are displayed in real time, or you can get a report after the end of the log entry.

The features list includes Wake-On-LAN, set the recovery after power failure, and a scheduler that allows you to turn on / off the NAS during certain time intervals. Asustor AS6104T fan can be set to automatic mode, but you can configure the three stages of the work manually. There Asustor AS6104T not inferior to many competing NAS.

Asustor AS6104T review and test: powerful and functional network NAS storage into four compartments

Basic functions

For the NAS, including Asustor AS6104T , the basic function is the storage of data and access to them. The NAS set up to four drives, available in different modes, namely RAID 0,1,5,6,10 and JBOD. Asustor based only on the data RAID modes directly, without any hybrid options. Recall that hybrid regimes like Synology SHR or Netgear X-RAID2, based on an additional level of LVM control, allows you to combine drives of different sizes. But Asustor no such possibility. If Asustor AS6104T install the hard drives of different sizes in a RAID 5, for example, the total capacity will be calculated on the basis of the least capacious storage. Unless you intend to use JBOD mode or single drives, it is necessary to choose the HDD of the same capacity. The rest Asustor offers all the usual options.

RAID 5 can be built on three drives, then increase available capacity by setting the fourth HDD. But also the capacity can be increased by successively replacing all drives larger volume models. Yet at the QNAP, which also does not support the “Hybrid RAID”, working with pools of drives made more successful than the Asustor. Although the NAS on this is not so true four compartments.

In a RAID 5 array, which can survive the failure of a single hard disk, then create the volume background synchronization is performed, but with the volume at this time have to work with. The disk manager can read the values of SMART drives, and set SMART regular tests or check the disc surface in search of bad sectors.

Paragraph access control, you can create shared network folders on volumes initialized earlier. The Asustor AS6104T we get the usual options. The user can set the validity period of the account, as well as the ban to change the password. The administrator can assign access rights to folders based on users or groups. You can also assign quotas and restrict access to applications.

The access rights to the shared folder available encryption field, ie Asustor supports encryption-based folders. For encryption uses 256-bit algorithm AES, here at an opportune moment comes in handy instructions support AES-NI Celeron N3050 processor. The advantage of encryption at the folder level is that you can always encrypt a piece of data in the case of encryption at the volume level will have to re-create all that NAS. But there is a drawback – the length of the file name, along with all subdirectories should not exceed 143 characters. This limitation is present in all Linux NAS, eCryptfs who use the service, including at Synology DSM.

In the services section you can configure network interfaces Asustor AS6104T . From the Windows systems access to storage can be carried out via the SMB protocol (Version 1 to 3). Can be integrated into Active Directory. Available usual options for FTP, NFS, WebDAV, SSH and Rsync (Server). You can also configure the web-server port.

In the Settings menu, in addition to the hardware options and energy efficiency can find settings for network settings, the corresponding consumer-level NAS capabilities. Since Asustor AS6104T we have two ports Gigabit LAN, Asustor offers the appropriate option link aggregation. Supports seven options specific to Linux operating systems. For the present 802.3ad compliant switch option. For home users more interesting option “Adaptive Load Balancing”, for which support 802.3ad from the switch is not required. You can configure the option DDNS (Dynamic DNS) on “Ease of Access” tab, as well as open access to the storage from the Internet via the function “EZ-Router”, if the router is enabled such a feature. Through Cloud Connect Asustor offers own service DynDNS.

For the backup there are a large number of options. Also popular protocols such as FTP and rsync to backup to another NAS system, Asustor AS6104T supports backup to external or internal volume. You can also perform a backup and cloud service, but only nominally supported Amazon S3. Through the portal “App Central” You can install the client applications popular services such as OneDrive, Dropbox, HiDrive or Google Drive. To create your own cloud on Asustor AS6104T through App Central can install services OwnCloud or BitTorrent Sync. Private cloud infrastructure that is at the same Synology Cloud Station or from QNAP with Qsync, Asustor does not offer. But BitTorrent Sync service provides very good opportunities.

To manage the data on the NAS Asustor volumes added File Explorer, with which you can, for example, delete files or folders, copy or move them. As with many other the NAS, you can create a file or folder link through which users can download the content without authorization (including time reference). Also interesting is the ability to mount the ISO image as a virtual disk to it, you too will be able to get through the File Explorer.

Benchmarks

Asustor AS6104T uses a dual-core Intel Celeron N3050 with support for AES-NI hardware encryption. 2 GB of memory is enough for normal scenarios.

We conducted tests on the data gigabit network interface in different scenarios, both with encryption or without. We used four hard drives WD Red capacity of 2TB, which was tested in RAID 5, 6 and 10 and a JBOD, with and without encryption.

Storage Asustor AS6104T showed excellent speed. Without encryption, we are approaching the limit of Gigabit interfaces, especially the use of the SMB protocol. In the case of FTP arrays JBOD and RAID 10, we also get full speed in RAID 5 and RAID 6 small noticeable loss. By reading encrypted Asustor AS6104T data in RAID 5, 10 and JBOD Gigabit also showed full interface speed, in the case of a RAID 6 speed was also quite high – 91 MB / s. When writing to an encrypted folder reduced speed considerably, for all four modes we got a little over 70 MB / s.

AS6104T two Gigabit ports supports Link Aggregation technology, so when accessing the repository multiple clients can obtain a higher overall rate than 1 Gbit / s.

Initialization time

At initialization of different volumes RAID AS6104T store showed a good performance. On volume adjustment it takes a few minutes, in the case of individual drives or JBOD system is then fully ready for operation. In the case of RAID 5, the initial setup process is also carried out quite quickly, but then a few hours, the system performs background synchronization of RAID. But in this mode, you can already use the NAS, except that the speed is not very high.

As for performance, AS6104T store left a positive impression. Control via the web-interface is very fast, with almost no delays we encountered.

Asustor AS6104T | Tests: power consumption + noise

Energy consumption

As energy consumption Asustor AS6104T store showed their best side. In the off-state (active function Wake-On-Lan), we got a power of 0.9 watts. At the time of launch and promotion Asustor AS6104T hard disks found in the peak of more than 60 watts in idle mode with four HDD without access operations – 25.3 watts. After stopping the hard drive spindle power consumption accounted for more than 14 W, it is a good value for the NAS with four compartments. Also the power consumption during the execution of 30 watts read / write operations can also be called pleasantly low.

Very good results were obtained by Asustor AS6104T noise level. 120-mm rear fan operates at minimum speed below 550 r / min, the noise at the same time barely noticeable. In our tests, the fan always remained at this level. If you manually raise the fan speed to medium (1,200 rev / min) or high (1,800 rev / min) values, the noise is already noticeable.

The noise of the hard disks access operations seeps through Asustor AS6104T body moderately. We can not say that completely drowned out by the noise, but it is not as pronounced as in some other NAS. Most people probably consider the noise level acceptable for the living room, if you do not install the hard drives in the 7,200 rev / min.

Asustor AS6104T | conclusion

With model Asustor AS6104T introduced to the market a well thought-out network storage that combines high performance with a decent set of features. NAS is equipped with a fast Intel Celeron N3050 processor and 2 GB of RAM, performance enough to NAS with four compartments depended on the interface speed of 1 Gbit / s even in a RAID-5 mode. Asustor AS6104T quite well suited for storage and for use as a multimedia player because it contains a large number of USB and an eSATA, a relatively quiet work, and is also equipped with output HDMI.

Asustor installed on proprietary storage operating system ADM, quite convenient because of the similarity with the desktop operating system interface to work with her. You can quickly reach all major functions are operating system Asustor not much inferior to analogues Synology or QNAP. Of course, the Synology with DSM and expanded assortment of branded applications on the Cloud Station to Video Station, offers more cleanly, but the possibility Asustor AS6104T can be significantly extended with third-party applications. It is a pity that not Asustor supports hybrid RAID modes such as Synology SHR, which does not allow to install drives of different sizes. We have to be content with “pure” RAID modes. The advantages AS6104T we assign HDMI port availability with the SPDIF digital audio output, thanks to Kodi (and optional remote), you get a great media player for the living room, especially as the noise level was pleasantly low. any shortcomings in this respect, in our tests worked AS6104T store fully stable, we have not noticed.

In general, Asustor AS6104T – powerful networked storage into four compartments, software and hardware left a good impression in front of us it is a great alternative to similar stores from Synology or QNAP. For the price Asustor AS6104T cost from 37 kDa Russian rubles or 480 euros, which is comparable with the level of models with similar performance (Synology DS416play – from 460 euros, or 40 kDa rubles in Russia) or a little less efficient models (QNAP TS- 553A-4G – about 490 euros). In any case, if you are facing a dilemma the NAS, we recommend that you pay attention to the model Asustor.

Benefits Asustor AS6104T:

  • High performance and throughput
  • Low power consumption, quiet operation
  • Excellent connectivity options (HDMI, 3x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 2x eSATA, SPDIF output)
  • Stable and fast operating system ADM
  • Good support third-party applications (for example, Kodi and Plex Media Server)

Disadvantages Asustor AS6104T:

  • No front display
  • No Hybrid RAID modes
  • High price

Source: asustor

Asustor AS6104T review and test: powerful and functional network NAS storage into four compartments was last modified: August 28th, 2016 by Casey Rembrandt