TerraMaster NAS (running TOS3)

Just signed up for the DVR beta. First: wow! Next: any plans to add support for the TerraMaster line of NAS devices from Noontec? (example: http://amzn.to/2j8I3jF) They seem to be quite popular, and I picked one up because it offered Plex Server support.

I’d loooove to run Channels DVR on the same box. Any plans to support TOS3 (the OS it’s apparently running)? They’ve got a whole line of NAS devices on Amazon, seem well reviewed, might be worth looking into? Thanks!

How did you install plex on that NAS?

Looks like it’s preinstalled somehow.

Can you enable ssh access and get into the OS?

EDIT: ssh does work: http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/329554/install-a-package-manager-on-a-terramaster-nas

The main thing we need to figure out is where to install the DVR so that it doesn’t get wiped out on reboot or upgrade. Can you try to find where plex is installed on the system? Run “ps aux | grep -i plex” and post the output.

Output of “mount” and “df -h” would be useful too.

The HDDs I needed were on backorder, so I don’t actually have everything set up yet. As soon as I’m running, I’d be more than happy to test whatever we need.

They have a little appstore/ecosystem kinda thing going on. Like a visual GUI where you can add services. They claim the onboard processor/ram are beefy enough for transcoding, so I had to give it a shot.

Would be very interested in supporting these devices, since the specs are great and the price is fantastic. It shouldn’t be too hard, so let me know when you have it running and we’ll figure out what it takes to install the DVR.

A saw these earlier for a little cheaper here: https://flash.newegg.com/Product/9SIAA3N4SP2168

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We picked up one of these and are trying to figure out how to make the DVR work on there. So far a couple annoying issues:

  • the linux kernel they're using doesn't have the hardware acceleration feature enabled, even though the processor supports it

  • there's no way to install apps yourself. a limited number of apps are available on the device, but any new ones have to be submitted to TerraMaster and are only made available via once they issue a software update on their end

  • their implementation of the app store doesn't follow security best practices. when installing apps, it uses insecure HTTP to download code to your NAS instead of industry-recommended HTTPS

  • although SSH access is available, permissions are quite limited so it's not possible to install the DVR manually over SSH either

Will keep investigating, and have also reached out to Noontec to see if they can address some of these issues.

After spending the day with the TerraMaster yesterday, we’ve decided to return it and cannot recommend it to people at this time.

A TNAS package is now available if anyone wants to try it out. We are working to submit it up to the TerraMaster Applications store.

To install manually, enable SSH access and use ssh [email protected] with your TNAS IP and admin password to connect. Then run these commands:

curl -o /etc/init.d/channels-dvr https://channels-dvr.s3.amazonaws.com/terramaster/init​
service channels-dvr start
service channels-dvr status

Although TNAS is not as polished as Synology or QNAP, they provide modern Intel-powered NAS devices at very competitive prices. The major issues we hit in the past have been addressed by the TerraMaster team in the TOS4 release.

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