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TerraMaster F2-221 NAS 2-Bay Diskless $292.49 (Was $389.99) Delivered @ TerraMaster Amazon AU

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It's Intel Apollo J3355 2.0GHz dual-core CPU, and 2GB of RAM (officially expandable up to 4GB, but you can add more) . There has docker support.

You can build a cheap pc as NAS for cheaper price but it's generally going to consume a lot of Watt.

Important note: Basically good spec with crap software & has crap review

I'd personally only recommend this brand for those who like tinkering and is skillful enough to add additional ram to 8GB total to install TrueNAS OS on it instead. (otherwise, stick with synology or just NUC+external HDD)

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    It really isn't that bad but you could go install Synology DSM on it without upgrading the RAM and it'll work well.

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      That does sound good imo. Although while installing TrueNAS to bypass terramaster OS is still in grey area, I believe Synology made it clear that installing Synology DSM in any other product not their own is illegal.

      And I find the idea of using Illegally installed NAS OS to manage my files rather disturbing especially when Synology DSM is close sourced XD.

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        Although while installing TrueNAS to bypass terramaster OS is still in grey area

        Why do you consider it grey? TrueNAS is built on open source software and the Hardware Guide states:

        While the TrueNAS Mini and FreeNAS certified are excellent turn-key systems, we appreciate that do-it-yourself users have always played a critical role in the growth and success of TrueNAS CORE/FreeNAS around the world. From repurposed systems to highly-custom builds, the fundamental freedom of TrueNAS is the ability to run it on nearly any x86 computer.

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        I believe Synology made it clear that installing Synology DSM in any other product not their own is illegal.

        Sure it violates their TOS but so does upgrading Win7/8.1 to Win10 with the media creation tool. Unless you're a large business/enterprise they're not going to come after you. Or as you suggest do TrueNAS as that's allowed.

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    Important note: Basically good spec with crap software & has crap review

    I sometimes wonder why companies like TerraMaster don't just install TrueNAS Core or similar.

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      I'm not sure myself but maybe it's something to do with license? like perhaps it's free to use but could cost some fee to distribute with their own product commercially?

      TrueNAS has own own premade NAS line up after all, And I'd even find it ridiculous if some rando company can simply advertise their NAS product with TrueNAS built in and just shift the OS support to TrueNAS without paying any fees.

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        That is the way that open source software works.

        Currently TerraMaster would be spending money on building an OS that people don't like and many recommend replacing with an open source solution. If TerraMaster directed those same resources to updating TrueNAS Core to improve compatibility and features then it would make their product significantly more desirable.

        It depends on if the TerraMaster business model is based on shipping hardware and the OS is a necessary cost or they see the software as a differentiating factor.

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    Looking for similarly cheap but four bay?

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    As someone who brought the 4 bay one 2 weeks ago and sent it back. Just don't these are terrible devices and the software sucks so much. Just don't go QNAP or Synology.

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      As someone who brought the 4 bay one

      Where did you bring it?

      Just don't go QNAP or Synology.

      Why not?

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        Yeah I screwed up. I meant bought and buy Qnap and Synology

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          Terra is fine after you get the bootloader running.

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        He brang it home from the store