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Cavalry Storage CAND3001T0 1TB Network Drive Review

Nemo    -   February 4, 2009
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Conclusion:

The CAND3001T0 is an easy way to add shared storage to your network, as it comes with hard drives installed and preconfigured for use. For users wanting basic storage functionality with a minimum of fuss, the CAND3001T0 offers and additional 500GB of storage out of the box due to its RAID-1 factory configuration. I found the Web UI to be very basic and its use of fractured English to be mildly annoying at times and downright confusing at others. The interface seems more like a first attempt rather than a polished, completed product. The added features are where I had the most issues, from e-mail alerts that were too basic to be of any use, to the backup capability that left me wondering if maybe it should have been left out until an integrated working restore functionality could be included. Along with the Web UI, I felt the user manual to be minimal and unpolished. In all fairness, I should mention that there is a better English version of the manual on Cavalry's support site. Although it does not improve any on the completeness (or lack thereof) of the content, it is certainly more readable. Cavalry really needs to work on including documentation on how to configure and use the included BitTorrent and media server software, and work to better integrate them with the rest of the features. All around performance for the CAND3001T0 was decent, if not stellar, and would suit the needs of most home users. I was surprised the the best performance numbers turned in by the CAND3001T0 were on the one test where the comparison D-Link DNS-323 fell flat. Current online prices for the unit are in the $210 - $225 range, which places it at around a $100 premium over buying a pair of comparable bare hard drives. For those not wanting to have to install and configure the hard drives, that might make it a bit more attractive to some versus the D-Link DNS-323, which would run around $270 including purchasing a pair of hard drives. The CAND3001T0 is suitable for additional storage or for backing up your files, but in the end I was left with the feeling that the interface and features just need more work and polish.

 

Pros:

  • No hard drive installation required
  • JBOD, RAID-0 and RAID-1 capability
  • Relatively quiet/decent cooling
  • S.M.A.R.T. Reporting capability

 

Cons:

  • No jumbo frame support
  • Poor documentation; some features not documented
  • Feature set functionality needs work
  • Issues with rebuilding failed RAID-1 array

 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation & Configuration
  3. Configuration: Web UI & DiskTools
  4. Configuration: System
  5. Configuration: Account
  6. Configuration: Server
  7. Configuration: Backup
  8. Configuration: Log Files
  9. Specifications & Features
  10. Testing: Setup
  11. Testing: SiSoft Sandra
  12. Testing: Intel NAS Performance Toolkit
  13. Testing: Operation
  14. Testing: Features
  15. Conclusion
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