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Terra Master F2-210 NAS Review

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TerraMaster F2-210When you search Google for affordable NAS first few results point you in a completely wrong direction. Solutions by Dell and Think Make is not affordable to the average home consumer. These multi-bay Network Attached Storage devices offer the best reliability and performance but for the Enterprise business environment. Home users sure can take advantage of these products but at an astronomical price. However, not all is lost. The average home consumer can still turn to manufacturers that specialize in producing Affordable NAS devices for home use. TerraMaster is one of the most diverse manufactures of SOHO storage devices which range from entry-level all the way to the Enterprise-class. Their latest solution for SOHO users is TerraMaster F2-210. The F2-210 is a highly affordable diskless 2 bay NAS enclosure that has a Quad-Core processor and offers Ethernet connectivity so you can build your own small cloud storage/streaming device.


Review Sample Provided by Terra Master
Product Name: Terra Master F2-210
Price at time of review: $ 149.99 USD MSRP
The product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.



The F2-210 packaging comes in a similar box as the other two and four-bay devices by Terra Master.  There are no markings on the packaging that would show specifics of the device inside.


TerraMaster F2-210

The internal packaging of F2-210 has similar as well.  The NAS is rightly trapped with a protective bag and secured in place with two foam cutouts.  The accessory box is included with this package and it keeps everything nice and tight while in transport.


TerraMaster F2-210

The accessory box contains a power supply, Cat 5 Ethernet cable, Philips screwdriver, two bags of miscellaneous screws, a sheet of labeled stickers and a set of instructions to get you started.

Hardware Specifications

Processor Model Realtek RTD1296
Processor Architecture ARM V8 64-bit
Processor Frequency Quad Core 1.4GHz
Hardware Encryption Engine YES
Hardware Transcoding Engine 10-bit H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-4 Part 2, MPEG-2, VC-1; maximum resolution: 4K (4096 x 2160); maximum frame rate per second (FPS): 30
System Memory 1GB
Pre-installed Memory module /
Total Memory Slot Number /
Maximum Supported Memory 1GB
Note TerraMaster reserves the right to replace memory modules with the same or higher frequency based on supplier’s product life cycle status. Rest assured that the compatibility and stability have been strictly verified with the same benchmark to ensure identical performance.
Disk Slot Number 2
Compatible Drive types 3.5″ SATA HDD
Maximum Internal Raw Storage Capacity 28TB (14TB x 2) (Capacity may vary by RAID types)
Max Single Volume 108TB
Drive Hot Swap YES
Note . Hard drive vendors will release their latest models of hard drives, and Maximum internal raw storage capacity may be adjusted accordingly.
. The maximum single volume size is not directly related to the maximum raw capacity.
File System
Internal Drive EXT4,BTRFS
External Drive EXT3, EXT4, NTFS, FAT32, HFS+
External Ports
RJ-45 1GbE Network Jack 1
USB 3.0 Port 2
USB 2.0 Port /
LSI 9207-8i HBA Card /
PCIe Slots /
Size (H*W*D) 227 x 119 x 133 mm
Packaging Size (H*W*D) 258 x 220 x 170 mm
Weight Net Weight: 1.35Kg  Gross Weight: 2.2Kg
System Fan 80 mm x 80 mm x25mm  1 pcs
Fan Mode Smart, High speed, Middle speed, Low speed
Noise Level 18.6dB(A)
Power Supply 40W
AC Input Voltage 100V – 240V AC
Current Frequency 50/60 Hz, single frequency
Power Consumption 25.6W
2.0W  (hard drive dormancy)
Limited warranty 2 years
Certificate FCC, CE, CCC, KC
Environment RoHS, WEEE
Working Temperature 5°C  ~ 40°C (40°F ~ 104°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C ~ 60°C (-5°F ~ 140°F)
Relative Humidity 5% ~ 95% RH
Package Contents
Host unit (x1)
Power cord (x1)
RJ-45 network cable (x1)
Quick Installation Guide (x1)
Limited Warranty Note(x1)
Screws(a few)
Power adapter (x1)
TOS Features
OS Supported
Supported Client OS Windows OS, Mac OS, Linux OS
Supported Web Browsers Google Chrome 48, Microsoft Internet Explorer 9, Mozilla Firefox 30, Apple Safari 4.5 or later version; Microsoft Edge is not recommended.
Supported mobile OS Ios 8.2, Android 5.0 or later version
Storage Management
Supported RAID Types Single, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1
Maximum Internal Volume Number 16
Maximum iSCSI Target 10
Maximum iSCSI LUN 10
Volume Expansion with Larger HDDs RAID 1
Volume Expansion by Adding a HDD NOT AVAILABLE
RAID Migration YES
Hot Spare YES
Hard Drive S.M.A.R.T. YES
Seagate IHM YES
NVRAM write cache(BBU-protected) NOT AVAILABLE
WORM(Write Once Read Many) NOT AVAILABLE
Shared Folder Snapshot YES
Storage QoS For Shared Folder NOT AVAILABLE
File Services
Maximum Concurrent SAMBA/AFP/FTP Connections 100
Windows Access Control List (ACL) Integration YES
NFS Kerberos Authentication YES
Account & Shared Folder
Maximum local user’s account number 128
Maximum local group number 128
Maximum shared folders number 128
Maximum shared folders syncing tasks 2
Rsync Server YES
Rsync Backup YES
Schedule Backup YES
USB Device Backup YES
Cloud Sync YES
Time Machine Server YES
File System Gluster NOT AVAILABLE
Link Aggregation NOT AVAILABLE
DLNA Compliance YES
VPN Client YES
VPN Server YES
Proxy lient YES
UPnP/Bonjour Discovery YES Remote Access YES
Access Right Management
Batch users creation NOT AVAILABLE
Import/Export users NOT AVAILABLE
User Quota Managerment YES
Local user access control for CIFS/SAMBA and FTP YES
Domain Authentication
Microsoft Active Directory YES
Firewall Protection YES
Account Auto-block Protection YES
AES Volume and Shared Folder Encryption YES
Importable SSL certificate YES
Instant Alert via email, SMS, Beep YES
Power Managerment
Automatic Power On After Power Recovery YES
Scheduled Power On/Off YES
UPS Supported YES
Multi-window, Multi-task System Management YES
Custom Desktop YES
Control Panel YES
Resource Monitor YES
Syslog YES
OS UI Language English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Magyar, Chineses, Japanese, Korean
Application Center YES
Mail Server YES
Web Server YES
Clam Antivirus YES
Download YES
Multi-Media Server YES
Docker YES
Plex Media Server YES
Snapshot YES


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  1. I bought this device in May 2020. It worked out of the box in RAID1 configuration, but it was unable to put disks in spindown. I really wanted to have an always on device, but I did not want to burn 26W and spin the disks when idle. This disk consumes ~1A from 12V (~12W) when disks are spinning and ~0.4A (~5W) when disks are stopped. It has latest TOS 4.1.24, which actually is OpenWRT, with a javascript web interface written on top of it.
    The reason why the disks were not stopping was that the entire OS is residing on the disks and *surprise* it is configured to write information and error logs into a disk file. Because the designers forgot to disable log, it spins the disks every time one logs in, opens user interface and also renews IP address from your home DHCP server. If this happens within 30min, the disks never stop. They also have few bugs in configuration so the error messages which sometime pop up from Samba or IPtables happen to spin up disks too.

    When using DHCP server at home, set the lease time to long interval because NAS will refresh lease half-way in the validity time (1hr lease will spin the disks permanently because the minimum timeout is 30min when set from browser interface).

    I may only guess that the designers put the internal flash drive with the intent to place logs and other frequently accessed information on this drive; it is mapped as /mnt/usb disk and shows 120MB of free space. But because the mount point is on HDD, the access to flash also spins up the disks!

    The disks will be also woken by the “Apps” which may be optionally installed, like Google Drive Sync and DLNA server. These applications are rather handy, and installation is easy. Needless to say, it can be a full featured Web (multiple virtual servers), FTP, NFS, SVN, Git, Docker and few more servers. It is a real decent performance Linux machine. But be prepared that the disks may/will be spinning all the time.

    When fresh HDDs are installed, (I used Seagate IronWolf 4TB), it takes 24-40hours to build the RAID journal. During this time the box will produce head move sounds continuously, this is unexpected, but normal.

    It is possible to log on the TOS via SSH terminal and also browse, copy and edit files from a PC using WinSCP utility. This way one familiar with Linux internals will be able to tweak the configuration files to modify the low level configuration. After two days of studying, I managed to configure it in staying in mostly low power state when idle.

    There is a debate if the NAS disks are more reliable when permanently spinning, but when nobody accesses the box at night, the standby low power and low noise mode is very desirable.

    In summary, the box is solid, flexible, and has good price/performance, but requires some work to improve their TOS configuration and fix the bugs.

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