Summary: 3 stars because out of the box it was very intuitive to use, but can't really rate any performance aspects
Pros: Easy to configure
Cons: Bought it with 2x 3tb seagates, tried for a couple of days to get it to format into a raid 1 for bays 1 and 2, no luck. Called tech support, after the usual reboot, pull hard drives routine was transfered to level 3 tech support who immediately told me that drives greater than 2tb are not supported. I am an experienced user/network admin the first thing I did before buying was research to make sure it supported 3 tb drives, didn't find any published limitations on the...
Summary: Maybe DLink cares enough to investigate the problem and release a firmware update to address the problem? It could be fixed I suppose. Yeah, come to think of it, I'm just gonna hold my breath until they do.
Pros: Cheap and effective storage. Looks sharp. Great product on paper (uh, online specifications).
Cons: Have to deal with constantly powercycling the unit for it to work. The product seems to be flawed. I got my first unit 9 months ago, and it worked great for a while. But it started falling off the network occasionally, then it started happening more and more. The unit was still running, but wasn't online. No response to ping, no file shares and no web interface. Eventually it got to the point where it went "offline" every night. I had to ship it back to DLink, who sen...
Summary: Advertised "fancy" features, including AD support, generally do not work. It's a good "dumb box". Business users needing AD support seriously should not consider any NAS drive. For the price you pay for the "Pro" models that actually meet business user needs you could just build a Windows Server 2003-based file server and set up regular AD shares. I've also owned Netgear, they're no better.
Pros: Compact form factor. Faster speeds than the DNS-323. I have owned my DNS-343 along with four DNS-323's for over two years, all loaded with 1 TB WD Caviar Green 16 MB cache drives. Speed averages 21.17 MB/sec read and 18.65 MB/sec write (169.37 Mbps read and 149.23 Mbps write), which is about 27% faster than the 323's.
Cons: I hear the fan kick in much more frequently than I do on my DNS-323's, though the temperature readings are consistent. Idle temp is around 104 degrees and it heats up to 114 degrees under heavy load. Although I've been online for 2 years, I question this unit's long-term reliability. Perhaps four times total I've discovered the fan spinning full throttle and the whole unit is unresponsive. Can't even power off. Unplug it, let it sit a minute, plug it back in and it wo...
Summary: It's a great device on paper and for non SOHO usage - i.e. without active directory.
Pros: Simple and quick to install and manage For non AD usage, mostly stable Reliable performance Effective FTP USB based UPS worked great with APC products
Cons: Current Firmware (1.03) does not do Active Directory well for Win2K3 and not at all for Win7 and Win2k8+ Slow writes (relative of course) Constant disconnect Backup software very sub-par. Bittorrent client defective D-Link support abysmal. They have to rely on Taiwan and Taiwan is busy with other products.
Summary: If you are a fairly novice user, and are just looking for a simple way to put a lot of network storage on your LAN, this isn't a bad way to do it. I'd give it 4 eggs for you. For nor advanced users, there are quirks and oddities in the disk management that can be infuriating(you can easily format the wrong disk if you aren't careful). I have never been able to get good performance.
Pros: -It's relatively simple to install and get running. -Web interface can be nice for those with less computer skills -Physically compact(tho a large power brick) -Easy drive insertion/removal -Quiet -GigE/Jumbo frame capable -Can use EXT2 or EXT3 -Extensible via funplug -Usable as a network print server and supports UPS monitoring -Very large potential storage capacity
Cons: -Very low performance(GigE is wasted IMO) -There are some significant gotcha's when inserting/replacing disks -The web interface sometimes seems a bit quirky
Summary: After the first few weeks the LCD display went out. Dlink replaced unit & required a rebuild of the RAID 5 drive set. Check out other newer NAS units on Newegg and do a price/performance eval before commiting to this unit.
Pros: Low cost, small form factor, LCD status display, quiet. Supports 4 drives and RAID 5.
Cons: Management interface is not as good as other brands I own and network throughput is slow to average in comparison to other NAS units. No iSCSI option. Front cover slips off too easily.
Summary: I am a happy user and owner of a DNS-323 the 2-bay version of this device, and I would like to upgrade. It is robust, simple, low power, and works well, and keeps things cool. The problem is that I also own the 4-bay QNAP NAS device, which has all kinds of software, and services for almost the same price. DLink is over-priced. When this gets down to about the price I got the DNS-323 at I would say, consider it, but until then it is too costly.
Summary: I will update my posting if D-Link is able to resolve the annoying device installation popup I continually am getting. Don't want to ignore it because it will then just show in my device manager as a failed device. Call it obsessive compulsive but I work to hard on my machine to have a brand new device appear as failed in device manager.
Pros: The D-Link DNS-343 is a nice looking device and feels well constructed. The ability to hold 4 drives and a TON of storage space. My two home built PC's are quieter than this device but it is not too bad in the noise department. Able to map drives and copies are running at 13MB for music transfers and 18MB for movie transfers.
Cons: Call it lack of research but I have a number of issues with this device. - Running Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 x64 and am continually being prompted to install a driver for this device. Does not find one on the supplied CD. No documentation on why it is trying to load a driver. (Sent email to tech support and am awaiting a response) - Owner manual is not posted online but is supplied on the CD. Could have aleviated some misunderstanding about this device. - uPnP only w...