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

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 Model Number  DNS-323
 Hardware Version  B1
 Firmware Version  1.05
 External Interface  10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Port
 Jumbo Frame Support  Up to 9000 bytes MTU
 Additional Ports  USB print server port
 HDD Size  2 x 3.5" SATA Drives (not included)
 Drive Capacity  Up to 1TB drive
 CPU  500 MHz Marvell 88F5181
 Memory  64MB
 Flash  8MB
 IDE Controller  Marvell 88X7042
 NIC  Marvell 88E1111
 File System  EXT2
 HDD Configuration  Standard, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1
 Power Supply  External adapter
 Cooling  40mm fan

 (W x D x H): 4” x 7.8” x 5”
(101.6mm x 198.1mm x 127mm)

 Weight  2.7 lbs (1.2 kg) - without drives
 OS Requirement  Windows XP SP2/Vista
 Regulatory Certification  FCC Class B, CE, VCCI, CSA
 Warranty  1 year limited



  • Two Hard Drive Bays for 3.5” SATA Hard Drives of Any Capacity1
  • Simplified Hard Drive Installation Process – No Tools Required
  • Four Hard Drive Configurations: Standard, JBOD (Linear), RAID 0, and RAID 12
  • High Performance Gigabit Ethernet Connectivity (Up to 23/15MBps or 184/120Mbps Read/Write)3
  • Built-in FTP Server for File Access from the Internet4
  • Scheduled Downloads from Web or FTP Sites
  • Full or Incremental Backups
  • Real Time Backups With the Included Backup Software
  • Users and Groups Can Be Assigned to Folders with Read or Read/Write Permissions
  • Quotas For Users and Groups
  • Automatic E-Mail Notifications
  • Power Management for Conserving Energy and Extending Hard Drive Life
  • UPnP AV Server for Streaming Music, Photos, and Video to Compatible Media Players5
  • iTunes® Software will be able to automatically find and play music directly from the DNS-323
  • Built-in USB Print Server for printing from any PC on the Network
  • D-Link Easy Search Utility
  • Configurable by Web Browser
  • Supports Jumbo Frames
  • Enables you to change from Non-RAID to RAID 1 configuration without losing data on the hard drives.
  • Supports BitTorrent

1 Hard Drive(s) not included.
2 RAID 1 mirroring requires the use of 2 internal SATA drives.
3 Speed results will vary depending on the benchmark utility, hard drive configuration, and the network environment used for testing.
4 Note that use of an FTP Server to access files over the Internet does not provide for secure or encrypted transmissions.
5 D-Link cannot guarantee full compatibility or proper playback with all codecs. Playback capability depends on the codec support of the UPnP™ AV media player.

I'd like to point out something regarding the claim of support for "Drives of Any Capacity". After doing some research, I found that this statement was made before Seagate came out with the Barracuda 1.5TB drives. While some people report they have been able to use these drives in Standard mode, the DNS-323 does not support 1.5TB drives in a RAID array although a fix is supposed to be available in the next version of the firmware (1.06).

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