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4.0 out of 5 stars Great in so many ways, but....., 14 Feb. 2012
This review is from: D-Link ShareCenter Pulse 2-bay Network Storage Enclosure (Electronics)
I'm not one for reviewing items on amazon so I'll keep it short.

First of all I have to say that I think that the DNS-320 is brilliant and that I'm even thinking of getting another (my 3rd!!!), though there is one thing that has let it down for me, which I'll get to later.......

As most people who have purchased this item, I am using my DNS-320's on my home (1Gb) network for file storage / media streaming for multiple computers around the house.
I have set them up in RAID 1, which I was a little concerned about as I'd never setup RAID array before. I have to say though that the setup / HD formatting wizard is so easy to follow so there was no need to worry.
Both of my DNS-320's are setup in basic ways, as NAS drives. The DNS-320 do have additional features like itunes server and others but I don't need them so I can't comment on them, however I have heard that the hibernate function can kick in when transferring files which will stop the transfer, so I disabled that!!

Anyway, to my disapointment....
As I said before I am running a 1Gb (Giga bit) network which is very quick!! I have found that I can get transfer speeds from computer to computer of around 55MB (Mega Byte) per sec, which is around 440Mb (Mega bit) per sec. That I am very happy about!
These DNS-320's however are a lot slower. They are advertised as having a 1Gb network port but I have to say that the fastest I have ever transferred a file is only 17MB (Mega Byte) per sec, which is around 135Mb (Mega bit) per sec. This can be very very annoying when transferring large amounts of data, eg. I had to backup a 2TB hard drive the other week and found it took just under 3 DAYS! to transfer the data to one of these DNS-320's, frustrating or what!!!

So I'll sum up by saying that even though the transfer speeds could be a lot faster, the DNS-320 is a very good bit of kit and I would recommend it.
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