D-Link DNS-323 Dual Bay GB NAS

Article Index
D-Link DNS-323 Dual Bay GB NAS
Product Features and Specifications
Drive and Software Installation
Advanced Setup and Features
Performance Testing and Conclusion

Product: D-Link DNS-323 Dual Bay Network Attached Storage Enclosure
Provided By: D-Link
Real-Time Price:

 

Introduction:

It wasn’t too long ago when a family was lucky to have one computer.  As times have changed, more computers have entered the household and today it is not uncommon for there to be more PC’s than people in a house.  Think about it.  Every member has a personal computer of some sort – whether desktop or PC, and sometimes both.  Then many families have a computer dedicated to entertainment, such as a Home Theater PC or a media PC.  Each of these computers has critical data that should be backed up often, but in many cases it is rarely or never backed up.

DNS-323 - Box
DNS-323 - Box

 

Data loss can be expensive, time consuming or at the very least an inconvenience.  Today we are looking at a product from D-Link that aims to simplify backing up and can do double duty as a media server, FTP server and even a print server.  If you have more than one computer on a home or small office network, this product may be interesting so keep on reading.

Package & Bundle:

The DNS-323 comes in a professional looking box from D-Link.  In an attempt to be a bit environmentally friendly, D-Link has decided to use cardboard internal packaging instead of the more traditional Styrofoam.  Not that I’m a “tree hugger” but I think this is a great move to help reduce overall waste.  While it may not seem like much, if D-Link sells 1,000,000 products annually, this could really help how much foam ends up in a landfill.

 In The Box
In The Box
 Included Stuff
Included Stuff

 

In the box you get the dual-bay enclosure, a power adapter, software CD, Quick Install guide, a warning card that states that drives will be formatted upon installation and a network cable.  The DNS-323 supports 10/100/1000 base networks and the cable appears to be up to the task.  It is a 6’ Cat. 5E cable and should be good enough for most close applications.


Closer Look:

This enclosure looks pretty decent and is made from metal instead of the cheaper plastic that many other companies use.  This not only gives it a more processional appearance, but also aids in cooling the drives that are inside.

NAS Profile
NAS Profile

 

The overall appearance of the DNS-323 is quite professional, and there is really nothing extravagant or flashy about this enclosure.

The front is adorned by a simple button to turn the unit on and off as well as some indicator lights for network activity and hard drive activity.  There are separate LEDs for each drive.  These are blue, but aren’t too bright or irritating.  That being said, most people will have this unit in a closet, or somewhere else where it won’t be seen.

D-Link Button
D-Link Button

 

Moving on to the back, we find a cooling fan, a couple of eject levers, the power plug, network port and a USB port for print server applications.  These levers are used for removing either drives if and when replacement is required.

Rear Profile
Rear Profile

 

Before we take a look at drive installation, we’ll cover the list of features and specifications from D-Link.