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Written by Olin Coles   
Saturday, 11 August 2007
Table of Contents: Page Index
D-Link DNS-323 SATA RAID Gigabit NAS
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: DNS-323 Exterior
Detailed Exterior Features
Closer Look: DNS-323 Interior
Software and Configuration
DNS-323 Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Final Thoughts: D-Link DNS-323

It seems difficult to express how much I liked the D-Link DNS-323 SATA RAID Gigabit NAS without sounding like I own stock in the company (which I don't). To begin with, it is an extremely simple yet feature rich product. Beyond the myriad of additional functions it can host, there are persuasive performance results to sway my opinion. Finally, the DNS-323 is very inexpensive, costing the same as single-drive units, which feature far less extended functionality and performance. Although I don't have a unit from every single manufacturer to compare this to (there are about three-dozen commercially available), I have researched other sources to conclude that the DNS-323 offer the best value of them all.

Conclusion

D-Link has done a fine job with product presentation. There is plenty of consumer friendly information and product summary data on the retail box, which improves the chances that the DNS-323 SATA RAID Gigabit NAS will satisfy the consumer needs. Nobody likes surprises, and D-Link has made sure that you get the right tool for the job.

Appearance is somewhat basic, with no use of reflective (chrome/polished) accents or finish. The black metal enclosure and basic silver faceplate insert give the DNS-323 just enough polish to make it suitable for any environment: corporate or personal.

With very little wasted space, the construction is solid. Two drives are secured without tools, and the faceplate removes with a light lifting force, so the D-Link DNS-323 may not be suitable for rough abusive environments where it could fall or be dropped.

Functionality was just one of many highpoints. D-Link has included everything any user could ask for out of a desktop NAS. The DNS-323 SATA RAID Gigabit NAS goes way beyond holding files, and the additional FTP, DHCP, iTunes, and print server functions can take a little product a long way.

Presently the D-Link DNS-323 sells at NewEgg.com for $177.99, but there's also the no-frills D-Link DNS-321 SATA RAID Gigabit NAS with identical performance for $129.99. If you're after a bargain, you can also compare prices on the DNS-323 or DNS-321 with our price comparison tool.

In summary, I can personally attest to the value and performance of the D-Link DNS-323 SATA RAID Gigabit NAS. I will keep my recommendation simple: if you are looking for a solid network storage device with plenty of performance and functionality for your dollar, this is it. Usually an inexpensive product compromises something somewhere, but the D-Link DNS-323 is one of the best products I have reviewed in quite some time.

Pros:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award

+ Extremely functional NAS
+ Very good data write speeds
+ Single, JBOD, RAID 0, and RAID 1 disk arrays
+ Convenient compact size
+ Simple HTML interface
+ High-quality metal enclosure
+ Tool-less design
+ Attractive yet simple black and silver finish

Cons:

- Poor cooling design
- Needs rubber feet for side mounting
- Includes outdate CAT-5 cable

Ratings:

  • Presentation: 8.5
  • Appearance: 9.0
  • Construction: 9.0
  • Functionality: 9.5
  • Value: 9.25

Final Score: 9.05 out of 10.

Award: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

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Comments 

 
# MsWen 2010-06-24 09:19
Hi: We bought a DNS 323. Networked to the system. I am trying to check if the info I added into the system is definitely mirrored onto the 2nd hard disk. Is there anyway I can check that?

Tks for your help. Wen
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# RAID-1 testOlin Coles 2010-06-24 09:29
Pull out one of the drives and see if you can still access data.
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# data lostswamyee 2011-05-18 01:53
Hi, I pull out one of the drive and put it back within a moment. Nothing do to this drive. But i can't see the data folders after put it back. This one i configured for RAID0. Is there any other ways to get back my data folders ?
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# RE: data lostOlin Coles 2011-05-18 07:07
Nope. Since it was RAID-0 on an external device, your data may be lost.
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