TerraMaster has announced its newly designed NAS series: F2-212, F4-212, and U4-212.

These NAS systems are all based on ARM chipsets making them more affordable than the Intel counterparts and low-powered.

These models feature the TRAID, BTRFS file system, Snapshot, and TFSS, delivering enhanced data backup and an enriched multimedia experience tailored for individual and domestic users.

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TerraMaster F2-212 vs F2-223 vs TerraMaster F2-423 Specification Comparison

I previously reviewed the excellent TerraMaster F2-423 last year and continue to use it as my main Plex server. The below table compares some of the popular options from TerraMaster.

SpecificationTerraMaster F2-212TerraMaster F2-223TerraMaster F2-423TerraMaster F4-223
Drive Bays2224
CPUQuad-Core 1619BDual-Core N4505Quad-Core N5095Dual-Core N4505
RAM1GB (Not Upgradable)4GB (Upgradable to 32GB)4GB (Upgradable to 32GB)4GB (Upgradable to 32GB)
LAN Port1GbE Port X 12.5GbE Port X 12.5GbE Port X 12.5GbE Port X 1
USB HostUSB 3.1 X 1; USB 3.0 X 1USB 3.2 (10Gbps) X 2USB 3.2 (10Gbps) X 2USB 3.2 (10Gbps) X 2
Max Raw Storage Capacity44 TB (22TB X 2, RAID 0)44 TB (22TB X 2, RAID 0)44 TB (22TB X 2, RAID 0)88 TB (22TB X 4, RAID 0)
Supported RAID TypeRAID 0/1/JBOD/Single; TRAIDRAID 0/1/JBOD/Single; TRAIDRAID 0/1/JBOD/Single; TRAIDRAID 0/1/5/6/10/Single; TRAID
Case MaterialPlasticAluminumAluminumAluminum
Power consumption22W(Access), 11W(Hibernation)22W(Access), 11W(Hibernation)22W(Access), 11W(Hibernation)35W(Access), 14W(Hibernation)

TerraMaster F2-212/F4-212/U4-212 Highlights

Contemporary External Aesthetics

The 212 NAS series blends fresh design nuances with sophisticated colour combinations, presenting a stylish yet functional exterior. It boasts superior heat management, reduced noise levels, and a more user-friendly set-up process.

Hassle-free Hard Drive Installation in a Flash

The intuitive, tool-free hard drive tray ensures swift and straightforward hard drive insertion and removal. The innovative Push-lock feature automatically secures the hard drive tray once the drive is in place, safeguarding against accidental disconnections or drops.

State-of-the-art TOS 5 System & TRAID Compatibility

Powering the 212 NAS series is the robust ARM V8.2 Cortex-A55 64-bit 1.7GHz quad-core processor, which facilitates the contemporary TOS 5 system and is compatible with the flexible TRAID disk array management tool. This offers an efficient and adaptable disk array management solution.

Snapshot and TFSS Assurance

With support for Snapshot and the TerraMaster File System Snapshot (TFSS) rooted in Btrfs file systems, data is meticulously safeguarded. It provides a comprehensive protection and recovery avenue against potential data losses from operational errors, disk damage, and even cyber threats like ransomware.

Enhanced Private Cloud Storage Security

The F2-212 offers an impressive raw storage of up to 44 TB, whilst the F4-212 and U4-212 can handle up to 88TB, serving as expansive private cloud repositories for families or small groups. With the TOS 5 operating system, replete with myriad backup, file sharing, and synchronisation tools, data backup and remote collaboration become seamless.

Paired with the latest iOS and Android TNAS Mobile client, users can securely access and manage files from various mobile devices. Additionally, using the Terra Photo app from the TNAS Application Centre, users are equipped with smart tools to categorise, backup, and share photos. This series outperforms its predecessors, managing more tasks and accommodating a larger number of simultaneous users.

Further, the 212 series can be effortlessly integrated with popular public cloud platforms, offering two-way synchronisation with services like Google Drive, Amazon S3, Dropbox, and OneDrive. This ensures a smooth data flow between private and public storage, marrying the ease of cloud integration with robust data security.

Premier Home Multimedia Hub

Exceptional 4K video hardware decoding combined with compatibility for the uPnP/DLNA protocol means the 212 series can easily stream content to a range of devices, from smartphones and tablets to smart TVs and platforms like Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV. Whether using TerraMaster’s bespoke “Multimedia Server” app or third-party servers like Emby or Plex, users are guaranteed a consistent and enjoyable entertainment experience.

The F2-212 model is now available for purchase through Amazon and global TerraMaster distributors at a recommended retail price of $169.99.

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