ASUSTOR AS-606T Review – Introduction

Slotting in the loaded drive caddies. Feeling somewhat excited to power the toy up

In case you haven’t heard of ASUSTOR, they are founded in 2011 and an affiliate of ASUS group. Lets see what can be gathered from ASUSTOR’s about page:

ASUSTOR Inc. is a leading innovator and provider of private cloud storage (network attached storage) and video surveillance (network video recorder) solutions.

Sounds good? I think it is. I want my own reliable private cloud storage. Right from my own home!

Currently, under the ASUSTOR 6 series Network Attached Storage (NAS) servers, there are four products – ranging from 2 bays for home use to 8 bays for small to medium sized businesses.

What I have got here is the ASUSTOR AS-606T. On top of the basic NAS features, this 6 bay NAS also supports enterprise grade features like Windows Active Directory, Military grade AES 256-bit encryption, iSCSI and Virtualization, etc.

 

ASUSTOR AS-606T Technical Specifications

Processor Intel Atom 2.13GHz Dual Core (D2700)
Memory 1GB SO-DIMM DDR3 (Expandable to 3GB)
Display 1 x LCD Panel
Storage 6 x 3.5"/2.5" SATA II/III (Hot Swappable)
RAID Levels Single Disk
JBOD
RAID 0/1/5/6/10
Supports online RAID Migration
Supports RAID capacity Expansion
Seamless migration to higher capacity ASUSTOR NAS
Capacity Up to 24TB
Compatibility List
iSCSI Target & Initiator
Networking  2 x 10/100/1000 Mbps support port trunking/link aggregation
Connectors 2 x USB 3.0
4 x USB 2.0
2 x eSATA
1 x HDMI
Fan 1 x 120mm for main enclosure
1 x 40mm for PSU
Dimensions  185.5 (H) x 233 (W) x 230 (D) mm
Weight 4.3kg
Power Consumption Operation – 40.3W
Disk Hibernation – 30.2W
Sleep – 1.4W
Features System Sleep Mode (S3) for low power consumption
Noise Level 21.3 dB(A)
SATA Controller Marvell 88SE9125
Ethernet Controller  BCM57781
USB Controller USB 3.0 – NEC uPD720200
USB 2.0 – Intel 82801JI
Price TBA

 

App Central – Adding new features to your ASUSTOR NAS

App Central! Lots of applications in here. Hosting your own blog? Install WordPress! Need to set up a image gallery? Try the Coppermine Gallery.

Today, NAS manufacturer understand that users want more control over their device. Long gone are the days whereby consumer purchase a device and live with the limited features that comes out of the box. ASUSTOR has got a online repository of applications for the NAS – App Central.

In App Central, there are loads of applications (81 at the time of posting). Check out the listing of applications from ASUSTOR – App Central.

Some of the really cool applications are:

  • Download Center – It allows the ASUSTOR NAS to download files from HTTP, FTP and BitTorrent.
  • Surveillance Center – It allows you to manage the IP cameras and also view live camera feeds. Video feeds can also be recorded and played back.
  • UPnP Media Server – You can stream pictures, videos and music to compatible UPnP or DLNA devices (e.g. smart TVs).
  • iTunes Server – Basically this allows you to stream media contents to the iTunes clients.

 

The AS-606T Package

The brown package of ASUSTOR AS-606T. It is pretty heavy!

The ASUSTOR AS-606T comes in a nicely packed brown package with “Cloud”, “Storage” and “Network” printed all around the box. I guess, these are the three things that the product aims to excel in.

 

The AS-606T and Accessories

The package: AS-606T 6-bay NAS, 2 LAN cables, power cable, 2 packs of screws, quick start CD

The package contains:

  • ASUSTOR AS-606T 6 bay NAS
  • 3-pin power cable
  • 2 x patch cords (LAN cables)
  • 2 x packets of screws (24 each) – one pack for 2.5″ drives and the other for 3.5″
  • Quick Start CD

There are exactly 24 screws (6 drives x 4 screws each) for 2.5″ or 3.5″ hard disk mounting so don’t misplace them else you will be off buying some screws to replace them. The good thing is they are the standard sized screws that you use to assemble the computer.

 

The ASUSTOR AS-606T

Front view of the AS-606T

On the front of the ASUSTOR AS-606T, you will find the 6 drive trays. On top of the drive trays is the LCD display and navigation buttons. The navigation buttons allow you to do some quick checks on the AS-606T. You can even initialise the disks without using any computer!

On the left (top to down), you will find the power button and a USB 3.0 port with one-touch backup button. There are also indicator lights for power, system status, network and USB.

On each of the drive trays, just right at the top, there are also indicator lights for the hard disk.

The back of the AS-606T

At the back, there are two fans – 120mm for the main enclosure and 40mm for the PSU. The 120mm fan ensures that it cool down the AS-606T with lesser noise.

In terms of PSU, it is unlike the Synology DS412+, the power unit is built into the NAS enclosure. The good? You have less items dangling around making everything look very sleek. The bad? You might have issues replacing the PSU if it (ever) blows.

The connectors from top to bottom are:

  • 1 x USB 3.0
  • 2 x eSATA
  • 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 4 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x Kensington lock slot

The dual Gigabit Ethernet supports link aggregation (802.3ad and 6 other modes for load balancing and/or network failover).

 

The Insides

Looking inside the drive bay. Looks spacious and airy enough for the drives to sit in

The 120mm fan keeps your hard drives cool by extracting the hot air from the enclosure.

DDR3 RAM module on the left. Add another 2GB to it?

And on the left of the drive bay is where the main board sits. You can see the 1GB DDR3 RAM there (the one with the blue and white sticker). Should not be too difficult to add another 2GB.

Ok, this is it for the introduction of ASUSTOR AS-606T 6 bay NAS.

 

The different parts of ASUSTOR AS-606T review

 

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