The name TerraMaster is a brand under the company called Noontec that mainly produces headphones. Yet when you want to step up your game in the electronics field, diversity is key, and with TerraMaster, they sure have plunged into the small business and personal NAS market to give you all the best that they can offer.
The F2-220 is among the 12 NAS devices coming from TerraMaster. Their collection of items range from single drive devices to 4-drive products that are made specifically for small business users.
Their dual drive NAS devices such as this, are for those who need increased capacity compared to what a single disk can handle. It’s also great for those who are worried about losing data since they will realize the value and efficiency of multi-drive solutions like the F2-220. Today, we’ll be taking a look at this device from TerraMaster, and see if it’s something really worth purchasing when you’re in need of more storage space for your files and data.
TerraMaster F2-220 Review – What’s in the Box?
One of the things that hasn’t changed in the history of TerraMaster and their NAS devices is their packaging of products. The way they pack and deliver their devices isn’t disappointing in anyway; in fact, compared to the other brands in the same price level, TerraMaster’s packaging is quite uniform across the range. Plus, these are also distinct which makes their items stand out from the crowd which is really good.
There really isn’t much to see on the package, just the name of the company and a couple of minor details about the product, and that’s it. This is good since you won’t really have to dwell on the package’s exterior, and you can just go ahead and check out the items inside the container.
Once we opened the box, we saw the usual accessories and items that one would expect in every retail NAS device packaging; though it did come with a few extras which is nice. Items in the package include the following: The TerraMaster F2-220 itself, a screwdriver, one network cable, rubber feet / screws, the instruction manual, a power adaptor, UK and EU cables, as well as drive stickers.
TerraMaster F2-220 Review
The company went for the front-loading option with the F2-220, which only means that the anterior view is led by drive bays. With the exception of a few subtle LED lights and a power button, the F2-220 sure has a very nice and clean design. The unit looks good all in all, but it would’ve looked even better if TerraMaster chose not to set the Intel Inside sticker on it.
The F2-220 is an excellent-looking and rather handsome device, with hits brushed aluminum exterior that come with two easy swap front drive bays that are easy to access. The device itself is a solid kit, and its aluminum design gives it a nice touch and premium feel to it. Just keep in mind that there is a warning sticker on the device, and although it is something that should be peeled off, does not come off neatly.
In front, you will find a couple of LED indicators, removable trays, and a power switch. The logo of the company can be found on both sides of the F2-220; and at the bottom of the device, you will conveniently find four rubber feet and a little label. All the I / O ports are found here, including both USB ports and the LAN, along with the DC input. There’s also extra room for another LAN port, while the server’s mainboard has one port.
All of the trays on the F2-220 are numbered, yet there aren’t any relevant markings for these on the device. The trays are made of plastic but are solid and durable; remember, the trays also do not sport any anti-vibration materials. And as a guide, the first tray is the one that’s closest to the LEDs. For the connectivity, it comes from one Ethernet port and two 3.0 USB ports at the back. Compared to other NAS boxes that we’ve seen, there is no presence of a front USB or quick copy button on the device. This is something that video and camera buffs searching for easy offloads need to know.
Intel Dual Core 2.4GHz Processor
The TerraMaster F2-220 uses the INTEL Celeron 2.41GHz dual core processor that has been overclocked to 2.58GHz. It sports a 2GB RAM with increased operation frequency, a couple tasks for continuous processing, as well as file read / write speeds of over 100MB/s.
Supports Varied Hard Drives
The TerraMaster F2-220 is compatible with the 3.5-inch 12TB SATA hard drives, and you can also install two additional hard drives with a complete storage capacity that goes up to 24TB. Aside from being able to support the 3.5-inch SATA hard drives, it can also handle 2.5-inch SSDs and 2.5-inch SATA hard drives.
The F2-220 is able to support numerous RAID like the RAID 1, RAID 0, JBOD, and SINGLE; plus, it can also offer a variety of applications for you and everyone, guaranteeing better and more heightened data security.
A Variety of Server Applications
The TerraMaster F2-220 supports mail server, file server, media server, web server, R-Sync remote server, MySQL, FTP server, and other variants of server applications to meet all the basic needs of small businesses.
Storage Space Sharing
This backup storage device can share enough storage space for huge numbers of users, supporting up to a total of 500 user access. This utilizes the RBAC permission-management, as well as Windows ACL to setup access permissions based on folders, users, and user groups.
Multiple File-sharing Service
The TerraMaster F2-220 supports NFS, FTP, ISCSI, AFP, SMB, and other file services to make file access and sharing easier.
Various Backup Methods
It supports USB, external storage backup, Time Machine backup, as well as R-Sync remote backup to effectively protect your data security.
Acts as a Multimedia Home Sever
This NAS device supports Itunes sever and DLNA / UPNP protocol which can be used as a home media sever. The seer streams the multimedia files via set-top boxes, mobile devices, or smart TV.
User-Friendly Terramaster Operating System (TOS)
The F2-220 runs the TOS which is a Linux-based operating system. It is simple and user-friendly, allowing anyone to use this without difficulties.
Personal Cloud Storage
The F2-220 offers two ways of remote login: TNAS and DDNS. You can set up devices as a personal cloud storage and remote login via computer or mobile app.
Dropbox Cloud Storage Synchronization
The F2-220 can synchronize of Dropbox cloud storage, which can sync files in the Dropbox directory via the Terramaster TNAS, which made file sharing easier and more efficient.
Smart TNAS Desktop Assistant
Terramaster provides Mac OS and Windows users with the TNAS desktop app that can help users connect device, access files, set system, and easily contact technical support.
Efficient and Reliable
The F2-220 is solid and reliable since it makes use of low-noise fans and an aluminum-made shell; plus, it also provides good heat dissipation. Due to the use of removable hard drive tray, the hard drives that support hot swap.
Green Energy Saving
The F2-220 features the green energy saving design which lessens its power consumption to only 25.6 Watts in operation and 2 Watts in standby. When the device is not operating in 10 minutes, the hard drive will immediately sleep to reduce the consumed power.
The F2-220 from TerraMaster is a 2-bay NAS or Network Attached Storage solution where each of the bays supports up to a total of 8 Terabytes of storage. All in all, it is able to support a total of 16 Terabytes of storage, though this depends on how you setup the RAID.
The device supports 2.5 or 3.5-inch SSD or HDD SATA drives, making it compatible and great with almost every consumer drive that is available in the market. Inside the device is an Intel Celeron 2.41GHz dual core processor, together with a 2GB RAM and 16 Gbps network interface. For the dimensions, it measures 227 x 225 x 136 millimeters (H x W D) and weighs a total of 2.28 kilograms.
Using the Product
Setting up the F2-220 is quick and easy, and its performance was great. The TerraMaster desktop application called the TNAS, is something that you need to install, and once you’ve done that, it will help guide you through the entire setup. The good thing is, you don’t need to have any technical expertise to be able to configure the F2-220 for use. It will help you find the F2-220 on the network then format it in the process.
The app is really efficient since it provides you with a detailed status of each necessary step. Once setup and configured, you will be able to perform basic tasks and make master passwords. It’s also now installed together with the TOS or TerraMaster Operating System.
Backups to the device were done quickly and the F2-220 is able to support the FTP, R-Sync, and Time Machine adequately. You can also make backups to linked USB drives whenever necessary. The 4K-UHD streaming was seamless and quick but of course, the high-end boxes are still slightly faster than the F2-220, but it isn’t far behind and it’s a whole lot cheaper which is great.
The Intel processor that TerraMaster used is more than capable of driving over four hard drives and serving a couple of user requests, and we liked that a lot. Performance was excellent, so you can also expect to reach about 500 Mbps for the read and 250 Mbps for the write. Of course, this will all depend on the speed of your drive.
Aside from its excellent performance, the F2-220 has fans that work quietly. And even if we set it on high-speed mode, it was still silent and we barely heard it operate which is really awesome. With that, we’re giving the TerraMaster F2-220 two thumbs up for its great performance.
The TerraMaster F2-220 works excellently as a media server for your home. The device runs via the TerraMaster operating system that is able to support a large number of services and protocols. You can also make this run as a web server or database; plus, it can also work as an iTunes server or plex while synchronizing adequately with Dropbox.
The operating system of TerraMaster offers you remote access from any and every device across the network. Not only that, but you can also disable & enable services, delete users, manage files, and do a whole lot more with it. We didn’t expect any slow down when trying to view media via the web interface and What’s also good is that there were no issues or lags when we attempted to access media from other possible methods which is really good.
The TOS desktop has a nice appearance and everything is easy to follow. In fact, you won’t find it difficult to use even if you’re totally inexperienced with it since its interface is just like Windows. The web desktop is similar to other brands that also use Linux OS and it provides a simple yet efficient way to sort things out. You will find a widget on the bottom right corner; this displays all information related to the system such as the TOS version, the server’s uptime, as well as details on the network and storage. You will also find a help icon that leads to the FAQ.
The administrator’s options include settings to the theme & wallpaper, password change menu, and the music & video player’s themes. The right click menu of the desktop has a wide range of options available.
While UPnP is enabled by default, the DLNA functionality must be loaded and this can be done just by simply installing an app from the integrated app store. At the moment, there are only 19 applications available, which include old favorites such as Plex Media Server, MySQL Server, CRM, Apache Tomcat, and Sugar CRM.
The F2-220 is a NAS device that is not only nicely made and durable, but it’s also an effective platform for sharing files. It has a solid construction, a clean design, and it works fast and quietly. The best thing about this is that it’s easy to set up and as we said earlier, even beginners and inexperienced users will not find it difficult to use this.
The instructions for setting up the device are clear and the software’s interface is simple. We think that there’s no reason not to purchase the TerraMaster F2-220 if you’re looking for an effective yet affordable NAS device.