The TN-200 was tested with its factory-installed version 1.02 firmware using our standard NAS test process to run tests with RAID 0 and 1 volumes.
Windows File Copy tests in the Benchmarks summary below show read throughput 22% higher than write for RAID 0 (55 v.s 45.1MB/s) and also about 22% faster for RAID 1 (48.8 vs. 40.1 MB/s). Similarly for both read and write tests, RAID 0 held an edge over RAID 1 results. For read operations, RAID 0 was about 12% faster than RAID 1 (55.0 vs. 48.0 MB/s) and for write operations, the margin was about 15% (45.1 vs. 40.1 MB/s).
Intel NASPT File Copy Writes were slightly slower (1.4%) that the Windows File Copy for RAID 0 (44.5 vs 45.1MB/s) but were 37% faster than the Windows File Copy writes for RAID 1 (55.1 vs. 40.1MB/s).
TRENDnet TN-200 Benchmark Summary
To see how the TN-200 NAS fared against other dual drive NASes, I filtered the results for two-drive devices using a Marvell SoC and then generated charts for File Copy Read and File Copy Write performance. If you use the default sorting, ie, by throughput, the TRENDnet TN-200 doesn't do very well. It ranks 11/16 for File Copy Write Performance and 15/16 for File Copy Read Performance.
For Read, the TN-200's 55.0 MB/s is only about 54% of the top performing $150 Buffalo LS420, which turned in 101.3 MB/s. For Write, the TN-200 measured 45.1 M/s (53%) vs. the top performing $176 Thecus N2310's 85.7 MB/s.
However, since the TN-200 is the cheapest two-bay BYOD NAS on the market, I also sorted the results on price. The results were somewhat interesting. Looking at just file copy performance, you have to spend $140—40% more—before you pass the TN-200's read performance and $149 before you pass the TN-200's write performance.
File Copy Read and Write results for 2 drive Marvell-based NASes sorted by price
The table below compares the backup performance of the four sub $150 two bay drive enclosures. Note that only the Buffalo LS421e has a USB 3.0 port. In addition, the TN200 shares relatively poky NTFS performance with the D-Link DNS320; not too surprising since both use the same processor.
|Company||TRENDnet TN200||Buffalo LS421E||D-Link DNS320L||Iomega ix2-dl|
|USB 2.0 FAT||19.0||19.2||15.3||12.4|
|USB 2.0 NTFS||6.8||20.0||6.1||14.9|
|USB 3.0 FAT||NA||17.5||NA||NA|
|USB 3.0 NTFS||NA||20.8||NA||NA|
Table 2: Backup Performance (MB/s)
For Total NAS rank, which includes all products tested, the TN-200 ranked #47 out of a total of 71 products tested. The one area where the TN-200 excelled was in the Mixed Read/Write tests where it ranked #26 - well above its overall ranking of #47. Relatively low Windows File copy read and write results undoubtedly dragged down the overall ranking.
TRENDnet TN-200 NAS Ranking
If you filter the NAS Ranker for two drive devices and SoC-1 class and sort by price, you'll see that the TN-200 has a lower (better) rank than the two next most expensive devices: the #56 ranked $118 D-Link DNS-320L and the #50 ranked $140 Iomega ix2-dl.
NAS ranker filtered for 2 drive systems sorted by price
For some consumers, a robust set of remote access and personal cloud features that support tight integration with Android / iOS mobile devices is very important. If that describes you, the TN-200 is not for you. As noted earlier, the TN-200's remote access is limited to FTP and WebDAV and it doesn't have dedicated apps for mobile platforms.
But for NAS buyers on a limited budget, the TN-200 could be the perfect product. For only $100 (and sometimes less), you get file sharing that works with all desktop and mobile OSes, media serving via DLNA and iTunes servers, RAID 1 fault tolerance and both attached and rsync network backup. Although it doesn't have chart-topping performance, the TN-200's throughput is more than adequate for simple backup, file sharing and media streaming.
The TN-200's strongest negative, however, is its fan and drive noise, which are definitely audible in a quiet environment. The fan still seems to run even in hibernate mode. But if you can live with or work around this, you'll get a surprisingly good NAS for the money.