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TerraMaster 2 Bay NAS
At a glance
ProductNoontec F2-220 TerraMaster 2 Bay NAS   [Website]
SummaryIntel Celeron based two-bay NAS supporting many network services.
Pros• iSCSI support for server and target
• Rsync and Time Machine support
• Downloadable iTunes, DLNA and Plex servers
• Dropbox sync
Cons • Limited number of installable packages
• Slower reads vs. writes
• No IPv6 support
• No printer support
• No phone support - email/FAQ support only
• No Android/iOS mobile apps

Typical Price: $190  Shop Amazon

Introduction

Unless you are a long-time reader of our NAS reviews, you probably won't recognize the name Noontec and its TerraMaster brand of NASes. Our last review of a TerraMaster product was the TerraMaster F2-NAS in the spring of 2014. This review looks at the Noontec TerraMaster F2-220 2-bay NAS. It features a more powerful dual-core Intel Celeron processor and more memory than its predecessor, but is priced the same, around $180.

For comparison during the review, I selected two lower priced two-bay RAID 1 class products - the $128 ZyXEL NAS326, and the $175 ASUSTOR AS1002T. The chart below, generated from the NAS Finder, compares key product specs. If you want to see the full comparison of features, click here. What's important to note here is that the TerraMaster has a dual-core Intel Celeron J1800 and 2 GB of memory. The other two NASes are based on single-core Marvell Armada 38X processors and only have 512 MB of memory. We'll see how the differences in hardware impact performance later in the review.

TerraMaster F2-220, ZyXEL NAS326 and ASUSTOR AS1002T product comparison

TerraMaster F2-220, ZyXEL NAS326, and ASUSTOR AS1002T product comparison

The callouts below show the front panel, LED and buzzer descriptions. The rear panel of the F2-220 is so simple I didn't include callouts. It has a power socket for the external brick power supply, a single Gigabit Ethernet port, a USB 2.0 port and a USB 3.0 port. The USB 3.0 port has the standard blue plastic insert found on all USB 3.0 ports.

TerraMaster F2-220 Callouts, Indicators and Beep charts
TerraMaster F2-220 Callouts, Indicators and Beep charts

Two Western Digital Red 1 TB (WD10EFRX) drives (SNB supplied) were used for testing. Total power consumption with all drives spun up was 14 W (drives active) and 8 W (power save). Fan and drive noise was rated very low.

Inside

The image below shows the component side of the main board. In the top left, there's a connector for the drive backplane. In the lower left corner, marked USB1 is the USB slot for the flash drive. (See component summary below).

TerraMaster F2-220 board - component side

TerraMaster F2-220 board - component side

Below is a photo of the board bottom.. Note the SODIMM memory expansion socket on the left side of the board. Memory is expandable to 4 GB total using this connector (RAM type: 1600/1333MHz DDR3L 1.35V).

TerraMaster F2-220 board - bottom view

TerraMaster F2-220 board - bottom view

The key components are summarized in Table 1 showing the TerraMaster F2-220, ASUSTOR AS1002T and ZyXEL NAS326 for comparison.

  TerraMaster F2-220 ASUSTOR AS1002T ZyXEL NAS326
CPU Dual-core Intel J1800 @ 2.41 GHz Marvell ARMADA-385 @ 1GHz dual-core Marvell Single Core Armada 38X 88F6810-A0 1.33 GHz
RAM 2 GB DDR3 Hynix H5TC4G63CFR (x4)(expandable to 4 GB total via one So-DIMM slot 1600/1333MHz DDR3L 1.35V) 512 MB Samsung K4B4G1646D 512 MB DDR3 Samsung K4B2G1646Q (x2)
Flash 8 GB (Sandisk USB flash drive) 16 MB Macronix MX25L12835 4 GB MTFC4GMCDM-1M WT
Ethernet Realtek RTL8111F Gigabit Ethernet controller Realtek RTL8211E Marvell 88E1512-NNP2 Gigabit Transceiver
Table 1: Key component summary and comparison

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