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ProductASUSTOR NAS Server (AS6202T)   [Website]
SummaryTwo-bay quad-core Intel N3150 "Braswell" Celeron NAS with lots of ports and wide range of downloadable apps.
Pros• Wide range of downloadable apps
• Consistent File Copy Write and Read performance for all RAID levels
• Quiet
Cons• Not as good price/performance as the AS510XT series.

Typical Price: $359  Buy From Amazon

NAS Server
At a glance
ProductASUSTOR NAS Server (AS6204T)   [Website]
SummaryFour-bay quad-core Intel N3150 "Braswell" Celeron NAS with lots of ports and wide range of downloadable apps.
Pros• Wide range of downloadable apps
• Consistent File Copy Write and Read performance for all RAID levels
• Quiet
Cons• Not as good price/performance as the AS510XT series.

Typical Price: $459  Buy From Amazon

ASUSTOR has been pumping out a lot of new NASes of late and we're going to be looking at most of them. First up are the AS6202T (2 drive) and AS6204 (four drive) NASes, the latest additions to ASUSTOR's Power User to Business product line.

ASUSTOR AS6202T & AS6204T

ASUSTOR AS6202T & AS6204T

ASUSTOR seems to take a page from QNAP's playbook, because it's often difficult to tell one ASUSTOR NAS from another. Products share a common case design, number of ports and indicators. The most distinguishing features are the LCD panel and drive tray locks (or lack thereof). Often, the main differences are in processor and the amount of memory.

Such is the case with the AS620XT NASes. They look exactly like the AS510XT NASes, which in turn look like the AS500XTs. The AS510XT products both use an Intel J1900 quad-core Celeron processor and ship with 2 GB of RAM. The AS620XT NASes are powered by an Intel Celeron Braswell N3150 quad-core processor with 4 GB of RAM. ASUSTOR claims that the AS620XT NASes are the first to be powered by the "Latest Intel Celeron N3150 processors".

The chart below compares the key features of the AS5000T, 5100T, 6100T and 6200T families.

ASUSTOR 5000 and 6000 series product comparison

ASUSTOR 5000 and 6000 series product comparison

There is a new Quick installation guide that is common to all 6000 series NASes. The callouts below are essentially the same shown in the AS500XT review. Note: This image shows the AS6204T, the model ASUSTOR sent for review. It is the only product in the 6000 series that has an LCD screen.

ASUSTOR 6000 series front panel callouts and LED indicators

ASUSTOR 6000 series front panel callouts and LED indicators

The front panel USB port in the lower left corner is a USB3.0 port.

ASUSTOR AS620XT rear panel callouts

ASUSTOR 6000 series rear panel callouts

There were not front and rear panel callouts available for the two-bay products. But the unannotated rear panel view of the AS6202T below shows connector placement identical to the AS6204T. The two-bay products (AS6202T and AS6102T) both have smaller 70mm fans. Four drive models use a larger 120mm fan.

ASUSTOR AS6202T rear panel

ASUSTOR AS6202T rear panel

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