Summary: A very good and giving system. I also had a hp ex495 and hp gave me the run around about a install disc and still sitting in garage. The dlink has served me well ! I recomend it to all looking for a nas system.
I would highly recommend this to anyone desiring a network RAID drive for ...
18 July 2014
Summary: I have been using this as a RAID drive for about 4 1/2 years now and have had only very minor issues. I would highly recommend this to anyone desiring a network RAID drive for home network use
Summary: I bought mine used with the latest firmware installed. I am also surprized at the bad reviews of this unit. I got the unit, I set it up within 20 minutes and had my drives partitioned and running within the hour. I use it purely for a network redundant storage unit for backup of our desktops and all of my website software.
Summary: Ok I bought this unit after owning a DNS-321 for a few years. I have a full gigabit network, 48 port managed gigabit switch, cat 6A throughout the house, and gig cards in every computer I own. My DNS-321 has 2-1.5TB 3gb/s drive in it, set up JBOD, and gets about 12-15Mb/s on a good day. I figured a much newer and nicer NAS would be better. NOTTTTT. The top speed I was able to get was 18Mb/s. Really D-Link? A gigabit device that gets that slow of a speed?
Summary: It seems manufacturers want you to buy their product and therefore don't disclose full limitations of their product. There is no documentation stating this limitation of the NAS. After working up through three tech support levels to the specialized tech support of DLink, I was informed of this failing and that they did document it, if you look at the fine print in the firmware documentation a couple version back... my mistake.
Pros: Good looking box and good build quality. Simple setup and operation.
Cons: From previous review from drkxx, bought this to work with 4x WD30EFRX red drives...He must never have tried a RAID configuration as it will only recognize 3T drives if they operate in Standard mode (As separate disks). the initializtion of the format for RAID 5 will fail and you will be like me, holding a lot of expensive drives and no home to be found for them.
Summary: I got this about a year ago and the setup of my 4 drives with 1 TB each was seamless. The web interface that needed to use in order to setup the 4 drives as a RAID-5 was somewhat unintuitive (which doesn't matter too much if you're a technical person). Was bothers me is that the throughput of this device is very low. I have tried various configurations with various client computers and network hardware and the best I ever achieved was a mere 8-12 MB/s on a Gigabit LAN.
Summary: If you need a NAS I suggest you buy this one. Its very good for the money, if you use it just as a NAS. If you're going to use all the features, you will be disappointed. I only bought it for Storage and it does a great job. If you want all the other features and intend to use all the other features I suggest you look elsewhere for a more robust system.
Summary: I have used a Drobo, a Patriot memory media NAS, and then the D-Link DNS-343. Without a doubt this has been the most reliable unit thus far. I had issues prior with the other units hanging up while trying to stream media from it. I'm using a gigabit router with thick heavy cables, and the computer is hard wired running gigabit too, and each of the other units would just hang. This unit streams flawlessly! I currently have 4 3TB HDD's which it actually doesn't like.