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TerraMaster F2-221 2 Bay NAS $311.99, F5-221 5 Bay NAS $431.99 (Both w/ 2x GbE LAN) Shipped @ TerraMaster Amazon AU

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These two excellent mid-range NAS drives will be on sale from 11:45am to 11:45pm AEDT on Cyber Monday as a Lightning Deal.

Both feature an Intel Celeron J3355 dual-core CPU, dual Gigabit ethernet ports, 2GB RAM (upgradeable to 10GB (see here) and 2 USB 3.0 ports on the rear. These are great for file sharing, backups, playing media (e.g. Plex) and running Docker containers etc.

The budget F2-210 and F4-210 NAS Drives will be on sale on Black Friday too.

Price History at C CamelCamelCamel.
This is part of Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals for 2020

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    Is the Intel Celeron J3355 powerful enough to do Plex transcoding or only good for playback?

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      yes, I'm using a J1900 to decode 4K movie. J3355 is much better than J1900

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      Check this official Plex NAS compatibility doc. Scroll down to TerraMaster and it'll tell you what's supported via software and hardware transcoding.

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    Just an FYI. I managed to upgrade my unit (F5-221) to a total of 10GB RAM..
    Based on some research and trawling through forums etc, I ordered a stick of 8GB Crucial Ram from overseas, popped it in and the system now has a total 10GB (2GB+8GB)

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      Can you link the ram?

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      Good to know I've added it to OP. I think officially they advertise 4GB on Amazon and 6GB on their website. It makes sense that 10GB would work.

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      Did you get much of a noticeable performance increase?

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    Of course. Just bought the Ds220+ off eBay. So I can feel better (unlikely) how does this compare?

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      Synology software is superior.

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        I’ve got the current version of Synology running on F5-221 though… took a bit to iron out a particular setting but I documented it :)

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          Are you able to download all the apps normally available through DSM on a Synology NAS.

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            @Clear: Yep. Only thing I’m not able to do (haven’t tried) is QuickConnect. Not game enough to register on Synology servers with a non genuine device…
            I’ve been able to do the following successfully:
            * install 6.2.3 update 2
            * install proper Syno packages
            * install 3rd party packages
            * use Plex & Docker

            For some reason I can’t get the second Lan to function to perform Link Aggregation (‘Bonding’), but oh well

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          Im thinking of going down the same path and save a bit of money. A 4 bay Synology Nas is like double the price.

          What loader are you running? 1.04b DS918? Do you need add extra driver for the Nic?

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            @vash12: Download this guys already modded loader no need to fiddle with extra.lzma, and just install the current DSM.
            Modded link

            You’ll then need to change some settings in the bios to successfully boot from USB. Instructions for that are here

            If you want it to show the correct CPU, grab this from GitHub: ch_cpuinfos.sh

            If you want the power button to work, use POWERBUTTON_6.2-0002.SPK

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          Can you share your documentation? :)

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            @cacique: Sorry didn’t see your reply. See here for summary of it. I have local photos of the bios settings as well, just in case.

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      How much?

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        Nothing special. $592 - $50 voucher for joining eBay plus, and the balance paid with discounted eBay gift cards

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          wow, bit of a difference between $311 for this one.

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      Don't have any experience with Synology.

      I do have an 8 year old 8-bay Qnap (TS 869 Pro running RAID6), which still works well as a NAS/FileServer but the CPU is showing its age (Plex transcoding? forget about it Lol)
      However, Qnap have been providing updates regularly, although being 8yrs old, its coming to End of Service Life (EOSL).
      I also have a HP Microserver running FreeNAS 11.2 with RAID-Z (I should upgrade to a newer version but have been lazy)

      In terms of interface and usability… I'd say..
      1) Qnap (I'm guessing the Synology would be at about the same level)
      2) TerraMaster
      3) FreeNAS

      In terms of cost for the barebones unit? There's a reason why I went with the 5-bay TerraMaster (running RAID 6 too) and splurged on large drives lol
      I run rsync between the Qnap and TerraMaster now

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        Curious why you're rsyncing between two NAS? Backing up one NAS to another for redundancy? Just trying to understand more about NAS stuff? :-) thanks

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          Even though I run RAID-6 on my NAS for resiliency (disk redundancy), its not a backup.
          I rsync from one NAS to another NAS for backup purposes. Ideally I should have an off-site backup or backup to Cloud.
          (Cloud backup in the works, although the thought of doing an initial 16TB backup to AWS on NBN isn't going to be fun)

          I guess its also because I'm a Data Hoarder and have archived personal and work stuff dating back to the early 90's in my storage..
          Loads of family pictures/videos/drone footage, centralized backups for the whole family, "Linux ISOs" etc :P
          I'd hate to lose anything or have stuff corrupted just because I didn't do the necessary.

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            @syngen: Thanks. Did a bit of googling regarding backup vs redundancy. Interesting. Makes sense to use rsync to do the backups.

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    Looks like this price is available now via a coupon on AmazonAU

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    What are some good drives to get with this (ideally on sale as well)?

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    It looks like the 5-bay is not discounted as stated. The 2-bay is.

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    well, it now looks like the 5 bay is available at the discount for the next 7+ hours. They must have been slow to start.

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      That's the thing with Amazon and their promotions. They can turn around and change the conditions of the sale at any time. I guess they pushed this one back.

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    Got one of the 5-bay units to put my 12TB drives into and finally decommission the overworked N54L Thanks OP

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    Arrived yesterday, the HDMI port is actually there behind the cover and does indeed work with a long HDMI plug which opens up far more possibilities for this box rather than just a headless NAS. http://prnt.sc/vzcinr http://prnt.sc/vzcjdv