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D-Link DNS-120 Express Network Storage Adapter

  • 1 x 10/100M
  • 2 x USB2.0
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Bob P.
  • 2/25/2007 2:13:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great idea and reasonably priced. Was able to (unreliably) connect 2-fat32 drives that could be accessed from all my windows machines (3) and linux box. The html interface was nice, although simple.

Cons: Unfortunately, the great idea does not work. First, the lack of NTFS support is annoying and borderline fraudulent since D-Link only mentions this deep in the fine print. When I asked D-Link's customer service, they are indifferent to the problem. Without this support, a fat32 formatted drive wastes lots of space. Second, it was very unreliable. At least 3 times per week, I would have to reset the adapter and restart the drives. This made backups virtually impossible to schedule.

Other Thoughts: I finally got tired of fooling with it and disconnected it. I reformated the drives and put them in my linux box to serve as a server.

As for the adapter itself, I sold it on an online auction site and I would NOT buy another one.

Also, given the poor customer support and indifferent attitude from D-Link, I'm VERY unlikely to buy another product from them in the future. Until this, I had purchased several routers and wireless access points and had been happy. Sadly, my attitude has changed.

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  • Nadim E.
  • 9/27/2006 9:03:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsOkay to say the most

Pros: Fair device for what it does. Good for home network and small files. Allows accessing of files from any PC on network which makes it convenient to share common files with common information for a family.

Cons: After few months any 2.0 USB devise could be recognised by this DNS-120. So I have to connect a small 1.1 USB hub between the DNS-120 and USB 2.0 ADS case fitted with a hard drive. This solved the problem but now it is slow.

Other Thoughts: Waiting for a better device that supports NTFS formated hard drives.

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  • David S.
  • 8/28/2005 9:46:00 PM
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1 out of 5 eggsDon't bother

Comments: This product is so slow, it is not worth the money to buy it. It is also not worth the time to set it up, and that is bad because it is pretty easy to set up. It states that the usb ports are 2.0, but they are so slow. I can pull up directories faster when the drive is hooked up to a usb 1.1 port. The ethernet ports do not seem to be the problem. I also might be the onboard processor is slow, or maybe DLink does not know how to optimize the Linux operating system or SAMBA software that the unit runs on. Overall I am very disappointed with the product. It is a very good idea, just a very poor implementation.

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  • Jack N.
  • 8/18/2005 3:13:30 PM
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4 out of 5 eggs

Comments: It works well with external USB drives but you will need to format your drives as FAT32 if you want to write files. This device supports read only access for NTFS.

The interface that support network user accounts is easy setup.

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  • Alec K.
  • 8/13/2005 10:04:36 AM
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2 out of 5 eggs

Comments: Under NTFS (firmware 1.7)individual files that are larger than 3 gig on the drive do not appear. Furthermore the transfer rates are slower than merely connecting the usb drives dirrectly to a computer.

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  • H D.
  • 8/12/2005 6:16:07 AM
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3 out of 5 eggsGood but not Great

Comments: This device does a servicable job of allowing a USB drive be accessed by a group of networked computers. Its limitations are high:
NTFS is read-only
No support of special characters in Workgroup name i.e. '.'
Cannot rename root share
Slow

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  • Eric W.
  • 7/19/2005 2:51:31 PM
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4 out of 5 eggsGood Product

Comments: The device does what the description says. Two USB drives can be attached and once the the included D-link software is ran and the hard drives are mapped to a drive letter the Windows XP networking wizard can be ran and Windows XP will recognize the drives in your 'Network Places'. There is sort of a caviat to this. The device will only recognize NTFS formatted hard drives once the firmware has been updated. Even with the updated firmware it can only read NTFS partitions and drives. However, it can read and write FAT formatted partitions and hard drives out of the box. I moved 185 mb of data from a 4200 rpm hard drive, through a 108 mbps WNIC, through a router, through the network storage device, to another 4200 rpm hard drive in about 5'30". Compared to moving data through two gigabit NIC's this set-up is very slow. If moving a large amount of data, it would be faster to disconnect the hard drive, attach it to the USB on the computer, push the data to the drive and reattach it to the network storage adapter. Moving small files here and there really had no effect on time to transfer. $xx for the device is reasonable, yet an MSRP of $xx would be better because without a network this device becomes useless. The is no alternatives for this device. The USB hard drives attached to it can be attached to another computer at some point in time. Overall...I am satisfied with the purchase...it did what I wanted it to do.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/22/2005 10:05:38 PM
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3 out of 5 eggsno NTFS

Comments: It can not use NTFS format. Out of 5 PC's at home all are NTFS. It made formatting to fat32 a nightmare. Otherwise it works. 2 WD 40GBX2 on different USB boxes.

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