Asustor Nimbustor 2 Gen2 AS5402T Review


The ASUSTOR Data Master Operating System (ADM for short) is a Linux-based operating system developed by ASUSTOR exclusively for their NAS devices.

The desktop offers lots of nice touches. It’s reminiscent of many popular Linux desktop environments offering resizable windows, desktop widgets, and a personalized desktop. Unlike desktop Linux distros, most of the screen estate is taken up by large icons which let you access all the functionality offered by ADM.

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We previously published a detailed review of ADM v4.2.5, and remain very impressed with its performance and stability.

The NAS came with ADM v4.2.6. While testing the NAS, we were prompted to install a couple of updates ADM v4.2.7.RR41 and 4.2.7.RRD1.

AS5402T ADM Update

ADM now sports a gaming-inspired theme which complements the gaming-inspired appearance of the device itself together with other functionality designed for gamers such as support for iSCSI drives and ASUSTOR Live which offers your own streaming centre. All the things we talked about in our review of v4.2.5 remain current, so we won’t repeat them here.

When we reviewed v4.2.5, ADM was running on the Linux kernel 4.9.119. The current version is using a later version of the Linux kernel.

AS5402T kernel

Next page: Page 4 – Power Consumption

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Design & Build
Page 2 – Specifications
Page 3 – ADM
Page 4 – Power Consumption
Page 5 – Observations and Summary

Complete list of articles in this series:

Asustor Nimbustor 2 Gen2 AS5402T
ReviewDetailed review of this enthusiast-grade NAS, with entry-level pricing
ADM: Part 1Getting Started with ADM
ADM: Part 2Detailed review of ADM v4.2.5
AiMasterAiMaster is a NAS management app for mobile devices
App Central OverviewExtend the functionality of your NAS with software from App Central
UrBackupSetting up the UrBackUp server on the NAS
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