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ASUSTOR AS-204TE Review

Services

Services is where you configure most of what your NAS will do for you.  Here you can enable and configure CIFS/SAMBA, AFP, NFS, FTP, WebDAV, the Web Server, MySQL, Terminal Access, and the RSYNC Services.  Each of these are easy to configure, but I am a bit disappointed in the RSYNC implementation.  Creating modules for each folder you have can become a cumbersome and time-consuming process. It would be helpful if an RSYNC Module was created automatically each time a share is created, or at least an option available for creating the module when the share is created.

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Storage Manager

The Storage Manager is where your disk management and volume management reside.  Here you can create volumes in various RAID and non-RAID arrays (RAID 0,1, single disk or JBOD).  Inside the Disk tab you can view SMART information or get down and dirty with the Disk Doctor.  The Disk Doctor is something that every NAS should employ.  It not only allows you to do a SMART scan, but it will also do a bad block scan.  To further enhance the feature, you can schedule each of these and have the AS-302T report to you its findings.  Worried about losing data? This can be your first line of defense in detecting potential issues and being proactive.  This NAS has support for iSCSI for use in shared storage environments.

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System Information

The System Information module gives you insight into some basic information about your NAS.  It will let you know what version of ADM you are running as well as the ASUSTOR ID you have assigned to the AS-302T.  Here you can also find what model you have, the CPU, how much RAM is installed, and what temperatures your NAS is experiencing.  The Networking tab shows you some basic network information.  The Log tab shows you the latest issues or experiences your NAS has had.  Online users is self-explanatory.  The Dr. ASUSTOR, however, is something unique.  It is a utility that can help you proactively manage your NAS.  It will list errors and solutions as well as offer suggestions for keeping your NAS healthy.

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App Central

App Central is your portal to expanding your NAS horizons.  Applications from ASUSTOR and the community can further enhance the functionality and usability of your NAS.  Applications range from Social Networking to Backup & Sync with everything in between.

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About Joe D

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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