The Asus Home Server TS mini is a Windows-based network-attached storage device that includes 1TB of storage. Although it doesn't provide the flexibility of do-it-yourself NAS devices, its performance results and online storage platform certainly justify its price.
Asus Home Server TS mini: Performance
We tested the 1TB configuration of the Asus Home Server TS mini, connected through a Gigabit Ethernet network to a testbed PC with a 300GB Western Digital Velociraptor hard drive. We run Intel's NAS Performance Toolkit, which determines how the NAS device performs when streaming 720p high-definition media from the device as well as the ability to record the same video while performing backup operations.
We also run two file transfer tests to see how the NAS device performs in real world scenarios. One file transfer test uses 3000 1MB files; this is intensive for both the hard drives and the embedded processor, and it provides a good indication of how the device will perform when backing up your computer. In addition, we transfer 20GB worth of 3-4GB files, a faster test that is similar to dealing with large videos, disk images or database files.
Although technically inhibited by low-powered components and a redundancy-based RAID configuration, the Asus Home Server TS mini performed better in Intel's synthetic benchmark and large file benchmarks than most other one and two-bay NAS devices we've tested. It even fares better than HP's four-bay EX490 MediaSmart Server, which uses a Celeron processor, making the ASUS TS mini Home Server an apt choice for streaming media or handling image files across a Gigabit network.
However, when it comes to small files and folders the ASUS NAS device doesn't fare so well. Dismal results across all small file benchmarks - particularly simultaneous file transfers - shows that the NAS device doesn't offer the fastest performance for manually backing up personal files.
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