By Brian On 2 years ago
My first NAS, so far its great!
The TerraMaster F2-210 is my first ever NAS for home use. I've owned it for only 1 week, but so far it has been great. Its a really compact and nice looking unit. Here's why I picked this TerraMaster F2-210 over all the other NAS boxes out there:
1) If you have data that you can't afford to lose, like years of family photos, tax returns, etc, you need data redundancy. RAID1 requires 2 drives but only 50% of the total drive capacity is usable for storage. I am using the TerraMaster (which is RAID1) with 2 WD 8TB drives for 8TB of storage.
2) The Media Server is DLNA compliant. I have a lot of MP4 files that I want to be able to watch on two different LG 4K smart TVs, a Sony 4K smart TV and an old Roku2 (1080p). Each of those devices has a video playing app that looks for a DLNA server on the network. Each device can see the TerraMaster and all the MP4 files placed in the special video folder that the Media Server automatically creates. The smart TV app is then used to select the desired movie and it begins to play it smoothly and continuously. Works great.
3) Which CPU? If you need to transcode videos on the fly from one format to another to stream to a smart TV then you need a high end CPU. I chose the F2-210 with the medium CPU because I don't need to transcode. It costs less and consumes less power. All the videos I want to stream are already MP4, the LG, Sony and Roku2 already understand what an MP4 is. All the TerraMaster needs to do is stream the data out unaltered. Don't need a lot of CPU horsepower to do that.
4) The TOS (TerraMaster OS), accessed using a browser, acts very much like a Windows desktop and the File Manager is very similar to the Windows File Explorer. It took me a few days to get use to where everything was and what each item did. Took a few hours to figure out the user and group permissions, but its all working well and is discoverable by all the PCs on the home network.
I considered other brand of NAS, but since both of my brothers have TerraMaster NAS units and liked them I decided to go with TerraMaster too.