Summary: The D-Link DNS-323 does exactly what it claims it will do and it does it from start to finish without a single hitch. I have had the opportunity to review a large number of NAS devices and I would say without a bit of reservations that the DNS-323 was the easiest and fastest unit to get up and running and configured to RAID 0 of any of the units we have reviewed.
Summary: The device ran fairly quietly - even when under load - and never got hot enough to warrant any sort of concern. When creating users, the unit imposed an eight character password limit which is a little low for my liking but beyond this, the DNS-323 has little going against it.
In fact, the only improvements I would suggest would be to add a “magic packet” power on feature and perhaps the ability to plug in an external drive via USB.
Summary: To find out how fast the DNS-323 could be on our network, we first fired up SiSoft Sandra to see how fast we could transfer “simulated” data to the DNS-323. The performance numbers look promising as we were able to reach 43MB/sec. In reality, we expect to see much lower performance than what SiSoft reports. If we could sustain 43MB/sec on a network attached storage device, it would be darn incredible.
Pros: Two-Bay NAS, Supports several drive arrays, GB Ethernet, Multitude of Servers, User/Group/Quota management, Simple to install – works out of the box
Summary: The D-Link DNS-323 NAS turned to be a really easy to use NAS device, rich in features and most importantly - at low-cost. The DNS-323, although being a simple model, looks quite elegant with its all-black finishing and silver accents. It’s also adequate for business and home environments.
Pros: Reasonable price; cheap when comparing to similar NAS devices., Easy to set up., Good build quality., Gigabit Ethernet., RAID (0 and 1) and SATA drive support., Good performance., iTunes, FTP and print server.
Cons: No physical lock on front panel and hard drive release levers., USB port only for print server.
Conclusion: D-Link has done a fine job with product presentation. There is plenty of consumer friendly information and product summary data on the retail box, which improves the chances that the DNS-323 SATA RAID Gigabit NAS will satisfy the consumer needs. Nobody likes surprises, and D-Link has made sure that you get the right tool for the job. Appearance is somewhat basic, with no use of reflective (chrome/polished) accents or finish.
Pros: Extremely functional NAS, Very good data write speeds, Single, JBOD, RAID 0, and RAID 1 disk arrays, Convenient compact size, Simple HTML interface, High-quality metal enclosure, Tool-less design, Attractive yet simple black and silver finish
Cons: Poor cooling design, Needs rubber feet for side mounting, Includes outdate CAT-5 cable
Summary: For storing masses of music and video files, the DNS-323 is ideal. It's relatively easy to set-up and use and we love its iTunes server feature, which means that any iTunes library from any computer can access the same music.
Pros: Two drive bays, iTunes server, print server, metal case
Cons: Hard drive partition sizes can't be customised unless a RAID mode is used, release levers and front panel aren't lockable, iTunes server had to be restarted every time we added new files