Joined on 11/24/04
Best budget NAS solution!
Pros: - Construction: Solid aluminum enclosure. Rubber rails instead of small pads on the bottom add stability. Hard drives install easily, securely, and stay cool (I'm using 2x Hitachi 1TB 7200/32 Deskstars). - Speed: I get 15-20 MB/s wired and 3-5 MB/s on 802.11n through a Time Capsule router to my Macs) - TONS of support from the community at "wiki dot dns323 dot info" : This site is amazing and has detailed how-tos for people who know little/no Linux. - Ability to add bunches of extra applications: Web server w/ PHP, Transmission (a better Bittorrent client), upgraded media servers, SSH access, Time Machine style incremental backups via rsync, and basically any other script you throw at it or any application that can be compiled for this device (there are lots!). - USB port: Besides connecting a printer, this can be used to store and run applications from a USB flash drive to avoid added wear on your drives. You can even get a hub going with multiple devices and a printer! - Low cos
Cons: Note that some of these are not necessarily cons, but things to just be aware of... - A low to medium level of Linux knowledge is needed to reach the full potential of this device. - Original power management is pretty poor: The fan runs *all* the time. However, this was easily fixed with the improved power management scripts that are available, and will be fixed in the official firmware 1.06 as well. Presently my DNS-323 runs nice and coolly/quietly in my bedroom even with torrents downloading 24/7. - RAID 1 support has not been the strongest, although this has been continually improving. - The built-in Bittorrent, uPNP, and iTunes servers are not the best (but again, this is easily remedied with the info on the wiki/forum). - FTP access not very secure (SSL support will be added in 1.06). - Don't even think about using JBOD or RAID 0 with this device. JBOD here means one big volume, and if one disk fails everything goes. Also, RAID 0 has been shown to *not* provide a speed boos
Overall Review: Some take home points from my experience with the DNS-323 1. This is basically a mini computer: A lot of people, myself included, initially expect a NAS device to function like any old USB hard drive. For better or worse, this is definitely NOT the case. You can run apps and do all sorts of great things with it, but on the flip side, it is definitely not as simple to use as a regular external HD. 2. RAID 1 is not the best *backup* solution: RAID 1 is designed to prevent system downtime from a drive failure, and *not* as a backup solution for your data. Anything that is done to one drive will instantly mirror to the other, and this includes deleting or corrupting files!!! Unless you have a business and are trying to prevent downtime, a much better option is to set up an incremental backup. 3. This product is best-in-class: I did my research comparing the DNS-323 to similar products from Linksys, Western Digital, Buffalo, Netgear, etc., and this is definitely the best bet out th
Finally the great full-coverage TR4 threadripper AIO you've been waiting for!!!
Pros: Awesome unit. Full coverage TR4 cold plate. Quiet pump. Great cooling. I chose this item over these alternatives: - Liqtech: Defective first generation and early second generation units. Even if this is fixed now, I could never trust them. - Corsair: Newest 6th gen asetek pump. However, TR4 bracket is indefinitely out of stock from corsair.com, and cannot be purchased elsewhere. Also not a full-coverage cold plate. - NZXT: No full coverage cold plate. Older 5th gen asetek pump.
Cons: It would be better if the radiator fan speed could be controlled by the coolant temp (and not simply the CPU or other mobo temps).