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D-Link DNS-320L Diskless System ShareCenter 2-Bay Cloud Storage 2000
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs This is a Great Buy!!! 07/04/2013

This review is from: D-Link DNS-320L Diskless System ShareCenter 2-Bay Cloud Storage 2000

Pros: I already had 3 of these Storage bays. Each one has two 3tb Seagate Barracuda drives. Very happy with the setup and, at this time, do not really have a storage issue. A few weeks ago, I installed a new ASUS AC-1750 router and it crossed my mind that these bay storage systems were getting more expensive all the time and, if one of my bays went down, I would not have a backup.

So, since I had two new Seagate Barracuda 4tb drives that I purchased from NewEgg, I decided I would get anothe ShareCenter and add that mix to my system.

When I installed my current units, I had to download a patch from D-Link so that Windows could recognize a 3tb drive. I also had to use the Disk Manager to format and configure the drives. So, after I installed the 4tb drives in this unit, I was very pleased that the D-Link Installation app was easy to use, formatted the drives and installed them in windows in a matter of minutes.

For the price, I do not believe you can beat this ShareCenter. If you want more than a two drive setup, the price of the bay units escalates very fast. If you want a four drive system, using two of these is less expensive than most four bay units. Also, I feel that it gives you more flexibility and security. If all your drives are in one unit and it goes down, what do you do? Therefore, I prefer to have redundant units rather than one big box.

The units have a built-in fan to keep them cool. They can be attached directly to your PC or to your router for a neat network

I would recommend these units to anyone looking a reliable, easy to use, inexpensive way to increase the storage capacity of their network (system).

Cons: I really do not have any "cons". I now have 4 of these units and am very pleased.
I did have a "password" issue during the install but found it easy to overcome. In fact, it was so easy that I had forgotten about it until I read one of the previous reviews.
I also had problems with them dropping of my network but it turned out to be a router issue. I replaced a D-Link router with the ASUS AC-1750 and have not had any issues.
This will turn out to be more of a "pro" than a "con". I used to experience slow data transfers and loss of connection as mentioned in a previous review. However, when I installed an ASUS AC-1750 router (replaced a D-Link), the issue went away. The units never drop off the network and data transfers are a breeze. Since retiring from IT, I have become a photographer and deal with a lot of very large, "raw" photo files. I do find it common for the units to appear to be offline because Windows will display the status with the "red X" as if they are off-line. But, if you click on the drive, it is, in fact, on-line and will open.

Other Thoughts: I am going to buy one and just have it on hand in case one of my current units goes down. You cannot beat it on a price, performance basis. I also noticed that NewEgg has a package deal with a 3tb SeaGate drive that is a great buy. But, I would also go ahead and fill the second bay.

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Lenovo IdeaCentre Q180 (31102NU) Desktop PC Intel Atom D2700 (2.13GHz) 2GB DDR3 320GB HDD Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I bought a Q150 and, I forget why, but the standard return policy did not apply, so I was stuck with it. HD Video stuttered.
So, I upgraded to the Q180 and, same thing. So, I returned it.
Last week I upgraded my wireless router to a top end D-Link router and, voila, the Q150 plays 1080P without any issues. Obviously the problem is not in the processor it is in the speed of your network.
It is now discretely hidden at the side of my receiver in the family room and just does it's thing.
Felt I should add this correction to my previous review/rating

Cons: The keyboard issue. The first thing I did was replace the little thing that Lenovo provides with a LogiTech wireless keyboard with a touch-pad.

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Lenovo Q150 (40812TU) Desktop PC Intel Atom D525 (1.80GHz) 2GB DDR3 320GB HDD Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It connects to your network and will actually display your desktop on your remote TV. It now sits idle, kind of like a statue warning "buyer beware", in my component cabinet.

Cons: My first one was DOA . . . kudos to NewEgg, replacement was not a problem. However, had I realized what a piece of junk this thing is I would have fought for a refund. Video playback, especially over a network, is next to worthless. It stutters through everything you try to play. I found it impossible to properly size my desktop to the TV screen. No matter what I tried, the icons for close, start, were barely on the screen. The only way they could be accessed was with patience, a steady hand and good luck. The keypad/trackball is so small, it is practically worthless . . . takes forever to enter any meaningful commands. First thing I did was get a LogiTech wireless KB. W7 recognized the KB but, unfortunately, that did not solve any other problem.

Other Thoughts: I guess I now understand why NewEgg had a "no refund" policy on this item. I have always found NE to be very consumer oriented but somebody dropped the ball on this item.

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Display Name: Raymond R.

Date Joined: 11/06/05

  • Reviews: 3
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  • First Review: 05/28/12
  • Last Review: 07/04/13
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