Summary: After about a week of using this, I love it! Very easy to set up and good transfer speeds. I had a cheap Buffalo Linkstation NAS that was starting to flake out on me and after reading some reviews about Asustor, I decided to give it a chance. I love the fact that this is actually a media server in addition to a NAS. The web interface is much quicker than the Linkstation, likely due to the increased RAM and processing power.
Summary: While it is not the easiest product to jump into as a complete beginner to NAS devices, it is impressively powerful and simple to use once one has got the basics down. In my opinion, the price, quality, and additional features (apps and services) form a solid purchase. If you have a basic understanding of networking, transfer protocols, and unix-based systems, this will be a breeze to use.
Cons: Multimedia functionality don't work as advertised. This box uses the XBMC app for local playback through it's HDMI port, but the application just doesn't work. Video stutters, lags and files encoded with 7.1 audio formats won't play at all. After waiting around for two months it looks like the company has completely dropped any software support for any multimedia functionality and moved on to newer products. Going to be selling this box and building my own Linux HTPC.
I am confident it would be just as easy from a Linux or other OS machine
26 July 2014
Summary: The Asustor AS-302T has been impressive right out of the box. The on-line documentation is also first class. It gave me fair warning that for the 2 x Western Digital WD40EFRX 4 TB WD Red, 3.5 inch, SATA drives I bought to use in this NAS, I would need to update the BIOS of the NAS using another HDD before installing the two WD red drives.
Summary: The Asustor account is really not that bad, apps are cool and some are even useful. I just prefer not to have my NAS out on the web. It is my data and I don't want cloud storage or a security hole.
Pros: Fast file transfers, very fast internal & fast over gigabit network. GUI is really nice compared to most I have worked with. Mainly just using basic backup storage and DLNA media server. Had one drive fail with bad blocks (yes it monitors that) and the hot swap was painless. Rebuilt automatically and was done with 1/2TB in a few hours. Scheduled external backup to 3.0 USB HD every week. I feel my data is fairly secure. Not waiting like I did with my old NAS.
Cons: Have not had time to try many other features, but that is not why I got this unit. Had to create Asustor account to get Apps and update ADM. I would rather not have another account to manage. Can't we just register by serial number and get update access? At least it remembers.. I don't.
Summary: This little NAS has exceeded all my expectations. I highly recommend this NAS over most of the competition. Setup was a breeze and it has solved all my problems connecting various systems to my data.
Summary: I love this device !!! For many years I have had a Windows Home Server and it was getting long in the tooth (Windows Home Server was discontinued from MS). This NAS device is not only a nice NAS, but it also has Linux under the covers and can run many Linux Apps. Check out the manufacturers site and look at all of the FREE apps that you can download. In addition the GUI to do this is easy as can be.
Pros: Price was good. Better cpu than competitors. Linux under the covers. Supports many Linux Apps making it a server/NAS. Performance good. GUI very easy to use. Can be fully managed headless (no keyboard, mouse, or monitor needed).
Cons: Be aware that when you first set it up, the drives have to format so wait to copy data until that is finished (~12 hours).