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D-Link DNS-320L ShareCenter 2-Bay Cloud Storage 2000 Reviewed

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ShareCenter 2-Bay Cloud Storage 2000
At a glance
ProductD-Link DNS-320L ShareCenter 2-Bay Cloud Storage 2000   [Website]
SummaryEntry-level Marvell-based NAS with 'personal cloud' features
Pros• Relatively inexpensive
• Many backup features including Time machine
Cons• Slow
• GUI should be better organized
• Only one USB port
• Need to run CD to connect NAS to cloud

Typical Price: $110  Compare Prices  Check Amazon

Overview

Updated 12/12/2012: Corrected RAID expansion info

D-Link rejiggered its small NAS product line back in October, replacing the DNS-320 with the object of our scrutiny today, the DNS-320L ShareCenter 2-Bay Cloud Storage 2000.

I last checked in on D-Link's NASes over a year ago with the DNS-325, which now represents the highest-performance two-bay NAS you can buy from D-Link. A basic comparison of the products taken from D-Link's product pages is shown below. It's clear from the summary and, obviously, the product name, that D-Link is attempting to position the 320L as a "personal cloud" solution.

D-Link DNS-320L front panel callouts

D-Link DNS-320L & DNS-325 compared

The 320L stands a bit taller than other two-bay NASes due to the vertical orientation of the drives. Like WD's My Book Live Duo, drives are inserted from the top and don't require a mounting tray. This means, however, that only 3.5" drives are supported. Before inserting the drives, however, you need to attach a supplied plastic strap that you will need to pull them out.

The 3 TB WD Red drives I inserted were a tight fit, requiring a lot of push to get them in. I cringed at the metal-on-metal scraping heard during insertion, imagining little metal shavings gently wafting down onto the main board. The whole process left me thinking I might have damaged something by inserting the drives. D-Link says the 320L accepts up to 4 TB drives and does not have an approved drive list at this time.

D-Link DNS-320L front panel callouts

D-Link DNS-320L front panel callouts

The various lights, ports and switches are described in the callout diagrams above and below. As you can see, controls and ports are pretty basic. Only one Gigabit Ethernet LAN port and a single USB 2.0 port are provided for network and external drive and printer connection.

D-Link DNS-320L rear & bottom panel callouts

D-Link DNS-320L rear & bottom panel callouts



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Hardware is OK, but firmware and software are crap

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1.7
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3.0
Reviewed by Mike
January 23, 2014
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Having a reasonable hardware, the device sports very poorly written software interface. The firmware upgrades bring you new icons and screen skins, but do not fix any problems. Lets face it: D-Link programmers cannot program.

If you plan to use you network drive for really securely sharing something amongst multiple users, DONT BUY THIS DEVICE. It is only functional under the admin account, so, unless you are ready to share this account amongst all the family members and have no real security, the devise is unusable.

The technical support is next-to-poor, if not to say: non-existent. 60% of the time, they do not answer phones, and if a Bozo answers you, he does not know anything useful beyond "Is the device powered up, sir?"

Waste of time and money. If I could give a negative rating, I would.

 

320L is a shame

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1.3
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Reviewed by Leonardo
November 03, 2013
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I installed one unit of this NAS at home last week, and I am not a novice. I updated for the last firmware before starting to put a lot of files on it.

Tried to work with it during the weekend. Total disapointment!
It simply don´t do correctly some basic functions.

I converted files with Exact Audio Copy to Flac, put in the NAS... it do not recognize the "Tags" as the same files works fine in a pendrive at the USB of my Netgear.
It shows all the musics as in the same directory...

The refresh function continue to show files already removed from the sharing.

This is just one of the topics, I put some photos (8,26GB) on it and need to refresh the library.... It took about one hour!
We are talking about a 2TB NAS. Imagine if I decide to put 500GB of photos and need to "refresh" when i put some new??

I suggest that the review was made again.... because sure the reviewer in some points just believed that the functions work, but not tested.

The only part that worked fine was the films related. My TV accessed the files without problems. And the "refresh" is fast.

In fact, this product looks more as a ALFA prototype than a real product. A shame for DLink.

 

320L review

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4.0
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3.0
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5.0
Reviewed by alex
April 26, 2013
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Have had this NAS for 2 months now. It is a very reliable and good value 2-bay NAS.

The main reasons for buying the 320L were the price and the very low fan noise (I am an audiophile). I use it for video and audio streaming. To increase performance for video streaming I activated the NFS service.

There are also extra unofficial utilities that can be installed (see NAS tweaks and funplug)

Pros - Reliable, Quiet, Best price in its category

Cons - Performance for file read/write and read could be better

Overall - For the price it is an excellent 2-bay NAS

 

Good - but too noisy for home use

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5.0
Reviewed by Aenveigh
March 27, 2013
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A good, inexpensive unit with oncouple inexcusable flaw, even after taking into consideration its price. The fan is just too high pitched and noisy for home use, unless isolated in a far-flung study. In an apartment it would drive you crazy. There's adjustment available but it's only to allow it to be on high speed permanently! At least it spins down in cooler conditions, which isn't that often when you have both drive slots filled.
Features and performance are what you'd expect from this type of unit; solid, but not stellar. Well worth it if noise is not an issue.