Asustor AS-609RD review

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In practice it worked well, although we found the appliance could take up to 20 minutes to be fully updated with files dropped into a client’s sync folder. Along with 5GB of storage, the free WebStorage version also provides a backup service for one client, copying selected folders to the cloud at scheduled intervals.

Virus scanning comes courtesy of Avast, but only a one-year subscription to updates is included. Avast allows you to run on-demand scans on selected folders, schedule regular scans, and move infected files to a quarantine area.

Asustor AS-609RD

Adding a drive to the eighth or ninth bay enables the new MyArchive feature. This formats the drive as an EXT4 drive with a single, non-customisable share. You can use this as removable media for quickly backing up or restoring data.

New Chrome and Firefox extensions tie in with Asustor’s Download Helper app. After providing the appliance’s address and login details to the extension, we could download files from Chrome directly to the appliance.

Asustor’s development programme shows no signs of slowing down. ADM 2.1 adds some useful new features, and the AS-609RD’s Atom CPU may be getting on a bit, but it still musters a solid level of performance. Asustor’s business backup utilities can’t be faulted.


Asustor AS-609RD

The AS609RD’s closest rival is Qnap’s TS-869U-RP eight-bay box, but, apart from the extra drive bay, there’s little between them. Ultimately, the Asustor AS-609RD’s significantly lower price (it’s currently £250 cheaper) puts it well out in front.

Basic specifications

RAID capabilityyes


Ethernet ports2
USB connection?yes
eSATA interfaceyes


Dimensions515 x 442 x 87.6mm (WDH)


Software suppliedAsustor Control Centre and Backup Plan software

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