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Every perfect home media center needs a network attached storage. How else are you going to store your favourite TV shows and movies?

We’ve looked at several NAS devices in the past, but none function quite like Asustor’s AS-202TE. Built with multimedia in mind, this 2-bay network attached storage has two very unique features that lift it up over its competition: HDMI connectivity, and IR remote support. Does this mean that you can use the AS-202TE as a media streamer and player without the need for a set-top device or home theater PC? There’s only one way to find out. Let’s take a look.

We’ll also be offering this $250 2-bay NAS device up for grabs. So if you’re in need of storage, read on and join the competition!

Introducing the Asustor AS-202TE

Personally, I mostly use NAS devices to store media locally, and stream them to my living room media center, or any computer around the house. I suspect I’m not alone — network attached storage devices are quickly becoming very affordable, and provide users with the freedom of connecting to them through their home network; unlike a wired external hard drive.

I might take a leap of faith and call the AS-202TE a pioneering device. With HDMI connectivity, it spares the user from purchasing a separate media player like the Roku 3 Roku 3 Review and Giveaway Roku 3 Review and Giveaway As more content becomes available online, the need for a traditional television subscription may not be enough anymore to justify the costs. If you’re already subscribed to services like Netflix or Hulu Plus, now may... Read More , Roku Streaming Stick Roku Streaming Stick Review and Giveaway Roku Streaming Stick Review and Giveaway All the features of a full Roku experience, in a small form factor that plugs straight into HDMI - does the Roku Streaming Stick deliver? Read on to find out and win one for yourself. Read More , or Apple TV Apple TV Review and Giveaway Apple TV Review and Giveaway Apple introduced its set-top digital media player in 2007, and it's currently on its third generation of hardware. Read More . Not even a computer is required to act as a HTPC media center DIY Budget HTPC Media Center Build and Giveaway DIY Budget HTPC Media Center Build and Giveaway We built a sub-$400 yet energy-efficient HTPC media center running Ubuntu. Now, we're giving it away. Read More — essentially cutting out the middleperson and saving you some money. With the optional $32 remote control, it’s aims to provide an authentic media theater experience.

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But is it unique?

Put simply, no. A wave of multimedia-centric network attached storage device hit the market recently, all sporting HDMI connectivity and IR remote support. Most notable of which is QNAP’s fanless 2-bay HS-251, which looks like it actually belongs on your entertainment console. I had the privilege of testing this device at Computex ’14 in June, and it looked very promising. The fact that it’s fanless is a plus — I prefer silent operation over fans whirring any day, especially when I’m kicking back to a movie. The only drawback is its $550 price tag, and that’s not including hard drives. Ouch.

QNAP also offers a more conventionally-styled NAS device with HDMI connectivity, the TS-269L. It’s tower design looks a bit like the Asustor AS-202TE, but that’s as far as the similarities go. It features a slightly more powerful processor, more Ethernet and USB ports, and an eSATA port. However, it also costs $80 dearer than the AS-202TE.

Lastly, there’s also the Thecus N2560, which honestly looks rather good in white. But it’s not available on Amazon yet, and if it runs the same operating system as the N2310 unit we reviewed Thecus N2310 2-Bay Network Attached Storage Review and Giveaway Thecus N2310 2-Bay Network Attached Storage Review and Giveaway Today, we're taking a look at the Thecus N2310 a two-bay NAS with an abundance of features. Read More , I’d advise against it.

So compared to its competition, the AS202-TE actually makes a lot of sense. Although it doesn’t have the best components or look the sleekest, it’s the most affordable. For the budget-conscious buyer, the AS202-TE is probably the ideal NAS device for a home media center.

Design and Specifications

I have to be honest, it’s not the prettiest product. The AS202-TE was designed very conventionally — a tower with two pull-out drive bays at the front, and a couple of horizontal LED indicators. Possibly a quantum leap in styling exhibited by the thin horizontal LEDs, but otherwise, its grey and grey colour template doesn’t quite ooze sophistication. I guess it helps to blend in with the rest of the devices on the entertainment console. Without any drives, the AS-202TE is surprisingly light — or perhaps I’m too used to handling 4-day NAS devices. It stands at 163.5 x 108 x 230 mm and weighs just 1.87 kg diskless.

For the asking price of $250, I wouldn’t expect top-of-the-line components from the AS-202TE. Luckily, the included hardware aren’t too shabby either: it features a 1.2GHz dual-core Intel ATOM processor and 1 gigabyte of memory, whereas most 2-bay NAS devices (and even some 4-bay units that I currently own) only provide 512MB. There are also two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports (one in front, and the other at the back), two USB 2.0 ports, one gigabit Ethernet port, one HDMI 1.4 port, a 3.5 mm audio out port, and an infrared receiver at the front.

Since it can only house two drives, the AS-202TE supports single disk, JBOD, RAID 0 and RAID 1 drive volumes. However, it can read external drives formatted FAT32, NTFS, EXT3, EXT4, or HFS+ connected through USB. Technically, it can achieve a maximum internal storage capacity of 8TB through two hot-swappable 4TB drives striped with RAID 0.

Not only can you expand its storage through external USB drives, the AS-202TE also supports USB Wi-Fi dongles (so you don’t need to be restricted to wired connections), Bluetooth dongles, printers, keyboards, mouse, and digital-to-analog converters — all through USB.

In the box, Asustor also provided the AS-202TE’s power supply unit, a Getting Started CD, some screws to attach the drives to the trays, and a network cable. Looking at the mountain of free network cable I’ve amassed, I would have prefered a HDMI cable instead. It would’ve been more fitting, seeing as HDMI connectivity is its main selling point.

Setting Up

You’d think that if a NAS is capable of connecting directly to a TV through HDMI, setting up wouldn’t require a computer, right? I thought so too. So I popped in a drive into one of the two bays, connected the HDMI cable, powered on the device, and waited. Nothing. I could hear the hard drive spinning and reading, but nothing appeared on the television. After waiting for about five minutes, I decided to investigate. It turned out that despite the fact that the AS202-TE has HDMI connectivity, no signal was relayed to the television if the NAS hasn’t initiated. There was no other way around it, I needed to connect to it through a computer in order to set it up.

Much like every other NAS I’ve tested, setting up is a process which involves downloading the latest firmware, or operating system, partitioning the drive(s), unpacking the firmware and restarting. Typically, it takes about an hour to perform, depending on the size of the hard drive. In my case, I tested the AS202-TE with a single 1TB Seagate hard drive.

My First Hurdle: HDMI Output

Surprising, the AS202-TE managed to initiate pretty quickly. Downloading the 100MB firmware file — called Asustor Data Master (ADM) — took roughly 10 minutes from their painfully slow server. Luckily, the rest of the process — partitioning the drive and setting up a user — happened in a blink of an eye. I was logged into the NAS, yet strangely, I still couldn’t get the HDMI output working properly. My intuition directed me to explore the settings panel but I couldn’t find anything related to video output. Next, I decided to try the applications repository, App Central.

After a few minutes of browsing the App Central, I concluded that I needed to install ASUSTOR Portal. So I gave it a go, but was slapped with another obstacle. It appeared that registration is required in order to download applications from the App Central repository. Clicking on ‘OK’ just brought me to the registration page where I was hit with yet another error (Ref: 5039) which prevented me from registering. Not the best first impression, if I’m honest. After some research on support forums, it turns out that the device’s DNS address fields mustn’t be blank. So I entered the infamous Google DNS, managed to register, signed in, downloaded ASUSTOR Portal, and bingo — finally, the display showed up on my television.

I’ve reviewed several network attached storage devices and none of them was ever as difficult as the AS-202TE in terms of getting started. It took me a solid hour to decipher the cryptic error messages and get the HDMI connectivity up and running. I wished it would all work out of the box.

ADM

Asustor Data Master, otherwise known as ADM, is the Linux-based operating system that provides the user interface for the network attached storage. Bearing a slight resemblance to iOS, the icon-driven interface is accessible through a web browser, and is fairly responsive. Unlike Synology’s DSM, ADM doesn’t have that traditional “desktop” feeling. Instead, ADM takes a mobile-style approach to presenting applications by spreading them out as icons across home pages.

It’s fairly easy to use and navigate around, but at times, can feel unrefined. It’s a matter of placement: I was searching for the scheduling option to turn the NAS on and off at specific times. So naturally, I dove into the ‘Energy Saver’ settings panel, but it wasn’t there. Instead, I found it in the ‘Hardware’ panel, under the ‘Power’ tab.

ADM offers a heap of features — too many to mention individually. Most aren’t quite unique (surveillance monitoring systems, music streaming services, torrent clients, content management systems) and are commonly found on many network storage devices. However, since the main selling point of the AS-202TE is HDMI connectivity, it offers XBMC as the platform to enjoy movie files stored on the NAS. Interestingly, it also supports the Chrome browser, which can be an incredibly useful addition. Chrome functions as a bridge between being a NAS and media center, since it hopes to replace the HTPC or set-top device — both of which would normally include some sort of web browser. The fact that it has a Chrome browser enables the user to not only browse the Web, but also (theoretically) enjoy online media streaming services like Hulu and YouTube (Netflix isn’t supported), without depending on applications.

Built For Entertainment

As I’ve probably mentioned several times in this review, the AS-202TE was designed as a media center NAS. Being able to directly output video to a television, it eliminates the need for a separate set-top device or computer. Using XBMC to deliver media, and paired with the optional IR remote, or a compatible MCE mouse and keyboard, the AS-202TE is unchallenged in terms of simplicity of setup. In theory, that is.

There’s a bit of manual manipulation involved in getting the entertainment aspect going. First, the user would need to download XBMC from App Central (and Remote Center, don’t forget that), establish a “Media” shared folder, and copy the movies and TV shows over. Once that’s done, Turn on the television, fire up XBMC and enjoy. At least, that’s the idea.

The truth is, the version of XBMC from App Central is outdated (Frodo) and is plagued with an audio sync issue, similar to the the VidOn.me player I reviewed VidOn.me AV200 Android Blu-ray Player Review and Giveaway VidOn.me AV200 Android Blu-ray Player Review and Giveaway In the world of Apple TVs, Rokus, Google Chromecasts, and generic Android TV sticks or boxes, is there room for one more? Read More a few weeks ago. Aside from that, I was pretty pleased in terms of performance. The benefit of hooking the NAS to a television directly through HDMI is the complete absence of network lag. Videos start playing immediately and seeking is instantaneous. It’s wonderful — goodbye, buffering.

Navigating ASUSTOR Portal — the TV interface — using the optional IR remote control is fairly easy. In fact, the interface accepts input from a USB or MCE mouse and keyboard, which further enhances the experience if you dislike using the remote control. Alternatively, Asustor developed a series of smartphone apps, one of which is called AiRemote and enables you to control the interface from an Android or iOS device.

The optional IR remote itself is a convenience — there’s no tinkering involved, and it just works. Pressing on the buttons result in a satisfying click, and it feels good in my hand. My only complaint is that the battery cover is excruciatingly difficult to release.

Worth mention is of course, the Chrome browser. The idea behind providing Internet access and elevating the AS-202TE from just a NAS to becoming an all-rounded leanback experience, is just fantastic. To fully utilise the Chrome browser, you’d need to either connect a keyboard and mouse, or use AiRemote — it doesn’t work with the IR remote, as there isn’t an on-screen keyboard. During testing, I loaded Hulu Plus, Netflix and YouTube — and the results were less than ideal.

Let’s first get Netflix out of the way — it doesn’t work, at least not out of the box. ADM is based on Linux, and as such, requires Pipelight How To Easily Enable Silverlight, And Watch Netflix, on Linux How To Easily Enable Silverlight, And Watch Netflix, on Linux Netflix depends on Silverlight; Silverlight doesn't play well with Linux. But Linux users have an easy-to-use workaround. Read More and Silverlight for Netflix to operate, along with a user-agent switcher.

Hulu and YouTube videos can be streamed, but with horrendous screen tearing, making the videos completely unwatchable. I’d recommend using XBMC with a suitable add-on.

Should You Buy The Asustor AS-202TE?

The AS-202TE certainly does have potential to be the ultimate media center device. The addition of HDMI output on a network attached storage device is brilliant. If it wasn’t for the audio sync issue in XBMC, I’d say it could replace my current media center setup.

As a NAS, the AS-202TE performs as expected. It’s hot-swappable 2-bay configuration is sleek with a small footprint. ADM is a minor let-down, as it’s still slightly under-developed at this point, especially compared with Synology’s DSM, but its affordability more than makes up for it. As for the other software issues, I hope the developers at Asustor will address them swiftly — right now, they dampen the entire experience.

Our verdict of the Asustor AS-202TE NAS:
MakeUseOf recommends: Great as a NAS, not quite ready to take on media functionalities.
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  1. Amanda S
    September 19, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    i dont have one yet

  2. Raymond C
    September 19, 2014 at 11:13 am

    i actually dont have one yet :(

  3. Tim H
    September 19, 2014 at 2:05 am

    have a roku box. getting close to dumping dish. would like a NAS box.

  4. Michael G
    September 19, 2014 at 1:17 am

    My home theatre is a patchwork that is more patching
    then working.

  5. Philip Austin
    September 18, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    I Dont Have Have One -

    It's Way Too Much More For Me

  6. George H
    September 18, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Got an old one

  7. Reggie
    September 18, 2014 at 6:52 am

    Streaming from my MacBook Pro 15"

  8. Mai Tran
    September 18, 2014 at 5:34 am

    My Equipment:

    Panasonic PTAE7000U
    106 inch 16 x 9 Projector Screen - RF powered
    Pioneer Kuro 5020 Plasma Display
    PSB Imagine T2 - Fronts
    PSB Imagine C Center
    PSB Imagine Mini Bookshelf - Front Wides
    Kef IQ7 Towers - Surround Speakers
    Marantz SR6007 - Receiver
    Audio Research SP17 Preamp
    Parasound Halo A21 - 2 Channel Amp
    Parasound Halo A23 - 2 Channel Amp

    Computer Audio Setup:

    Totem Rainmakers
    Peachtree Audio Nova 125

  9. lynn
    September 18, 2014 at 2:50 am

    I can certainly use one.

  10. Bruce W
    September 17, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Using my XBOX now.. wishing I had a cool NAS

  11. Rohan
    September 17, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Cool giveaway!

  12. Derek
    September 16, 2014 at 4:30 am

    I have a projector that we have hooked up to a blueray player and u-verse. We dont have any way to hook up a computer to it.

  13. Ahmed Yahia
    September 14, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    I don't have a home theater system

  14. ita9080
    September 13, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Luck :)

  15. YOLANDA DAVIS
    September 13, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I haven't really got one, but really wish I had.

  16. Morrison
    September 13, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Currently being built :)

  17. Abdelrahman El-Feky
    September 11, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I don't have one

  18. Zak L
    September 11, 2014 at 7:12 am

    My home theater setup is a big, flat-screen TV with 5 speakers and a subwoofer that I never turn on because I live in an apartment.

  19. samthewildone
    September 11, 2014 at 1:09 am

    Store all my media content and distribute it around the house.

  20. Lorenz D
    September 10, 2014 at 4:20 am

    cool home entertainment

  21. Allen Gagle
    September 10, 2014 at 3:16 am

    I could always use something like this.

  22. Alin Pascaru
    September 8, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Do not have one yet.

  23. Schvenn M
    September 8, 2014 at 12:30 am

    It's sad. I work in IT, but I don't have my PC networked to my TV, beyond connecting both through the router. I just use flash drives to copy files from my 12TV external HDDs to my blu-ray to play them. *sigh* I'm just too cheap to buy a NAS.

  24. Hugo Buitrago
    September 7, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I use xbmc on Windows 8 with an old Sound Blaster 5.1 speaker set and a 24" IPS LCD . Also have a Debian Virtual Machine handling the downloading and tagging, and a Android Phone with BubbleUPnP as Control Point.

  25. Alexandr T
    September 6, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I don’t have a home theater system

  26. LarryH
    September 6, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Do not have one yet.

  27. Patrick Campanale
    September 6, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    My home theater setup is really non-existent. When we have the full setup going, it's a PS3 for a Blu-Ray player, a 42" HDTV, and a LG 40" sound bar.

  28. kaczaffi
    September 6, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Sadly, I don't have a home theater. I make do with laptop and headphones ;)

  29. Cybelle Oliveira
    September 6, 2014 at 1:05 am

    Don’t have a home theater setup , yet!

  30. shandie valdez
    September 5, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    well, the sad thing is we dont have home theater. we only have the laptop, ipad & tv. i guess that is our home theater :D

  31. Edmund S
    September 5, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    My home theatre is nothing fancy: TV + soundbar + wireless sub, connected to a blu-ray player, Chromecast, and Roku 3

  32. Sam N
    September 4, 2014 at 6:13 am

    I only have this one ^^ DVD 5.1 Home Theater System DH4230S and it's a Great One

  33. Jay
    September 3, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    I use a Linux box with XBMC

  34. Jason
    September 3, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Would be nice for an A/V storage solution.

  35. Josh
    September 1, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Don't have a home theater setup yet. Would love to though.

  36. Kaancha C
    August 31, 2014 at 2:46 am

    Great piece to be owned...keeping fingers crossed... (y)

  37. Aaron
    August 31, 2014 at 12:39 am

    Tivo with surround sound on an HDTV. It's great.

  38. Juan C
    August 30, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    This sounds awesome. I would love to try this for my TV.

  39. Lee Campo
    August 30, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    I have a home theater set up through a receiver and using my PS3 to watch my DVDs and Blurays.

  40. ptrix
    August 30, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    don't have a home theater system

  41. James Robb
    August 30, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    My home theater set up is a couple of laptops and big screens.

  42. Wei Lian L
    August 30, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I don't currently own a home theater system but I intend to get one set-up soon.

  43. Youssef A
    August 30, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Indeed i dont have a home theater wish to be lucky to win it.

  44. Sarah
    August 30, 2014 at 5:45 am

    Streaming from my Toshiba Notebook to my Plasma TV.. The buffering/loading interruptions are such a nuisance!

  45. Youssef MEZRHAB
    August 30, 2014 at 1:52 am

    would love to win it!

  46. Anant S
    August 29, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    nothing yet

  47. Sam K
    August 29, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I don't have one.

  48. Avish K
    August 29, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Dont have a home theater setup :<

  49. Peter H
    August 29, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    I have a TV set.

  50. Marko T
    August 29, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    don't have any

  51. Gerald S
    August 29, 2014 at 9:44 am

    My computer is my home theater.

  52. Manuel Sychold
    August 29, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Looks nice.
    My NAS is full w/ stuff for work and/or testing, so a new one (dedicated for media) would be great. :)

    Good luck to everyone.

  53. Carla P
    August 29, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Our home theater setup.
    We have a WD HDTV similar to Asustor AS-202TE but the sad part is the RC is broken and there is no way that we can use it again.

  54. krish
    August 29, 2014 at 3:28 am

    It's pretty low-tech, in bad need of an upgrade :D

  55. Ismael R
    August 28, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    My home theater setup is almost nonexistent. I have an old Roku player and blueray player on a Vizio Razr, but that's about it. Oh and an Xbox 360.

    One day...

    One day...

  56. Luis Alberto Scandurra
    August 28, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I use a home computer as a multimedia center

  57. Ashwin Parshotam
    August 28, 2014 at 10:50 am

    using a android media player

  58. Chris T
    August 28, 2014 at 2:36 am

    this should fit right in with my Home Entertainment center.........

  59. Lolo Velazquez
    August 28, 2014 at 12:43 am

    I used Plex, but this is much better. Thanks for the chance ;)

  60. Rahul D
    August 27, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I am already getting the feel of streaming Blu-ray on my LED :D

  61. max
    August 27, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    himedia q5ii with pioness hitb

  62. Jitendra A
    August 27, 2014 at 5:16 am

    Currently I do not have a home system but planning to setup one soon.

  63. Cheridene B
    August 27, 2014 at 3:50 am

    i dont have a home system at the moment

  64. Paul W
    August 25, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    I use Plex with Chromecast mostly

  65. John A
    August 25, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Thumbs up.

  66. Mihovil P
    August 25, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    just an old laptop connected with HDMI

  67. Paul
    August 25, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Need something to help me get away from cable

  68. Matthew W
    August 25, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Typical 5.1 setup, however, I will be transitioning to a soundbar with wireless sub and surround soon.

  69. Ron Ablang
    August 25, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    I have no home theater setup.

  70. Radite P
    August 25, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    There are a few basic components to any home theater setup. In this case, when we say "home theater", we're not talking about putting a full movie theater in your home, though we've shown you how to do that before, we're just describing what your home entertainment system will be like when you're finished: multiple devices, an awesome TV, great speakers, all working together in harmony.

  71. Anita
    August 25, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Surround sound

  72. Tom S
    August 25, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Streaming from my cellphone, chromecast to the TV

  73. Donna
    August 25, 2014 at 12:33 am

    This looks amazing, would absolutely love to try it.

  74. Edward S.
    August 24, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    My current setup is a RPi backed with a NAS holding the media.

  75. Todd H
    August 24, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Been looking at purchasing and NAS to replace my home built.

  76. Dorothy H
    August 24, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I have a 32" TV. That's it.

  77. Jimmy Naidoo
    August 24, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Don't have one...yet!

  78. Alex
    August 24, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I use a blu-ray player and TV with usb

  79. Gökhan G.
    August 24, 2014 at 9:22 am

    I would give it a try.

  80. Gülbahar D.
    August 24, 2014 at 9:21 am

    I do not have any :(

  81. Alexander G
    August 24, 2014 at 2:58 am

    only tv

  82. ????? ??????
    August 23, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I don’t have home theater.

  83. Peter Shaw
    August 23, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Love all people!!

  84. Peter Shaw
    August 23, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Love to win anything at all!!

  85. NIKHILESH KUMAR
    August 23, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    I am still waiting to own it. Hope this will help me out :D

  86. Patrick S
    August 23, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    An old Dell XPS laptop HDMIed to the TV and using Unified Remote on android phone as a wireles remote and VLC as media player. Not elegant but it does the job.

  87. Christopher W
    August 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    No media setup, but this would be a great start.

  88. Dmitriy S
    August 23, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I don’t have home theater.

  89. Alex B
    August 23, 2014 at 11:43 am

    nice standalone solution

  90. Dirk M
    August 23, 2014 at 11:38 am

    hamster often haz theatre at home, but no setup

  91. Adrian
    August 23, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Basically, PC connected to the TV

  92. Benjamin K
    August 23, 2014 at 5:47 am

    I have a main computer that sits behind the couch. I use a M/K or a controller for gaming. There is an HDMI and a Optical Cable that run underneath my carpet to my entertainment stand that has a TV and a surround sound system. This would be useful for watching movies in other rooms and combining the storage from my other computers I have in the house.

  93. Dany B
    August 23, 2014 at 4:29 am

    For my home theater setup I have an old 16 Bay server that I put some drives containing my collection of anime on it. and I access them directly shered on my PC that stream them on my TV.

    The 16 Bay server is not full yet.

  94. Thomas S
    August 23, 2014 at 3:53 am

    Can stream to my internet ready tv but that's it. Love to have this giveaway!

  95. Ann S
    August 23, 2014 at 2:45 am

    Don't have one.

  96. Luis D
    August 22, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    I dont have any, would like to have one.

  97. Anne F
    August 22, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I don't have a theater system right now

  98. Prateek
    August 22, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    I don’t have anything but a 50? TV connected to a satellite receiver.

  99. nitin hassija
    August 22, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Don't have home theater :(

  100. Randy H
    August 22, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Dedicated Entertaunment PC With Roku, 14TB of Drive Space.

  101. Boris Gorozhankin
    August 22, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Don't have any actually, but there was a time when I dreamt about one, so hey, it's a chance for the dream to come true!

  102. El Marko
    August 22, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I'm a home theater whimp. No Blue Ray DVD, no subwoofer, not even a soundbar. Pity me.

  103. Michael W Perkins
    August 22, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    All my stuff is old, Yamaha Receiver, Sony Dvd Player Cheap Sony Speakers.

  104. Chris K
    August 22, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Currently my home theatre is up for a massive change. I'm looking for a new AV receiver for my speakers. I also have the Xbox One and HD recorder which would be nice to setup a proper system NAS to record to. =)

  105. Bill
    August 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I just built an XBMC box with an 3yo Pentium machine. I'd running op, but I'm still getting used to it.

  106. Johnna Rhodus
    August 22, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    I have a cheap in the box Walmart setup, it works for now,but I could really use something else,SOON! Thanks for the giveaway and the opportunity to win!!!

  107. Denis K
    August 22, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I have a home theater from samsung, budget model with DTS 5.1

  108. Ryan
    August 22, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    MIne is a 52" DLP hooked up to a HTPC.

  109. Glendaa W
    August 22, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I don't have anything but a 50" TV connected to a satellite receiver.

  110. André
    August 22, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    No home theater for now

  111. Ck Smith
    August 22, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I dont have a home theater... I wish I did though I a 40" Panasonic VIERA LED HDtv that i can stream multimedia content from the Internet directly

  112. Jasmin
    August 22, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Don't have a home theatre but got a tv set that's up and running :)

  113. Margot S
    August 22, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    I have a 50" plasma tv and a smart blu ray player.

  114. Prabhdeep S
    August 22, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Don't have any home theatre system!!!

  115. Serg
    August 22, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I don't have any home theater system, but would like to ty this device.

  116. Mario Guerreiro
    August 22, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I have an EMTEC Movie Cube S850H - Full HD Multimedia Recorder + Dual digital HD tuner which has a NAS function.

    I would like to have Asustor’s AS-202TE. :D

  117. Marvin Cutajar
    August 22, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Have been thinking about aquiring a NAS for some time now! Maybe now is the time.

  118. Marco
    August 22, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    don’t have a home theatre

  119. Neil
    August 22, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    This. I need this stuff. They can be used for small scale businesses.

  120. Zivar R
    August 22, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    as my father always say : always agree with people
    I don't have a home theatre.

  121. David H
    August 22, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I don't really have a home theatre system. Just a 32" Vizio hooked up to my game consoles and cable.

  122. Chris
    August 22, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I've never tried setting up a NAS home server, partly cost and learning how a NAS works. This giveaway could change that and if it doesn't well then I wish everyone else all the best!

  123. Jason P
    August 22, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    HTPC with 24" LED Monitor. Four speakers in quadraphonic/surround mode.

  124. Kam
    August 22, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Just have a WD Media Player set up...

  125. Gaurav B
    August 22, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Sadly no home theater yet but been thinking about it for some time now. It is high time....

  126. Eibert D
    August 22, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    I don't have a home theatre setup :-(

  127. Vedran M
    August 22, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Nice one!

  128. Isaac C
    August 22, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Onkyo HT-S5600

  129. Don Balboa
    August 22, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    mine's just chinese generic products =(

  130. Nabil Z
    August 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    A galaxy note GTN 7000 with a broken screen coupled to an MHL cable lol

  131. Marko G.
    August 22, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I dont have a home theater

  132. Ryan C
    August 22, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Mine's a Night of the Living Dead themed horror house!

  133. paulie b
    August 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Bose Lifestyle 535 Series II home entertainment system with a Sony Hw55es 3lcd Cinema Projector and a Chromecast

  134. Rebecca P
    August 22, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I used to sell home audio...and was pretty knowledgeable about it. You'd think I'd have some mac daddy system. Not the case. I don't even have a receiver. I'm ashamed of myself.

  135. Irma Tufek
    August 22, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Unfortunately I do not own home theater :(

  136. Jennifer Hamblin
    August 22, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I'm ready to update my home media system. I like to keep up to date with new technology.

  137. Zinoviya Obizuyk
    August 22, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I don’t have a home theatre.

  138. Julio GM
    August 22, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I don't have a home theatre.

  139. Daniel Ooi
    August 22, 2014 at 11:28 am

    My home theater setup is just a laptop attached with lineout speacker and vga cable to TV

  140. Jeff Fisher
    August 22, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I'm still trying to build a home system. Cannot decide on the best way to go.

  141. Torsten Nielsen
    August 22, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I have an old TV so my setup is somewhat lacking - will get a new flatscreen with digital audio output and an apple tv to stream from a NAS and internet.

  142. Bogdan S
    August 22, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I don't have a home theater setup but I have a Smart TV from LG. I could use some nice speakers and a blu ray player, maybe i'll buy some this Christmas.

  143. Emmanuel F
    August 22, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Want one

  144. Stan Papausa
    August 22, 2014 at 9:57 am

    My home theater setup is pretty simple, it's a Samsung 2013 model Smart TV with a Samsung soundbar. That's about it, i stream my movies and stuff from computer through my network and it works pretty good. No hicups in 2 years so far.

  145. Colin H
    August 22, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I don't have a home theater system, sadly...

  146. Francesco Fiorino
    August 22, 2014 at 9:20 am

    I don't have a home theatre yet, but I'm considering to buy one very soon :)

  147. David Smith
    August 22, 2014 at 9:15 am

    I just have a 50" Toshiba LED TV, Directv HR34 DVR, Sony Blu-Ray, XBox 360, Sony surround sound receiver, Sony CD Player, Pyramid PA Amp connected to 10" Alpine subs, electronic crossover set to 50 Hz for sub amp, Bose 401 front speakers and Bose 101 surround speakers. I really need a surround receiver that has HDMI connections. Mine just has RCA & S-Video so all I use it for is sound and I have to switch HDMI connections manually.

  148. Francis I
    August 22, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Simple home theater setup. Samsung receiver with Energy Take Classic speakers attached to a GoogleTV and using Samsung TV. I stream and sometimes I access my movies over the network.

  149. Beh H
    August 22, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Just a PC connected to my tv

  150. Tri Nguyen
    August 22, 2014 at 7:46 am

    I have an old laptop connect to a TV with XBMC

  151. J?drzej
    August 22, 2014 at 7:31 am

    My home theater setup is just ps3 connected to the tv. Would love to receive something more flexible.

  152. Timothy C
    August 22, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Connected an old laptop to my TV, and I have an old NETGEAR Wireless Router hooked up with a 1TB USB HDD through its Readyshare function. I can also stream videos to my phone from there.

  153. Ria Alemina
    August 22, 2014 at 6:33 am

    I don't have home theater so don't have any experience to tell about

  154. Matt
    August 22, 2014 at 6:22 am

    My home theater setup is extremely dated... CRT TV, some speakers, and lots of remotes.

  155. Franz Iulian
    August 22, 2014 at 6:21 am

    What home theather setup. Don't have any. This would be a good start

  156. Bill
    August 22, 2014 at 6:18 am

    piped thru my PC with Logitech Z680 speaker system with modified sub-woofer

  157. Aleksandr C
    August 22, 2014 at 6:14 am

    I dont have a home theater

  158. Juan V
    August 22, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Great Update to my setup.

  159. Nena S
    August 22, 2014 at 5:48 am

    I just have a very basic home theater system, I'd love to have this to expand my entertainment possibilities!

  160. Scott Harris
    August 22, 2014 at 4:05 am

    We have a TV and DVD player. I'd probably use this to back up the household computers to raid.

  161. Andrew
    August 22, 2014 at 3:02 am

    I don't have a home theater setup, other than an old TV.

  162. art nelson
    August 22, 2014 at 2:54 am

    I'm just using an apple tv, so far, but I'm trying to get away from my cable company

  163. AlSam
    August 22, 2014 at 2:26 am

    hacked pogoplug as DLNA server computer and small pc as xbmc frontend connected via HDMI to audio extractor. audio to receiver via optical and video to TV via HDMI.

  164. Hector
    August 22, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Home theater setup? What home theater setup? I don't have one, so this would be perfect for me.

  165. Sandy Coulter
    August 22, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Mine was built on a shoestring using a media center laptop, 4 conventional speakers, and an analog TV. They key is the Sony 7.1 receiver I have. That is where the separation of sound occurs. You don't need a sub for true surround sound if you have conventional 3-way speakers.

  166. Stephen R. Bierce
    August 22, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Still pretty baseline. The TV set is a relatively new digital but the main media source is a combo DVD/VHS device my father got refurbished through a catalog years ago. Our audio is really what needs improvement. It's an all-in-one analogue radio/turntable/CD deck/double cassette deck with speakers. Obsolete in my opinion.

  167. Hanadia Roby
    August 22, 2014 at 1:45 am

    It's basically our laptops, a wall projector, and a surround sound system.

  168. JeffC
    August 22, 2014 at 1:13 am

    My home theatre setup is just your basic 50" Samsung Plasma, and a Samsung Blu-Ray player.
    Old school, but meets my current needs.

  169. Joe
    August 22, 2014 at 12:56 am

    I have a cablebox, a Yamaha AV receiver with small Polk speakers and a refurbished HP 27" monitor. It works very well, but I have no working NAS yet. With notebooks, you really need one!

  170. Mike K
    August 22, 2014 at 12:43 am

    Well I dont have and never had a home theater the only device that comes close was a Western Digital TV Media Player the first one not the live one!!!

  171. David Yang
    August 22, 2014 at 12:42 am

    I have an analog TV.

  172. William C.
    August 22, 2014 at 12:30 am

    I don't have a home theatre network - want to start with this one!!

  173. Edmond L
    August 22, 2014 at 12:21 am

    OMG, luxury doesn't exist in my dictionary. I don't have any entertainment system, nothing. . Thanks for the awesomeness, the contest, & generosity. Dear Santa: I have been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest.

  174. Bill Fleet
    August 22, 2014 at 12:18 am

    I have AppleTV and Roku, streaming from iTunes and Plex from a large movie and TV library on a Win7 server. I am moving to a Mac Mini as a server, so it can handle a larger variety of caching, streaming, translation and torrenting activities and remain stable. Also, Macs are cooler.

  175. Julian
    August 22, 2014 at 12:16 am

    My home theater setup is a cheapo JVC 5 disc carousel DVD player all-in-one type deal that is stuck in a box. I may set it up but honestly rather setup something new.

  176. Vic L
    August 22, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Currently, I don't have a home theater system.

  177. Mark Shane Hansen
    August 22, 2014 at 12:05 am

    My setup consists of my desktop computer and my ~19-20 inch screen.
    Movie night with friends? Yeah, not happening at my place :).

  178. Juan Camargo
    August 22, 2014 at 12:04 am

    I desperately want this to make a home theater setup.

  179. Cheryl Rahkonen
    August 22, 2014 at 12:03 am

    I do not have a home theater set up.

  180. Stefano M
    August 21, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    I do not have a home theater system but I would like to have it

  181. Brian Kautz
    August 21, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    imac hooked up to an led tv

  182. Robert
    August 21, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Was using FreeNAS for a while but this may just be a simpler replacement if I get my hands on one!

  183. Eric R
    August 21, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    laptop hooked up directly to 55" tv

  184. Francis I
    August 21, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    I'm running with a Denon X2000, Polk 265LS in front, LS-700's in the rear and an AV-123 sub. Clean in wall setup and excellent sound for the money.

  185. Rianon S
    August 21, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Have no home theater, but really need a NAS, so this giveaway come just in right time. :)

  186. Jonathan S
    August 21, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    I dont have a home theater.

  187. Maarten D
    August 21, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    I don't have one :/

  188. Robert O
    August 21, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    This would be great as I am just getting ready to make a home theater.

  189. Dave W
    August 21, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    LG BluRay 5.1ch

  190. Paul V
    August 21, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I don't have a home theater set up ....yet ;)

  191. Howard B
    August 21, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    This looks like it will be very nice once all the bugs are ironed out of the firmware.

  192. marcelo
    August 21, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    got a synology ds114. This one looks great too!

  193. Colleen B
    August 21, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I don't have a home theater set up right now.

  194. Frosch P
    August 21, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I really like this unit for price and hardware capabilities; the AS-202TE would certainly 'declutter' my media center! Currently, I use a small dedicated desktop with three 2TB drives - it's not a true 'NAS' setup, but functions really well within the confines of our media room.

    The ONLY 'deal breaker' is the sound-sync issue which would honestly 'drive-me-crazy'... I would gladly advise Asustor that their endeavor into this market is admirable, but the 'just-not-ready-for-prime-time' AS-202TE should definitely be re-evaluated!!

  195. Michael K
    August 21, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I currently have a pc running xbmc but would love to use a more low power solution like this :-)

  196. Paul S
    August 21, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Have an older TiVo based theater, and it is time for newer equipment!

  197. Alexandru S
    August 21, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    I do not have a home theater yet.

  198. Jon
    August 21, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Right now I'm just using a Roku player.

  199. Deezy
    August 21, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    The sound-sync issue is a deal breaker for me. Hope they get that fixed soon!

  200. Tiago R
    August 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    well,there is only an entertainment system when i plug my laptop to the big LCD in the living room......because normally it's just a TV!!!

  201. Steve W
    August 21, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    my old home theater is dead and gone. I am starting a new one and this would be a welcome addition

  202. Jared Turner
    August 21, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    old server with plex, a few raspberry pis, and a really old projector

  203. Alexey A
    August 21, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    I have now simple Seagate FreeAgent Theater + media to play movies from my PC, but I really would like to have powerful NAS setup instead.

  204. Zsolt J
    August 21, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Currently I do not have one set up. Hoping to win this one :)

  205. Muhammad Hadi N
    August 21, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    I has Raspberry Pi model B+ that I use to be my Video/Music player. For the storage, I use Seagate Central 2TB and its already near to full. Both of it connected through my TP-LINK TD-W8970.

  206. DAN J
    August 21, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    60" Sharp and surround sound speakers

  207. Cassie
    August 21, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    I wouldn't call it a home theater. I have a Samsung TV with a Chromecast on it.

  208. Samer R
    August 21, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I don't have home theatre for that reason I go to the movies 3 times per week

  209. Cre8tive
    August 21, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I have a HTPC in the beginning stages. The AS-202TE certainly does have potential to be the ultimate media center device.

  210. MikeB
    August 21, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    I don't have one at the moment.

  211. Bjørnar B
    August 21, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    an samsung 46 inch tv and a chromecast.

  212. Sparticus
    August 21, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Does it run Plex?

  213. Ravi L
    August 21, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    I don't really have any home media theatre set up. A simple flat screen smart tv and XBMC does the trick for me.

  214. Leesha Heard
    August 21, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    You had me at store and stream. My mind completely understands what it wants in a home theater; however, my DIY skills...well, they basically SUCK!

    Jackson, do you write and install?

  215. DanQ
    August 21, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    currently a smart tv (LG) with a wifi dongle and blue ray player

  216. Harmon Abrahamson
    August 21, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    What home theater?

  217. Keith W
    August 21, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    32" TV :-(, Denon Amp, Boston Acoustics speakers

  218. carmas
    August 21, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    I don't have a home theater setup yet. What I am currently thinking is to build separately a NAS and a HTPC, but it is a costly solution. This Asustor NAS could be an alternative worth looking into

  219. Don
    August 21, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    My Sony BR player handles optical media and Amazon Instant Video. For other shows and movies, I run XBMC on a raspberry pi which gets content from another computer (which I'd love to replace with a NAS).

  220. Tate S
    August 21, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Just have a PC speaker for the theatre

  221. Gord
    August 21, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    I don't have a home theater system. They are expensive and around here watching the television makes me angry. I get tired by regularly scheduled programs interrupting my commercial watching. On top of that my TV is old and getting ready to quit.

  222. Betty B
    August 21, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I don't have one but I would like to get one.

  223. Sam
    August 21, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    have an htpc that is it.

  224. Antonio R
    August 21, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I use Plex on my Samsung smart tv wireless conected to my Mac running Plex server.

  225. Richard O
    August 21, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Personally I prefer Synology but I'd give it a chance

  226. Will
    August 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I'm building a new htpc currently for the kitchen, this time a mitx system. I could use this nas to stream all of my media.

  227. Lupa?cu C
    August 21, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I don't have one but i'd love to.

  228. Umit Aslan
    August 21, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    XBMC all the way with a nano PC in the living room and my Giant server in my bedroom, would be nice to have my content on a dedicated drive so that my server doesnt have to be on all the time.

  229. Scott H
    August 21, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    need a nas dock as well

  230. Scott H
    August 21, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    do like the new system for this giveaway look really good

  231. James
    August 21, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I'm using the Philips HTL5120 for my home theatre setup.

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