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D-Link DNS-323 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure Review

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The DNS-323 makes a good choice for a home or small office user wanting to add additional storage that is accessible across the network or via the Internet. I was impressed with the ease of installation of the hard drives, which can be done in a matter of seconds. The Web UI used to set up and mange the unit is well laid out and easy to use. The user manual is also well-written and very useful, not one of those poor translations to English that seems to be so common today. Performance wise, the DNS-323 put up impressive numbers while streaming video and moving single files between the unit and the client PC. Where the DNS-323 really struggles though is in tests involving large amounts of read/write operations. Here, its performance levels take a nose dive. However, taking into account its target market, I would say the unit performs admirably. Cooling is one of the main areas where the DNS-323 really needs improvement, especially during periods of extended heavy usage. The lack of any S.M.A.R.T. reporting features also a drawback because of the cooling concerns. While it currently does not support 1.5TB drives in RAID arrays, hopefully this will be corrected in the next firmware release. Overall, I was impressed with the DNS-323 in terms of ease of use, general performance and feature set. With the street prices now in the $150 - $175 range, the DNS-323 would make an excellent addition to any home or small office looking for network storage with good overall performance.



  • Ease of installation
  • Web UI easy to use and configure
  • Full feature set for price range
  • General performance
  • Jumbo frames support
  • RAID 0 and RAID 1 capability



  • Sub-par cooling performance
  • Performance when writing small files
  • No S.M.A.R.T. reporting capability
  • DDNS Server issues
  • No current support for 1.5TB hard drives


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