A mid-range NAS and neat media centre.
Aconsiderably newer and more powerful product from Asustor, the AS-3104T is built as both NAS and media centre, with local HDMI output, IR receiver support and additional custom software.
Sporting a dual-core Celeron processor, it’s in the mid-range of NASes when it comes to processing power. It will handle most things capably, including 4K transcoding, but it might struggle if you hit it really hard with virtualisation, large numbers of IP cameras and similar tasks. It did well in our performance tests, essentially maxing out the Ethernet link, though it only has a single Ethernet port.
ADM is also an excellent NAS operating system. It’s a virtual desktop in the style of Synology DiskStation, with a large range thirdparty apps. Its first-party apps aren’t quite as good as QNAP’s, but there are very solid backup tools and an IP camera surveillance manager with four licences. We’re really fond of the mobile apps as well.
Its capabilities as a media player are also considerable. Asustor hasn’t just slapped Kodi on the NAS and called it a day. There’s a proper portal interface for your TV set, with support for Netflix and others. Kodi is there for playing local media, of course. The NAS supports USB TV tuners through the LooksGood app as well, so it functions capably as a PVR. The portal and applications are still rough around the edges and could use a bit of interface design work, but it’s really nice to have the options and all the features right there with full remote control support built in (though no remote is supplied).