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

  • 1 x 10/100/1000M
  • 1 x USB2.0
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Access your files from anywhere with D-Link's internet accessible network storage enclosure. The DNS-323 has a built in FTP server so you can log in anywhere you have an internet connection. Since it connects to your network with a Gigabit Ethernet connection you know your local network won't be the cause of slow data transfers.

Internally the enclosure has space for two 3.5" SATA hard drives of any currently available capacity. You can configure the drives for speed or data security. Standard mode allows you to access the drives individually while JBOD adds their capacity together linearly. RAID 0 stripes the drives together for maximum performance. For maximum protection RAID 1 mirrors the drives so you have two copies of the data.

The UPnP AV media server streams data to any connected media devices or computers. That way all the media is stored in one place and you don't have to worry about copying the files to each system. There is also a print server so you can share one non-networked among all the users on the network without having to set up print sharing.

  • newegg Gigabit Network Connection The D-Link DNS-323 features a Gigabit Ethernet port for up to 10X the speed of most 100M network connections and excellent usability for office and home networks.
  • newegg SATA HDD Support The D-Link DNS-323 features two SATA drive bays for easy installation and replacement of internal hard drives without using any tool or attaching any cable.
  • newegg RAID Function The D-Link DNS-323 supports RAID 0 for optimized hard disk throughput, RAID 1 and its disk mirroring functionality for extra data security, and JBOD for enhanced capacity to store more videos, movies and photos.
  • newegg Built-in FTP Server Function The D-Link DNS-323 features an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server function for convenient high-speed file transfer.
  • newegg Print Server Function The D-Link DNS-323 serves as a USB print server so you can easily share a USB printer with multiple users over the network.
  • newegg Built-in UPnP AV Media Server With built-in UPnP AV media server, the D-Link DNS-323 streams media files to compatible network media players without the need for a dedicated computer.

Learn more about the D-Link DNS-323

General

Brand
D-Link
Model
DNS-323
Standards
IEEE 802.3
IEEE 802.3u
IEEE 802.3ab

Interfaces

Port RJ-45
1 x 10/100/1000M
Port USB
1 x USB2.0
HDD Interface
2 x SATA (2 x Bay)

Conveniences

Management
Drive Management:
Four Different Hard Drive Configurations
Scandisk
E-mail Alerts
Defrag
Power Management

Device Management: Internet Explorer v6 or other Java-enabled browsers
LEDs
Power
LAN
HDD 1
HDD 2

Features

Features
D-Link's 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure (DNS-323) is a high performance solution for all your data storage needs. The new SATA hard drive bays allow for quick insertion and release, no tools are required. Utilizing a high performance CPU, read/write functions to and from the DNS-323 are exceptionally smooth. The DNS-323 also enables users to access files over the Internet with the built-in FTP server. For data protection, the DNS-323 features a variety of backup options including RAID 1, 0, and JBOD, ensuring that your data is safeguarded at all times. Additionally, the DNS-323 serves as a USB print server, allowing you to share a single USB printer with your network.

Secure and Share Your Digital Files
Insert Either One or Two Internal 3.5" SATA Hard Drives without Using Any Tools or Attaching Any Cables
Protect Your Important Files with Mirrored Hard Drives Using RAID 1 Technology
Access Stored Files over the Internet

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions
7.8" x 5.2" x 4.1"
Weight
2.7 lbs.

Environment

Temperature
0°C - 55°C
Humidity
5%~90% (non-condensing)

Package Contents

Package Contents
DNS-323
Power Adapter
Ethernet Cable
Power Cord
Installation Guide
Software Disk

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Aaron J.
  • 6/2/2013 8:12:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat home NAS

Pros: Easy setup, lots of functionality out of box, highly hackable, energy efficient. The samba support makes it very easy for non-techies to use.

Cons: A little slow to wake up sometimes, but thats part of it's power savings. More horsepower (CPU, RAM) would be great for this little guy (more of a nit than anything)

Other Thoughts: This is super handy for off loading all those baby pics, other documents, music and movies. Sure the cloud is great and all, but it will never be as snappy as a 1gig link to your office.

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  • Christopher P.
  • 4/24/2013 7:44:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStood the test of time

Pros: Extremely stable. Quiet and reliable.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I've had this running since May of 2009. It's been on a UPS and has NEVER EVER been powered down since the installation. I have my entire music library stored on this NAS using two 1T drives. I back up daily just in-case, but to the date of this review I have not been let down. This NAS is used daily for music playback and storage. This has been a really great purchase.

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  • Jonathan W.
  • 5/22/2012 9:08:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsStorage Happiness

Pros: Built-in FTP, media, iTunes servers for sharing content in your home with an extensible Unix-lite shell to run powerful applications like PHP Web server and much more. SATA drives transfer data quickly, especially over Gigabit ethernet, and RAID seems to be stable and comforting.

I've had this NAS running on my network for over five years without any hardware failures. That's impressive!

Cons: Runs really hot and the fan is loud. The Fonz Funplug shell extension allows for upgrades to fan management though, so it's worth tinkering a bit.

After a few months of use the faceplate came unglued and doesn't stay attached unless you glue it back in yourself.

The front cover rattles while the disks are spinning and that gets annoying.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is a great little storage server with plenty of features for the novice and expert alike. I only hope the newer models have some of the kinks worked out for when I have to replace mine.

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  • Thomas W.
  • 1/27/2012 6:21:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood for the money

Pros: Reasonably quiet, nice-looking, solidly built, reasonably easy set-up, although DLink could create "Quick Setup" software for ALL their products to make it easier for less-knowledgeable users...

Cons: Slow for streaming, access not as fast as wired external drives. Proprietary HDD formatting. Need to be fairly picky with your choice of HDD's. RESEARCH THIS BEFORE YOU BUY!

Other Thoughts: I use this as a place to back my files up to, not everyday access, so the slower speed doesn't matter to me.

The unit is very quiet under normal use. Typically, the only sound is the HDD's clicking. How loud that is depends on the HDD's you install. In my case, it's a low, muffled sound when the head arms make a big move. I have the same HDD's in my tower, which is further away from me than the DNS323, yet I can hear them better. So, IMHO the sound-deadening in the DLink is very good. The cooling fan is controlled thermostatically, and while noticeable when it fires up, it quickly fades into the usual "background noise" of a standard computer set-up. I find that the cooling fan runs only about 25-33% of the time when I'm actively using it, and less when it is just sitting there, powered up.

My only REAL complaint with this is the way it formats the HDD's. If the DLink itself dies, you're basically out of luck.

For the price, and for what I use it for, this is a nice, versatil

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  • Christopher N.
  • 10/28/2011 11:17:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDon't waste your time.

Pros: Quiet
Inexpensive
Great UI in management panel.

Cons: Didn't work with the drive I put into it until I updated the firmware.
Very slow, The speeds capped at 13MB/s writes and 22MB/s reads. (I couldn't stream 1080 videos across the network)

Other Thoughts: Being very nitpicky about the speeds of the transfers for network devices, this was just not for me. I got it and returned it to newegg within a week. For a budget NAS this product is great, but if you want speed or more than one person streaming music/video off of it you should probably look for another solution.
I ended up getting a Synology NAS because it has very fast speeds. They are much more costly though, but it all breaks down to cost == speed.

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  • Ian T.
  • 10/21/2011 1:09:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsRAID 1 not stable

Pros: Inexpensive, fairly easy to use.

Cons: Not compatible with newer WD drives,
RAID 1 not reliable,
Could lose your data!

Other Thoughts: I've been using this for a year or two now and it largely work fine (after getting it configured with drives it supports), but twice now I've had the RAID 1 array degrade on me without any HDD failures. I don't know why this happens, but as a result I don't trust the enclosure to maintain my data.

Review this list of critical known bugs before purchasing:

http://wiki.dns323.info/information:known_issues

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  • Wayne G.
  • 10/19/2011 6:30:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsMy Second DNS-323

Pros: I've had the DNS-323 for several years now, and just purchased a second one. It can be a little confusing adding users and permissions at times, but it does what it is supposed to. I also access this from remote locations via FTP which works well, and a the latest firmware FAQ states it now supports secure FTP, I have in the past used the UPnP for media.
I only wish that D-Link would get their heads out of their *** and just allow the USB port to service another external drive. I know there was some gifted linux guys that wrote patches/additional code to allow this some time back, although I never tried it.
It has been a while since D-Link has updated the firmware, so I can't help but wonder if they are still actively supporting the product, yes there is still support for it, but wonder if they are still looking at any new features or updates. I do agree at some point, every product just gets to where it is the best it's ever going to be, and maybe this is it.

Cons: The only 'con' I can find, is when this unit is on sale, it is a great value. when not, it is a bit pricey as are all NAS boxes.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I am very pleased with the DNS-323, it is a great unit and would not hesitate to purchase a third.

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  • Nathan P.
  • 10/7/2011 7:40:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsReReview: A few years later

Pros: Very attractive exterior. I like the indicators on the front of the unit... its easy to turn around and see if the thing is being accessed and which drive is being accessed, if its still booting up, etc. The drive release system handle is easy to pull back on. The front plate that conceals the drives and serves as the button to turn the unit on/off has never misaligned when replacing. Reliable under very basic configurations.

Cons: Unit gets too warm. The JBOD implementation in the firmware is HORRIBLE or maybe JBOD is just horrible in general! (I noticed a newer model WITHOUT JBOD support). Progress/update/new features are non-existent. Unit is HORRRIBLY slow. Was getting only getting speeds of 11mb/sec using windows explorer file transfer system. Made sure every single component from the cable being 1GBit compatible (cat7), the router being set to 1GBit compatible(it is rated 10/100/1000 with this feature enabled), another cat7 cable, to my gaming computer... which when I hover over the network icon, says 1000/MBiS. I still get this speed. I got in and started horsing around with settings and hard drive configs, etc, and now I get 4.72MBy/s. I bought a new hard drive and put it in this unit, got 11MBy/s... I tried ext2 with the new drive with the same result. As mentioned in my previous review, I have had many file-loss woes, even though Im using the recommended ext3 file system for reliability.

Other Thoughts: Seems like they could just modify the firmware to do some of what they do in a new model, like much-anticipated NTFS support. There are several un-addressed issues that are causing me to buy an anonymous different brand of NAS and mothballing this one... It is causing me to spend and extra 200$ on something I already have a semi-functional network appliance of. They come out with newer and/or more expensive models of this that have some of the features NAS users have been asking for...

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  • mike g.
  • 9/28/2011 5:39:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsIt's OK

Pros: Sleek design, rubber strips on the bottom to prevent NAS from sliding around. Very easy to assemble and slide hard drives in.

Cons: Power button's location is off, had to remove the face plate to reset. Takes forever to reset (about 3 minutes). DDNS configuration could be a little easier.

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  • Eric H.
  • 9/6/2011 10:59:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDlink 323 Review

Pros: Nice NAS. It is more on the basic side and easy to setup. It has support for 2TB Drives. I am running 2 X WD Green Drives in it. Very small, it is not much larger than the 2 drives and power cord.

Cons: Speed is not the best, I think it maybe the unit but could be the green drives I am using. According to others they have some speed complaints. This unit could be fast but for the price I think it is acceptable.

Other Thoughts: I did not and most likely will not setup up the print server so I can not comment on that.

I either do a direct copy or have used Acronis.

I have had and used this version and the Dlink 321, which is similar.

Does not support NTFS only EXT - do your research and be prepared to format your drives.

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