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Features

The TN-200 shares an almost identical feature set with the D-Link DNS320L. The list below is compiled from the User Manual (which ships on an included CD), TRENDnet's online specifications and the DNS-320L's feature list.

Storage

  • Network file sharing via SMB/CIFS, NFS, AFP
  • WebDAV support
  • HTTP / HTTPS file and admin access
  • FTP, SFTP servers (configurable Passive Mode port range and Client language)
  • Single, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1 volumes
  • EXT4 filesystem
  • ISO mounts

Backup

  • Scheduled and immediate networked backup to and from other NASes and rsync servers ("Remote Backups")
  • Internal scheduled and immediate folder to folder backup ("Local Backup")
  • USB device pushbutton copy to/from NAS
  • MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) from MTP compatible USB devices such as digital cameras and smartphones.
  • Apple Time Machine backup

Media

  • UPnP AV / DLNA media server
  • iTunes server
  • BitTorrent downloader
  • HTTP/FTP downloader
  • Photo album and gallery (Cooliris)

Cloud

  • Amazon S3 cloud backup

Networking

  • LLTD enable / disable
  • Dynamic DNS support (DynDNS.org [custom & free options], no-ip.com, freedns.afraid.org, zoneedit.com)
  • IPv6 support
  • UPnP support
  • Bonjour
  • NTP client

Other

  • Users (up to 256) and groups (up to 32)
  • User level quotas
  • Email alerts
  • Logging (internal and to external syslog server)
  • USB printer serving
  • UPS shutdown synchronization via USB
  • Programmable idle drive spindown
  • Smart fan control
  • Power on/off scheduling
  • Auto restart after power failure
  • Disk Status Monitoring (S.M.A.R.T) and testing

The TRENDnet TN-200 has an easy-to-navigate user interface. The home page, shown below, has four top level choices: Management Center; File Center; Backup Center; and Download Center. Each of the icons takes you to a corresponding submenu.

TRENDnet provides an online emulator, so I won't include too many screen shots.

TRENDnet TN-200 Landing Page

TRENDnet TN-200 Landing Page

The Management Center is probably the menu that you'll use the most. For each item in the menu arranged vertically on the left, there are additional submenus that you access using the tabs arranged horizontally across the top. In the upper right hand corner, the "?" icon takes you to brief context-sensitive help.

TRENDnet TN-200 System Menu

TRENDnet TN-200 System Menu

To navigate back to the home page, hover your mouse over the ">>" tab located at the left side of the screen. A flyout menu provides navigation options to each of the other management centers as well as the home page.

TRENDnet TN-200 flyout navigation menu

TRENDnet TN-200 flyout navigation menu

Hands On

Other NASes from manufacturers such as QNAP, Synology, Western Digital and NETGEAR provide extensive remote access features - often through dedicated apps for both Android and iOS. The TN-200, in contrast, doesn't support much in the way of remote access other than simple FTP or WebDAV. If you want to remotely access the TN-200, page 28 of the User's Guide provides instructions. But you'll need to feel comfortable setting up a port forwarding rule on your router. If you want to preview the User's Guide, you can download it from the TN-200's support page.

My initial setup ran into a slight hiccup, but the problem was caused by using disks that contained data from another NAS. On the initial boot, both of the drive lights turned red, indicating drive failure. I logged into the management page and changed the default "Normal" drive setting to RAID1 and allowed the TN-200 to reformat both drives. Thereafter, the device booted without a problem.

DLNA/iTunes - I loaded the TN-200 with my standard group of test media files. I tested the server using my standard WDTV Live media streamer. Videos, music and photos all played back as expected. Some NASes I've tested have had problems playing photos. They also stream thumbnails that the NAS has generated, and those, as expected, pixelate when displayed full screen. I'm happy to report that the TN-200 NAS didn't have that problem and played only high resolution images.

The iTunes server also worked as expected. It appeared on both the MacOS and Windows versions of iTunes. I did have one small issue that I've seen on other NASes in the past including the WD My Cloud, i.e. the iTunes server dropped offline once. I just restarted the server from within the UI and that solved the problem. The image below shows iTunes on my Mac playing back music from the TN-200's iTunes server.

iTunes playing music from the TRENDnet TN-200 iTunes Server

iTunes playing music from the TRENDnet TN-200 iTunes Server

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