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5.4 out of 10

D-Link DNS-321

The D-Link 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure (DNS-321) is the perf Read more

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Overall 8

is it really a gigabit connection

pardos, Amazon
8 February 2013
  • Summary: had a hard time negotiating a gigabit network connection and I tried connecting it to various gigabit switches; the only way to make it connect at 1Gb was with a cross over cable directly to a computer, then manually forcing the configuration to 1Gb; the transfer rates don't really reflect 1Gb throughput though; it does the job as a backup device for home use though
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Overall 9

"It just works!"

i_click, CNET
15 June 2012
  • Pros: Very Quiet. Easy setup. Reliable
  • Cons: They should update firmware so it would accept 3TB drives instead of just 1TB.
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Overall 6

Depends What You Are After

Peter S. Lee, Amazon
11 September 2011
  • Summary: I bought one of these several months ago and installed on my home network. For me, the unit does exactly what I wanted it to do, but there are many advertised features THAT DO NOT WORK AS DESCRIBED...IF AT ALL. So what you are after is going to make a big difference in how happy you are with this product. First and foremost, THIS DEVICE IS SLOW. Forget what it says about the network connection speed...you'll never come close to it.
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Overall 8

Great product but future uncertain

Thom Harris, Amazon
22 August 2011
  • Summary: I've had my DNS-321 up and running 24/7 for almost two years without any problem whatsoever. It is very simple to install with one drive, and easy to add a second drive with both drives as independent volumes (standard mode). [I haven't tried, but I've read that RAID modes might be more difficult.] It's also very easy to set up a dynamic dns name and to set the unit as an FTP server.
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Overall 6

does the job

lyngvi, Amazon
6 February 2011
  • Summary: Would be nice if the SSH server was enabled by default for shell access - it's not hard to get one online and operational, but it takes some non-manufacturer-supported effort. Also, a feature for changing UID's for NFS users would be nice - alternative is to change UID on all NFS clients. I'd've rather dealt with changing the UID of my new user on my new NAS than on my rather long in the tooth desktop (with crap scattered around the filesystem needing manual chowning...
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Overall 7

"Works fine."

jparker42, CNET
15 January 2011
  • Pros: cheap backup solution. Has a lot of additional features and a large user community who have hacked all kinds of stuff into it.
  • Cons: Network connectivity (especially wireless) is slow.
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Overall 4

Ethernet Speed on an advertised Gigabit LAN

Packet Pusher "WannaRetire", Amazon
27 December 2010
  • Summary: The D-Link DNS-321 is among the least expensive dual-disk RAID NAS systems currently on the market. This small device offers an impressive array of features such as FTP, Samba, NFS, iTunes, DHCP, HTTP and UPnP servers, user and group access management, several RAID levels, a well-designed Web interface and gigabit network support. It is this last feature that I would like to discuss in some depth.
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Overall 4

Nice idea, poor execution

Jason Burke, Amazon
19 December 2010
  • Summary: I picked up the DNS-321 after exploring several options for a RAID 1 NAS solution. From the specs, it was exactly what I was looking for: affordable, offered support for 2 drives in RAID 1 configuration, and provided media server support. In practice, I ran into a lot of issues, and I suspect these concerns apply to the DNS-323 as well as the DNS-321.
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Overall 2

Killed 2 drives in 2 weeks, I implore you to look elsewhere

John Smith, Amazon
30 October 2010
  • Summary: I have THREE of these things. Obviously, I liked them at first. After a total of a month of ownership, two separate devices have killed 2 separate hard drives from different manufacturers. If you care at all about your data, DO NOT BUY THIS. The Good: - Good Price - Nice Looks - Easy Setup - Possibility of installing additional modules to the unit The Bad: - The big one, the only one that matters - I've lost two hard drives in two weeks to these devices.
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Overall 6

Good low-priced NAS but performance is lacking

gyoung345, Amazon
14 July 2010
  • Summary: I bought this NAS as an addition to my file server as I don't have any more drive bays available. This unit was purchased to supplement my 3GB file server with more file space. With my file server I am used to getting at times a max 60 MB/sec in transmit speeds but on average 30-40 MB/sec. With this unit I am only able to get 12-14 MB/sec. So when you are used to transmitting files in 1 minute and now it takes 6, it can be kind of disappointing.
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