QNAP Reveal the Oddly Familiar TS-212P3 2-Bay NAS

QNAP Uncover the TS-212P3 2-Bay NAS for 2018 – Same Old?

Earlier today QNAP revealed a supposedly new NAS that was the return of a familiar chassis and also remarkably familiar internal hardware. This could easily be a regional release of the TS-228A by another name or maybe something more, but we thought it was worth looking into. This Lightweight and powerful entry-level NAS for private cloud and home entertainment arrives equipped with a Realtek RTD1295 quad-core processor. The TS-212P3 provides home users with powerful features including snapshot-based backup, file synchronization, and private cloud services. The TS-212P3 is also a one-stop home entertainment portal for streaming photos, music, and videos to multiple devices throughout your home and beyond. With energy-saving and quiet operation, the TS-212P3 is especially suited for home users and provides easy-to-use and convenient functionality for file storage and multimedia needs.

What are the Software Abilities of the TS-212P3 QNAP NAS?

Like most NAS, the TS-212P2 QNAP NAS arrives with a multitude of software  (1st and 3rd party) that will ensure that all your NAS and internet based data needs are met. Such as:

Qsync is an easy-to-use real-time file sync service for computers and mobile devices. With Qsync, your data can be shared across multiple locations, making file sharing even easier.
The TS-212P2 provides you with snapshot protection at an affordable price, allowing you to protect files and data from accidental deletion and malware attacks.
Hybrid Backup Sync gives you the freedom to set and combine multiple auto backup/sync functions to keep important data safe and to ensure peace of mind.
The three multimedia “stations” (Photo, Music, and Video) help you to effortlessly centralize, manage, organize, and browse your family’s multimedia files.
Your multimedia collection can be streamed directly from the TS-212P3 to supported smart TVs, music players, and game consoles.
Download Station combines many popular downloading services and functions. With the power-efficient and quiet TS-212P3, you can run downloading tasks for a long period of time without running up a large electricity bill.

What is the hardware of the QNAP TS-212P3 NAS 2-Bay

The TS-212P3 features a Realtek RTD1295 quad-core 1.4GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, and a 1GbE network port to provide performance of up to 112 MB/s. If you decide to encrypt your files with AES-256 encryption, the performance is still an impressive 112 MB/s – allowing you to ensure your privacy without sacrificing performance. Externally, the minimal and streamlined design of TS-212P3A makes it fit easily into your home. Featuring a unique, tool-less design, setting up the TS-212P3 is so easy that it doesn’t even need a screwdriver!

What is the software of the QNAP TS-212P3 NAS 2-Bay

The TS-212P3 acts as a file exchange platform to simplify your file management across devices, and is compatible with a wide range of computers and devices (including Windows, macOS and more). For mobile devices, the Qsync suite can be installed for synchronizing and sharing files across PC, phones and tablets. By practicing safe computer habits and with the TS-212P3 handling your file backup tasks, you can rest easy knowing that your data is safe.

QNAP’s NetBak Replicator backup utility can assist in backing up/restoring files on a Windows® PC while macOS users can set up Time Machine to save to the TS-212P3. QNAP has extended support for file snapshot protection to our entry-level NAS. Snapshots were originally only possible on high-end business systems, and they allow you to record the system state and data content at a single point of time. With snapshot protection, if you accidentally delete/modify files, or if any hard disks should fail or your network is infected with malware, you can quickly restore files to a previous point in time.

The TS-212P3 is loaded with comprehensive security features such as 2-step authentication, encrypted access, IP filtering/blocking and anti-virus. Also, you can use permissions for users and folders to block unwanted access from unauthorized users or apps. With the TS-212P3, complicated backup settings are history. You can now use Hybrid Backup Sync as your single portal for backing up, restoring, and syncing files. Supporting local NAS, remote NAS and cloud storage as both origins and destinations, you can combine multiple backup tasks to provide optimal protection for your data. Other features include scheduling, versioning, data compression and multiple-layer encryption, so your files are kept safe and sound.

How Good is the QNAP TS-212P3 NAS 2-Bay for Multimedia – Photos, Videos and Music

Good news for adventurers! QNAP NAS now supports the popular 360-degree panorama recording format! By clicking the 360-degree panorama display button, your photos and videos will be displayed as 360-degree panorama media files. The TS-212P3 transforms how to enjoy your photos, music and videos throughout your home and beyond. It’s easy, convenient and fun!

Take photos anytime, anywhere and manage them with Photo Station. Organize photos by folders or albums, and view them in several modes. With powerful smart playlists, comprehensive search functions and a user-friendly interface, Music Station is more than just music to your ears. Video Station’s smart collection, advanced search, and easy sharing functions makes it so easy for you to enjoy your videos. Spoiler alert: you can even import video information from multiple online databases!

The all-new QVHelper can help you stream and decode multimedia files to media players on your computer and/or mobile devices. The Qfinder Pro utility can also save time and NAS system resources by transcoding media files locally on your PC before uploading them to the NAS. With the TS-212P3 your audiovisual experience is smoother and more convenient with useful apps and everything you need to enjoy great multimedia entertainment. With the energy-efficient and quiet TS-212P3, you no longer need to use different downloading utilities or to keep your computer running all the time. Use Download Station to search for downloads and to manage your download tasks.

The TS-212P3 requires only 12.21 W, providing powerful features without a high power bill. Other smart energy-saving modes help to minimize electricity usage, and with a quiet cooling fan both the noise and heat generated by the TS-212P3 is kept to a minimum.

What Mobile Applications are available for the QNAP TS-212P3 NAS 2-Bay

The TS-212P3 has a multitude of companion mobile apps to extend its functionality to your smartphones and tablets.

If you’re on the go for business or pleasure, your files and data are only a few taps away. Qfile lets you access the files saved on your TS-212P3 at anytime, from anywhere so you can ditch your thumb drives forever. Qsync quickly and effortlessly syncs files across different platforms and multiple devices so you’ll never miss any important information again.

Use Qget to remotely control your TS-212P3 to download files on the go. Files will be automatically downloaded to your TS-212P3. Use Qphoto to view and share photos stored on the TS-212P3A. You can also instantly upload photos/videos to the TS-212P3 as they’re taken, so you don’t have to worry about storage space issues or if your phone is lost.

Enjoy your music on the go with Qmusic! Search through your music and edit playlists before streaming or downloading from the TS-212P3 to your device. Qvideo plays videos for you, and you can further share videos instantly and even stream them to Chromecast. Management features are also available on the go, such as categorising, tagging and rating.

What are the specs of the TS-212P3 NAS and when will it be released?

As mentioned, I am not wholly convinced this is a new NAS but a regional specific release of one we know and love as the QNAP TS-228A. We will know more soon and I recommend that you visit SPAN to keep up to date on the new TS-212P3 NAS releases, as well at subscribe here on NASCompares. More precise information on specifications are below:

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CPU Realtek RTD1295 quad-core 1.4GHz processor
Architecture: 64-bit ARM A53
Hardware encryption acceleration engine
System Memory 1 GB DDR4, not expandable
Flash Memory 4GB eMMC
Drive Bay 2 x 3.5 inch SATA 6Gbps
Drive Compatibility 3.5 inch SATA drives
Gigabit Ethernet Port 1 x RJ45
USB Port Type A; 1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 (Front); 2 x USB 2.0 (Rear)
LED Indicators Network, disk 1, disk 2, system status, one-touch copy
Buttons Power, reset, USB one touch copy
System Warning Buzzer
Form Factor Tower
Dimensions (H x W x D) 7.36 x 3.54 x 4.92 inch
187.7 x 90 x 125 mm
Weight Net: 1.54 lbs (0.7 kg)
Gross: 4.14 lbs (1.88 kg)
Operating Temperature & Relative Humidity 0 to 40˚C, 5 to 95%, non-condensing, wet bulb temperature: 27˚C
Power Supply Unit External, 65 W, AC 100 to 240 V
Power Consumption (W) HDD standby: 5.14 W
In operation: 12.21 W
(with 2 x 1TB disks installed)
Sound Level 17.0 dB (A)
Fan 1 x 7612 cooling blower for system

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