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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good value for the money, 10 Jan. 2012
This review is from: D-Link ShareCenter Pulse 2-bay Network Storage Enclosure (Electronics)
I have just bough this inexpensive NAS in order to replace a computer that was completely dedicated for NAS purposes. This computer was not used intensively (sporadic usage, not 24x7). Please note these remarks come after a setup process and partial usage of the device. Some of the features have not been tested.

PROS

- Small size, so it's easy to transport
- Easy to set up. No screws needed to remove the lid or to attach the drives
- Friendly GUI, ideal for inexperienced users. Comes with a decent help built-in the GUI
- Boots up fast
- Disk management functions are included, including S.M.A.R.T testing
- Allows standard volumes, JBOD and RAID 0/1 (with autorebuild in 1). Easy disk management
- Allows Web SSL login
- Gigabit Ethernet
- DHCP and fixed IP capable
- Firmware can be easilly upgraded
- Allows log dumping to syslog facilities. Mail and SMS alerts provided
- CIFS, FTP/S, UPnP AV, iTunes AFP and NFS
- Basic power management is possible, including power off scheduling and fan control settings
- Built in account management. User profiling, quotas and permission setting for services
- Local and network backups, with Amazon S3 support
- Built in torrent client and FTP/HTTP downloader

CONS

- Refrigeration fan seems to be small and does not look as reliable in the long run (prone to dust accumulation). I would not advise this device for 24x7 operation, non refrigerated or dusty environments. My device is around 50ºC in idle. Drives around 40ºC
- Noisy when fan is in operation (especially in high speed)
- Drives are not fixed with screws. Careful when moving it
- Quality build is acceptable, altought is mostly plastic, so careful when moving it
- Don't expect a lot of flexibility with filesystems. Does EXT3 only
- Disk testing seems to be unstable: it killed my RAID 1 configuration on first run when I cancelled the test. This happened with an old firmware, did not happen after upgrading
- Lacks from SSH capabilities
- CIFS and AFP are enabled by default, and can't be removed

Ideal if you're looking for a basic NAS with basic functionality, easy to set up and spending little money. If you require advanced capabilities, 24x7 operation outside a home environment, you may consider other models and/or manufacturers.
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Initial post: 8 Nov 2012 12:58:27 GMT
S. Reid says:
Hi, am thinking of getting one of these. Regarding the USB interface, will I be able to plug this into my non-internet connected TV via its USB port to stream movies/photos? Can a laptop plug directly into the USB port rather than connecting via the LAN?
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