A NAS today is much more than just a place to store your data. In fact, if that is all you need then cloud storage is probably enough for you. No, a NAS today offers a lot more opportunities and features compared to just a dumb storage device. Whether is is to serve as a personal mail server, be the hub for all your security cameras or just a place to store and stream your media files from, a modern NAS should manage it all.
The ASUSTOR AS3202T is such a modern NAS. With good hardware, app support and even a HDMI-connector it is a NAS intended for the power user or small office.
The AS3202T comes with quite potent hardware.
- CPU: Intel Celeron 1.6GHz Quad Core (burst up to 2.24 GHz) Processor
- AES-NI hardware encryption engine integrated
- Hardware acceleration engine supported format: H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-4 Part 2, MPEG-2, VC-1
- Memory: 2GB DDR3L (not expandable)
- HDD: 2 x SATA3 6Gb/s; 3.5″ HDD Compatibility
- Maximum Internal Raw Capacity: 20 TB (10 TB HDD X 2, Capacity may vary by RAID types)
- Expansion: USB 3.0 x 3
- Network: Gigabit Ethernet x 1
- Output: HDMI 1.4b x 1
- System Fan: 70mm x 1
- Infrared Receiver
- Power Supply Unit / Adapter: 65W x1
- Input Power Voltage: 100V to 240V AC
- Certification: FCC, CE, VCCI, BSMI, C-TICK
This is a 2-drive NAS which supports up to 20 TB via two 10 GB discs. The Celeron is a good CPU that should handle media transcoding well and the NAS comes with hardware acceleration for several media formats.
The NAS comes with 2 GB of memory which cannot be upgraded. This will limit the virtualisation support the NAS can handle.
We also “only” get one Gigabit port which means you cannot bind connections.
Something you do not often see on a NAS is the IR Receiver and the HDMI-out port. This means you can access and control your NAS without having to go through a web browser as well as use it as a media player directly connected to your TV.
The ASUSTOR AS3202T is filled with cool features.
Quad-core CPU and dual-channel memory
The potent CPU and the dual-channel memory promises read/write-speeds over 112 MB/s and 110 MB/s under RAID 1-configuration. It also has a built-in Intel AES-NI hardware encryption engine which features read/write speeds of 112 MB/s and 80 MB/s.
PC-less Software Installation
If you do not have a PC you still can install and initialize the NAS via AiMaster.
Cross-Platform Multi-User Access
The AS3202T provides seamless cross-platform and multi-user access, allowing you to easily connect to your NAS from Windows, Mac OS X or Unix-like operating systems no matter if you are using a PC, notebook, tablet or smartphone.
512 Shared Folders
512 Concurrent Connections
Lots of backup-options
AS3202T series devices provide a variety of backup options and are connected to a variety of public cloud storage services including Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box.net, HiDrive, Ralus, WonderBox, xCloud, CrashPlan and B2 Backblaze.
Just like Synology and Qnap Asustor offers a ton of apps for the AS3202T. Right now there are over 200 unique apps to choose from including mailserver, VPN-server and much more.
The Ultimate Home Multimedia Center
The AS3202T offers a lot of ways to consume your media. The built-in HDMI interface lets you enjoy all your multimedia directly from a connected TV. The ASUSTOR Portal gives you access to several apps on the TV including Kodi, Chrome, Netflix, VirtualBox and more.
If you instead want to offer the media via LAN you can install a bunch of different multimedia server Apps such as UPnP Media Server, Plex and iTunes Server. The NAS can be controlled via a connected mouse/keyboard, an optional remote offered by ASUSTOR or mobile apps like AiRemote and AiCast.
The CPU and dual-channel memory also gives the AS3202T the power to smoothly playback 4K-video.
Comprehensive Surveillance System
Surveillance Center helps you keep an eye on your important things. You get 4 free camera channels included with the NAS and can buy more licenses up to a maximum of 25.
One Green Machine
The AS3202T consumes only 7.47W when in hibernation and 13.7W under normal conditions.