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QNAP TS-212 Digital Home Series 8TB (2 x 4TB) 2 Bay All-in-One Desktop Turbo NAS Server Multimedia Station

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  • 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

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Connectivity Technology ISCSI; Serial ATA; Yes ISCSI; Yes ISCSI; Serial ATA; eSATA ISCSI; Yes ISCSI; Yes
Data Transfer Rate 6,000 Mb per second 225 Mb per second 30 Mb per second 625 MB per second 6,000 Mb per second
Hard Disk Size 8 TB 0 GB 96,000 GB 16,000 GB 0 GB 128,000 GB
Item Dimensions 18 x 23.5 x 17.7 cm 21.9 x 10.2 x 16.9 cm 16.84 x 22.5 x 10.21 cm 22.5 cm x 1.02 m x 16.5 cm 21.06 x 23.5 x 18.5 cm
Model Year 2015 2015 2014 2016 2015
Network Interface 4 x Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet port Ethernet, USB 4 x Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet port
Size 8TB (2 x 4TB) Empty Enclosure Empty Enclosure No drives Empty Enclosure Empty Enclosure
Special Feature Backup Function Hot Swap Function Hot Swap Function; Backup Function Hot Swap Function Hot Swap Function
Style 4 Bay (4GB) 2 Bay (2GB) Enclosure only 2 Bay (2GB) 8 Bay (4GB)

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Technical Details
BrandQNAP
Item Weight3.3 Kg
Package Dimensions27.6 x 19.4 x 18.6 cm
Item model numberTS-212/8TB
Hard Drive Size8 TB
  
Additional Information
ASINB007VAUR32
Best Sellers Rank 504,934 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3.3 Kg
Date First Available18 April 2012
  
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Size Name:8TB (2 x 4TB)

Product Description

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

Box Contains

TS-212
CD-ROM
ethernet cable
quick installation guide
adaptor
power cord
screw pack
SATA cable
SATA power cable


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Size: 4TB (2 x 2TB) Verified Purchase
Too slow, and gets very irritable after firmware updates.

When it is not being a brat, it works really well.
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Ok, where to start? If you are reading this then you must be thinking about a NAS server. I'll try and review my one as best possible.
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!
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It appears this NAS box is loved or hated on the reviews, I personally love it.

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.

Good points
- 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.
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I advised my Brother-in-law to get this product so that I could install NAS on his home network to provide safety and a central storage repository for all the family. The hard drives (2*1TB) were purchased separately and I took on the responsibility for making sure the whole thing worked. I spent a very frustrating weekend trying to get the system operational and realised that there are some fundamental issues with this product.

The instructions and Youtube videos imply that it is a trivial job to install the hard drives and get the unit operational. That was not my experience. I followed the start up instructions to download and install the latest firmware and following apparently successful update the unit refused to initialise. After spending hours on the internet and attempting all of the procedures provided on the QNAP website, I never obtained the steady green light showing the unit was ready for use. As soon as you look on the web you find that this is a very common problem with QNAP units and the support offered by QNAP is minimal. Eventually the product was returned to Amazon (full marks)for replacement as recommended by QNAP when you have exhausted their recovery procedures.

The new unit did not work out of the box, but I did get it to work with the knowledge I had gleaned form the first aborted attempt. Based on my experience I would recommend the following: -

* Only use the firmware that comes in the box with the product to initialise. You can update to the latest version once it is operational
* Initialise the hard discs in another pc, but do not create a partition or format them.
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