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Last year we took a look at a couple of new network storage options from Asustor, the higher end AS-604T aimed at the small business user and the middle range AS-302T aimed at the home power user. Today on our test bench we will be taking a look at the AS-204TE model from Asustor. This four bay model is squarely aimed at the home user and in addition to the hardware side we shall also be taking a look at the latest version of ADM (its operating system) which is currently in beta.

Packaging and Bundle


Since the original models we looked at Asustor have refreshed their external packaging. Rather than the plan package we’ve seen previously the packaging is now finished in a stylish black gloss. The front of the package also has the Asustor name, while the back is quite plain except for a small product description.


The sides of the package provide a graphical view of the features we can expect to find on the AS-204TE, along with how we might best use the NAS. We will touch on some of these features later in the review when we look at the software.

ASUSTOR AS-204TE packaging ASUSTOR AS-204TE packaging

Opening the box we find the AS-204TE very securely packaged using moulded plastic foam buffers. Taking this off we see that the NAS is covered in a clear plastic bag, giving further protection to the device in transit. The additional items provided with the AS-204TE are included in a separate cardboard box.

ASUSTOR AS-204TE bundle ASUSTOR AS-204TE bundle

Asustor have provided a quick start guide along with a software CD. The CD includes the quick installation guide and a full user guide in PDF format. Also on this CD we find the control centre software that allows us to set up the NAS for access on our network. Additional items are the power cable and an RJ-45 network cable. Asustor also provide 32 screws, 16 for installing a 3.5" drives and 16 for installing a 2.5" drives. (Enough screws to install four drives of either type.)

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Stuart Davidson

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1 Comment

  1. rut

    Why would anyone “review” a NAS with a BETA firmware installed on it? BETA isn’t always BETTER, it’s EXPERIMENTAL. In addition to that your review lacks any information about the chips installed (LAN, RAID, etc.). I would have liked some benchmarks to see the real performance of the NAS. How does the LAN chip perform? Does it offer full 1gbit / 125MB/s? Or is it limited somewhere and only gives you about 90MB/s? Does the RAID controller support all the advertised RAID-levels? How easy / difficult could you create an array? How is that done? As an administrator, I really don’t care if the NAS has “iJunk”-support in any way, but how does the NAS perform if say 10 users try to get one file on it? Could the NAS handle that well or not? But sadly nothing like that is written here, so I have to keep on guessing ….

    (in my eyes!)