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ASUS TS Mini SOHO Home Server w/ Intel Atom N280 1.66GHz 1GB DDR2 500GB HDD installed, powered by Windows Home Server

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  • Intel Atom Processor N280 1.66GHz
  • 1GB DDR2 800
  • 500GB, 7200 RPM HDD

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Asus takes aim at the top of the home server market and hits it spot on with the TS Mini SOHO series. This compact box is more than just a drive controller and some connectors. It's powered by an extremely energy efficient Intel Atom 1.66GHz processor with 1GB of DDR2 memory. Windows Home Server operating system helps you easily store, access, share and protect your digital files.

It already includes a large 500GB SATA drive for great storage, and you can add additional hard drives without tools. If that isn't enough, there are 6 external USB 2.0 ports for external storage devices, printers and wireless networking. Or, if you want to go wired, there's a Gigabit Ethernet port. Two e-SATA ports are provided for high-speed external drives. This gives you redundancy or the ability to attach networked devices.

Automatically manage files, back up multiple computers and deliver security protection. You can even set up a personal web address to be used for remote access and for visitors. Enjoy the functionality home server system with ASUS TS Mini SOHO Home Server!

  • newegg High-performance Home Server The ASUS TS Mini SOHO Home Server provides a versatile platform for building a home server and Network Attached Storage (NAS) with the combination of a powerful Intel Atom 1.66GHz processor, 1GB of DDR2 memory and Windows Home Server operating system.
  • newegg SATA Hard Drive Support The ASUS TS Mini SOHO Home Server features a large 500GB hard drive, and supports installation of up to 4TB capacity for storage expansion.
  • newegg eSATA and USB 2.0 Connectivity The ASUS TS Mini SOHO Home Server features two eSATA port and six USB 2.0 ports so you can add external hard drives, USB drives, printers and wireless adapters for storage and functionality expansion.
  • newegg Gigabit Network Connection The ASUS TS Mini SOHO Home Server features a Gigabit Ethernet port for up to 10X the speed of most 100M network connections and excellent usability for home networks.

Learn more about the ASUS TS-MINI/500GB

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsgreat home server

Pros: very small footprint,quite,very good bang for the buck,relatively quick data trasnfer rates(check the review in cnet) this little server blows alot of the other name brands out of the game and ive tested its streaming capabilities and all i have to say is it is impresive.even when you have 2 computers both simultaneously accessing the hard drive it still moves really quick. love the ability to have remote access and also love the fact that you can acess the backups from one computer on other and use them as though they where a drive atached to your computer.overall i would recomen this

Cons: setup does take a while to be honest.takes about an hour or so but again you only have to do this once

Other Thoughts: I hope asus upgrades this server with a new model

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/25/2011 9:25:04 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsworked good than craped out

Pros: nothin really

Cons: hard to setup than got it setup then died

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/9/2011 9:35:18 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good, non expensive, Mini Server in general. I'm happy with it.

Cons: Hard Drive fail within 2 months...

Other Thoughts: I've read about the Hard Drive failiure on the internet, but I was hoping that it wouldn't happen to me... Anyways, it`s still under warranty, but it would prefer not to have to return the Item. I'm happy that I have 2 Hard drives installed so I didn't loose any precious data!

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  • Ken H.
  • 3/30/2011 7:42:50 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth what Ipaid

Pros: I had been interested in picking up a WHS box for a while, but never really got around to it. Then, when I saw this on sale back in the fall for $179 w/ a 1 TB drive I pulled the trigger, no regrets.

I use it for a bit of storage, a bit of remote access and a real backup plan for my laptops. It works well in all three functions.

I like the expansion options (USB, eSATA), and was happy there was a VGA port "available" under back panel sticker (cut it out with an xacto knife in about 2 minutes). The VGA port was my "insurance" against obsolesence, since I could run Linux, Windows Server (x86), etc. on the box if WHS failed to impress. SO far it has not failed to impress.

Cons: I knew what I was buying, but the Cons I had to overcome (and my rationalizations) were:

- limited RAM upgrade (only 2 Gigs? That's low by todays standards, but plenty for WHS or other single-function server applications)

- only two HD slots (eSATA makes up for that, havent' tested port multiplier on eSATA, looks like it may be hit or mis, depending on how port multiplier works, there appears to be two differnet ways of implementing port multipliers, TSMINI only supports one of them)

- single core CPU w/ Hyper-Threading (would have preferred dual core, but again, fine for WHS)

- Not x64 capable (can't upgrade to next release of WHS, but if current box suits needs, then there's no need to upgrade)

- Not silent (mine lives in the basement, but noise is a function of TSMINI fans & your HD selections, if you install silent drives, unit is very quiet IMHO)

Other Thoughts: I replaced the initial 500 Gig HD with two 1.5 TB HDs and upgraded RAM to 2 Gig before first power-up, had some issues, but eventually figured out I should install the first drive, restore the WHS OS, then add the second drive (install, then "add" through the Admin console).

WHS Desktop Console connector software AND restore tools worked fine with Win7 x64 for me.

Fairly quiet (not silent), and a nice form factor.

NOTE: You can open video port up on back panel, plug in a USB keyboard and/or mouse and login as the administrator or "remote desktop" into the box - BUT BE CAREFUL, you can mess it up. I went in and ran Windows Update on the base server install, got some update that locked up the box, had to re-image. I was only playing around with it, so no loss on my side, but BEWARE...

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  • Matt P.
  • 3/29/2011 8:05:46 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsHorrible Customer Service

Pros: Product works fine, easy interface and easy to upgrade the storage.

Cons: The rebate has been out for 3 months and I don't have it. Their response to emails is to call their service phone number.

Which is voice menus and took me 15+ minutes (also being hung up on twice) to find the "talk to a human" option buried in the menus.

Other Thoughts: It would be 5 if it wasn't for the CS.

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  • Matthew A.
  • 1/24/2011 7:39:41 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUpdate to previous

Pros: Very good power utilization

Cons: While it supports Port Multiplier it does support the "right" kind. There are two, CBS and FIS. It supports CBS which means it doesn't work with the MediaSonic HF2-SUS2 across eSata if you install more than one drive. If you put in another PREPARE for endless problems. That array works with no problem with multiple drives with USB.

Other Thoughts: Non-existent support on Asus, and very little good info available.
Totally agree the ASUS add-ons are pretty useless. I'm happily using ClamAV for WHS, and patched my Mac to backup to the WHS using time machine.

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  • Todd C.
  • 1/8/2011 12:18:56 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBetter than I expected

Pros: The server is quite small, quiet, and consumes little power (~25W).

Delivery time was ridiculously fast.

Cons: The expansion capabilities are limited, but I knew that when I bought it, so not really a con.

Don't waste your time with ASUS WebStorage or ASUS Xtor Manager (free add-ins that are shipped with the box).

ASUS WebStorage (for online backups) feature is absolute garbage... I spent way too much time trying to get it to work. It simply doesn't. It is so bad, I don't think ASUS _ever_ intended for it to work.

The ASUS Xtor Manager supposedly lets you synch files between the server and a connected USB drive... the synch sort-of works... but if you run a synch, then immediately re-run the synch, it indicates that most of the files still need to be synched (even though they don't). If you're trying to synch a large number of files, this will quickly become useless. I'll just use xcopy /d.

Other Thoughts: I was planning to wipe the drive and install Amahi. I discovered that I can't install it on a headless (no monitor) server until the next version, so I decided to play with Windows Home Server in the mean time.
The PC backup feature is dead simple and the availability of add-ins is better than I expected - although I don't think it's as good as what you'd have with a *nix operating system.

I saw comments about problems with the server restore. I tried doing so before getting all my content on the server. It worked fine for me using Win7 32-bit. The restore process was very simple, although it was not fast (45-60 minutes).

Planning to add a second drive for file duplication. I haven't tried it yet, but I like the advantage (over true RAID) of being able to target what will be duplicated.

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  • Kevin W.
  • 1/7/2011 12:07:35 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Home Server

Pros: Initial setup consisted of plugging it in and turning it on. Just make sure you put in any extra HDs before. You then install software on each computer in your house and it takes care of the rest.
This is a great server to have at the house. You can use it to live stream media, download torrent files, and backup computers; it never hickups. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for an easy to configure server.

Cons: Initial backups take a good bit of time, but that's to be expected and wireless backups will slow down the computer considerably. Still nothing to worry about though. Just configure backups for 2am.

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  • Stephen N.
  • 1/4/2011 8:49:02 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat home server

Pros: Picked this up for $150 after Thanksgiving. Couldn't have been happier about a home server. I had no problems setting it up through Windows 7 Ultimate. Installed a second 2tb HD to backup all my PCs. Quick and painless.

Cons: It can get a little loud at night while running backups. Thankfully, I have it tucked away in a pantry with the rest of the network connections.

Other Thoughts: The temperature sensors for the hard drives are a bit bugged in mine. One of the hard drives reads 9c, which is obviously impossible. But that could possibly not be the Asus's fault.

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  • Josh H.
  • 1/3/2011 7:05:30 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood Product - Bad Support

Pros: The product is very quiet, and does it's job efficiently.

The styling is nice and compact, and the case seems to be high quality.

I immediately upgraded the hard drives and the RAM with no issues.

The included manuals and software are very well put together and thorough. I was impressed that they included such detailed instructions on how to open the case and upgrade the drives, considering this type of product is usually targeted at the "buy it and forget it" market.

NewEgg f*ing rocks the house, as always.

Cons: The tech support I received from ASUS is why this product only got 3 eggs instead of five. See Other Thoughts for a more detailed description of the tech support issue. In a nutshell, the Server Recovery software doesn't run on Windows 7 64-Bit (used after you upgrade the primary hard drive). I was able to get it to run under a 32-Bit XP Virtual Machine.

It only has two drive slots, while many competitors have 4. As I think about possible upgrades, this is more of a con than I thought it initially would be. But it's not like it's unexpected, this issue is very clear from the product description.

It seems really silly that the motherboard has video capabilities for troubleshooting, but they hide the VGA port. If I wanted to install Linux on it, why stop me? Just put a cap over it that says removing the cap voids the warranty or something, but don't bury it beneath the back panel. Goofy.

Other Thoughts: I messed around for 2 straight days trying to run the Server Recovery software after putting in a new primary drive. The software runs, and gets to a point where it is trying to init communcation with the server, and just spins till it times out. I think it was an issue with Win7 x64, I got it to run under 32-Bit XP.

I wrote an extremely detailed description of things I had tried to ASUS tech support. They claim to try to resolve issues in 48 hours. After FOUR DAYS I got a response which basically amounted to "have you read the manual, and why haven't you registered your product in our database yet?". I spent two days troubleshooting their mysterious software incompatibility, and at least two hours drafting them a trouble ticket with a bunch of highly technical information in it. The best they could do in response was treat their customer like an idiot with a 2 minute canned response, that took 4 days to arrive.

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