D-Link DNS-320L is one of the entry level of Network Attach Storage (NAS). The standard retail price for product was estimated around RM 450.00.
According to D-Link‘s Official website, DNS-320L able to support two hard-drive (3.5″) at a time. The manufacturer claims that, DNS-320L able to support varies capacity according to the capacity of the hard-drive.
Disclaimer of overall walk-through, I test the NAS before the switch back to factory settings to show the users of how it would look alike as a novice user.
#1 Unboxing of D-Link DNS 320L
At first glance, the product was expected to be big, but it turns out to be a cute NAS from D-Link.
These are the highlighted specifications of the NAS:
- 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet port
- 1 x 2.0 USB port
- Multiple Hard-Drive Settings (Standard, JBOD, Raid 0 and Raid 1), also included RAID migration from Non-RAID to RAID 1
- Supports Remote File Sharing (Web file server, FTP server, WebDAV, Mobile device access and mydlink portal access)
- File Sharing (Max. User accounts: 256 users, Max. Group accounts: 32 groups, Max. shared folders: 128 folders, Max. concurrent Samba connections: 64 connections and
Max. concurrent FTP connections: 10 connections)
- Smart fan control, auto power recovery, smart fan control, D-Link Green Ethernet and Supports connection to a UPS (via USB).
- Download Managements (HTTP/FTP scheduled downloads and Peer to peer (P2P) downloader)
#3 Set-up Process (Hardware)
#4 Set-up Process (Software)
The process of setting up the NAS is easy. Here is the screenshot’s of the setup process.
- The image does not belongs to me.
- Only CRUCIAL steps were shown here.
#5 Features (Web Interface)
- Only some important features of the NAS is highlighted.
- Real-time graph CPU load and RAM usage
- Remaining hard drive space
- KISS (Keep it Simple, Smart)
- Too many spaces available. There are only 3 menus to be selected, hence, the developer can arrange the 3 menus side ways to be navigated easily.
- Laggy interface response.
- You can download a single file at a time.
- Easy to access to the folders.
- Laggy sometimes unresponsive.
- Inappropriate icon used. For novice users, the icons at the top right may confuse them on how to go back to previous folders and so on. The color selection of the icon is not welcomed.
- Able to paste the links of the torrent and download
- Able to import the torrent file from the computer
- Third party P2P downloader such as qBittorrent and Utorrent not needed.
- The start up process to download the torrent quite slow, but overall the performance is average.
- 90% accurate result when scanning the hard-drive
- No third party application needed to do the S.M.A.R.T Test.
- Taking some time (slow) to complete the scans.
- Again, too much of blank space available.
- Simple and understandable.
- Easy to setup.
- Quota settings is a major plus point here.
- The buttons were less responsive
- Duplex settings
- Supports port forwarding
- Un-responsive button when specific task is created or cancelled.
#6 Writing Speed
Simply the best NAS in the market and for an entry level of NAS like this, it is a great deal to begin with.
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