ASUSTOR is one of the most popular brands within the network-attached storage (NAS) industry. The Taiwanese company is responsible for some of the best value enclosures available and this buyer guide will showcase our recommendations. Here are my picks for the best ASUSTOR NAS, whether you’re wanting to create your own Plex server or home surveillance system.

What is the best ASUSTOR NAS?

Picking the best NAS from ASUSTOR could prove a daunting task for anyone who hasn’t purchased a prebuilt enclosure before. Going with a brand such as ASUSTOR cuts out a lot of the heavy work that comes with setting up your own DIY NAS. All you need to add to an ASUSTOR enclosure are some storage drives.

When selecting a brand, the process of choosing a NAS model is largely the same. It’s important to weigh performance, features, specifications, the operating system, cloud support, available apps, price, and what you intend to use the NAS for. We’d always recommend choosing a NAS with at least two bays.

This is due to the recommendation of using RAID for hard drive redundancy and data protection. Should something inevitably happen with a drive (or two), having RAID could be what saves you from losing data. The processor plays an important part as it largely determines just what you will be able to do on the NAS.

Running intensive apps such as Plex Media Server requires a good CPU to handle transcoding. The same goes for virtualisation or running a surveillance system with connected IP cameras and live feeds. The more people you need accessing stored data, the better the specs need to be. Thankfully, even the more affordable ASUSTOR NAS are perfect for home use.

I’ll be highlighting a few ASUSTOR NAS enclosures here that are great for home and office use. Whether you need something to store some backups or run the entire household from, there’s an ASUSTOR server for just about everyone.

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My favorite ASUSTOR NAS for 2024

ASUSTOR Lockerstor 2 Gen2 (AS6702T)
ASUSTOR Lockerstor 2 Gen2 (AS6702T). (Source: NAS Master)

ASUSTOR LOCKERSTOR 2 Gen2 (AS6702T)

Best overall ASUSTOR NAS

ASUSTOR Lockerstor 2 Gen2 (AS6702T)
ASUSTOR Lockerstor 2 Gen2 (AS6702T). (Source: ASUSTOR)

This is one of ASUSTOR’s best value NAS in terms of performance and price. It won’t decimate your budget and it can be upgraded to improve overall system performance and capacity. If you want the very best ASUSTOR NAS, this is a solid pick.

CPUIntel Celeron N5105
GPUIntel UHD Graphics
RAM4 GB DDR4-2933
(16 GB max)
Bays2 (SSD/HDD)
Expansion4x M.2 2280 (SSD/PCIe)
2x AS6004U
Cooling1x 70 mm
Ports2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2×1
2x 2.5GbE
1x HDMI 2.0b
Power draw~21 W
  • Intel Celeron N5105 CPU
  • 2.5 GbE networking
  • Four M.2 SSD slots
  • Upgradeable RAM
  • Only two bays without expansion
  • A little pricey

Picking the best ASUSTOR NAS wasn’t difficult as we always have the ASUSTOR LOCKERSTOR 2 Gen2 (AS6702T) in mind when recommending two-bay, Intel-powered enclosures. This is a special NAS in that it doesn’t cost too much but manages to come with some impressive specifications.

Let’s start with the Intel Celeron N5105 processor, which you’ll see in this collection a few times. It has integrated graphics processing for tasks such as running Plex Media Server. Then there’s the ability to expand the DDR4 RAM to 16GB in total. Finally, there are four M.2 slots, which can be used for SSD caching or storing data.

Connecting this NAS to your home or office network is simple thanks to the two 2.5GbE ports, and the ability to add an additional eight drive bays through two expansion units is a great way to ensure this NAS will remain relevant even when both drives are fully saturated. We found it to be one of the best NAS available in our review testing.

ASUSTOR DRIVESTOR 2 Lite (AS1102TL)
ASUSTOR DRIVESTOR 2 Lite (AS1102TL). (Source: ASUSTOR)

ASUSTOR DRIVESTOR 2 Lite (AS1102TL)

Best budget ASUSTOR NAS

ASUSTOR DRIVESTOR 2 Lite (AS1102TL)
ASUSTOR DRIVESTOR 2 Lite (AS1102TL). (Source: ASUSTOR)

When searching for your very first NAS, if you don’t feel comfortable spending countless hundreds, this is a budget-friendly enclosure with a focus on data storage. It’s a great place to start.

CPURealtek RTD1619B
GPU
RAM1 GB DDR4
(1 GB max)
Bays2 (SSD/HDD)
Expansion1x AS6004U
Cooling1x 70 mm
Ports1x 1 GbE
1x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1
1x USB-A2.0
Power draw~11.6 W
  • Affordable
  • Same excellent ADM OS
  • Expansion support
  • Sluggish CPU performance
  • RAM not upgradeable
  • Only two bays without expansion

This is the only NAS in this collection that doesn’t have an Intel processor, which also makes it the most affordable enclosure ASUSTOR currently offers. It’s clear to see where the ASUSTOR DRIVESTOR 2 Lite (AS1102TL) cuts corners to keep the price low, but it’s still a NAS worth considering if all you need to do is store some files and/or backups.

The Realtek RTD1619B isn’t terrible and can run the ASUSTOR ADM operating system with only a few moments of sluggish performance if you try to carry out too many tasks simultaneously. There’s also no transcoding support but we’d recommend spending more than this on a server to run Plex.

Interestingly, even though this is the cheapest NAS here, ASUSTOR allows one to connect two expansion units to the AS1102T, effectively transforming it into a 10-bay NAS. The RAM isn’t expandable, but the single 1GbE networking connection is more than enough.

ASUSTOR LOCKERSTOR 4 Gen2 (AS6704T)
ASUSTOR LOCKERSTOR 4 Gen2 (AS6704T). (Source: ASUSTOR)

ASUSTOR LOCKERSTOR 4 Gen2 (AS6704T)

Best ASUSTOR NAS for Plex

ASUSTOR AS6704T
ASUSTOR AS6704T. (Source: ASUSTOR)

Picking the best Plex NAS involves choosing an enclosure with a good enough Intel CPU, upgradeable parts, and expansion support. This NAS ticks all the right boxes.

CPUIntel Celeron N5105
GPUIntel UHD Graphics
RAM4 GB DDR4
(16 GB max)
Bays4 (SSD/HDD)
Expansion4x M.2 2280 (SSD/PCIe)
2x AS6004U
1x PCIe
Cooling1x 120 mm
Ports2x 2.5 GbE
2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2×1
1x HDMI 2.0b
Power draw~35 W
  • Intel Celeron N5105 CPU
  • 2.5 GbE networking
  • Four M.2 SSD slots
  • Upgradeable RAM
  • Expensive

What makes the ASUSTOR LOCKERSTOR 4 Gen2 (AS6704T) our recommendation for the best NAS for Plex from ASUSTOR is the available four drive bays, M.2 slots, and a killer Intel Celeron processor. This enclosure would be more than capable of handling 4K transcoding of media files to client hardware.

This is the most important consideration for people wanting to create their own media center. More and more devices are able to handle such streams without the use of transcoding, but it may be required and having such a processor means you won’t have to worry about sluggish performance. No one wants to encounter buffering.

The rest of the enclosure is also excellent. We’ve got two 2.5GbE ports for networking and an HDMI output, which eliminates the need to transcode altogether by directly outputting content to the big screen. The four M.2 slots can be used for SSD caching or to expand the storage pool, providing flexibility.

Don’t be fooled into believing this NAS wouldn’t be good for larger media collections with just four drive bays since ASUSTOR allows for two expansion units to be connected, totalling 12 bays. The ASUSTOR LOCKERSTOR 4 Gen2 (AS6704T) is simply an excellent NAS, especially for running Plex.

ASUSTOR AS7110T
ASUSTOR LockerStor 10 Pro (AS7110T). (Source: NAS Master)

ASUSTOR LOCKERSTOR 10 Pro (AS7110T)

Best business ASUSTOR NAS

ASUSTOR LOCKERSTO 10 Pro (AS7110T)
ASUSTOR LOCKERSTO 10 Pro (AS7110T). (Source: ASUSTOR)

This is a 10-bay NAS designed for growing businesses. Not only can 20TB drives be installed for a capacity of 200TB, but expansion units can be attached to the NAS for an even larger storage pool. Throw in fast networking and connectivity and you’ve got an excellent NAS.

CPUIntel Xeon E-2224
GPU
RAM8 GB DDR4
(64 GB max)
Bays10 (SSD/HDD)
Expansion2x M.2 2280 (SSD/PCIe)
3x AS6004U
Cooling2x 120 mm
Ports1x 10 GbE
3x 2.5 GbE
3x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1
Power draw~78.7 W
  • Intel Xeon E-2224 CPU
  • 10 and 2.5 GbE networking
  • Two M.2 SSD slots
  • Upgradeable RAM
  • Expensive
  • Power-hungry

The best NAS for business from ASUSTOR is one with a very potent Intel processor and plenty of storage bays. Enter the ASUSTOR LOCKERSTOR 10 Pro (AS7110T), which sounds serious by name alone. This server has an Intel Xeon E-2224 processor, 10 bays and supports up to three expansion units for a total of 22 bays.

Then there are the two M.2 slots for a solid amount of data to be securely stored. Since we’re talking some serious numbers here, ASUSTOR included a 10GbE network connection with a further three 2.5GbE ports for good measure. It’s power-hungry and will happily draw up to 78W, but there’s plenty to appreciate with this enclosure.

Designed for busier offices, the 8GB of DDR4 RAM inside the AS7110T can be expanded up to a whopping 64GB, which is considerably higher than what one would find in most desktop PCs. You likely don’t require this NAS, but it would make for a fine addition to any growing business.

ASUSTOR FLASHSTOR 6 (FS6706T)
ASUSTOR FLASHSTOR 6 (FS6706T). (Source: NM)

ASUSTOR FLASHSTOR 6 (FS6706T)

Best performance ASUSTOR NAS

ASUSTOR FLASHSTOR NAS
ASUSTOR FLASHSTOR NAS. (Source: ASUSTOR)

The best performance comes from flash storage and this NAS only has M.2 slots. M.2 SSDs are expensive, but they’re also among the fastest means of storage for a NAS, making this a very capable enclosure to store all your big files on.

CPUIntel Celeron N5105
GPUIntel UHD Graphics
RAM4 GB DDR4
(16 GB max)
Bays0
Expansion6x M.2 2280 (SSD/PCIe)
2x AS6004U
Cooling1x 80 mm
Ports2x 2.5 GbE
2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2×1
2 x USB-A 2.0
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x S/PDIF
Power draw~18.2 W
  • Intel Celeron N5105 CPU
  • 10 and 2.5 GbE networking
  • Two M.2 SSD slots
  • Upgradeable RAM
  • M.2 SSDs are expensive
  • Not silent

This is the newest kid on the block and the ASUSTOR FLASHSTOR 6 (FS6706T) also happens to be one of the best ASUSTOR NAS in terms of performance. This is largely due to the Intel Celeron processor and the six M.2 slots. You will have noticed there aren’t any 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch drive bays here and that’s because this enclosure is flash-only.

Supporting only M.2 SSDs is a double-edged blade as they’re the fastest drives on the market and NAS options are available. We’ve covered a few of the in our best SSD for NAS guide. They also happens to be among the most expensive means of storing data, as can be seen in our recommendations in the linked guide. This makes the FS6706T an expensive prospect.

If you’re able to fit this NAS and up to six M.2 drives into your budget, you will be able to utilize an incredibly fast server. Dual 2.5GbE network connections will provide plenty of bandwidth for countless user accounts to access what’s stored inside. And don’t be afraid of running out of space with the largest SSDs as up to two expansion units can be connected to the FS6706T.

How much to spend on an ASUSTOR NAS

Just like ant prebuilt NAS enclosure, it’s possible to spend as little as $200 on an ASUSTOR NAS, but these servers can quickly spiral into the thousands. The better the specifications, the more expensive the NAS Will generally cost. An enclosure with two drive bays is better suited to home usage and shouldn’t cost a small fortune, but faster processors and networking will quickly increase the price.

It’s generally wise to spend a little more on a NAS than what you need, providing room for future upgrades and scope to grow your data. Most ASUSTOR NAS, even the more affordable enclosures, offer support for the company’s expansion units, which can provide additional bays without purchasing a new NAS server. There are ways to get around limitations, depending on what the NAS will be used for.

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