D-Link Debuts DNS-323 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure


dlink dns 323D-Link, the end-to-end networking solutions provider for consumers and business, today introduced a 2-Bay network storage enclosure designed to enhance multimedia file sharing, secure important data, and stream content to video players, while offering unparalleled backup and recovery features for consumers and small business owners.

The new D-Link 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure (DNS-323) is the first of its kind on the market to incorporate a full complement of next-generation technology, including a fast Gigabit Ethernet connection, support for two internal 3.5-inch SATA hard drives, a built-in FTP server for accessing files from the Internet, built-in UPnP audio visual (UPnP AV) media server for streaming digital content to compatible media players such as the D-Link MediaLounge family of products, and RAID 1 technology for backing up and mirroring important files.

“This Network Storage Enclosure represents the next-generation of storage performance and protection, offering an extremely powerful and flexible solution for storing and sharing digital media across the home or office network or across the Internet,” said AJ Wang, chief technology officer of D-Link. “It addresses the growing market need to store an ever-increasing amount of data in the home or business, while offering built-in protection to keep valuable data, photos, videos and other important files intact.”

When used with the internal SATA drives, the DNS-323 enables the user to share documents, files, and digital media such as music, photos, and video with everyone on the home or office network. Data transfers to and from the device are secured by only giving rights to specific users or groups. When configuring the DNS-323, the user has the ability to create users and groups and assign them to folders with either read or read/write permissions. These features are ideal for a small office environment with employee-specific sensitive data or for the home to ensure children will only have access to age appropriate material.

“Many tech savvy home network users and small business owners demand storage capacity flexibility in the products they buy. Storage enclosures offer that option,” said Joyce Putscher, principal analyst for residential connectivity at In-Stat. “As mobility increases, a storage customer’s desire to access their content while away from their home or business also increases, making remote access important as well. This enclosure addresses these and many other needs in the network storage market.”

Key Features and Benefits

  • Stream Digital Media Content — Users can back up music, photo and video collections to the DNS-323 for safekeeping, then use the built-in UPnP AV media server to stream digital content to compatible media players (such as those found in D-Link’s MediaLounge(TM) product line.) This feature is highly convenient because it can perform this function while the computer is turned off.
  • Protection and Flexibility — The availability of four different hard drive modes (Standard, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID1) allows the user to choose the configuration best suited to his or her needs. Standard mode creates two separately accessible hard drives, while JBOD combines both drives in linear fashion for maximum space efficiency. RAID 0 combines both drives in a ‘striped’ configuration, which provides the highest performance, enabling speeds up to 23MBps-Read and 15MBps-Write when using a Gigabit Ethernet connection. RAID 1 causes the drives to mirror each other, providing maximum protection. If one drive fails while configured as RAID 1, the unaffected drive continues to function as a single drive until the failed drive is replaced. The new drive will then be re-mirrored, allowing the DNS-323 to return to its full protection.
  • Robust Software — The included CD contains D-Link’s Easy Search Utility, allowing users to easily locate the DNS-323 anywhere on the network. Once located, this utility can be used to map the hard drive(s) so they will appear in My Computer on the PC. Backup software is also included on the CD to facilitate back up of valuable files from a computer to the DNS-323 manually, by a schedule, or in real-time. Real-time backups provide a method of safeguarding against unfortunate accidents that may result in the loss of precious files.

Price and Availability
The D-Link 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure (DNS-323) is available through D-Link’s wide network of retail, catalog, online and value-added reseller (VAR) outlets, and at the company’s online store, www.dlinkshop.com. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is $229.99.

About D-Link
D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for small, medium and large enterprise business networking. The company continues to strive for excellence as an award winning designer, developer, and manufacturer of networking, broadband, digital electronics, voice and data communications solutions for the digital home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Small to Medium Business (SMB), and Workgroup to Enterprise environments. With millions of networking and connectivity products manufactured and shipped, D-Link is a dominant market participant and price/performance leader in the networking and communications market. D-Link U.S.A., Canadian, and Mexico headquarters are located at 17595 Mt. Herrmann Street, Fountain Valley, CA, 92708. Phone (800) 326-1688 or (714) 885-6000; FAX (866) 743-4905; Internet www.dlink.com.





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  • jiggysmb

    After a 30 day back log I finally received my DNS323 yesterday. Got up and running smoothly, but dont feel comfortable with the DLink formatting on the drives. If the unit dies your data is lost. Not to mention the 1 year warranty does not cover the power supply. You can not use the drives in a PC once they are formated by the DNS and if you pop the drives in another DNS they must be reconfigured and you will lose all data.

    Anyway, the FTP sever sucks. It takes about 5-10 attempts to log into the DNS and when it finally lets you in it wont allow cut/paste functions. You can easily read files and sometimes copy from the DNS to a PC but copying from a PC to the DNS is like pulling teeth. The quota settings are screwed up. It asks for input in MB but tells me my 2 320 gb hard drives dont have sufficient space for 1000 MB, nor 10 MB.

    Try calling tech support, lol. After being hung up on 3 times on DLinks VOIP system, and waiting on hold about 20 minutes for each call, the echo was so bad I had to hang up to try again. The final tech couldnt even locate any documentation for the DNS323.

    All in all, I say save your money. Mine will be returned next week.

  • Qooop

    I still haven’t found a better solution to mass NAS than the Linksys NSLU2. I have several of them set up to serve multimedia to my XBMC and they have been working with only minor hiccups for over a year now.

  • NASfreak

    jiggysmb said: You can not use the drives in a PC once they are formated by the DNS and if you pop the drives in another DNS they must be reconfigured and you will lose all data.

    Have u tried to mount the harddrive to a Linux system :confused: Probably the drives were formatted as ext3.

  • onthuhlist

    I think you guys are missing the point of the D-Link DNS-323. The Linksys NSLU2 is not a uPnP media server, so it’s not even in the same class as the DNS-323. The DNS-323′s purpose is not ‘mass NAS’. Mass NAS has been out there and been perfected. The DNS-323 is a new kind of product for people (like myself) who want a combination data backup and media server, so they don’t have to leave their computer on to play their music library on their D-Link (or other brand) uPnP wireless media player. (Sometimes on the internet, wireless media players are called “media servers”, but that’s a bunch of bunk, because they don’t serve media, they play served media. Here you have a true, bonafide uPnP media server, which is really a new type of product on the market for the consumer. And I don’t consider $3k products to be consumer products, so you can forget posting a reply about some product that’s been out there for 4 years that you had to mortgage your spouse to afford.) The data backup part of the device is so you don’t lose your valuable Microsoft Money files and PC journals and the songs you’ve written and recorded on your PC, etc., should your PC hard drive crash. Here you guys are trashing a product because it doesn’t do all the non-standard things you want it to do (like move your hard drives back and forth between a PC) which isn’t fair to the product. If you want to do Linux hacks, go ahead and do them, but for Mohammed’s sake don’t complain when they are difficult to do. I’m not sure I buy all the hoopla about losing your data, especially in a product that offers RAID mirroring.

    That being said, the only comparable product I know of to the DNS-323 is the Iomega StorCenter 500GB and above.

  • jiggysmb

    I dont want to swap HDs back and forth with my PC. I was just stating once the unit goes, you are screwed. If Dlink replaces the DNS, the new unit will reformat the drives.

    I use the DNS as a media server to my XBMC, works great. I can even stream mp3s from home to my office PC. All in all I just feel uneasy with using the DNS as a back up solution.

    NASfreak – I am not good with linux so I havent attempted ext3 but I assume I will if the unit ever dies….

  • gschaps

    I received mine from Amazon only to find that it doesn’t recognize two brand new Seagate 400GB Barracuda drives which I’ve verified work fine. Very dissapointing to have to send it back for a refund. No word from D-Link tech support as to what they can do as an alternative.

    BTW, the filesystem formatting choices for this device are ext2 or ext3, according to the manual, either of which *should* be mountable on a working Linux system.

  • spiken

    I ve got a thecus n2100 nas, like the dns 323 it have two disks and support raid 0,1 and jbod.

    It also support module you can add or remove (like upnp av).
    See the community forum

  • free_electron

    got one in today. installed two brand new 300 gig Maxtor drives.

    configd the machine in standard mode (2 individual drives)

    copied over a bunch of file using simple drag and drop in windows…

    out of 135 files , only 72 arrived ….
    copied ALL files again…
    now 84 files were there but 16 of the files copied there the first time were missing …..

    downloaded firmware update.

    same misery.

    This one is going back. So far i have been burnt by this machine and the neytstor from netgear. They both stink.

    I hav a simpletech , two ADS-Pyro naskits and a Vantec. those all work flawless. Time for D-link to grow up or fold their business….

  • free_electron

    After some more experimenting i found the problem ( i think )

    configuration i set up
    2 Maxtor 320 gigabyte SATA300 drives with 16 Meg buffer
    Standard mode ( 2 individual drives , so no raid or jbod
    EXT3 file system ( not the default EXT2 )
    Latest firmware from website.

    copying files using viceversa software with CRC checking turned on. 2 sessions are running simultaneously : one for the first disc , one for the second disk. This ‘stress-loads’ the Dlink box .

    Symptoms :
    - missing files
    - disappearing files
    - corrupted file
    - copying fails CRC

    Stopped the copying sessions.
    Run the internal checkdisk throught the web interface.
    Checkdisk stalls at 94 % and the Dlink locks up. ( sat there for over an hour without blinky lights )
    Power off and power on.

    Contents of the drives are missing and are replaced by a folder named ‘lost+found’ which is not accessible.

    I re-initialised the dlink ( reformat the harddisks )
    but this time choose EXT2 filesystem.

    did exactly the same test using viceversa.
    So far i have stuffed 500 gigabyte of data on the system without a single CRC error. No missing files. everything works ok.

    So the flaw is in the EXT3 filesystem. i assume the journalling mechanism has a problem. Viceversa performs binary copies checking the CRC on every chunk (by readback) and at the end of the session. Somehow the journalling system can not keep up with this chunk write-readback system and fails.

    I had one incident where i copied a whole bunch of files just from the windows explorer.

    copying works fine. Moving the files on the other hand ( where windows verifies the write operation immediately after the write operation by a crc readback, before removing the originals, ALSO fails. a number of files does noet get copied.

    I guess somebody has to take a goog hard look at this EXT3 filesystem and fix it….

  • ondro727

    I have the same problem with EXT3. No problems moving files, but after some time a few directories appeared to be non deletable (“directory not empty” message even when those directories WERE empty). I chose Check disk (built in utility), but it got stuck at 94%. No activity on disk or network, so after an hour I reset (cycle power) the DNS only to find that the whole drive was inaccessible… Great work DLink :mad: Tried to mount the drive to PC (WinXP using ext2/ext3 utilities) to see what’s wrong – I couldn’t see a thing (bad partitions perhaps). Since I am not that familiar with Linux file systems I decided to bring the disk to data recovery company – I really hate loosing that particular data. I wonder if they can do ANYTHING with the drive :(

    I thing, after reading your post, that this is no coincidence, but there are SERIOUS problems with ext3 file system in this NAS. I chose ext3 over ext2 for “enhanced crash recovery”, but contrary to that now I am here with the disk which is comlpetely messed up, no data. So ppl, stay away from ext3 on DNS-323, if you don’t want to get into trouble. Or at least do NOT run Check disk utility on such drive.

    And one word on D-Link support. They responded quickly (1 day), but all they did was they replied in german (I wrote them in English when applying for incident) and directed me to some support company in Poland (wtf?!). Excellent. I am very disappointed with this bug and with the way in which D-Link treats it… Sorry to say that, but you should know.

    free_electron said: After some more experimenting i found the problem ( i think )

    configuration i set up
    2 Maxtor 320 gigabyte SATA300 drives with 16 Meg buffer
    Standard mode ( 2 individual drives , so no raid or jbod
    EXT3 file system ( not the default EXT2 )
    Latest firmware from website.

    copying files using viceversa software with CRC checking turned on. 2 sessions are running simultaneously : one for the first disc , one for the second disk. This ‘stress-loads’ the Dlink box .

    Symptoms :
    - missing files
    - disappearing files
    - corrupted file
    - copying fails CRC

    Stopped the copying sessions.
    Run the internal checkdisk throught the web interface.
    Checkdisk stalls at 94 % and the Dlink locks up. ( sat there for over an hour without blinky lights )
    Power off and power on.

    Contents of the drives are missing and are replaced by a folder named ‘lost+found’ which is not accessible.

    I re-initialised the dlink ( reformat the harddisks )
    but this time choose EXT2 filesystem.

    did exactly the same test using viceversa.
    So far i have stuffed 500 gigabyte of data on the system without a single CRC error. No missing files. everything works ok.

    So the flaw is in the EXT3 filesystem. i assume the journalling mechanism has a problem. Viceversa performs binary copies checking the CRC on every chunk (by readback) and at the end of the session. Somehow the journalling system can not keep up with this chunk write-readback system and fails.

    I had one incident where i copied a whole bunch of files just from the windows explorer.

    copying works fine. Moving the files on the other hand ( where windows verifies the write operation immediately after the write operation by a crc readback, before removing the originals, ALSO fails. a number of files does noet get copied.

    I guess somebody has to take a goog hard look at this EXT3 filesystem and fix it….

  • jcatech

    Hi Everyone:

    D-link has been released a new firmware version 1.02.
    This update fixes few issues within the unit. However, the ext3 format is no longer supported.
    To get the latest firmware go to:
    ftp://ftp.dlink.com/Multimedia/dns323/Fimrware/dns323_firmware_102.zip

    1.02 includes:
    ¤ Improved web-interface performance with Firefox browser.
    ¤ Several text and graphic improvements.
    ¤ Improved accuracy of the RAID format capacity calculator.
    ¤ Removed unnecessary features: scandisk / defrag.
    ¤ Resolved issues with transfer of a large amount of files.
    ¤ Corrected UPnP AV server file name sorting.

  • ondro727

    Hey, that’s nice to know that D-Link is aware of the ext3 problem. Better not to support it than to mess the data… Is this FW also for European units? Since in previous FW downloads there was a strong statement that it was only for US (or EU) version. I had to download EU version from UK site. So which one is this new FW? Or is it universal for both US and EU units (HW revision A1)?

    Thanks :)

  • jcatech

    Hi ondro727:

    I’m not sure, my unit is a US version. However, it looks like that all the units are using the same hardware (HW A1). I just post your question on another forum that many Europeans participate on it. I’m just waiting for an answer.

  • ondro727

    Thanks a lot :) I really had enough troubles with this NAS, so I’d better not try to upgrade FW without confirmation (I usually do that, but not this time thought). I think there should be no differences in hardware, but I am confused because of the statement in previous FW upgrade, which was specific for US/EU version.

    Btw. is there any other useful forum on DNS-323? I was not able to find one :( Thanks once more :)

  • jcatech

    I got a reply from Mik:
    “Well, I think (1.02) it’s mainly for the the US, but it works in my EU unit”
    Go to the following forum http://dns323.info/, you will find very useful information and tools for your unit :)

  • eyejayuu

    ondro727 said: I have the same problem with EXT3. No problems moving files, but after some time a few directories appeared to be non deletable (“directory not empty” message even when those directories WERE empty). I chose Check disk (built in utility), but it got stuck at 94%.

    Hi.

    I have just spent many hours moving lots of files onto my DND-323. Its was setup with EXT3 as I was thought it would be better. As I moved files over some did not seem to copy, I had folders with files with the same name inside, and folders which would not delete.

    Then I found this forum and I’m currently setting it all up again… This time EXT2, RAID1, and two 500Gig drives.

    I have lost a few files, but these were not really important. Just hoping that it works OK now.

    Thanks for your help….
    Ian

  • Alberta

    I received my DNS-323 two weeks ago and think it is an excellent addition to my network. It backs my files up correctly, serves itunes to my network without any problems, acts as a ftp server without any problems within my workgroup.

    The only difficulty I have it how do I connect to it from the outside world. Let’s say my ftp server is simply called DNS323 and my WAN is 22.77.223.229. If I type in ftp://DNS323/22.77.223.229 in either Microsoft internet explorer or ftp client software, I don’t get a connection. I do get a connection when I type in ftp://DNS323 locally. I have redirected port 21 to my ip address of my DNS-323. What am I doing wrong?

  • eyejayuu

    Alberta said: 
    The only difficulty I have it how do I connect to it from the outside world. Let’s say my ftp server is simply called DNS323 and my WAN is 22.77.223.229. If I type in ftp://DNS323/22.77.223.229 in either Microsoft internet explorer or ftp client software, I don’t get a connection. I do get a connection when I type in ftp://DNS323 locally. I have redirected port 21 to my ip address of my DNS-323. What am I doing wrong?

    Try…
    ftp://22.77.223.229:21

  • jcklop

    :( :( :(
    Do not buy this product, unless you are willing to put up with a huge amount of instability and bugs. In our opinion an NAS device with RAID should be much more stable.

    This product is suposed to offer bundle NAS functionality and UPNP Media Server functionality at an affordable price, but it fails misserably at this.

    We are experiencing massive latency when serving files, especially when trying to use the UPNP media server component as advertised. Scrolling between directories and songs causes the music to stop playing/skip. We checked the connection for packet contention and it is definitely not the network causing this. The DNS-323 UPNP server has massive problems getting media data to where it needs to go, regardless of whether it has a gigabit network connection. See third part reveiw at (http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/cont…w/29671/75/1/8/) We are able to watch a slide show with photos and play music flawlessly using the media server software with a P4 1.6 machine; however, the DNS-323 UPNP server fails miserably at this.

    After looking at the hardware used, the embedded Marvel technology should be capable of delivering QOS.* *(http://www.linuxelectrons.com/News/…060120203319830)
    Once again, it appears that D-Link has released this product prematurely and using customers as BETA testers.

    There are no editable playlists. The Media Server software supports editable play lists and this is nowhere on the UPNP server for the DNS-323. The D-Link FAQ clearly represents this UPNP function as a reasonable replacement for a PC running D-Link’s media server software; this is a very misleading statement. Since there are no disclaimers to this fact anywhere in the manual, or literature it is quite disconcerting.

    The DNS-323 has a huge bug with refreshing UPNP media server file database. We had massive problems getting the UPNP server to refresh as it hangs and fails on some incompatible, and/or corrupted files. If a file is incompatible/corrupted, the system should skip it and move on, not shut down the whole UPNP server refresh process. Secondly, the device already knows the path to the file as it is scanning, thus it should have a provision to show an error message as to where the scan hang-up is and post an error message. We do not appreciate being BETA testers, as D-Link product management and engineers should have caught this before shipping the product and releasing the latest version of firmware.

    The fact that the same file does not hang up with D-Link’s media server software ver. 1.07 definitely confirms the fact that the DNS 323 firmware has a bug. We looked at the original file and it plays fine. Thus, the file was corrupted in the transfer process. Out of 5,388 files, transferred one was corrupted. We tend to think that it may have corrupted due to RAID timing. We tested the path to the DSN-323 for packet loss and the sniffer detected no loss. FYI, we used Seagate 160 GB drives because they have a strong track record when used in RAID configurations. Many reviews and internal test show that they have the most reliable timing, especially when used with embedded devices. Seagate has also come out with a whole product line of drives suited for 24x7x365 applications a la DVRS.

    We also noticed on the firmware update page that this device has had problems moving large amounts of data. Our experience is that there is still some work to do there. Files get corrupted in transfer.

    Google the product and you will find many disappointed users.

    Our experience with D-Links technical support and customer service was horrible. We had to go to the very top of the organization to find anyone that understood this product. D-Link is definately not in the same league as their competitors in this department. Netgear and Linksys offer much better support and our experience is that they take care of their customers when the system fails them.

  • jiggysmb

    I received my dns a few weeks before the release and tech support had no idea what product I was talking about, they insisted I had some other product. Some issues were fixed with updates but a recent call to tech support yeilded the same problem and the rep stated a response/resolution would be emailed to me. The email I received said ” your problem can not be resolved through email blah blah blah please contact Dlink at 800-123-4567.

    DLink rushed this on eout the door without even training support reps, sent it out with an unstable firmware and a problematic formatting app (ext3). Very poor product development, release, and support. :mad:

  • free_electron

    After my initial bashing of the DNS323 dut to problems with the earlier firmware , here is some update

    So far the machine has been running for 2 weeks nonstop ( 24/7) beeing heavily loaded.( fill the drives , CRC check the whole drive – erase : write different data and re-check crc) no problems whatsoever.

    As i said befor i am using two maxtor SATA drives ( seagate made since they now own Maxtor. they are actually 320 Gig drives ) that were on sale at Fry’s for 80 bucks a pop.

    I am using 1.02 firmware and the EXT2 filesystem

    From a conversation i had with a Dlink tech support i learned that they would remove EXT3 and the scandisk support as they have indeed done with firmware 1.03

    To make the system more reliable it is plugged in to a UPS ( no-break power supply )

    On the risk of goign off-topic here : A word of caution on UPS systems : Make sure when you buy one that it is a REAL ups .. meaning that , when there is a power dip , the output voltage does NOT drop away for a couple of milliseconds.

    The only UPS systems that are guaranteed to NOT have that problem are the ones that have line regulation.
    Those machines do not use a ‘handover’ relay from mains to battery power. They re-circulate the mains power through the same transformer used for battery mode operation. The handover from mains power to battery power is thus seamless.

    APC makes by far the best UPS systems

    The cheap little belkin or Ultra or whatever brand use a handover relay. When the main power fails they start up the invertor ( which converts the battery voltae to the line voltage ) and switch over a relay. This couple of milliseconds dip is sufficient to screw-up equipment.

    Other problems with such machines is that they will not fall to battery power unless the voltage drops radically. Lets say 110 volt becoms 85 volts for half a second ( hubby is welding in the garage en everytime he ‘tacks’ the pwer dips.
    The el-ceapo will not protect your equipment.

    The line-regulated ones will compensate on the output by ‘adding’ some energy fromt he battery pack.

    Go to costco and grab a 99$ tripp-lite or APC and you can power all of your computer equipemt from those monsters

  • netadmin

    DLink’s technical support is really bad. Even their phone system is bad. Waited for almost an hour over the phone and the tech can’t even hear me, so called them back again and waited for another hour before the system specialist (top level support) answered. Unfortunately, they will have to replicate my problem in their labs since they have no clue as to what is happening.
    Spent hours and hours troubleshooting this thing and now files are missing. Found out that ext 3 is the problem.
    Still waiting for reply to emails sent to support@dlink.ca.
    Very bad experience and will not recommend any Dlink products to anybody.

  • m_lopez_h

    Can anyone confirm the what max file size that can be used with the DNS-323 and EXT2 file system . I have multiple files (DVD ISOs) on a Windows NTFS partition that are >4GB in size.

    I want to make sure that there are no file size limitations and that I can copy the files over to the DNS-323 without any problems. Can anyone run a test and copy over a >4GB file and post results.

    Thanks

  • jiggysmb

    i have 10 GB files on mine

  • fordem

    The file size limit appears to be dependent on the OS you are using to communicate with the DNS-323 – I have stored 13GB files from WinXP Pro, but hit a 2.0 GB barrier from W2K3 Server – 1.98GB works, 2.01 GB returns an insufficent space message – although I haven’t personally tried Vista, I understand it will also report insufficent space on files over 2 GB.

    Files over 2.0GB can be transferred using ftp.

    D-Link claims this was resolved in firmware rev 1.01 – I still have it with 1.02b

  • jiggysmb

    I have no problems with Vista and moving 10gb images to/from the dns

  • jfoley

    The D-Link DNS-323 is a terrible device. It was a waste of time and money for me. Dumps data just by powering it off & on. Tigerdirect will not refund me my money because it is a programming error on the unit. D-Link will not issue a refund because they don’t refund people for their products and only tell you to contact the seller, Tigerdirect.
    Read the posting by:
    jiggysmb, post #2, 09-01-2006, 12:37 PM
    free_electron, post #9, 12-10-2006, 10:05 PM
    I could barely hear Tech Support and their phone system dumped me 2 times, both times the Tech Support tech was talking to me mid-sentence.
    For more on my experience with a D-Link DNS-323 go to http://www.broadbandgis.com/public/DNS323.pdf.
    This device should not be used to back-up data!!!

  • jiggysmb

    maybe you should update the FW. I have not any trouble since December.

  • jfoley

    I am running the latest firmware, v1.02b, posted at D-Links site on Feb 02, 2007 and is still the most recent firmware. Had you read the pdf in the link I posted you would have seen that I am running the most recent firmware.

  • jiggysmb

    ok so obiously I didnt check out your link…sooooo what. Either way it is most likely user error since no one else is having trouble since 1.01 was released.

    :-)

  • David

    The DNS 323 has a huge problem that D Link have not resolved and are not warning distributors or consumers of. I have spent hours trying to achieve a successful format of 2 new 500G SATA drives but it hangs at 94% format and won’t complete it .. tried other drives … same result … tried upgrading firmware 1.04 and 1.05.. same result. I’m one of many having this problem I’ve now realised. why did D Link release this pile of junk with a known problem. I’m returning it to my supplier for a refund so that I can buy some alternative that will perform as it’s advertised. Why are consumers expected to quality control this heap of garbage. D Link tech support absolutely hopeless .. 1 call after 40 mins wait said they’d ring nme back .. didn’t .. 2 more 30 and 40 minute waits listening to Celine Dion .. over and over again … gave up!!!!

  • Lemur

    Could be your D-Link unit is faulty, obviously not the whole line because it works like a charm for me. Upgraded to FW 1.05, it has bittorrent. Totally awesome, totally happy with it. Just wish data transfer was faster.

  • John

    I see all the issues using the DNS-323, I’ve been using mine for about a year through a couple of firmware upgrades, and it’s performed flawlessly. The speed is very decent for an inexpensive NAS, I get 15-16mbytes/sec writing and reading from the unit on a gigabit network.