Overall Score 4.1  

Introduction

Network-attached Storage products are everywhere these days. It’s still a relatively new area for the end user market, but NASes have been around for a while. Normally the main market was for the serious networking fan, or your typical AV engineer who needed a lot of network storage without too much of a fuss. In the last few years the popularity of NASes has grown a lot, and number of consumer-focused companies have seen this, one of them being Asus. In 2011 Asus established Asustor, with the name describing “ASUS” and “Storage”. Though a little later than their main rivals, there was still plenty of market space available for a NAS rookie, albeit, with the strength of Asus behind them.

We have the Asustor AS3102T 2-Bay NAS on review today, a product aimed at the end user who wants a powerful but economical Dual-Core Network-attached storage. The 2-bay NAS will allow a decent amount of storage without going overboard for someone who doesn’t want 128Tb of storage to worry about.

The Asustor AS3102T also will serve someone who wants a multimedia interface, supporting 4K output via HDMI and a lot of mainstream branded apps, such as iTunes, Spotify, Kodi and Plex. You will also have access to iOS and Android apps allowing for smartphone or tablet interaction, including a remote app if you are not a fan of IR remote controls.

Specification  
ModelAS3102TAS3104T
CPUIntel Celeron 1.6GHz Dual-Core
(burst up to 2.16GHz)
Intel Celeron 1.6GHz Dual-Core
(burst up to 2.16GHz)
Hardware Encryption EngineYesYes
Hardware Transcoding EngineH.264 (AVC), MPEG-4 Part 2,
MPEG-2, VC-1
H.264 (AVC), MPEG-4 Part 2,
MPEG-2, VC-1
Memory2GB2GB
Maximum Internal Raw Capacity16 TB32 TB
Gigabit NetworkYes/1Yes/1
Power Consumption13.7W (Operation);
7.47W (Disk Hibernation)
0.69W (Sleep Mode)
24.5W (Operation);
11.1W (Disk Hibernation)
0.69W (Sleep Mode)
OutputHDMI 1.4b x 1HDMI 1.4b x 1
Infrared ReceiverYesYes
Maximum # of Users40964096
Max. Resolution2160P 4K2160P 4K
WarrantyLimited 3-yearLimited 3-year

So, the humble NAS has a lot more to offer than just “storage” on the LAN (it even says that on the box!), and these days it’s not uncommon to see a lot of multimedia and smart user features. The AS3102T and its 4-bay AS3104T big brother have a lot of modern features, including HDMI 1.4b supporting the claimed UHD resolutions. 

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