TerraMaster F2-212 is a 2-Bay NAS powered by Realtek RTD1619B Arm Cortex-A55 SoC

TerraMaster F2-212 is a 2-bay NAS powered by Realtek RTL1619B quad-core Cortex-A55 processor with support for support TRAID flexible disk array management tool, BTRFS file system, Snapshot, and TFSS disaster recovery tool.

If you’ve never heard about TRAID (TerraMaster RAID) and TFSS (TerraMaster File System Snapshot) that may be because those are developed internally by TerraMaster as respectively a RAID solution with an automatic combination of disk space, hard disk failure redundancy protection, and automatic capacity expansion, and a BTRFS snapshot tool with support for COW (copy-on-write), filesystem level snapshots, custom snapshot schedules, and more.

TerraMaster F2-212

TerraMaster F2-212 specifications:

  • SoC – Realtek RTD1619B quad-core Cortex-A55 processor @ up to 1.7 GHz
  • System Memory – 1GB RAM
  • Storage
    • 2x SATA bays for 3.5-inch SATA HDD and/or 2.5-inch SATA SSD/HDD for up to 2x 22TB drives; hot swapping support
    • File systems
      • Internal Drive – BTRFS, EXT4
      • External Drive – EXT3, EXT4, NTFS, FAT32, HFS+
    • RAID types – TRAID, Single, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1
  • Networking – 1x Gigabit Ethernet port
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 host port, 1x USB 2.0 host port
  • Misc
    • 80 x 80 x 25mm system fan with Smart, High speed, Middle speed, Low speed modes
    • Noise level – 23.8 dB(A) (Fully loaded Seagate 4TB ST4000VN008 hard drive(s) in idle state)
  • Power Supply – 12V DC (40 Watts) via power barrel hack
  • Dimensions – 222 x 119 x 154 mm
  • Power Consumption
    • 20.1W (fully loaded Seagate 4TB ST4000VN008 hard drive(s) in read/write state)
    • 10.4 W (fully loaded Seagate 4TB ST4000VN008 hard drive(s) in hibernation)
  • Weight – 1.3 Kg
  • Temperature Range – Operating: 0°C to 40°C; storage: -20°C to 60°C
  • Relative Humidity – 5% ~ 95% RH
  • Certifications – FCC, CE, CCC, KC
  • Environment – RoHS, WEEE

Realtek RTD1619B NAS

The F2-212 NAS runs TOS 5.1 Linux operating system and ships with a power adapter and power cord, an Ethernet cable, a few screws, a Quick Installation Guide, and a limited warranty note. We previously wrote about RTD1619 media players, notably the Zidoo Z9X with a RealTek RTD1619DR quad-core Cortex-A55 processor, and it’s unclear how the RTD1619B processor differs, albeit we might assume it has no video output since the TerraMaster does not feature any. The NAS still offers some multimedia capabilities with support for 4K video hardware decoding, and compatibility with uPnP/DLNA, TerraMaster’s “Multimedia Server” app, as well as third-party multimedia servers such as Emby and Plex.

The TerraMaster F2-212 will officially become available later this month and is already listed on Amazon and Aliexpress for $179.99. The company also plans on launching 4-bay models with the F4-212 desktop model and the U4-212 with a 1U Rackmount case. Further information may be found on the product page and press release.

TerraMaster 2-bay and 4-bay NAS with RTD1619B

Thanks to TLS for the tip.

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xnc-hardware
xnc-hardware
11 months ago

Realtek RTD SoC. are more interesting and feature packed, but sadly don’t get the same mainline/upstream attention as Rockchip, Mediatek, Amlogic, Allwinner ..and even Sigmastar/Mstar.

Willy
11 months ago

TRAID etc… if there’s one thing to stay away from with storage, it’s precisely any non-standard FS and layout. Whoever has already spent a night writing software to recover data from disks attached to a dead obsolete RAID card know what I’m talking about: data are important, you don’t want to discover they’ve been corrupted by a bug in that proprietary layer, nor than when the device dies, you cannot move your disks to another enclosure to recover your data because that company died and all such devices have disappeared.

andelf
andelf
11 months ago

Really good points! I was thinking I’d buy the 4-bay one, but you talked me out of it. Thank you. I’ll build a semi-nas with normal itx-parts

Dan
Dan
11 months ago

The specs says it supports BTRFS, so you could just opt to use that, right? I’d also guess that their proprietary “tools” are probably nothing much more than wrappers around existing BTRFS features.

tkaiser
tkaiser
11 months ago

Judging by Terramaster support stuff they suffer from using SoCs with crappy Linux support: https://forum.terra-master.com/en/viewtopic.php?t=2380

The vague descriptions of their TRAID concept suggest staying away from any of their products. Fun fact: when I was member of the Netatalk open source community 20 years ago it was real fun to file bug reports to commercial entities like Snap/Quantum that ended up on the Netatalk mailinglist where I could ‘support’ the vendor’s support guy trying to solve ‘my’ problems.

Willy
11 months ago

> Judging by Terramaster support stuff they suffer from using SoCs with crappy Linux support: https://forum.terra-master.com/en/viewtopic.php?t=2380
Amazing. In short it says “we’re forced to use a horribly bogus, insecure and outdated BSP on the ARM SoCs because we’re too small to pressure the nasty silicon vendor to update it, so we prefer to stop supporting the file system you’ve put your data on”. It basically means 0 internal skills to even try to debug that crap.

spikerguy
spikerguy
11 months ago

Had bought 1 – F2-210, returned it within a weeks time, that too cause the support ticket took long to get a response from. OS is fully locked so cant do much of ssh stuff. OS Crashed right on the first-boot update. Had to flash it again manually. Thoughy would use a linux os in docker to solve point 1. Docker is a placeholder. (As per the official support ticket response) Returned. I raised post on their forum. I have official email claiming that docker and portainer are just placeholder for marketing purpose, they’re in beta stage and both does… Read more »

tkaiser
tkaiser
11 months ago

> Had bought 1 – F2-210, returned it within a weeks time The good stuff from Terra Master seems to follow the Fn-22x naming convention. The n is count of drive bays, the first 2 is count of CPU cores and the other 2 is Intel and not ARM and x is HW revision. F2-221 and F5-221 with 2 or 5 drive bays for example are based on Celeron J3355 (AES-NI capabable), a free DIMM slots awaits RAM expansion and the OS is on an internal USB stick so you can immediately throw their TOS away and install whatever you… Read more »

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