Reviews and Problems with Asus Home Server TS mini
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Matthew A., Newegg
24 January 2011
Summary: Non-existent support on Asus, and very little good info available. Totally agree the ASUS add-ons are pretty useless. I'm happily using ClamAV for WHS, and patched my Mac to backup to the WHS using time machine.
Pros: Very good power utilization
Cons: While it supports Port Multiplier it does support the "right" kind. There are two, CBS and FIS. It supports CBS which means it doesn't work with the MediaSonic HF2-SUS2 across eSata if you install more than one drive. If you put in another PREPARE for endless problems. That array works with no pr...
Summary: I was planning to wipe the drive and install Amahi. I discovered that I can't install it on a headless (no monitor) server until the next version, so I decided to play with Windows Home Server in the mean time.
Pros: The server is quite small, quiet, and consumes little power (~25W). Delivery time was ridiculously fast.
Cons: The expansion capabilities are limited, but I knew that when I bought it, so not really a con. Don't waste your time with ASUS WebStorage or ASUS Xtor Manager (free add-ins that are shipped with the box). ASUS WebStorage (for online backups) feature is absolute garbage... I spent way too much tim...
Summary: The temperature sensors for the hard drives are a bit bugged in mine. One of the hard drives reads 9c, which is obviously impossible. But that could possibly not be the Asus's fault.
Pros: Picked this up for $150 after Thanksgiving. Couldn't have been happier about a home server. I had no problems setting it up through Windows 7 Ultimate. Installed a second 2tb HD to backup all my PCs. Quick and painless.
Cons: It can get a little loud at night while running backups. Thankfully, I have it tucked away in a pantry with the rest of the network connections.
Summary: Configured my Mac to use this as a time machine backup device. Backing up XP, and Windows 7. Planning on moving iTunes to it next. Really wish that WHS v1 supported AF drives.
Pros: Small Quiet Inexpensive Multiple eSata ports that support Port Multiplier function Easy to upgrade to 2GB of RAM (Single Slot SODIMM) Very good looking device Uses less than 30W
Cons: Did not work out of the box, as it could not work with Windows 7. Performed multiple reinstalls through Windows 7 and it always failed to get by the Configuring Backup phase. Had to setup Windows XP in a Virtual PC, do the factory restore through XP in order to set it up successfully. Use XP to d...
Summary: Streams music effortlessly, but have not tried to stream video. Plenty of interesting features to explore.
Pros: Does the job. Fast enough to backup multiple computers and stream music. Great for sharing files. Runs cool, fairly quiet and uses very little energy (< 25 W).
Cons: The initial attempts to install of the WHS Console software would stop with message "Configuring computer backup". (The console software was installing to a Win 7 ultimate system.) After the install failure the remote desktop connector could only see 3 shared folders on the server, but could not ...
Summary: I was seriously contemplating on building my home server using FreeBSD, my nettop and a couple of external HDDs lying around, especially when the servers I was looking for (Iomega, HP, Buffalo) were going for over $250.
Pros: - Cheap (got this for $189 - $30 MIR = $159 on black Friday) - Easy to use/setup: Just put in the install CD and off you go! - *High* performance: I have a truly terrible network connection with a PC, netbook, nettop and an Xbox connected all at the same time, and was amazed to see how well this ...
Cons: - 32 bit machine, meaning no WHS Vail upgrade possible - No out of the box bit-torrent support - 500 GB space runs out very fast, and adding another drive isn't really a walk in the park - Wish there were mobile apps (HP media server hello!) to stream media from the server to my iOS and WP7 devices!
Summary: I ordered two 2TB Western Digital Green drives and a 2GB stick of memory and upgraded it the second I took it out of the box. BTW for those less savvy about computing stuff, this Home Server requires a stick of 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400).
Pros: Compact, quiet and thanks to the shell shocker, very affordable. Easy to setup, and the remote file sharing took literally five minutes to get it up and running. Was easy to install the new drives, even though some of the tech videos said it would be a pain.
Cons: "Add in" program choices are a little skimpy from Microsoft. Wish it had the ability to upgrade the CPU and had a second memory slot. Upgrading the memory is a little annoying because you have to remove the motherboard to swap it out.
Summary: I am happy that I got it, but if I had known that Microsoft will produce an update to the software, I would have looked for a 64bit processor. As the day draws nearer to the release of "Vail," this product makes less and less sense. Hopefully ASUS will produce an updated version.
Pros: Great little box for backing up data. Works well with all the computers in my house. I really like the small size, which also limits the HDD space to two drives, but I can live with that. Silent.
Cons: I had a hard time doing the initial setup. The disc that came with it was outdated and wouldn't work. Had to connect to the VGA port. This has a 32bit only processor and the next version of Windows Home Server will require a 64bit. If you would like to upgrade, look elsewhere. Otherwise a good ch...
Summary: I still don't understand why they bother asking for tech knowledge. They lie anyway.
Pros: Most cost effective home server around. Simple and easy to setup and use. Convenient for automatic backups.
Cons: Had to install another 500G drive to backup everything and use as media server. More importantly, the rj45 port died, which made it a really big door-stop. After calling ASUS 5 times, they convinced me that the NIC was still operational as the status light still worked. This anomaly popped up aft...