ASUSTOR AS-606T Review – Turning it into a HTPC with Boxee

HD video playback to HDMI ready display using Boxee on ASUSTOR NAS!

Ever wondered what is the HDMI video output on the ASUSTOR NAS for? It is for HD video output to HDMI ready displays!

Yes, the ASUSTOR NAS has got an Intel Atom D2700 processor which pretty much enabled this feature. The Intel Atom D2700 has got integrated graphics controller and graphics media accelerator (hardware accelerated decoder) that enables smooth full HD video playback!

Pretty surprising right? It is the first time I saw a NAS of this class having HDMI output for HD content playback! Does other NAS like QNAP, Synology or Netgear comes with HDMI for direct HD content playback to TV? Don’t think so.

Boxee is readily available on ASUSTOR’s App Central. This HTPC software, Boxee, allows you to play all the multimedia content stored on the NAS to your HDMI ready displays like LCD/LED TV.

HDMI video output at the back of ASUSTOR NAS

After installing Boxee through App Central, simply hook up the HDMI cable to both the ASUSTOR NAS and your TV. Follow the onscreen instructions to install the remote control software – AiRemote (Android) or Boxee Remote (iOS).

AiRemote (Boxee Remote) on Android

Configure the Boxee remote software to point to your ASUSTOR NAS’s IP on port 8800 and you are all set! Now your mobile device is a remote control for your Boxee (on ASUSTOR NAS). Go on! Enjoy a couple of HD videos.

 

The different parts of ASUSTOR AS-606T review

5 thoughts on “ASUSTOR AS-606T Review – Turning it into a HTPC with Boxee

  • December 17, 2012 at 11:21 pm
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    Is this device capable to play Bluray ISO files, directly to a TV ?
    And what about 3d video content?

  • December 19, 2012 at 8:27 am
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    Giocas,

    I don’t have Blueray ISO to try it out but I can probably try standard DVDs to see if it mounts them and play correctly through Boxee.

    As for 3D video, as long as the video container is supported, I don’t foresee issues.

  • December 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm
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    Thank you! Look forward to your test session 🙂

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