Affordable 10Gbe NAS boxes such as Terramaster’s $350 F2-422 are relatively new to the market, but they’re a very welcome addition—at least for those with the network infrastructure to take advantage. That can be 10Gbe or the increasingly affordable 2.5/5Gbps multi-gig.
Depending on your network infrastructure, a box like the F2-422 can mean a lot more streams and considerably faster client backups. Our test unit even sported HDMI—contrary to the specs on the company’s website.
This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best NAS boxes for media streaming and client backup, where you’ll find reviews of competing products, plus a buyer’s guide to the features you should consider when shopping for this type of product.
Design and features
The F2-422 is a two-bay box with quick-change sleds that use screws rather than snap-in rails to secure hard drives. A pair of gigabit ethernet ports are provided, along with a single 10Gbe port. The latter doesn’t function until you’ve installed the OS and the proper driver has been automatically downloaded, so initial configuration is performed using one of the gigabit ports.