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Qnap TS-212-US 2-Bay USB 2.0 NAS Server

by QNAP
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  • NAS + iSCSI storage solution
  • Flexible multiple LUNs management
  • Secure IP SAN environment deployment
  • CPU Marvell 6281 1.2GHz
  • DRAM 256MB DDRII RAM
  • Alarm Buzzer System warning
  • Flash Memory 16MB
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: QNAP
  • Model: TS-212-US
  • Hard Disk Size: 4 TB
  • Hardware Platform: linux
  • Hard Disk Description: Desktop

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 8.6 x 3.4 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004M0TVWM
  • Item model number: TS-212-US
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 3, 2011

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.

Customer Reviews

Easy to setup and configure for basic operation.
J. Toth
From sharing photos, hosting own emails, accessing files on your Android or iPhone this thing can do it all plus more!
Golfer168
My experience with the 269 also gives me confidence that the 212 would also perform very well in SAMBA.
Ryan M. Headley

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Warren on July 22, 2012
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I bought this a couple of months ago, and it's been working like a charm. BEWARE! Don't buy the drives that Amazon recommends or other "bought with" drives without checking the hardware compatibility list ([...]). I bought two Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB Desktop Hard Drive WD20EARX and promptly returned them when I finally did check the list, then went with two Western Digital Caviar Black 2 TB SATA III 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Internal Desktop Hard Drive - WD2002FAEX instead. Hope this helps.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By D. Crider on October 3, 2011
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I purchased this NAS and installed two 3TB harddrives in it without any problem. It provides a lot of features that actually work well. Some of the menus are a little complicated and take a little getting used to for finding exactly what I want, but once I found them, they worked as expected. I like that this allows me to join the device to a small Active Directory environment for authentication. The only limitation I found was that in order for the multimedia station service to work, I had to enable the web hosting service. Not a big deal, but not again, not overly intuitive either. I also implemented the iSCSI service to provide remote storage for a few virtual machines and provide clustering capabilities that would normally be included in very expensive SAN solutions.

The hardware installation requires installing a few screws and cables to connect the hard drives. It would have been nice to have this work with a toolless setup instead, but I don't plan to swap the drives out and only took a few minutes.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jason P. Baxter on December 30, 2011
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I have had the TS-212 installed now for about 2 months and feel very good about my purchase. My main goal was to get everything off of a power hungry windows PC that was on 24/7 for media center and streaming. I also had a HP media Vault that it was backin up too. Now I just have the Qnap with my PC's folders pointing to the QNAP for file access and using XBOX 360's and APPLE TV Gen 1 with XBMC for streaming. I like this setup very much as I have not had any problems with streaming from the QNAP.

Coming from a HP media Vault for backup this is a big step in features but did not take long to learn. Please keep in mind that during your search if you want more 3rd party apps for streaming you will need to purchase an intel QNAP for products such as PLEX. The QNAP TS-212 can only use Twonky for Upnp. Also if you plan on hooking this up to XMBC for streaming you need to set it up under Windows SMB in XBMC instead of upnp. it will not allow for the Movies library for some reason when trying to use upnp and Twonky.

My favorite features of the QNAP TS-212 are the auto shutdown/power on settings, ipad app for accessing media folders and low power usage.

I would recommend purchasing this product if all you need is a max 3TB storage setup (for right now).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 13, 2013
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I have been using this NAS with 2 hard drives configured in raid 1 without problem for almost a year. It's a little bit noisy, but it's OK.
The management interface is very nice, with many adjustable parameters. I also enjoyed accessing my NAS while on travel through the internet.

The only limitation I found is that you cannot wake the NAS up from the LAN, which forces you to plan very long power-on periods to be sure that the NAS will be available when you need it, and thus, limits a little bit the power saving features of the product.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ben Kokes on April 20, 2012
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I have been running the QNAP for several weeks and I am happy with its performance. Granted the software wasn't quite as straightforward as I was expecting, but after some head-butt removal it was up and running just fine.

A few of the PROS:
-Fast transfer speed: the unit can handle a download while I watch a movie directly from the disk.
-Power down: will spin down the disks when not being interrogated.

A single CON:
-Not silent: Its not noisy by any accounts, but it would be nice if it had a fanless setup. the only time I hear it is when I am shutting down all the electronics for the night ( tv, stereo, computer). Otherwise the other fans drown out the sound of the QNAP.

My setup: 2 Seagate Barracuda 7200 3 TB 7200RPM SATA drives, mirrored. The network is wireless G / 100mbps router.

I would purchase this item again and recommend it to friends.

Cheers,
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ryan M. Headley on August 27, 2013
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I purchased the TS-212 for my home after installing two TS-269's on my office network. As the 212 is less than half the price of the 269, I was surprised the find nearly all of the same functionality. The main differences are processor speed, memory and hot swap capability. While the higher processor speed and larger memory of the 269 are necessary for a 50+user office network, but the 212 has performed flawlessly on my <10 device home network. And to address hot swap, this is only necessary if you need instantaneous recovery. Lack of hot swap only costs in down time, not loss of data.

To the specifics:
I am running the TS-212 with two WD RED 3TB drives in RAID-1. I am exceptionally pleased with the performance of these drives and would recommend them for use in any QNAP NAS. I have three Ubuntu Linux computers and three rooted Android devices accessing the 212 via NSF on my LAN, and via SSL remotely. All six devices are accessing the same music, video, photo, and documents folders, making working or viewing entertainment from anywhere native and seamless. My experience with the 269 also gives me confidence that the 212 would also perform very well in SAMBA.

Two important things to note: THIS NAS COMES WITHOUT DISKS and THAT IS A PLUS. Several Buffalo, Netgear and Linksys NAS systems come with low quality hard disks that are nearly impossible to remove or replace. With the QNAP, you can be sure to install high quality disks and know that if one fails, you can get to it to replace it and allow the RAID to rebuild.

I would also like to add that if you care anything about data preservation, you would be crazy to set this up in JBOD or RAID-0. If either disks in the array fails, you WILL LOSE ALL OF YOUR DATA. If you understand this and have good reason to tolerate the risk, good for you. If you don't understand this, google RAID before you do your setup and check the details.
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