D-Link Systems ShareCenter 2-Bay USB 2.0 External Hard Drive Enclosure DNS-325 Black
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D-Link’s DNS-325 ShareCenter 2-Bay Network Storage device is the perfect way to store, share and stream documents, music, videos, and photos with anyone on your network. The DNS-325 allows you to insert your own disk drives and can support up to 4TB of storage capacity. Equipped with four different hard drive modes, Jumbo Frames support, Gigabit connectivity, a variety of built-in servers like a USB Print server, Peer-to-Peer downloader, UPnP AV media servers, FTP and Web File server, and an easy to use management interface, the DNS-325, is a secure and reliable storage solution perfect for any home network.
- Brand Name: : D-Link
- Model: : DNS-325
- Warranty: : 3-year limited
- Hard Disk Description: : External
- Width: : 8.30 inches
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches ; 2.7 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
- Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
- ASIN: B004SUO40U
- Item model number: DNS-325
- Date first available at Amazon.com: April 4, 2011
Excellent product, easy to install, well designed
Installation was a piece of cake. I bought two 3TB hard drives, installed them in the ShareCenter in a matter of seconds, plugged in the ethernet cable and power cable, and from a pc connected to the LAN, ran the installation program on the supplied DVD. After deciding on RAID-1 configuration, it formatted the drives and I went through the other menu options configuring it the way I wanted. I physically located the unit next to my cable modem and router…in our basement.
Then came a surprise. From my connected PC, I discovered that the 3TB hard drives only had 785MB of available storage! I went to D-Link forums and discovered that the firmware version it came with (1.01) did NOT support 3TB hard drives, but the latest version that you can download (1.02) does support them. So I promptly downloaded the new version, and after logging into the DNS-325 over the LAN, was able to upgrade the firmware. I then went to go to the Disk Management menu, and hit the “Set RAID type and Re-Format” button. It promptly reformatted the drives to the full 3TB mirrored configuration. Then, I mapped the ShareCenter as my drive Z: and was off and running.
One thing to consider, is how you set the DNS-325′s sleep mode. I have mine set up to shut down the hard drives after 30 mins of inactivity. If I access it after that, it takes about 10 secs for the hard drives to spin up. At that point access is as rapid as any other hard drive.
I did not configure any of the optional applications, nor have I set it up for any kind of remote access, beyond our home network. So I can’t evaluate any of those features.
Bottom line, this is a quality unit, provides excellent capabilities and seems to be money well spent.
Power savings: It will pay for itself in less than three years
I previously had a homemade file server (basically an old 700MHz Compaq PC with two 500GB hdds installed, running Ubuntu Server). This Dlink just sips the power. I measured both the old server vs the Dlink DNS-325 using a Kill-a-watt. Here are my findings:
My old server was using ~ 72.5 W. The DNS-325 used 8 W (3.5 while asleep).
My old server used 13.96 kWh over 209 hrs. The DNS-325 used 0.14 kWh over 24.39 hrs.
My old server cost roughly $4.26 per month to operate. The DNS-325 should cost at most 37 cents. It will be less than half that if I allow it to sleep.
This Dlink uses less than 1/10 the power that my old file server used. It will pay for itself in less than three years.
The Basic Home User Crowd Pleaser
Mostly all good
Setting up passwords and access for our family users was fairly easy.
I activated the media software that came with the unit. Transferred a DVD to the unit, entered the password in our WiFi enabled DVD player and watched the movie on our flat screen TV. The image quality and the sound are great.
The only issue I’m having is getting the printer port to work consistently. I’ll get it to print and something will go wrong. I’m about to give up on it and from what I read on the web I’m not the only one with issues. The problem is a bother, but since I didn’t buy the unit for the print server it isn’t a deal killer.
The unit has been running cool. I have yet to get the unit’s fan to turn on. I tried by streaming a movie and backing up two computers simultaneously. Didn’t get warm enough to turn on the fan.
I set the unit to go to sleep when not being used. Haven’t had any issues with waking it up.
Perfect! Just what I wanted.
Fast, Easy to Configure, Works with Time Machine
DNS-325 A Good Value
Edit: The inaccesible P2P folder is no longer a problem. After looking through the D-Link forums I saw a post that was helpful in educating me that the P2P folder is seen as a seperate share. So all I had to do was map a new network drive to the P2P folder and can now access all the files in that folder. The NAS has still been working well running with only one drive. I plan on adding a 3TB drive soon.