by Greg King on June 26, 2007 in Network-Attached Storage
There’s something to be said for convenient, mappable network storage. NAS not only offers an affordable way to keep your data safe, but also a handy way to share all your "stuff". As our review states, this name branded BYOD NAS box delivers on all fronts.
In working with the D-Link DNS-323, we were pleasantly surprised with the ease of use and features that it came with. We did not touch upon the Memeo software included but having worked with it in the past, it’s simply allows you to setup backups of individual files or folders on a given PC. It’s nice to use when you want to periodically back up your data but don’t want to take the time to touch each file every time you do a backup.
We liked the design of the DNS and the fact that we had everything installed in less than a minute was impressive as well. I personally did not like how easy the front came off but if this is a device that isn’t going to be moved frequently, this is something that can be lived with. A lock would be a nice addition in future versions.
As for the network speeds, they were what we expected and close to what D-Link advertises on their site. While not blistering fast, they were decent for a networked device. For those of you that want raw speed, get a USB or eSATA device, this type of hardware is geared towards those how have massive amounts of data and either want to be able to remotely back that data up or share that data with other users or devices.
With everything that the D-Link offers, it still can be found for under $200 (US) around the web. Also take into consideration the Thecus N2100. We loved that NAS when we reviewed it earlier this year and it costs just under $300. The DNS-323 comes in over $100 less, feels far sturdier and is completely tool less. Granted, there are a few hidden costs.
It is a BYOD NAS so you are going to have to supply the hard drives. With that said, most of us have a drive laying around and if you don’t, prices are low enough that most users who are eyeballing this NAS, can afford to pick up one or two. Remember, the DNS can be run with one drive so it’s one of those situations where you can get one now and get another one later. With everything in mind, the D-Link DNS-323 gets a solid 9 out of 10 and an editor’s choice award on top of that.
- Built to last
- Cheap compared to other similar NAS devices
- Ease of installation
- Feature rich
- Front panel can come off too easy
- No USB thumb drive back up option
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