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QNAP TS-212-E Diskless System Network Storage

  • Multi-window, multi-tasking GUI
  • Data storage, backup, sharing and disaster recovery
  • Rich multimedia applications for entertainment
  • Dropbox like file synchronization
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Learn more about the Qnap TS-212-E




Port RJ-45
1 x 10/100/1000M
Port USB
2 x USB3.0 + 1 x USB2.0
HDD Interface
2 x SATA (2 x Bay)


Form Factor
Operating System
QTS 4.0
Marvell 1.2GHz
Default/ Max. Memory
256MB DDR2

Hard Drive Performance

Included HDD Capacity
Diskless System


Supported Protocols
Networking: CIFS/SMB, AFP (v3.3), NFS (v3), FTP, FTPS, SFTP, TFTP, HTTP(S), Telnet, SSH, iSCSI, SNMP, SMTP, and SMSC
Supports TCP/UDP Tracker Protocol
Supports Internet Printing Protocol
Disk Management
-Single Disk, JBOD, RAID 0, 1
-Online RAID Capacity Expansion and Online RAID Level Migration
-Bad Block Scan and Hard Drive S.M.A.R.T.
-RAID Recovery
-Bitmap Support

Power Management
-Wake on LAN
-Internal Hard Drive Standby Mode
-Scheduled Power on/off (Max 15 Settings)
-Automatic Power on after Power Recovery
-USB and Network UPS Support with SNMP Management

Access Right Management
-Max No. of Users: 2,048
-Max No. of User Groups: 256
-Max No. of Network Shares: 256
-Batch Users Creation
-Import/Export Users
-User Quota Management
-Local User Access Control for CIFS, AFP, FTP, and WebDAV,
-Application Access Control for Photo Station, Music Station, and Video Station
-Subfolder Permissions Support for CIFS/SMB, AFP, FTP, and File Station
USB, Status, HDD1, HDD2, LAN ,Power


External Power Adapter, 60W, 100-240V
Power Consumption
Sleep mode: 6W
In operation: 13W (with 2 x 500GB HDD installed)


Multi-window, multi-tasking GUI

Data storage, backup, sharing and disaster recovery

Rich multimedia applications for entertainment

Dropbox like file synchronization
2-bay home & SOHO NAS for personal cloud and social sharing

Dimensions / Weight

8.60"(D) x 6.52"(H) x 3.35"(W)
2.01 lbs.


0°C - 40 °C
5-95% R.H

Package Contents

Package Contents
SATA power cable
Ethernet cable
Quick Installation Guide
Power cord
Screw pack
SATA cable

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years

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  • Matthew B.
  • 7/1/2014 8:48:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGood until something goes wrong

Pros: The device has a lot of flexibility. Had it configured in raid 1 with two seagate drives, and it was happily running transmission, couchpotato, sickbeard, and sabnzbd for the past 22 months

Cons: The issues with this unit are after a drive failure. Basic approach should be:

1 - Remove bad drive
2 - Add new drive
3 - RAID rebuilds automatically

Did that happen? Of course not. Where the product documentation says it will happen automatically, that never occurred. I ended up having to do the steps of the rebuild manually, and even then they were not really successful. The support from QNAP is questionable and limited to forum posts that do not always address the issue you are having, and the documentation is often out of date or misleading. It's a great product at first, but it does not age well under heavy use.

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  • Thomas C.
  • 6/13/2014 1:18:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsRecant previous bad review

Pros: Nice GUI features, fast response times compared to earlier versions of small NAS devices. Easy user setup and security features.

Cons: Initial setup/configuration instructions were wrong.

Other Thoughts: I gave this unit a one egg review yesterday. Today I'm recanting. My DOA device was not DOA, but the QNAP Qfinder software that was supposed to run the initial configuration was failing. I finally ignored the setup instructions and went right to the unit's IP in my web browser after Qfinder identified the address. From there I was able to load the firmware and initialize my HDDs (that been failing miserably in the Qfinder setup process). Now I have RAID1 set up, users are setup and secure remote access is ready for use. Nice little cloud system after you get past the setup hurdle.

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  • Thomas C.
  • 6/11/2014 12:36:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA - RMA'd and got another DOA

Pros: None identified yet.

Cons: Installed HDDs and ran configuration per instructions several times (Quick Setup and Manual Setup). Each time it failed with "Hard drive initialization failed". After a couple of weeks of back & forth with California tech support we got a remote session and the unit failed for the tech. He pronounced it DOA, RMA'd it and got a replacement two weeks later that fails just like the original - They probably just reboxed the problem unit and sent it back to me without a repair.

Other Thoughts: I chose to try this product after working with some Iomega (now Lenovo) products and Buffalo NAS drives. It had good reviews and promised to do what I needed: a simple cloud file service for a few of our customers to share with in-house staff.

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  • Martin G.
  • 5/25/2014 9:06:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMoney well spent!

Pros: Until recently, I was keeping all my photos, videos, and code on my laptop. Running the background CrashPlan was backing up my data. Even though it is convenient to have all my data on a single machine, it doesn't scale and isn't very safe. So I decided to start looking for a NAS to store my growing collection of pictures. This is my first NAS and I love it!

The installation was super simple. I took two 1TB Seagate drives, plugged them in, closed the enclosure and booted the NAS. That's it!

Initial Setup
After the first boot, the initial setup took 30-40 minutes. The drives I used had old data on them and the NAS formatted them (the setup process made that very clear).

First use
The NAS is entirely manageable using the "Web OS" but for advanced user you can still connect to the NAS using SSH/Telnet. The UI makes it very easy to manage the NAS.

Using the App Center (QNAP's AppStore) I was able to install the Java, CrashPlan and Git. Following the instructions on the QNAP forum I was able to setup CrashPlan quickly it started backing up data quickly! Finally, all my data is in a centralized place and backed up in the cloud!

Considering the price, this little NAS does a lot more than I expected!

Cons: There just a few things that I think could be improved.
1- SSH server used by QNAP allows a single user: admin. Please let us define more users.
2- FTP server doesn't allow to specify a home location for each user.

Finally, I should have bought a device with a little more RAM. The JRE and CrashPlan take a lot of RAM. At 256Mb of RAM, the TS212 was able to backup my 200Gb of data. If you have more data and you plan to use CrashPlan, I would suggest that you look at the TS212P which has 512Mb of RAM.

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  • Matt D.
  • 5/12/2014 7:54:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice affordable NAS box

Pros: Nice and compact, great interface, easy to connect over the WAN

Cons: None that I can think of.

Other Thoughts: I've put in several different drives with no problems. From WD to Seagate, even a Samsung (was in an apple time capsule) and none of them had any issues. Catching this on sale makes the deal even better. Only reason I gave 4 eggs is because I went through the setup (even wrote everything down in order not to forget) and then it wouldn't accept my password. After reading up on sites, I was able to reset everything and get back in to set it up manually.

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  • Russell A.
  • 4/30/2014 4:26:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Home NAS

Pros: This is a very easy to use system that is energy efficient and offers a wide range of built in apps. There is so much that you can do with this system that makes it so much more than just a NAS. There are media streaming options and off site backup options, all built into a very easy to use web based administration system. There are options for power users as well as easy setup for someone who just wants to make backups. Their desktop backup solution software also makes backing up files a breese. QNAP also makes frequent updates to its OS.

I don't know why other users have complained about drives not fitting. I have two 2TB WD Reds installed in mine and I had no trouble installing them. I also have just the TS-212 maybe there was a change to the enclosure?

Cons: None so far.

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  • Vincent B.
  • 4/19/2014 8:48:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsBeyond expectations

Pros: Setup is a breeze! I have gone through many different setup procedures with NAS devices. This was the first I've walked through that worked without setup errors or difficulties of any kind. There are many ways to setup this unit, beyond media server, webserver, or NAS storage space.

Cons: Very bright lights.After about 2 weeks of heavy testing-type usage.. the only downside is the lights on the front. They all do a great job of indicating the status of the unit... they just don't need to be seen from the stratosphere.

Other Thoughts: The unit is without doubt the best out-of-the-box unit I've experienced.
After installing the hdd, and running through the setup, I have not encountered any type of issue not easily remedied by the setup page. Being accessible in full from any computer on or off network with secure login available, It has proven fast and easy to configure.
The operating system is very stable and configurable for administrator and guest privileges.
I am using a compatible samsung hdd known to run warm. The units internal fan keeps the drive cool to the touch. there is currently only one drive installed. I can't say it is the quietest enclosured system, but it is 90 hdd related. the fan is noticeable, but not loud.

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  • nhien t.
  • 4/19/2014 7:56:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsQnap 212E, bought 3 of them

Pros: Affordable; intuitive installation; tons of apps; excellent dashboard

Cons: Plastic
A little bit on the noisy side

Other Thoughts: Not sure about reliability.
One out of three that I bought has a noisy fan (though not all the times).
I use WD 4TB hdds on one of mines. The hdds are a little thicker than the regular hdds. They touch the top cover. Since the case is made out of plastic, it is easy to fix.

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  • David T.
  • 4/16/2014 7:25:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat little media server - and so much more

Pros: -Easy to set up with a slick web interface. I bought this to use as the primary media server in my house (videos, pictures, music etc) through regular Windows SMB network connections.
-Streams HD media flawlessly
-has a cool little 'app store' where you can download new apps to run on it.
-Neat little app called "HappyGet" that lets you download videos directly from YouTube, Ted, Vimeo etc from your PC directly to your media server.
-Makes a bit of noise, but really not an issue as it is not too loud, plus you can stick this thing anywhere in your home.
-Can download nzb files directly (using an app from the app store)
-more features than I could ever use!
-apps for your computer and phone to control it
-timers for turning unit on and off
-EXT4 file system, so if system ever fails then drives will be fine.

Cons: -Boot up takes 3 or 4 minutes.
-When you first set it up, it will clone the drives (took 36 hours for 3TB), even though the drives are blank
-No WiFi
-Documentation is a bit sketchy
-Strange drive installation setup: One drive plugs directly into mainboard, one drive uses a strange cable that is difficult to position.

Other Thoughts: Not sure why another reviewer said it does not hold 2 hdds. It diefinitely does.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/9/2014 4:50:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsworks as intended.

Pros: Pretty neat little thing

Cons: Not much documention as far as instructions go. In reply to the "this thing only holds one drive" guy. He's wrong it holds two Wd red 3tb drives just fine. If there was some instructions in the box he would know.

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