- Also check our best rated NAS Drive reviews
QNAP TS-212 Digital Home Series 8TB (2 x 4TB) 2 Bay All-in-One Desktop Turbo NAS Server Multimedia Station
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.
- Enter your model number to make sure this fits.
- View precious photos with slideshows and even background music
- Listen to your favorite music using customized playlists
- Enjoy HD movies / family videos on TV when streamed through network player
- Anytime, anywhere access to your digital media over the Internet
- Publish photos in a few clicks to social networking sites e.g. Facebook
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What do customers buy after viewing this item?
Compare to similar items
This item QNAP TS-212 Digital Home Series 8TB (2 x 4TB) 2 Bay All-in-One Desktop Turbo NAS Server Multimedia Station
QNAP TS-453A-4G 4 Bay NAS Enclosure with 4GB RAM
QNAP TS-251+-2G 2 Bay Desktop NAS Enclosure with 2GB RAM
QNAP TS-251A-4G 2 Bay Desktop Network Attached Storage Enclosure with 4 GB RAM
QNAP TS-431P Powerful Network Attached Storage
QNAP TS-251A-2G 2 Bay Desktop Network Attached Storage Enclosure with 2 GB RAM
||FREE Shipping||FREE Shipping||FREE Shipping||
|Connectivity Technology||—||ISCSI; Serial ATA; Yes||ISCSI; Yes||ISCSI; Yes||ISCSI||ISCSI; Yes|
|Data Transfer Rate||—||6,000 Mb per second||225 Mb per second||625 MB per second||625 MB per second||625 MB per second|
|Hard Disk Size||8 TB||0 GB||96,000 GB||0 GB||0 GB||0 GB|
|Item Dimensions||—||18 x 23.5 x 17.7 cm||21.9 x 10.2 x 16.9 cm||22.5 cm x 1.02 m x 16.5 cm||23.5 x 18 x 17.7 cm||22.5 cm x 1.02 m x 16.5 cm|
|Network Interface||—||4 x Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet port||—||Ethernet, USB||Ethernet||Ethernet, USB|
|Size||8TB (2 x 4TB)||Empty Enclosure||Empty Enclosure||Enclosure||Enclosure||Enclosure|
|Special Feature||—||Backup Function||Hot Swap Function||Hot Swap Function||Hot Swap Function; Backup Function||Hot Swap Function|
|Style||—||4 Bay (4GB)||2 Bay (2GB)||2 Bay (4GB RAM)||4 Bay||2 Bay (2GB RAM)|
Introducing the QNAP TS-212 NAS server for home use, an easy to use networked storage center for the ultimate digital home entertainment experience.
QNAP Turbo NAS servers are a new approach for sharing digital photos, music, and movies/videos, and keeping home computers backed up.
You can easily view photos, listen to music, and even watch Full HD 1080p movies on a widescreen TV or projector streamed from the NAS over the network through PS3, Xbox 360, or other network media players.
You can share multimedia content with family and friends wherever they are on the Internet by web browsers.
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad and Android users can browse shared photos or listen to their music collections anywhere with 3G or Wi-Fi connection by streaming content directly to the device – no sync required.
QNAP NAS brings to life the ultimate in digital home theater enjoyment.
Home Movie / Video Center
QNAP NAS is an ideal video storage center for you to store numerous home videos, movies, and ripped Blu-ray or DVDs. Not only that, you can enjoy Full HD movies on your TV streamed from the NAS through PS3, Xbox 360, and other network media players.
The NAS features high-speed data transfer of exceeding 70MB/s*, fast enough to support multiple 1080p HD streams. The whisper-quiet design brings you the best cinema-grade home theater experience right in your living room.
Complete Backup Server
With QNAP's backup utility NetBak Replicator, you can automatically back up your important files from Windows PC to a QNAP NAS over the network. You can execute real-time synchronization and scheduled backup from multiple PCs to the NAS, and also restore the data to the original location or to a new directory in the event of a PC crash. In addition, QNAP NAS are compatible with many third-party backup software applications including Apple Time Machine.
Exclusive Q-RAID 1 Disk Mirroring
You can connect an external USB or eSATA drive to the NAS and configure it as a “mirror disk” of the internal hard drive of the NAS. The NAS data will be synchronized with the external drive continuously. If the internal hard drive on the NAS fails, you could install the external drive in the NAS to restore the system with all the data retained.
Home File Server
You never have to worry about the PC’s hard drive crashing and data loss, because it is easy for everyone to centrally store, protect, and recover files on the NAS with advanced data protection. You can conveniently share all the photos, music, and movies/videos with your family and friends. Furthermore, different family members can be assigned to access specific share folders for privacy. All the advanced software features are built-in without extra effort and cost.
Home Printer Server
You can connect up to 3 USB printers to the QNAP NAS and share the printers with family members for network (LAN or Internet) printing
quick installation guide
SATA power cable
Top customer reviews
I researched these (my one is a Qnap 212-TS Turbo) for about 2 months along with the Synology 212J and as far as I'm concerned this IS THE BEST.
Just a short note to also say I bumped into the I.T. lads at work, told them I was getting one of these and they said they are "incredible, do everything and anything and they install them for all their client" - Gotta say, I felt a lot better after this as I knew I'd chosen the right piece of kit.
So, out of the box we have the enclosure. Nice looking, tidy, solid piece of kit with plenty of flashing lights on the front. I went for ordering two seperate 3TB drives (Seagate 3.5 inch 3TB Barracuda Desktop Hard Drive) after I looked up the compatibility on the Qnap website. If you are wanting this type of configuration then go for the above drives, they work seamlessly.
Now, it's worth mentioning RAID. I hear you say "RAID what?" - Well, easiest way to describe it is this, if you go for the above 2x3TB drives then you have a choice. You can have 6TB of wonderful disk space to play with (RAID 0) or like me, you can set it up as RAID 1 and have the first 3TB drive to hold all the information (pictures, movies, documents etc) and then have the second 3TB drive as a complete copy (aka mirror) of the first drive. That way, if one drive fails, you have a complete back up on the second drive. Much more piece of mind and lets be honest it's a 3TB drive, so plenty of space!
So, if you decide to have pre-installed or install yourself drives then the process, as far as I know, is the same. I'll describe my "installed drives myself" approach.
Anyway, installing the drives is easy, just follow the instructions. The unit comes with the required screws and cables so nothing to worry about.
Once installed, plug in the ethernet cable (also included) to your router, the other end into the NAS, plug the power in and it should all beep and beep again (see instructions for beeping reference) then it's done.
Throw the disk in your PC drive and it will load Qnap finder, which will find your NAS and go through the setup process to format and initialise your drives for the first run. Change things like admin login and password settings and install software that you want to use.
The NAS will automatically set up windows shared drives so you can start transferring files over to the Multimedia directory of the drive. In my case, I made folders (through windows) on the NAS drive, in the multimedia directory, for Movies, TV, Music, Pictures and started moving items over from my portable usb drive.....then I discovered something!
On the NAS gui (which works through IE, Crome or Firefox) there is a file manager. I just plugged the portable usb drive into the front of the NAS and used the built in file manager to move the files! Honestly, I could of kicked myself when I found that feature.
Anyway, get yourself over to the QPKG section and install twonkyvision media server. It's as simple as selecting it from the list of apps and installing it. No fuss, no bother. Now once this is running, you can connect from your wireless TV, PS3, XBox and any manner of wireless hardware so you can stream all the stuff on your NAS to anywhere in the house.
There are just so many features on the NAS I could take all day telling you about them! One good thing is the webserver, to host Wordpress blogs right there on your NAS! You can also host pictures and give your family a login name and password so they can view them from anywhere in the world!
Then, there is the download station which is basically a torrent client with a nice front end. If like me, you want a bit extra, go to the QPKG page and install IPKG and then you can install the Transmission client.....it's just a matter of preference as the built in torrent client works very well.
I also have an IP camera at home (keeping an eye on the driveway) and guess what, the NAS takes care of this as well. You can select the camera from the list in the Survellence section of the web based GUI and hey presto, there is my IP camera and best of all I can record (even with timed settings) straight to the hard drive of the NAS.
It also has cloud features whereby you can use an online cloud based storage site and have the NAS upload and sync with the online cloud for whats called "off site" backup of your data.
The iTunes library is a nice feature as well. I've tried many ways to get a central server with all the music, videos and such using a router with USB, but it was just never enough, too slow and crashed. Well, not with this NAS! It just works and has a nice web based gui for the firefly itunes server.
In fact, I couldn't find anything that didn't have a web based gui feature. Much better than telnet commands (but guess what, you can do that as well)
I also managed to set up myphpadmin (also a one click install via the NAS gui) and get a simple wordpress website running. I'll practice more with that later.
So, a couple of days in and it just works. I did a load of stuff on the NAS last night, left the itunes server running and the download manager running some (legal torrents) and came down this morning thinking "it won't be working still", but it was all still running, all happily working away just like a server should do.
It even works with Macs as my lodger has a MacbookAir and it works perfectly.
So, even though it is a fair stack of money to set this system up, you won't look back. Trust me, I'm going to be skint for a while after shelling out on this, but everyone in the house is happy, they can all have seperate folder access to store their stuff, it streams to all the systems in the house and the itunes server takes care of my libray of music which I can access from any PC in the house.
It really is easy to set up even for a very basic PC user. It has enough goodies for us geeks and if you get it and still can't set it up, find a geeky friend and they can do it for you. Don't miss out on this unit if you think you can't get it to work, it's as easy as surfing the net.
I hope this helps with your decision to buy a NAS drive as the list of available things this little beauty can do would take a long, long time to review.
I also joined up to the Qnap forum, which has a lot of help and tips and some great forum people to help you through and explain some of the more complex features of what this box can do. There is also a wide community based selection of software available for this box, which you just simply upload into the applications section and hey presto, you have something else to play with.
If you want a media server, itunes server and somewhere to store all your pictures then this is definetly for you (go with the 2 x 3TB drives like I did) and if you are a super-geek like me then it has so much more to mess around with and get excited over.
I'll stop talking now, let you think about it, then you can pull the trigger on the buy button and live a happy life.
I imagine some of the difficulties experienced by other users could be a faulty box, their other equipment, a different firmware version or different needs. But with my set up (iphones, ipad, macbooks, imac, ps3 and windows PCs) I now have a great experience.
I now have my NAS set up to do the following things with no issues
- Stream all types of media to ipad, iphone, macbook, ps3, Apple TV, Sony Network TV, windows PC
- Be my time machine backup for two macbooks
- fileshare (copyright free or freeware) files
- Set up as RAID 1, so I have two copies of data to reduce risk of data loss
I've some bigger drives on order, after which I will migrate over my iPhoto library, and back up my iMac.
- Quiet, uses hardly any power, MUCH QUICKER and more likely to stream video than a USB drive connected to a network router
- Unlike others, I have managed to stream all media types, I suppose it could also depend what the player user has
has been running for six months now with no issues
- Huge amount of configuration options
- If you want true data security, this NAS box can back up to Cloud, but only Amazon S3 or elephantdrive at time of writing, which are so expensive you may as well buy another NAS box and connect it up in your shed to provide offsite back up.
- The is so much this box can do, you really have to look carefully on how to set it up, the instruction manual is hundreds of pages long
Things to be aware of
- The iTunes Server function will only hold audio, it will not hold or stream video, so if you want to stream video to an Apple TV for example, you either need to jailbreak your apple TV or use a computer running full iTunes
- Check very very carefully what drives to put into this NAS. Drives that are approved can also be rubbish, before you buy drives check the QNAP forums where people are very vocal about good and bad experiences. Never buy drives just because they are on the approved list only.
All in all great, I've not yet configured the NAS to allow me to access via the internet, nor used it as a web server, but that's possible too.
So, it works, is reliable and the full instruction manual is available online before you buy, so you can check it does what you need. The new lower price is good too, I bought mine for £200 and am still happy.
Most recent customer reviews