I installed Plex the same way…and now I want to add some content. ADM requires you to add folders inside shares from inside ADM, so click on Access Control from the main menu. Select Shared Folders.

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I want to add data under Public, so I highlighted that and clicked on Access Rights to check permissions as I was getting flaky file copy results.

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I had to add RW access to admin to allow that user to copy files to the directory. Now in Windows, I mapped a drive letter to this directory and clicked on Connect Using Different Credentials, supplying the user ID admin and the ASUSTOR password for that user. I wish that this would have been done when the user name was created, but this is easy enough.

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Voila! I have content coming across to feed into Plex!  I also installed WordPress, myPHPadmin, XBMC (more on that in a future post) and the iTunes server on this device.

Installation Verdict

The installation process was pretty easy, but the fact that my router is not on their compatibility list caused the automatic firmware download to fail and the unit would lock up my router every time it tried to negotiate UPnP.  It also precluded me from properly connecting to App Central.  After I manually forwarded ports for my required service, these issues mostly went away, and the recent update to ADM 2.0.3 completely eliminated the issues, as well as made remote access to the device more reliable.  If you have a router that is on their compatibility list, you should not see these issues and installation will be easier, but if your router is not listed, be prepared to manually forward ports and to manually specify your DNS server address and subnet mask on the Networking tab to ensure proper operation inside your network.

The overall process, assuming that you have a compatible router, is easy and can be completed within 30 minutes.  Of course, the RAID build took a substantial amount of time.  I left the unit alone until the RAID was built and then staged data to it.  You can write to the RAID while it is building, but it will be a bit slow, as is always the case when writing to a new RAID unit.

Overall, ASUSTOR delivers a nice and easy installation process, making it relatively easy to install the unit, unless your router is not on their compatibility list.  In that case, your installation will be a little more advanced.

In my next post, I will go into the XBMC app running on the NAS, controlled with the optional remote control, playing directly back to my TV.  Stay tuned for that one soon!

UPDATE:  NEW CONTENT:

ASUSTOR released an updated firmware in December that adds the EA6700 to the compatibility list.  All EZ Router issues that I noted in this review were fully addressed in this firmware release, and the remote access functionality is now 100% working on that router.  Many thanks to the folks at ASUSTOR for fixing that issue!  Make sure to check their compatibility list to ensure that your router will work with this unit; if it is compatible, it will work just fine based on my experience.