“Affordable dual-slot NAS, with insanely fast transfer speeds and growing app library”
The Cloud; What is it? Sounds daunting when thinking of keeping your most personal documents on a network, but that’s where Terramaster comes into play. With literally being “a private space in the cloud” the F2-210 NAS server is the way to go for small business and home use. At just 149.99 (Amazon) the F2-210 is extremely affordable. Though at that price more was to be expected, one more LAN port would be helpful for those that happen to want some extra power or a backup in case of failure. Let’s get into the specs really quick before we break down this great entry level product.
Sitting at 5.2 x 4 x 9 inch, this can easily be stored on your desk or server area, powered by a 4 core 1.4 Ghz ARM Architecture that supports 4k/30fps video encoding and 1 gig of memory, responsiveness from login to app install and logout are extremely smooth.
Two bays, that can hold 3.5 HDD/2.5 SSD for up to 32TB! (2x16TB) with support EXT4 and Btrfs filesystems, and configurations of RAID 0, RAID1, JBOD, and single disk. An 80mm (about the length of the long edge of a credit card) fan cools down all your components.
Nearby are USB 3.0 type A ports, though the lack of HDMI out is bit saddening, the USB ports become somewhat useless in my case. And many home users would most likely save movies and shows so being able to connect different via HDMI would be useful though not big deal if your internet can handle it. Though I can see them being used for troubleshooting means or supplying power to another device. One of the major let downs for me is the lack of second LAN port. Combining two together using link aggregation would boost your transfer speed, saving precious time, also the extra port would be used in case of a port failure. This isn’t a major no deal but its something to think about when buying a NAS. Leds light the activity and connections and a simple power button helps shutdown your device. On to software.
Ultramodern Terramaster operating system
You can connect to your cloud anywhere in the world that has internet, a simple log in and you have everything right in front of you. The desktop app helps search and obtain easy access and control to your NAS, with the mobile app giving you quick access to your files.
Installation was very easy and simplistic Going to http://start.terra-master.com takes you to a quick installation guide. There you will go through different setting choices, like configuring your drives,
updating your devices kernel. I went budget friendly and got two of Seagates Iron wolf 1tb NAS drives. I highly recommend going with Seagates drives for all Terramaster products and the computability is documented.
After the install is finished, you’ll create a login username and password.
The home screen has a very mac/windows mech going on, first thing you’ll notice is that TOS help pop up.
I recommend going to the help screen to familiarize yourself with some of the settings. To the right you’ll have statistical information, such as ip address, data rates and usage charts. Going into control panel leads into the administrative settings such as the different file services supported which include, SMB/AFP/FTP/NFS/Resync and WebDAV server.
Most home and small office users will use SMB which is a Microsoft protocol. But it’s up to you which service you wish to use just make sure you have configured it to your needs. The Control panel also holds apps for managing your drives, users, and other helpful monitoring apps.
File Manager is where you can move and copy all your data. My max speeds were about 101MB/s. To slow for my taste, as I have 10G network adapters and the F2-210 only supports 1G connections.
Apps are plenty though do seem few. There are over 60 apps at this time of review. With Terramaster having an exclusive “Docker” app. Those in the shipping industry would appreciate the work put into this imaging app. I have noticed though other competitors have upwards of 150 apps, many of those may do the same thing as another, with the limitations of the F2-210, 150 apps might be too much. Apps included are mainly the main cloud services from Microsoft’s OneDrive, google drive, Dropbox and Megaupload along with video streaming apps like Roku, Plex and DLNA as well as various file service apps. Technical support is fast and friendly, and as I said before the TOS help guide wills set in the right path
Overall, this device is a great start for home and office use. With a huge storage ability and very responsive OS, data saving and backup will never be a problem. Though there Arnt 100s of apps to choose from the apps available are a great addition to those that want to connect all their cloud data into one spot as well as have a reliable movie streaming device. That being said if you have the extra cash spend it on a NAS with a couple more LAN ports and link aggregation. Those with a bigger business could look towards Terramasters F2-422.
I give the F2-210 a 3.9 out 5.