By Jerry S On 1 month ago
The F2-221 NAS is a great performer and easy to setup and use!
I purchased this Network Attached Storage dual drive on on March 29, 2019 .
The unit came in a very substantial box with pre-cut foam inserts to protect the unit during shipping.
The unit was sealed in a plastic bag. Included was a smaller box with the power supply, 2 different sets of screws for mounting hard drives. The chrome screws for 3.5" drives and the black screws for 2.5" drives like SSD which apparently take a slightly differrent screw thread. Also included was a nice screwdriver and a Ethernet cable. Setting up the drive was easy. I just followed the instructions that came with it which said to download the TNAS-PC program from their web site to aid in the setup.
I initially started out with just 1 4TB Seagate Ironwolf RED NAS hard drive in it configured as a "Single" HDD which worked fine.
A week later I ordered a 2nd identical 4TB Seagate Ironwolf RED NAS hard drive. When it arrived I installed it into the 2nd available HDD slot.
The unit recognized the new drive. I was able to go into the control panel and re-configure the NAS to be a RAID 1 mirror image configuration. This keeps an identical copy of all the data from the 1st drive on the 2nd hard drive to provide some additional security from lost files.
I have had other NAS storage devices on my network but they were not stable or reliable. This unit is always there and is very intuitive on how to change things using the control panel. It has a variable speed fan that is super quiet.
Many applications are available to download onto the unit. Like PLEX for serving music and video media for one.
I also use this drive to record my security cameras when they detect motion. The FTP server feature that comes with this NAS is perfect for this.
I created a user account for the cameras to use and created a "shared folder" for the videos to be stored on.
I have each camera storing to their own folder so it is easy to locate the videos.
Setting up the FTP function in the camera was a little bit trickier but with a support call I got through it.
I am very pleased with this unit. It is a great value for the money and feel it is worth a 5 star rating.