|Memory Storage Capacity||1 GB|
|Digital Storage Capacity||1 GB|
|Hard Drive Interface||Ethernet 100Base-TX|
|Hardware Platform||PC, Mac, Linux|
|Data Transfer Rate||124 Megabytes Per Second|
|Total Usb Ports||2|
|Has Auto Focus||No|
|Has Programmable Buttons||No|
|Item Model Number||F2-210-US|
|Date First Available||10 January 2020|
TerraMaster F2-210 2-Bay NAS Quad Core Network Attached Storage Media Server Personal Private Cloud (Diskless)
- An affordable, high-performance 2-bay NAS optimized for home and SOHO users, running the latest TOS 4.1 operating system.
- ARM v8 quad-core 1.4GHz CPU with 1 GB RAM (NOT upgradeable), blazingly fast read/write speeds of more than 114 MB/s (RAID 0, WD Red 4TB x 2).
- Supports Emby and Plex media servers, which keep your videos, music, and photos personal media beautifully organized,always ready for on-demand streaming to your PC, mobile device, smart TV, or games console.
- Compatible with 3.5" and 2.5" SATA HDD, 2.5" SATA SSD. Each bay supports the HDD up to 16TB (Total of 32TB in RAID 0). For stable performance, the WD red hard drives and the Seagate IronWolf ones are recommended.
- Supports Docker, cloud drive sync, multiple backups, remote access and mobile app. Dozens of free applications;Ultra-quiet heat dissipation technology.
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- TerraMaster - a 16-year-old professional brand focusing on developing and producing storage products.
- Products include network attached storage (NAS), direct attached storage (DAS) and thunderbolt 3 storage.
- With the core competitiveness in excellent hardware design and strong software developing ability, TerraMaster products are well known among customers with the great reliability and value.
Extraordinary, Cost-effective Performance
- Equipped with an ARM V8 64-bit quad-core processor, a frequency of up to 1.4 GHz, 1GB RAM (NOT upgradable);
- A read speed reaching 114 MB/s (RAID 0, WD Red 4TB x 2); Compatible with 3.5" and 2.5 hard drives and SSD's (hard drives not included, please purchase at your own needs; The WD red hard drives or the Seagate IronWolf ones are recommended);
- Functions include file storage, data backup, cloud synchronization, remote access, meida powerhouse and many more;
- Suitable for applications ranging from home multimedia entertainment to small office and home office (SOHO) settings.
Data Secured and Feature-packed Network Storage Server
The F2-210 device relies on the following six data security layers to protect your data:
- T-RAID array security protection
- Btrfs file system and snapshots
- Remote Backup
- Cloud backup
- Automatic scheduled backup
Feature-packed Network Storage Server:
- Supports several array modes, including RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD, and SINGLE, as well as HTTP, SMB/CIFS, AFP, FTP, NFS, and WebDAV
- Additional features include users, user groups, and shared folder permissions settings.
- Read/write permissions for every user can be set as needed, and network storage space can be allocated for photos, videos, music files, and office documents.
- Fully supports Emby and Plex, bringing your videos, music, and photos together into one place.
- Leveraging the rock-solid multimedia management capabilities of Emby or Plex allows you to turn your F2-210 into a feature-rich entertainment center.
- Keep your personal media beautifully organized, always ready for on-demand streaming to your PC, mobile device, or games console.
- Enrich your media with plot summaries, posters, album covers, and enjoy everything from home or on the go.
- Stream live TV to any device, manage your DVR, and enjoy your personal library.
- No more fumbling with IP addresses! Just sign in and play on any device, anytime, anywhere.
TNAS.online for Simple Remote Access
Enjoy thousands of containers on Docker
A Variety of Backup Methods
Smart Mobile App
|F2-210: 2-bay ARM v8 Quad Core 1.4GHz 1GB RAM||F2-221: 2-bay Intel Apollo Dual Core 2.0GHz 2GB RAM||F4-210: 4-bay ARM v8 Quad Core 1.4GHz 2GB RAM||F5-221: 5-bay Intel Apollo Dual Core 2.0GHz 2GB RAM|
|CPU||ARM v8 Quad Core||Intel J3355 Apollo Dual-Core 2.0GHz||ARM v8 Quad Core||Intel J3355 Apollo Dual-Core 2.0GHz|
|RAM||1GB (NOT Upgradable)||2GB (Upgradable)||2GB (NOT Upgradable)||2GB (Upgradable)|
|1GbE LAN Port||1||2||1||2|
|Max Raw Storage Capacity||32 TB (16 TB drive x 2) (Capacity may vary by RAID modes)||32 TB (16 TB drive x 2) (Capacity may vary by RAID modes)||64 TB (16 TB drive x 4) (Capacity may vary by RAID modes)||80 TB (16 TB drive x 5) (Capacity may vary by RAID modes)|
|USB Port||2 x USB3.0||2 x USB3.0||2 x USB3.0||2 x USB3.0|
|Supported RAID Type||RAID 0, 1, JBOD, Single||RAID 0, 1, JBOD, Single||RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, JBOD, Single||RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, JBOD, Single|
|4K Hardware Transcoding||not supported||✓||not supported||✓|
|Power consumption||25.6 W (Access), 2W (HDD Hibernation)||25.6 W (Access), 2W (HDD Hibernation)||36.6W (Access), 2W (HDD Hibernation)||45.6W (Access), 2W (HDD Hibernation)|
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I did try to see if connecting the hdd from the older NAS to the USB port of the new to do the copying but the new NAS did not recognise the filesystem of the old so trying to copying data over that way would not have been possible. If we didn't have a Windows XP machine we would've had to get help from TerraMaster who offered help which in the event we didn't require. However, I did wonder whether TerraMaster could include in their firmware for the F4-210 to support the filesystems in their older NASs through the USB connection.
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I returned the kit to Amazon and received a prompt refund. Within a couple of days the TerraMaster agent offered me the kit as a gift with free set up. After nearly 4 hours remote intervention in the bowels of the device, the the DNLA server still did not work properly. I could not stream mp4 video.
Nothing has changed otherwise since the remote intervention 2 days ago but I made one final attempt to see if I could get the NAS to stream video and it worked via DNLA! No idea why. So far so good but after an hour the DNLA server dropped out and never recovered, thereby terminating the streaming and making all the controls unresponsive. The only antidote I have found so far is to power the TerraMaster down and re-initialise, a process taking at least 30 minutes.
I really ought to rate it as 1 star because the server does not do what it says on the can but I'm feeling generous since I can stream photos and music with no issues so far.
After several more exchanges of emails the technical support at Terra-Master told me that the CPU in the F2-210 model wasn't really up to streaming video. If only ........
The first downside I noticed though were the drawers which hold the hard drives as they do feel a bit cheap. Despite the metallic look, they are actually plastic and it's very obvious when you pick these up. As long as you're not swapping hard drives around often it shouldn't really matter but the front of the drawer is what you can see in the pictures so when I say it's cheap, I do feel that pulling the hinge to pull the draw out one too many times could cause it to snap. For me though, I'm putting the hard drives in and then leaving it as it is so it's not a big deal.
There isn't a manual in the box, instead just a link on a piece of paper where you download the Manual and Software for your machine (start.terra-master.com). This website gives you a basic step-by-step guide which is pretty much just "Plug your hard drives in, connect the power, ethernet cable and turn it on". You're also prompted to download the manual and the client side software which simply scans the network for the IP of the NAS and gives you a few options (Primarily "Login" which just redirects you to the IP and port via a web browser).
The first time you go to the browser site, you are warned that the hard drives are going to be formatted and you're then asked to configure a file type (Btrfs or Ext4), whether you want to RAID the drives, etc.
The NAS is primarily managed by a web browser GUI and is quite nice and responsive to look at (although a couple of typing errors if we're being really picky). You do have the option to use SSH and Telnet (I believe they were enabled out of the box...) although I can't comment on what that's like yet.
The GUI is nice and having spent an hour or so playing with things and familiarizing myself with how the permissions work and how to set up folder shares for my network, it now seems fairly straight forward. The one thing that really threw me off though is that shares are configured in the Control Panel as I spent way too long right clicking on folders in the "File Explorer" and choosing "Share" which actually just generates a link to view files in a browser but never sets it up as a full blown network share.
With regards to applications, the app store is very small but you do have Plex, Python, a built in Media Server option and Docker (which opens up a world of opportunities).
So the downsides...
As mentioned before, I spent an embarrassing amount of time wondering why my "shared" folders weren't showing on a Windows computer. Every time I entered the IP in Windows File Explorer I was prompted to log in but then could only see that user's directory on the NAS. I finally discovered that I had to make a share in the Control Panel for people to see.
The other downside? Getting files onto it. This has caused me quite a few problems so far and I'm still working through it...
I have 2x 4TB Hard Drives on it with RAID 1 (so they mirror each other in case one dies). When I finally got a share up and running, I tried to copy and paste a few hundred GB of videos to the NAS over the network. It seemed to be ok and would fluctuate in speeds a bit (I didn't capture the exact speeds, sorry!) but generally seemed acceptable. I was feeling pretty confident so I started to copy from another location at the same time.
This was my first mistake. The second copy obviously dragged the first one down and so I changed my mind and cancelled the second copy. This then crashed out the first copy which went to 0KB/S and never recovered.
After a while, I cancelled the initial copy and, thinking it would be better to do a restart than a partial copy, deleted all the files that had copied over so far.
This was my second mistake. The NAS went unresponsive, I couldn't even log back into it because it would get stuck on the sign on screen (if the page even loaded). After 5-10 minutes I finally got into the GUI and safely rebooted it. After a restart it was still crazy slow.
After this I then hard-reset the device and it went back to being it's normal self. I then remembered there are 2 USB ports on the back and decided to plug a hard drive directly into it and copy and paste it over using the GUI instead. At first it was was averaging at 0.90B/s (yes, bytes) but then I noticed in the status it said that the Media Pool was still synchronising and realised it was most likely updating both hard drives so they still mirrored each other.
Now it's telling me that the volume is "Good" but the speed has only increased to 2MB/s.... I'm too scared to touch it now as it's finally actually doing what it should be. We're on 7%! It's been copying from 2pm and it's now 6pm.
So maybe it's my fault. It's a bit annoying though. I might actually cancel this in a minute and try again. Maybe it's capped because it started when it's synchronizing.
If you want the cheapest 2-bay NAS possible, this is the one I would go for. It has the same hardware specification as the Synology DS218play while being over £40 cheaper.
It has plenty of features too, Plex works, there is Docker allowing to install a range of superb web apps. As far as a backup solution, there is nothing wrong with it at all.
However, Synology has a wider range of apps, as well as extensive mobile and desktop apps, so I ended upgrading to that.
Depending on your requirements, I wouldn’t really recommend a 2-bay solution, they are limited and you will lose half the storage to parity. I would storngly recomend considering upgrading to the TerraMaster F4-210 providing 4-drive bays for not much more money. I had two old 4TB hard drives lying around, so a 2-bay system is a perfect affordable way to reuse them, adding some useful network storage to my home.
The quality is amazing for the price, the front and back are high qaulity platic with the inside being metal, the drive trays and even screw and screw driver....yes they give you a screw driver, the ethernet is high quality but very short.
The OS looks and feels like windows but runs on linux it is very user friendly so i suggest this to anyone who is just looking for a budget NAS is has its times where it is slow but a simple reboot will fix this
Setup: the setup is really easy just install the TNAS software on your pc although when i was setting this up i couldent map the drive so i had to map it manually, putting the drives in there caddys is easy although it is weird having to screw from the bottom, if you have a think drive you will need to tip the machine on its back as showed on the video, if you have a smaller drive then there is no need for this
Speed: i get around 30-90 mbps on the things i am transferring, i am only running a 6tb WD Green so this is fast for me
Apps: the apps are really good but sometimes a little buggy, for most of the cloud sync apps they only scan for new files every hour or so you will need to reboot or stop and start the task for it to continue
support: i didnt contact support but if you just type it up there is a terramaster forum that has alot of awnsers
overall: this is a good and budget nas it is also user friendly and i would recoment this to anyone wanting a buget NAS
I first did the first part of this review 1 week after having it, I have since returned it because I spent 1 week downloading my Google drive to this and found out that the Google drive and mega cloud sync software is extremely buggy and didn't sync properly then when I was logged into it with an admin account I couldn't Access my photos because I didn't have permission when I was an admin other than that the interface is nicer, I now have the Synology ds220j it was a bit more expensive and less power full but the software is extremely stable, the sync features work and it just seems like a better NAS
It consumes a decent bit of power while it's on, but you can schedule it to only come on when needed. So I scheduled it to come on at 1am, do a nightly backup of my PC, then turn off again. I wouldn't recommend doing this if you like sleeping: there is a loud beep that echos throughout the whole house every time the device powers on and powers off. I've spent a few hours checking online and there is no way to turn this off. There is a software button labelled "disable buzzer" but that's for alert beeps, not power on/off beeps. I'm considering taking it apart and de-soldering the buzzer because this ridiculous ""feature"" pretty much makes the box unusable as a nightly backup. (2 months later edit: I continued checking online and looking around settings and confirmed there's no way to stop the loud beeping. I took the unit apart and desoldered the buzzer and it seems to be working fine. However this solution is ridiculous.)
Ok so that aside. It doesn't come with wifi, which for a £200 network attached storage box is insulting. I was going to move the unit into the garage so that I can't hear the beep at 1am, but no, it has to be wired to the router with ethernet unless you buy a usb wifi adapter.
It's nice that it runs some apps, but running Plex off it is a joke. It struggles to transcode even moderate bitrate content - you can forget 4k high quality content - and if your Plex library exists on the internal storage volume then there's no way to get the app to see your files. There's a permission barrier between the app and the "User" files. Again I spent hours trying to resolve this and just came across other frustrated users on the forums with the same issue and no solution. Perhaps a solution exists but if so it's evaded dozens of technically-able users on the forums. A workaround is to use an external disk which is visible to plex.. but at that point why are you spending £200 on a NAS if it requires an external disk.
I also ran into an issue where my nightly backup was running each night with no problem, then one day it stopped working. I hadn't touched it, but it had decided that the user account that was doing the backup didn't have permission to write to the backup folder. I resolved it easily enough by removing and re-adding the user, but this sort of glitch is indicitave of poor software quality.
Overall the software is usable but feels sort of cheap, and it seems to have good features but simple quality of life issues make the box a bad buy. Do yourself a favour and spend a bit extra on a reputable brand who will pay attention to detail. I wish I had.