In our review of the TerraMaster F2-422, we are going to find a unique combination. This is a 2-bay NAS which is typically on the lower end of the cost segment. Instead of the often-brutal cost optimizations, we find in this segment, we find a big feature that is often reserved for much higher-end and more expensive units, 10GbE networking. Designed for SMB and advanced users the NAS offers automatic scheduled backups, snapshots, multi-RAID array security. Beyond the local network features, the F2-422 offers personal cloud-based services such as cloud drive for two-way sync.
Previously we looked at TerraMaster’s F5-422 5-bay 10GbE NAS which is a 5-bay NAS with 10GbE. Dropping down the stack a bit, we also looked at TerraMaster’s F2-221 2-bay 1GbE NAS. In many ways to the F2-422 takes the 10GbE from the F5-422 and the 2-bay form factor from the F2-221 and answers a call for those who need something between those two models.
TerraMaster F2-422 2-Bay 10GbE NAS Overview
The F2-422 2-Bay 10GbE NAS looks very similar to the F2-221 2-bay 1GbE NAS we reviewed. After removing the F2-422 from its packing material, we can now take a look at the NAS.
The enclosure of the F2-422 has a similar design to other TerraMaster NAS units, including the F2-221 that we have reviewed before. Looking at the front, we find a silver power button on the left side with status LEDs above.
The back of the NAS has 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x RJ-45 1GbE, and 1x RJ-45 10GbE LAN ports, and a power connector. One design option TerraMaster had was to build a system with only a 10Gbase-T port and not include dual 1GbE NIC ports to save on BOM costs. Ultimately, the company has three network ports which are one more than the number of drives this unit supports. For those that like to have separate data and management NICs, this is a nice feature.
One large 80mm cooling fan takes up the bulk of the space, which provides the primary cooling for the NAS. We can see a cutout pattern that appears to be for a HDMI port that is not present in this unit. It is common for NAS vendors to have one case design that spans multiple NAS configurations and features like this.
Installing Hard Drives in the TerraMaster F2-422
Let us move on to see how to install hard drives into our unit. Each drive bay can accommodate either a 3.5″ or 2.5″ hard drive or solid-state drive with capacities up to 16TB in size for a total of up to 32TB raw capacity. We expect that, as larger drives are released, this capacity will rise to 40TB with two 20TB drives.
The drive trays are not tool-less and will require mounting screws to secure the HDD to the drive tray. After mounting, they slide into the NAS and lock in place. This is one area where we are seeing the server industry and now some of the NAS industry move to tool-less enclosures. For example, earlier in the week that this review is published we reviewed the Gigabyte S452-Z30 4U 36-bay AMD EPYC storage server and the Tyan Thunder SX GT90-B7113 1U 12x HDD 4x NVMe SSD storage server. Both of those units have moved to tool-less drive mounting just as we see from other vendors such as Dell EMC, Supermicro, and more. Here we have only eight mounting screws, but going tool-less seems like it would be a great feature for TerraMaster.
TerraMaster F2-422 Accessories
Accessories included with the F2-422 2-Bay 10GbE NAS include:
- Quick Installation Guide
- AC Power Adapter
- AC Power Cord
- 1x RJ-45 LAN CAT6 Cable
- 2x package of assorted hard drive mounting screws
- One small screwdriver
Here is a look at the accessories:
Again, going tool-less on the drive trays could reduce the accessories required as well as lowering shipping weights. One also only gets a single network cable so if you do not have spare network cables around, then you will likely need to procure those elsewhere.
Let us take a look at the TerraMaster TOS NAS management software before moving on to testing the F2-422.