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ASUSTOR AS-302T Review

NAS manufacturers are hitting the home theater enthusiast scene pretty hard.  ASUSTOR has joined the charge and thinks they have a NAS that can steal the spotlight.  They are packing as much as they can into these powerful little boxes and people are eating it up.  ASUSTOR impressed us with their AS-608T; can they keep up the good work with the AS-302T?


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ASUSTOR bills this NAS as “A cutting edge multimedia NAS – Ready for your digital lifestyle”
Play all your media on your LCD/LED TV; Instant top-notch home entertainment

  • Equipped with the latest Intel processor designed specifically for multimedia use
  • 1080P high-definition multimedia playback capability
  • The world’s best digital music player
  • A rich variety of features and add-on applications via App Central
  • A perfect union of hardware and software
  • Use Searchlight to find any files, folders or functions you need

With a claim of “A perfect union of hardware and software”, you have to ask yourself what ASUSTOR has packed inside a box that measures only 163.5mm x 108mm x 230mm and weighs only 4.12lbs.  The AS-302T is powered by an Intel ATOM 1.6GHz Dual-Core Processor and teamed up with 1GB of DDR2 RAM.  There is one HDMI 1.4a port, a 70mm cooling fan, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, and one Gigabit Ethernet Port. There is even an Infrared receiver built in for the optional ASUSTOR remote control.  The AS-302T supports Single Disk, RAID 1, 0, and JBOD.

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With the introduction of the AS-302T, ASUSTOR marries a Full HD (1080P) multimedia solution together with an storage.  Having the ability to directly connect to your TV, control with an IR remote, and act as your storage device makes the AS-302T a versatile multimedia appliance.  The feature list of this NAS includes a UPnP Media Server, iTunes Server, and a couple of other front end applications like XBMC and Boxee (available through the ASUSTOR Portal Application).

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ASUSTOR didn’t leave mobile users wanting.  With applications like AiMaster, AiData, and AiDownload, you can enjoy and control many aspects of the NAS while on the move.  Although these aren’t unique to the AS-302T, they really enhance the user experience.

AiMaster
AiMaster is dedicated NAS management software for your mobile device. No matter if you are an individual user or IT administrator, AiMaster lets you conveniently manage your NAS while its comprehensive support for push notifications ensures that you stay up to date with the status of your system.

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AiMaster has to be the best mobile NAS management application I have used yet.  It brings the NAS UI to the mobile platform better than the competitors do.

AiData
AiData lets you safely browse and access all the files stored on your NAS from your mobile device. Additionally, it allows you to stream multimedia content and view photos from your NAS as well as providing integration with Dropbox that gives you easy data management across the cloud.

AiDownload
Use your mobile device to control Download Center on your ASUSTOR NAS. Whether it’s searching, downloading or managing tasks, AiDownload gets it done in the blink of an eye. Furthermore, when your downloads are completed, your mobile device will receive immediate notification.

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About Joe DiFiglia

I have always had a passion for everything computing. In early 2000, I decided to take my passion to the web. Thus, C.O.D. was born. Through the years we have made many great friends at C.O.D. and hope to continue our journey for years to come.

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