Asus­tor AS-3104T

A mid-range NAS and neat me­dia cen­tre.

APC Australia - - Software -

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).

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