|D-Link DNS-323 SATA RAID Gigabit NAS|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Network|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Saturday, 11 August 2007|
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Detailed Exterior Features
So far, the D-Link DNS-323 SATA RAID Gigabit NAS has really given me the impression that it was made with function and value at the forefront of design requirements. Ideally every product strives for this, because production costs often dictate the features and functionality of products more often times than consumers would ever realize. The DNS-323 is a perfect example of an efficient design.
At the underside of the DNS-323, D-Link has provided a basic feature diagram along with some specification listings. There are two strips of rubber tubing which run the distance of the NAS enclosure, which I have found to be more than enough to keep the DNS-323 in place. These strips are so effective, that you will not be able to move the DNS-323 once it is loaded with SATA hard drives unless you use exceptional force.
From the image above (and below) you can see the only intake ventilation available on the DNS-323. At the front of the unit, on the underside of the faceplate, there is a small slot which allows cool air to be drawn into the unit.
One area which I felt D-Link overlooked is when the DNS-323 NAS is mounted on its side. There are no feet included for mounting this product on one of its sides, so keep this in mind.
One of the few downsides to having such a small enclosure is how difficult it is to engineer effective cooling. This is where I see room for improvement in regards to cooling the DNS-323. There are no ventilation holes anywhere except the small keyed slot in the front panel. Additionally, the only fan is a silent low-speed 40mm unit position between the two hard drives at the rear of the enclosure.
D-Link has designed the DNS-323 with such critical efficiency that there are absolutely no tools required to mount and dismount the SATA drives. At the rear of the unit you will find a plastic lever arm which pushes the hard disk drive out of the power and data connection. With the faceplate lifted up and away, these levers push the drive far enough out to be easily removed by hand.