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Asustor AS6404T 4-bay NAS Review



Setting up the AS6404T is a pretty straightforward and painless task; it only takes around 10 minutes to load the OS and get the unit ready for use, although waiting for the disks to fully synchronize obviously takes a great deal longer, e.g. around 20 hours for a RAID 5 array. First job is to download the Asustor Control Center from the Asustor website. This app will search your network to find any Asustor NAS units on the network.

Actually you can do a lot more with the ACC than just find the NAS to install ADM. There are six menu buttons on the top of the GUI; Scan, Open, Connect, ADM Update, Service, and Action. The first two are pretty self-explanatory, Scan for the NAS and Open, opens a web browser and connects to ADM. Clicking on the connect button gives you three options to connect to the data on the NAS; map a shared folder, create a remote file folder (via WebDAV or FTP) or connect via FTP.

The ADM Update button checks for ADM updates and if there are any starts the upgrading as soon as you’ve logged into the NAS. The Service button provides a shortcut to Photo Gallery and/or Surveillance Center if you have either of them installed. The final Action button provides access to power controls; Wake-on-LAN, Find Me, Night Mode, Sleep Mode, Restart, and Shut Down but only after logging in administrator details.

   
Once the ACC has located the NAS and you select it, the welcome screen appears. There are two ways to setup the device; 1-Click Setup and Custom. With the 1-Click method you simply enter name for your NAS, choose a password and then select how you want the storage to be set up and that’s about it. The Custom method gives you more detailed choices as can be seen from the screens below.

   

   
Whichever method you choose to set the NAS up, each stage along the install process is checked off on the initialisation page so you always know what’s happening during the install procedure.

  
The last job is the register the NAS. Registering it provides an Asustor ID which you will need to download apps from App Central. It will also be needed if you should require the technical support center.

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