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D-Link DNS-321 Diskless System 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure
  • 2 Bay Enclosure
  • Diskless System
  • 1 x 10/100/1000M

5 out of 5 eggs A new firmware gives this thing a new life. 06/07/2009

This review is from: D-Link DNS-321 Diskless System 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure


First off, officially the DNS-323 offers P2P support and USB print support over the DNS-321.

Unofficially, if you get the newest beta firmware off their website, it adds EXT3 support, 2TB drive, and P2P support.

I bought this to allow me to turn off my tower during the summer, and still access files. Paired with a couple of 1TB WD Greens, it draws a negligible amount of power, and doesn't churn out heat the way my quad core workstation does.

But, after I bought it and did a bit more research, I found this machine to have more functionality than expected. I can let it do long downloads, or run torrents overnight and overweekend while my tower is shut down.

Also, the integrated FTP server is great. I shared a folder with pictures of my brother's wedding, and I had people downloading files without any complications.

Torrents, downloads, FTP...this thing does all the low end tasks I would normally want another PC for, at minimal power draw and heat output.


DLink's support is seriously lacking. If you want to get your NAS working the best that it can, head over to the beta section. They've had certain issues fixed for months, but haven't put out an official firmware.

There's much better official support for their DNS-323.

I would like to see status data. I'd like to know who's logged in via FTP, and what files they're pulling, upload or download rate, etc.

Other Thoughts:

Saved $40 on unneeded functionality, got half of it back. Made the deal all that much sweeter.

The system can do RAID 1, RAID 0, JBOD, and standard setup. I did standard setup, as I perform my own backups and would rather not lose 1TB of space when I'm more than capable of keeping tabs on my files.

Transfer speed is kind of slow. Highest I've seen is 12MB/s, but that's good enough for streaming MP3s, and seems to handle 1080P video files just fine.

Harddrives are formatted as EXT2 (or EXT3 if you load the new firmware). Do not put your NTFS drives w/ data in expecting them to keep that data.

It's also probably a good idea, if you're running standard, to eject the drives when doing firmware upgrades, just so it won't try to reformat the drives. RAID arrays may have to be rebuilt and/or reformatted with firmware updates.

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  • Brandon C.
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