Best M.2 NVMe SSD For Cache on a NAS or Server – Synology / TerraMaster / QNAP etc

Following on from my recent TerraMaster upgrade posts, I have been looking at the best SSDs to use in a NAS. I have already covered 2.5″ SATA SSDs, which was the only option for my TerraMaster F4-422. However, if you have built your own server or have a NAS with PCIe M.2 slots, then you … Read more

TerraMaster F4-422 Upgrade TrueNAS Core to TrueNAS Scale for Docker Compatibility

Following on from my previous posts about upgrading TerraMaster NAS devices with Unraid and TrueNas, this post is about upgrading my TrueNAS Core installation to TrueNAS Scale. My main home server is Ubuntu Server, so I am more familiar with using Linux and Docker than I am with FreeBSD. I also like to try out … Read more

How to upgrade the TerraMaster F4-422 to TrueNas with an extra 8GB RAM (12GB total) & 5 drives for the ultimate affordable 10Gbps NAS

Following on from my guide to upgrading the TerraMaster F4-421 to Unraid, I have upgraded my TerraMaster F4-422 to use TrueNas Core with an additional 8GB of RAM, providing me with 12GB total. While my TerraMaster F4-421 has a mishmash of old drives, my TerraMaster F4-422 has four 8GB shucked Western Digital drives and a … Read more

How to upgrade the TerraMaster F4-421 to Unraid with an extra 8GB RAM (12GB total) &  5 drives for the ultimate affordable NAS

Over the past two years, I have reviewed the superb 10GbE equipped TerraMaster F4-422 and the more affordable TerraMaster F4-421 NAS devices. TerraMaster, by far, offers the best value for money for the hardware you get. However, the TerraMaster OS isn’t to everyone’s liking. I have used the TerraMaster F4-422 with its TOS for over … Read more

Amber Plus Review – A NAS and router in one with Docker support but is it good as Synology

[Update] I was provided with some feedback regarding certain parts of the review which I think are worth including. Key points include that the 2.5″ drives are less noisy so can be used in a living environment without bothering people. While most NAS drives have remote access functionality, Amber is focussing on making remote functionality … Read more

TerraMaster Launches F2-422 10GbE 2-Bay Professional NAS for just £320

Recently TerraMaster announced their latest affordable 10GbE NAS, priced at £320 it is the most affordable 10GbE NAS option on the market that I am aware of. It is essentially the same spec as the TerraMaster F4-422 I reviewed previously, but with 2 bays instead of 4. I have been using the TerraMaster F4-422 as … Read more

TerraMaster F4-422 10GbE 4-Bay NAS Review – An excellent affordable 10GbE 4-bay NAS

TerraMaster has quickly established themselves as a popular NAS brand providing an affordable alternative to the market leader Synology and outclassing many other brands in terms of features/performance/price.  In particular, for home and SOHO users, these NAS drives provide excellent value for money, and the new TerraMaster F4-422 is one of the most advanced none-enterprise … Read more

TerraMaster F4-422 10GbE 4-Bay NAS is a bargain at £440 – with Quad-core Intel J3455, 4GB RAM & SSD cache

I have received a couple of TerraMaster products now, and they are superb affordable solutions. In particular, their NAS hardware has typically offered a similar spec or higher than Synology for a lower price point. You just don’t get quite as many applications that you can install. TerraMaster seems to be going all-in with 10GbE … Read more

Synology D9220+ vs DS420+ vs DS918+ vs DS418play – New faster NAS solutions coming with DDR4 & NVMe support (now with DS720+)

[Update 27-May-2020] The DS420+ and DS720+ have now been maid official and are available now. Synology recently launched their new affordable  Synology DS220j which offers a significant performant bump from the DS218j thanks to the move from the dual-core Marvell Armada 385 chipset to the Realtek RTD1296 chipset. They are now preparing for the launch … Read more

TerraMaster Announces Availability of qBittorrent and Transmission BT Apps for NAS drives including F2-210, F5-422 & F5-221

I have previously reviewed the TerraMaster F2-210 and it is a superb affordable NAS giving you the same quality of hardware as Synology but at a lower price point. The downside is the number of apps for their OS is lower. They are however expanding the options and the latest apps to be released include … Read more

TerraMaster D5-300C USB3.0 5-Bay RAID Direct Attached Storage Review – NAS vs DAS

I have covered quite a lot of NAS devices recently, which are a fantastic investment for both business and home users providing network-attached storage and a range of useful applications built-in. TerraMaster has quickly become one of the stands out brands, offering superb value for money with better hardware specs at a lower price point … Read more

WD Purple vs Seagate SkyHawk Network Video Recorder Surveillance Hard Drive Comparison? And are Surveillance Drives Needed?

Over the past few months, I have upgraded my home surveillance, moving from cameras that recording motion only to microSD cards, to cheap Ezviz NVR and finally a BlueIris NVR with Sentry AI human detection. I have done everything as cheap as possible, and that includes re-using old desktop hard-drives. I had one of them … Read more

TerraMaster F5-422 vs F5-221 – TerraMaster upgrades their NAS drives with 10GbE

If you want the best bang for your buck NAS then TerraMaster is probably the best brand to go for. I reviewed their F2-210 last month and it offered incredible performance for such a low price. The value for money TerraMaster offers continues throughout their range, from a hardware perspective little really competes with them. … Read more

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