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D-LINK DNS-323 2 bay NAS £129 @ Pixmania
D-LINK  DNS-323 2 bay NAS £129 @ Pixmania

D-LINK DNS-323 2 bay NAS £129 @ Pixmania

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This NAS is 2007/08 product but it should be adequate for most home users.

The next cheapest price I can find is around £150 shipped

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Without any harddrive why to pay £129 for this simple harddrive enclosure??
There are so many USB to NAS adapters available or most of the new wireless routers have USB port for harddrive sharing.

Cold!!Cold!!!

raid for a start....

It looks like a toaster!

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looks like people in here dont really understand NAS

NAS is a compact pc designed for storage

I just bought a 5 bay RAID0/1/5/10 enclosure, which is eSata and comes with a 2 port PCI-E eSata card, for £160 (although Amazon are out of stock atm, I got the last one).
Far far far more usefull than this, for only £30 more.

There are 4 bay enclosures for £100 too -

amazon.co.uk/s/r…=26

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jukkie;4847878

I just bought a 5 bay RAID0/1/5/10 enclosure, which is eSata and comes … I just bought a 5 bay RAID0/1/5/10 enclosure, which is eSata and comes with a 2 port PCI-E eSata card, for £160 (although Amazon are out of stock atm, I got the last one).Far far far more usefull than this, for only £30 more.There are 4 bay enclosures for £100 too -http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss_ce?url=search-alias%3Delectronics&field-keywords=edgestore&x=12&y=26



enclosure is not a NAS

you cannot access the files without starting your pc (say through http)

prince4world;4847399

Without any harddrive why to pay £129 for this simple harddrive … Without any harddrive why to pay £129 for this simple harddrive enclosure??There are so many USB to NAS adapters available or most of the new wireless routers have USB port for harddrive sharing.Cold!!Cold!!!



wiki.dns323.info/

With Gigabit / 2 x drives / RAID / the ability to load Debian / your own apps etc.and custom firmware ?? Please share

Also it doesn't need to be an attached to a computer to be accessed over the LAN and is great for streaming movies to PS3 / 360 or any uPNP device without the need for a PC

These are great. I paid £156 in 2007, although because these NAS are so good, they're rarely seen any cheaper than this. I think with the latest firmware you can use 2 x 1.5tb drives! iTunes server out of the box, print server (USB port at the back) and FTP server - plus loads more. Read up on the other link about it if you're really looking for a network storage box.

Even though it's only dropped £37 since I bought one, it's one of the best NAS boxes you can buy at the moment.

Good price, crap product. I had a few run ins with this one - not worth the trouble (not detecting drives/hangs on boot/hangs after a day of continuous use).

]I suggest buying the Thecus N299 instead - £134.70 delivered.

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i listed both of the NAS (Netgear readynas Duo) today

as I said in this post, this is a 07/08 product, performance / features wont be as great as the latest NAS

you wont get a 2 bay NAS cheaper than this (except the ICYbox, which has huge compatibility problems)

SUMMONER;4848326

Good price, crap product. I had a few run ins with this one - not worth … Good price, crap product. I had a few run ins with this one - not worth the trouble (not detecting drives/hangs on boot/hangs after a day of continuous use).]I suggest buying the Thecus N299 instead - £134.70 delivered.



Does the Thecus spin hard drives down for power saving? It never used to which bothered me enough not to buy it.

What a waste of electricity when I only need it a couple of hours per day...

The latest firmware for the D-Link box sorted out most issue to the point I find it 100% stable.

Thecus N299 is only recommended to have up to 2 x 750GB drives in due to memory limitations, hence is cheaper

sat555;4848841

Does the Thecus spin hard drives down for power saving? It never used to … Does the Thecus spin hard drives down for power saving? It never used to which bothered me enough not to buy it. What a waste of electricity when I only need it a couple of hours per day...The latest firmware for the D-Link box sorted out most issue to the point I find it 100% stable.



I agree, the firmware has ironed out a lot of issues recently and there are some old reviews out there not taking into account the fixes. I did a lot of research before buying mine in 2007 and I have to say no other product has tempted me away from it.

If you're voting cold, remember this is for the deal (saving of £37 in my eyes) not what you think of the product (which many find to be great by the way).

sat555;4848841

Does the Thecus spin hard drives down for power saving? It never used to … Does the Thecus spin hard drives down for power saving? It never used to which bothered me enough not to buy it. What a waste of electricity when I only need it a couple of hours per day...The latest firmware for the D-Link box sorted out most issue to the point I find it 100% stable.



Don't recall seeing an option. Always assumed that the unit would spin down the drives after an hour of inactivity.Will check next time I visit one of the relevant customers.
Would seem strange if it doesn't have a power management feature for the drives, even my crappy HP Media Vault 2020s have it.

Edit: Had a browse of the Manual/firmware updates - no mention of it.

Haven't tried recent firmwares for the D-Link box, my experience is limited to what was available in early 2008.

If you do buy this one, here's a tip that will save you hours of head-scratching. ZoneAlarm firewall doesn't allow this box to connect to the computer by default. Just go to the Firewall section in Zonealarm and change the 'Trusted Security Zone' to Medium. Your DNS-323 will then be found! This is a normal setting for printer sharing and network resources in case you were worrying.

This a good NAS but you must use the latest firmware for certain features to work correctly as the latest 1.06 finally fixes it working with the X-Box 360 for media streaming.

Has not been mentioned yet but this also has a BitTorrent client built in as well for those that use the torrents.

I have been running a unit since it came out and the the firmware updates have made it LOT better thqan when first released.

Is a good price but personally looking at either the 4 bay DNS-434 or the Netgear ReadyNas 4 bay unit as need more storage on the network.

anthonylei;4847848

looks like people in here dont really understand NASNAS is a compact pc … looks like people in here dont really understand NASNAS is a compact pc designed for storage



You wont have any performance difference when using this NAS or connecting a Hardrive to the router.
If you need good performance for network sharing then you definitely need a processor to do the job. The best thing is to buy a Home server and this device you posted is a waste of money
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