Reviews and Problems with D-Link ShareCenter Pulse DNS-320
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Does the job but blue blink of death is too frequent
John S., Newegg
1 December 2014
Summary: I won't buy D-Link NAS units again until I've tried at least two other brands. If I'm happy with their reliability, great. If I ultimately wind up disappointed with them also, then I might give D-Link another try.
Pros: Works well when it's working, and interface is relatively straightforward. Good price.
Cons: All too frequent blinking blue LED of death. I've bought ten of these units, and all of them are out of warranty. Of the ten, four are already useless because they will no longer turn on.The power light just blinks forever. You can browse the manufacturer's forums and see the problem happens freq...
Cons: First time I unplugged it to move it, when I tried to turn it on the power light just blinked.. no fan, no HD spinup. I turned it off and on a few times and it eventually started within a few tries. Second time I moved it same deal... took quite a few more ties to start. Third time moved... well,...
Summary: If you're on a small budget, it really is 100% fine for a backup-only solution. Trying to use this as a media server will only result in heartbreak, however. I had a P4 running a copy of Windows Server 2003 with a RAID 1 card acting as my media server.
Pros: This is quite suitable as an inexpensive backup solution. It's got RAID 1 capability and the slow throughput isn't a factor in a file backup context.
Cons: It has a bunch of features that might make you think it's suitable as a media server, but it isn't. You might note that other reviews talk about low throughput. I'm getting 10 to 25 mb/s on a file copy and sometimes that will grind down to 5 (five), and this is on gigabit Ethernet. A BIOS upgrade...
Cheap but unstable NAS, do NOT store valuable data
22 December 2012
Summary: Notes: With single WD Red 3TB: Write speed: 32MB/s Read speed: ~ 30MB/s Ok for a budget NAS, but not recommended for storing your valuable data.
Pros: Pro: Cheap, easy to install the hdd.
Cons: Cons: Slow copy/read speed, configuration web UI is troublesome, setup process failed several times. And worst, skip your files during file moving between folders. I mapped the shares on this NAS as Z:\ drive. One day when I tried to move my Z:\Movies folder into Entertainment, some of my mkv mov...
Summary: Not really happy with the unit due to the slow speeds and even more unhappy with large files with this unit. I'm running the latest (non-beta) firmware.
Pros: it works for what I need in terms of copying Hard drive images to it how ever look at the cons
Cons: Its Slow.. I have a mix environment here with Windows and Mac's. On Windows systems I seem to get 5MiB/sec on Mac's I get a much much lower rate of 1.5MiB/sec. I've tested several cables and straight hooking the Nas drive directly to the system with crossover cables same slow speeds. I've tested ...
DNS-320 DLNA server not robust. Two stars for Noisy Fan, Poor Tech Support & UI
Peter H., Newegg
18 July 2011
Summary: The DNS-320 does work. Initial RAID 1 setup went smoothly. Having TWONKY work suggests that D-Link could easily fix their DLNA server in a future firmware release. Write throughput (on a GBit network) is faster than 100 Mbps "Fast Ethernet" supports and read throughput is faster yet.
Pros: Gigabit Ethernet, relatively inexpensive, will keep you off the streets and out of the pool-hall talking to tech support.
Cons: Fan is noisy. User interface is not intuitive. Tech Support is polite but ineffectual. When I enabled the UPnP AV Server to share my Photo, Music & Video directories to my Samsung UN46B8000XF Television the DNS-320 DLNA server didn’t render photos (.jpg) or music files (.mp3) correctly. The TV co...
Summary: The product initially was very impressive. Easy to set up, a host of features on a well laid out web interface, very nice. After three days it stopped sharing files. The web admin interface was working fine, but I couldn;t connect either through a Windows share or through Linux CIFS mount.
Summary: Neat, small footprint with space for 2 drives up to 4 TB max. I have installed one 2 TB WD Green drive and it works well as a backup solution. The drive is difficult to configure if you are a novice or casual home user. You need a degree of networking knowledge to make this setup worth your while.
In theory has a lot of nice features, but in practice has terrible firmware
Mr Justin Pinkney, Amazon
7 March 2012
Summary: In theory has a lot of nice features, but in practice has terrible firmware. Frequently crashes or hangs, and is painfully slow and unreliable in updating the uPnP library. Fine for a basic dump for files, but look elsewhere if you want to serve media files from this thing.