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How to set up an ASUSTOR NAS

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So you’ve just got yourself an ASUSTOR NAS and it’s time to get up and running. Luckily, the company has made it almost painless to install the ASUSTOR Data Master operating system and download all your favorite apps. This guide will show you how to set up an ASUSTOR NAS and get running in no time.

How to set up an ASUSTOR NAS

Like other vendors, ASUSTOR NAS enclosures are preassembled, meaning you need to install the best NAS drives and you’re ready. It’s an easy process that requires the extraction of the bays and the attaching of drives. If you’re looking to install 2.5-inch drives, you’ll need to use a few screws included with the NAS.

Then, follow these steps to connect to your ASUSTOR NAS:

  1. Turn on the ASUSTOR NAS.
  2. Wait for the unit to boot up (it will beep when ready).
  3. Go to your PC and install the ASUSTOR app or load the IP of the enclosure using your browser. (There are also mobile apps available for Android and iOS.)
  4. Select either 1-Click Setup or Custom Setup and continue following this guide.

1-Click Setup

This is the fastest and easiest way to get your ASUSTOR NAS online. If you’ve never set up a NAS before or aren’t the most tech-savvy individual, I’d recommend the 1-click setup process.

  1. Enter the following information:
  • Server name: A name for your server!
  • Account name: Give your primary account a name (not “admin”!).
  • Password: Use a password manager for this with a randomized password.
  1. Select Balanced or Maximum capacity under “Which best describes your data storage requirements?”
  • Balanced: A RAID configuration with redundancy but less storage space.
  • Maximum capacity: RAID 0 with maximum storage space but no redundancy.
  1. Check “I confirm that I have read and understood the above.”
  2. Click Start initialization.

Custom Setup

Custom setup allows you to configure everything about the ASUSTOR NAS, such as selecting which RAID you’d prefer. It’s for more advanced individuals but is recommended for fine-tuning the NAS to your storage needs.

  1. Enter the following information:
  • Server name: A name for your server!
  • Account name: Give your primary account a name (not “admin”!).
  • Password: Use a password manager for this with a randomized password.
  1. Click Next.
  2. Choose your time zone.

I would recommend leaving time synchronization as default.

  1. Click Next.
  2. Check “Set up IP address manually” if assigning a static IP address.
  1. Select the desired RAID.
  2. Choose the desired file system.
  3. Choose the detected drives for this storage pool.
  1. Check “I confirm that I have read and understood the above.”
  2. Click Start initialization.

Use the official ASUSTOR mobile app

ASUSTOR has a few mobile apps that allow for a convenient setup process on Android or iOS. These apps will detect the NAS on your network and allow you to run through the necessary steps in setting everything up. Once up and running, the apps turn into powerful remote access tools.

Logging into the ASUSTOR NAS

ADM 4 login screen
ADM 4 login screen. (Source: NM)

Once you’re past the installation, you’ll be asked to create an optional ASUSTOR account, register the NAS, and be greeted by the ADM desktop screen. This is where you’ll enter every time you log into the web admin interface. You can install apps, configure settings, and manage the NAS here.

There are hundreds of apps available, including Plex Media Server. These can all be installed through App Central, ASUSTOR’s app store for NAS. These powerful apps can even allow you to set up a home security surveillance system.

If you feel like you’re hitting a wall, we’ve got some handy guides here on NAS Master. We’ve got countless helpful resources, from adding and managing users to setting up automated backups. And if you’ve yet to buy an ASUSTOR NAS, we’ve got a collection of all the best NAS.

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