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Pros: - Very nice looking
- Small in stature
- Can use up to 8TB of drives (4 x 2TB each)
- Jumbo Frame Support
Cons: Oh man, where to begin.
When I got the drive, it came with 1.02 firmware. It would recognize my 1.5TB Seagate drives, but not format them in anything other than Linear (non-raid) format.
After a dozen calls to D-Link, we tried different drives, upgraded the firmware to 1.03, etc.etc. No luck. I ended up seating and reseating the drives, trying them in different orders. Nothing seemed to get them to RAID. It would stick at Initializing most of the time. I did have some success getting some 300GB drives to RAID0 and also RAID5, but the Active Directory support wouldn't install. After much interaction on the forums, I talked one of the d-link support guys into sending me Firmware 1.04 Beta 1. As soon as it installed, ADS installed (and worked) just fine, the 1.5TB drives formatted in RAID5 and all was well. It's just a shame I spent over 30 hours dealing with what should be a simple process. Maybe I just got a dud, but none of my other NAS units have had these problems.
Overall Review: I gave it two eggs instead of 3 because of the problems and how slow it's being now that it's formatted. Slow to write, not so bad to read from.
Pros: Good looking box and good build quality.
Simple setup and operation.
Cons: From previous review from drkxx, bought this to work with 4x WD30EFRX red drives...He must never have tried a RAID configuration as it will only recognize 3T drives if they operate in Standard mode (As separate disks). the initializtion of the format for RAID 5 will fail and you will be like me, holding a lot of expensive drives and no home to be found for them.
Overall Review: It seems manufacturers want you to buy their product and therefore don't disclose full limitations of their product. There is no documentation stating this limitation of the NAS. After working up through three tech support levels to the specialized tech support of DLink, I was informed of this failing and that they did document it, if you look at the fine print in the firmware documentation a couple version back... my mistake.
Pros: I've used several NAS devices and have had the least aggrevation with this unit. Very useful for large backups. Works fine with 3tb drives.
Cons: Can get hot at times. Will run a bit slower than some NAS devices but not a big deal unless you're routinely moving large amount of data.
Pros: Inexpensive, works ok.
Cons: Cooling- runs hot
Overall Review: Here's what I do to have the unit run cooler. Take the front cover off, all it really does is block airflow, and have a small fan blow into it. I use a smal Vornado fan. Now the temp seldom goes above 100, most of the time it's at 90-95.
Pros: Cheap and effective storage. Looks sharp. Great product on paper (uh, online specifications).
Cons: Have to deal with constantly powercycling the unit for it to work.
The product seems to be flawed. I got my first unit 9 months ago, and it worked great for a while. But it started falling off the network occasionally, then it started happening more and more. The unit was still running, but wasn't online. No response to ping, no file shares and no web interface. Eventually it got to the point where it went "offline" every night.
I had to ship it back to DLink, who sent me a replacement unit. That worked fine for a few months, then it did the same thing. I found it offline one day, then it happened again 2 weeks later, then a week later, then 3 days, now it's back to going offline every night. I'm sure getting a new unit will solve the problem again, but for how long?
And do I really want to keep investing all this time and energy into this product every 4 months? I use this for corporate backups. I guess I get what I paid for. Next time I'll upgrade from DLink.
Overall Review: Maybe DLink cares enough to investigate the problem and release a firmware update to address the problem? It could be fixed I suppose.
Yeah, come to think of it, I'm just gonna hold my breath until they do.
Pros: Capacity. I have four of the 2TB Hitachi drives in a RAID 5 array which formats out to about 5.36TB of usable space. Quiet for me, but I do not hear very well. Front indicator panel is easy to read. Gigabit LAN support. USB printer support. Formats an 8TB RAID 5 array fairly quickly. Easy to add and replace drives. Good variety of RAID options.
Cons: Write speeds are little slow with RAID 5. Web interface is a little bit difficult to navigate. Steep price.
Overall Review: Download new firmware before adding drives.
Drive temps on wake up range from 95F to 100F.
Can easily be hidden in a data closet or under a desk on a small UPS in order to keep important data backed up and out of sight.
Pros: Easy to configure
Cons: Bought it with 2x 3tb seagates, tried for a couple of days to get it to format into a raid 1 for bays 1 and 2, no luck. Called tech support, after the usual reboot, pull hard drives routine was transfered to level 3 tech support who immediately told me that drives greater than 2tb are not supported. I am an experienced user/network admin the first thing I did before buying was research to make sure it supported 3 tb drives, didn't find any published limitations on the Dlink site. Subsequent to my purchase a notation has been made on the Dlink forums that 2tb is the max drive size.
Overall Review: 3 stars because out of the box it was very intuitive to use, but can't really rate any performance aspects
Pros: Set up well and works fine from the start. Just upgraded firmware to 1.03 and the restart problem with the Hitachi 1TB drives has gone away. Prior after turning on the device, you had to do a manual restart, not any more with 1.03
Cons: None now that 1.03 is loaded.
Overall Review: Have four LAN based computers tied into it via 100MB and 1GB Ethernet connections. Also have had MacBooks access via the LAN and no problems. The FTP side works OK and have accessed the 343 remotely many times.
I have the unit on a shelf next to two locally attached OWC Dual Bay boxes. To keep the air moving I have a small vornado fan behind the units. The temp on the 343 never goes above 110.
After reading the bad reviews, I backed the whole thing up to one of the OWC devices, but I have not had a single problem in over a year. However, I also have not had a hard drive failure to really test if the RAID mirror works. Probably will try that over the holidays.