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: Well, after lot of research and time I ended up buying dlink dns-343 NAS drive. I put 4x1TB HDDs there. The initial setup was very easy and opted for RAID 5. The problems started as soon as I started storing data on this thing. To start with speed is slow even on my GB ethernet network (max 10mb).
Fought with this for 6 months, it's a useless black paperweight
D. Platt, Amazon
5 January 2010
Summary: Love my two dlink dns-323s but the dns-343 is a lemon. Never managed to format 4 drives into a successful raid 5 volume. They nicely replaced the unit but the second one was no better. The machine runs hot and I suspect fails due to heat, but it would randomly drop drives, build a volume then forget about it.
Summary: I bought the DNS-343 on the strength of my generally good experience with the DNS-323. Unfortunately, the DNS 343 using EXT3 in a RAID5 turns out to be extremely unreliable. Any error in copying data to the device (e.g. network interruption, path too deep for its filesytem) caused the box to go into a busy state in which it would respond neither to the http based manager or the system halt button, at which point the only thing to do to get it out of the busy state was to...
Summary: First some important features that were over looked in the design of this NAS. 1. The is no way to determine which drive in the raid needs to be replaced. No LED for each drive (as most systems have), no single disc testing in the software. 2. NOT hot swappable 3. No Ability to create specific shares. If you use RAID 5, you get a single raid volume whether that is what you want or not.
Limited OS support, extremely limited documentation
A. Gerritsen, Amazon
14 January 2009
Summary: The DLink DNS-343 can only be configured with a Windows computer, and access to the files is only supported via Windows or Mac. Linux or other Unix users are totally out of luck. These OS requirements are mentioned nowhere in the documentation or the product specifications. How to use the product with a Mac required an hour on the phone with tech support, who three times gave incorrect information and instructions.
Summary: I purchased the Dlink 4 bay Sata Storage Enclosure so as to be able to access my data on my network and to copy data between the internal Storage drives, but to my disapointment I soon discovered that copying data from external source would take days and not hours since there was no external sata connection D-Link DNS-343 NAS 4-Bay SATA Enclosure .