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.
Cons: AD integration is pointless. I have spent weeks and hours on the phone with support trying to get it to integrate with AD and it hasn't ever worked. D-Link support is terrible. Very, very hard to understand and I don't even know if they know what products their company manufactures. Lacking any sort of technical knowledge.
Summary: Don't buy Seagate HDD. They fail after 2 months...
Cons: Configured as RAID 5 with 3 1 T drives. After one failed I am not able to rebuild the Volume. The devise starts to rebuild the volume but when it claims that it is done, no data is showing. Lost 400 GB of pictures and lots of important data. Extremely upset. DO NOT BUY UNLESS YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT YOUR DATA.
Fought with this for 6 months, it's a useless black paperweight
D. Platt, Amazon
31 January 2012
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: 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).
Summary: I've owned one for 6 months. The first one was DOA (would not boot properly). The second has been OK - nothing special - until a week ago when it started locking up. I ended up putting it outside in sub 0C weather to finish backing it up. 3 long sessions with 100% scripted tech support (punctuated by multiple dropped calls) yielded no satisfaction whatsoever. I'd avoid this piece of... hardware if I were you.
Pros: Cute OLED front panel.
Cons: - runs hot - locks up because it runs hot - pathetic tech support - mediocre file sharing - poor additional applications
Cons: I bought this from New Egg on June 1st. It started acting strange a few weeks ago. Now it responds to D-Link's easy search utility but that's all. The unit will not permit logging onto the management console nor access the drives. I squandered $300 on this brick.
Summary: using filezilla as an FTP client, i got a solid 7-8MB/s with rare tiny bursts of up to 17-18MB/s. this isn't what i bought it for. this isn't what i wanted it to do. a very interesting thing about using a usb wireless adapter with windows 7 and trying to use this little hotbox. if you have a wireless adapter and try to connect this over a switch or even directly, you will lose the ability to create new connections because windows 7 will TRY to use the LAN over the...
Pros: 4 hard drive bays up to 8TB multitude of raid choices web interface ^ +1 it's a good little NAS if you can get it to work properly; see cons/other thoughts
Cons: NOISY LITTLE RAT. i understand this thing is smaller than a micro ATX motherboard... but it doesn't justify the fact that thing can get fairly noisy. so far, it's louder than my HAF 932 which has a couple extra fans than what it comes with. ^ -1 along with being noisy, this thing gets on the hot side. on average, i read: >100F which doesn't exactly PROMOTE HDD lifespan. my rosewill usb HDD enclosure has an a rattling fan which is quieter than this ^ -1 doesn't shutdow...
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...