ASUSTOR AS-202TE USB 3.0 2-Bay NAS

March 31, 2014Posted by Kevin White

 

The AS-202TE is an excellent solution to your NAS (Network Attached Storage) needs. This 2-Bay, USB 3.0, and Gigabit Ethernet enabled NAS gives you complete control over your drives and media/content that is contained on those drives.

The AS202TE can take 25" and 3.5" Internal hard drives and can be screwed into the supplied slots into the removable tray. After you have installed the drives, slide the trays back into the NAS and power on the device. You are ready to setup your drive configuration for the ASUSTOR NAS software.

AS-202TE ASUSTOR NAS

ASUSTOR created a wide variety of apps to use with your NAS and more are coming in the future. Some widely used Apps you will find: XBMC Media Player and Security/Surviellance. These apps are extremely useful to have on your NAS and creates a one stop in your Home Theater heaven.

The AS-202TE allows you to stream your favorite music, movies, and TV shows, but also comes with a 1080p HDMI output to enjoy local playback. This is great for on the go situations where you might not have the resources or the capabilities of finding a media player.

This is an all in one NAS and comes with 3 USB 3.0 ports, 1 HDMI Output, and 1 Gigabit Ethernet port. The AS-202TE has a cooling fan that keeps everything from over heating and doesn't add to much to the noise pollution.

The AS-202TE has a 1.2GHz Intel Dual-Core processor with 1GB of DDR3 RAM. I found that this is sufficient enough to play these media files with the OS if you need to connec the 202TE to an HDTV.

I was very excited to see that the 202TE device has an Infrared receiver and the remote works extremely well. The ability to change and edit settings or get into file locations with the remote was adding more and more to the benefits of this NAS. Turn on and off the NAS, return home, and even get to the settings quickly, the remote is a definite added bonus.

Don't forget to make sure the firmware is updated to version 2.1. There are a lot of added features that can re-enhance your already champion NAS. Version 2.1 adds a MyArchive app/function, TakeEasy as a video downloader, VPN abilities as well as a new streaming music service, AiMusic.

After installing the hard drives, the setup feature will format your drives and install it's custom OS or software that is needed to run the NAS abilities. Using this allows a smooth transition of file access and media playability.

The front of the AS-202TE features 2-SATA Bay hard drive trays, a Power LED, Read/Access LED, Network Activity LED, and a seperate notification LED The front also features a USB port and button for a quick copy or clone feature. This is very nice to have especially when dealing with material you absolutely need to save.

Make sure you check out the Hard Drive Compatability site so you can save yourself from any trouble in the future. I had a few drives that were not recognizing the software, but the newest drive worked perfectly.

HDD Compatability Check

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