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QNAP TS-212-E 2-bay home & SOHO NAS for personal cloud and social sharing
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- 2-bay home & SOHO NAS for personal cloud and social sharing
- Multi-window, multi-tasking GUI
- Data storage, backup, sharing and disaster recovery
- Rich multimedia applications for entertainment
- Dropbox-like file synchronization
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2-bay home & SOHO NAS for personal cloud and social sharing
Simple yet Powerful Storage
Featuring with new QTS 4.0 Operating System
The TS-212-E is a powerful yet easy to use network storage center for data storage, backup, synchronization, remote access, and home entertainment. As your personal cloud, you will always be connected to your files and your files are always under your control.
See how TS-212-E featuring the QTS 4.0 can make your digital life easier, simpler and more convenient.
• Organize your data/content and backups in one centralized location.
• Synchronize files across computers, tablets, and mobile devices, and share files across different groups and communities.
• Collect, enjoy, and share your large photo, music, and video collection.
• Enjoy HD movies or family videos on TV when streamed through various network players.
• Access, manage and enjoy all your files with your tablets and smartphones.
• Extend your diverse applications on the TS-212-E by installing more than 80 apps on demand in the App Center.
Easier Operations on QTS 4.0 Desktop
The QTS 4.0 Desktop including quick Main menu, graphic dashboard, drag-and-drop icons, multiple desktops, personalized wallpapers, and the smart toolbar making system operations much easier. In addition, multi-tasking is supported which allows multiple windows to be open to access multiple applications concurrently.
Centralize and Protect your Data
The TS-212-E is a high-performance cross-platform storage with many friendly storage and backup options that centralizes and protects all your important files on one single device.
Apple Time Machine Backup
Time Machine is fully supported to help Mac OS X users create a more efficient and convenient backup solution. The TS-212-E works with Time Machine wirelessly over the same network so you no longer need an external drive.
More Backup Options
Netbak Replicator is the license-free backup software which allows you to back up your files in multiple Window client PCs in schedule or real time. You can also gain a disaster recovery solution with our RTRR (Real Time Remote Replication) feature by replicating data in multiple shared folders from one NAS to another NAS over the network to ensure the safety of your important data. Besides, the data can also be backed up to another FTP server, external disk, or to online cloud storage services.
User Access Controls - All your digital files stored can be managed to share with your family and friends. User accounts, user groups, shared folder access right, and user quota can be flexibly and easily set up by yourself.
Unauthorized IP-based Blocking
A comprehensive list granting proper access from different users based on IP address can be established to authorize or deny access to the TS-212-E.
The TS-212-E has a built in anti-virus feature to detect and protect against viruses, malware, worms, and Trojan horses.
Encrypted Login, Access and Network Transfer
SSH remote login, SSL security (HTTPS), Secure FTP, and encrypted remote replication are supported.
Detail logs of file-level access to the TS-212-E via different file transfer protocols, and services accessed by online users can all be recorded.
• Freely Access your Cloud Anywhere
• Synchronize and Share
• Photo Albums on the Cloud
• Build your Home Music Library and Enjoy Music Anywhere
• Interact Through your Favorite Social Media Sites
• Enjoy your Videos via AirPlay
• A Sharing Center for Your Home Theatre
• 24/7 Download Centre
• App Centre with rich apps to install on demand
• Surveillance Station Pro - Protect your Home and Valuables
• Access, Use, Sync and Enjoy with your Tablets and Smartphones
• Eco-friendly Design
1 x TS-212-E
1 x SATA cable
1 x SATA Power cable
1 x Ethernet cable
1 x Power Adaptor
1 x Power cord
1 x Screw pack
1 x Quick installation Guide
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Compared to the opposition, the TS-212-E represents good value in hardware terms. For instance, it has USB 3.0 ports and a 1.6MHz processor, whereas the Synology 214se only has USB 2.0 ports and an 800MHz processor. Speaking of the processor, the model was originally scheduled to ship with a 1.2GHz CPU, but was quickly switched to 1.6GHz at no extra charge. Although it only has 256MB RAM, performance with QTS 4.1 Beta was snappy and smooth.
The case is plastic, cream coloured and compact. On the front are various status lights, plus a USB port and a button that can be used for easily copying the contents of a memory stick to the NAS. On the rear are the USB 3.0 ports and an Ethernet port, along with the power socket. A nice touch is a small plastic clip that retains the power lead to reduce the chance of it being pulled out by accident.
Inside, things are a little more haphazard. Although it takes two hard drives, there is only a fixed connector for one. Separate SATA and power leads are provided; these have to be plugged into the motherboard and in turn have to be connected to the second drive. It works, but the only explanation and instructions are on the QNAP website and it might confuse some people. Presumably this arrangement enables QNAP to use the same parts in different models.
As mentioned, the unit is compact - possibly too much, as there is only a space for relatively small fan and the unit can get slightly warm to the touch. The speed of the fan can be adjusted but it is possible to hear it most of the time - not a problem in a small office but you wouldn't necessarily want to keep one in the bedroom. However, it should be pointed out that the type of hard drives used will also affect both noise and temperature levels.
As a first unit, this will not disappoint. Anything who is not familiar with QNAP (or Synology for that matter) will be astonished at the sheer functionality of these devices, and the TS-212-E is a great introduction.
For users who (like me) are wondering how smooth the installation will be, I thought I would write some details:
1. Hard drive installation was a 2 minute job. I had previously made sure I ordered 2 new hard drives from the list of those compatible on the QNAP website. This is important, as I've read a lot of people having problems trying to use drives QNAP specifically say not to. Don't waste your time doing that, research and get the right drives. I chose to use 2x Seagate Barracuda 3TB drives (code ST3000DM001). Both drives slotted in nicely into the little NAS, one fitting directly to a hard connected and one requiring cable (supplied) to the little motherboard inside.
2. After installing the drives, I connected the NAS box to my Router and power, then switched it on. I made sure to give it a few minutes to start up properly before heading to my PC. I then downloaded the recommended firmware and initialisation tool to my PC from the QNAP website - called QNAP QFinder.
3. I ran QFinder and it detected the NAS on the network immediately, so I right clicked on my NAS in the list and selected "Update Firmware". I chose the automatic option and it started right on updating, giving me a progress report as it went. It all happened seamlessly without issues, taking around 15 minutes in total.
4. The system seemed to want 5 minutes to settle with the new firmware before letting me click the "Login" button on QFinder and move to the next step. Don't panic if you get an error at first, just give it a few more minutes and it sorts itself out. At least it did for me. When it was ready, I clicked the login button in QFinder (username and password are both 'admin' the first time) and it took me to a nice looking web page where I could access all the tools and fun things. That was it, the NAS box was setup and ready to go. No issues, no hassle.
5. Once logged in, my configuration process was also pretty simple. I first formatted the hard drive under the Storage area and created the default Share folders. From there, you can do whatever suits you with configuration, however I'll share the steps I immediately did. These included changing the admin password, setting FTP and SSH ports to a non-standard port between 49152 and 65535 (optional but protects against script kiddies), setting the server time, enabling the built in Network Access Protection, uploading a secure certificate for SSL, and (most importantly) heading to General Settings to give it a cool name on the network :)
6. My next step was to login in to my local router to ensure all the correct ports were open. Every router is different, so you need to look up your own router model to find instructions on port forwarding. It's not always needed, but seems to be for most. I was expecting this, so I had found instructions for my router beforehand. All I had to do for mine was log in to my router and enable the uPnP (universal plug and play) option, then return to the QNAP application screen and run the myQNAPcloud application. After doing this, all the ports sorted themselves out. Very painless, so I recommend trying this method for your router. Otherwise you'll have to assign each port manually from your Router to the QNAP, which is far more complex.
7. The last thing I did was map the network drive. I did this by heading back to QFinder and again right clicked on the NAS box in the list, then selecting "Map Network Drive". I connected using the admin user account, but I suppose with multiple users you might want to create them in the NAS menu. I chose Z: drive, but you can choose any available letter. Now I can use Windows Explorer to 'drag & drop' my music and video files straight to the NAS. Loving that part.
Time it took : The above steps were completed in under 20 minutes in total, and would probably have been faster if I wasn't being distracted by all the sparkly looking tools, options and apps. It's really quite fun to play around with, plus I'm nosy so I like to check everything out.
Noise: I read some people complaining it was noisy, so I was worried what I was going to find, but now that it's running I would disagree entirely with that. This teeny little box is very quiet. You wouldn't want to sleep with it next to your headboard, but I'm not sure who would plan to do that or why. It's quieter than (say) a PS3 or Xbox and I can't hear it under the fish tank filter, so that's more than quiet enough.
Overall : Very happy. I haven't had any problems to report. I'm already streaming music from the NAS as I write this, and am copying a bunch of videos over to free up space on my PC. I'm looking forward to seeing what this little box can do.
Hope this is helpful for someone.
I worried it might be a tad advanced for his (as he struggles with the Sky remote sometimes :-P), but he seems more than happy with it.
He was also showing off with it, he was showing the whole family his latest work through the TV.
Perfect performance for a light user I would say
Very happy with my purchase
Will give another review in a few months to see how it goes.
overall very Impressive and I would recommend this product without reservation.
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