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ASUSTOR AS-204TE Review

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ADM 2.0, the ASUSTOR Data Master Operating System, is a sleek and robust Linux-based operating system.  The interface is well designed and navigation is as easy as using an iPhone.  The OS is standard across the entire ASUSTOR lineup.  Simplicity? Yes. Multitasking? Yes.  Looks good? Yes.  Bloated? No way.  With the advanced web IU, you can rearrange settings, create pages based on your usage preferences, and even change the background image.  You can run multiple applications without having to commit to those changes and lose everything; the applications can be minimized, moved, or closed.

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The administration, out of the box, is broken up into several different “apps” that reside on the desktop.  The apps are logically defined and it is easy to figure out what does what without requiring a manual.

Access Control

Access control is where your users, groups, app privileges, and shared folders reside.  Users can be added with just a few clicks and groups can be assigned just as easily to make administrating access to shared folders easy.  Shared Folders can be created and added in no time at all and allows for advanced user access permissions.  ADM is the first NAS OS we tested that recognizes right clicks and presents options for individual items quickly.  Others have followed since.

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Activity Monitor

The activity monitor presents everything you need to know about what your NAS is doing in a very slick way.  The percentage of each CPU (core) is displayed graphically, as well as memory, network activity, disk usage, and running processes.

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Backup & Restore

Backup & Restore is everything the name describes.  You can create RSYNC jobs, FTP Backup jobs, configure backup to external devices, configure the One Touch Backup, backup to Cloud (currently only supports Amazon S3), and the ability to export and import your backup settings.

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File Explorer

File explorer is as self-descriptive as can be.  You can view and manage documents easily.  With the cloud services ASUSTOR builds into the NAS, you also have the ability to create a public share for any specific document quickly to allow someone from the outside to download.  Beyond that, compression is built-in (zip or 7z!); just right-click on a file and choose.

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Settings

Settings is home to the basic configuration of your NAS.  You can configure system ports, regional options, enable notifications, restore to factory default, configure networking, modify energy-saving features, and more.  The hardware subsection allows you to configure things like LED indicators, buzzers, HDD power down settings, and customize the LCD panel.  ADM defender is a very basic firewall that can ban specific IP addresses or ban them based on failed login attempts.  ADM update allows you to check for and install any software updates available for your system.

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