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D-Link DNS-323
5.1 out of 10

D-Link DNS-323

The D-Link 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure (DNS-323) when used Read more

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Overall 3
3.0

Seems Rather Flaky

njineer66, CNET
4 August 2015
  • Summary: I don't know if it's me, the WD drives I put in this unit, or some other cosmic force, however, I find that I am unable to access drives randomly, particularly if the unit has been powered off for a period of time.
  • Pros: Lowest cost device I could find
  • Cons: Drives go missing after periods of shutdown
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Overall 8
8.0

Great home NAS

Aaron J., Newegg
2 June 2013
  • Summary: This is super handy for off loading all those baby pics, other documents, music and movies. Sure the cloud is great and all, but it will never be as snappy as a 1gig link to your office.
  • Pros: Easy setup, lots of functionality out of box, highly hackable, energy efficient. The samba support makes it very easy for non-techies to use.
  • Cons: A little slow to wake up sometimes, but thats part of it's power savings. More horsepower (CPU, RAM) would be great for this little guy (more of a nit than anything)
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Overall 10
10

Stood the test of time

Christopher P., Newegg
24 April 2013
  • Summary: I've had this running since May of 2009. It's been on a UPS and has NEVER EVER been powered down since the installation. I have my entire music library stored on this NAS using two 1T drives. I back up daily just in-case, but to the date of this review I have not been let down.
  • Pros: Extremely stable. Quiet and reliable.
  • Cons: None
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Overall 10
10

Storage Happiness

Jonathan W., Newegg
22 May 2012
  • Summary: Overall this is a great little storage server with plenty of features for the novice and expert alike. I only hope the newer models have some of the kinks worked out for when I have to replace mine.
  • Pros: Built-in FTP, media, iTunes servers for sharing content in your home with an extensible Unix-lite shell to run powerful applications like PHP Web server and much more. SATA drives transfer data quickly, especially over Gigabit ethernet, and RAID seems to be stable and comforting. I've had this NA...
  • Cons: Runs really hot and the fan is loud. The Fonz Funplug shell extension allows for upgrades to fan management though, so it's worth tinkering a bit. After a few months of use the faceplate came unglued and doesn't stay attached unless you glue it back in yourself. The front cover rattles while the ...
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Overall 8
8.0

Good for the money

Thomas W., Newegg
27 January 2012
  • Summary: I use this as a place to back my files up to, not everyday access, so the slower speed doesn't matter to me. The unit is very quiet under normal use. Typically, the only sound is the HDD's clicking. How loud that is depends on the HDD's you install.
  • Pros: Reasonably quiet, nice-looking, solidly built, reasonably easy set-up, although DLink could create "Quick Setup" software for ALL their products to make it easier for less-knowledgeable users...
  • Cons: Slow for streaming, access not as fast as wired external drives. Proprietary HDD formatting. Need to be fairly picky with your choice of HDD's. RESEARCH THIS BEFORE YOU BUY!
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Overall 3
3.0

Adequate entry level unit,you cant beat the price

Titanv11, CNET
14 January 2012
  • Summary: Cheap n nasty.
  • Pros: Cheap, Reliable, Still get firmware updates even tho its an old model, Can be modified.. Google it.
  • Cons: SLOW... very slow (10MB/Second), When/If theres a power shortage it takes anything upto 12hrs to allow access to files.
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Overall 4
4.0

Don't waste your time.

Christopher N., Newegg
28 October 2011
  • Summary: Being very nitpicky about the speeds of the transfers for network devices, this was just not for me. I got it and returned it to newegg within a week. For a budget NAS this product is great, but if you want speed or more than one person streaming music/video off of it you should probably look for...
  • Pros: Quiet Inexpensive Great UI in management panel.
  • Cons: Didn't work with the drive I put into it until I updated the firmware. Very slow, The speeds capped at 13MB/s writes and 22MB/s reads. (I couldn't stream 1080 videos across the network)
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Overall 4
4.0

RAID 1 not stable

Ian T., Newegg
21 October 2011
  • Summary: I've been using this for a year or two now and it largely work fine (after getting it configured with drives it supports), but twice now I've had the RAID 1 array degrade on me without any HDD failures. I don't know why this happens, but as a result I don't trust the enclosure to maintain my data.
  • Pros: Inexpensive, fairly easy to use.
  • Cons: Not compatible with newer WD drives, RAID 1 not reliable, Could lose your data!
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Overall 10
10

My Second DNS-323

Wayne G., Newegg
19 October 2011
  • Summary: Overall, I am very pleased with the DNS-323, it is a great unit and would not hesitate to purchase a third.
  • Pros: I've had the DNS-323 for several years now, and just purchased a second one. It can be a little confusing adding users and permissions at times, but it does what it is supposed to. I also access this from remote locations via FTP which works well, and a the latest firmware FAQ states it now suppo...
  • Cons: The only 'con' I can find, is when this unit is on sale, it is a great value. when not, it is a bit pricey as are all NAS boxes.
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Overall 4
4.0

ReReview: A few years later

Anonymous, Newegg
7 October 2011
  • Summary: Seems like they could just modify the firmware to do some of what they do in a new model, like much-anticipated NTFS support. There are several un-addressed issues that are causing me to buy an anonymous different brand of NAS and mothballing this one...
  • Pros: Very attractive exterior. I like the indicators on the front of the unit... its easy to turn around and see if the thing is being accessed and which drive is being accessed, if its still booting up, etc. The drive release system handle is easy to pull back on. The front plate that conceals the dr...
  • Cons: Unit gets too warm. The JBOD implementation in the firmware is HORRIBLE or maybe JBOD is just horrible in general! (I noticed a newer model WITHOUT JBOD support). Progress/update/new features are non-existent. Unit is HORRRIBLY slow. Was getting only getting speeds of 11mb/sec using windows explo...
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