QNAP vs. Synology vs. Asustor
Meet the possible predecessors of the future home computer. None are ready for that title yet, but, as technology evolves, the future will regard this design as a direct ancestor. These are more than network disk drives. They’re application servers that support massive disk capacities. They run 24/7 and require an almost insignificant amount of electricity. Linux transparently controls the show. In terms of difficulty, they require only a little more effort to master than the advanced functions on a microwave oven, although some of the applications might force you to Google something new in order to learn how to use them. Your browser is your terminal.
Technologically, these devices will take over when:
- High rate megabit broadband speeds are universal
- i5 / i7 or better class processors with ARM or less power requirements are commonly available
- High capacity SSD drives in the terabyte range are inexpensive
But now, today, these are still mighty useful devices.
Three manufacturers dominate the smart network drive market. There’s no way to say one is better than the others. It’s a competitive market and, if one has cornered a niche, the others will move in shortly, or so it appears. I happened to purchase a QNAP TS-120 because I wanted certain features in a one drive configuration. Had I waited a few months, another manufacturer might have offered a better model, or not.
At this time, Synology is the most well known if you only look at mass marketers for information. QNAP is regarded just as highly but is a little less well known. Asustor is the newest kid on the block.
Each has a demo site that gives you hands on experience with their operating system.
Start QNAP’s demonstration from this page.
Sign in here.
This is the main QNAP screen.
The Control Panel is used for drive operations.
Additional applications are selected below. This is only a small number of what’s available.
This page will get you into the Synology demonstration.
The first thing you see.
The Control Panel
A few additional applications.
Access the Asustor Demonstration from this page.
Sign in here.
The main screen.
Some additional applications.