With proliferating competition between Storage devices manufacturers, and increasing demands of consumers for Network storage devices with greater capacities, here we have an all new D-Link 2-Bay NAS server
1. Device Type NAS server
2. Host Connectivity Gigabit Ethernet
3. Dimensions 4.1in*7.8in*5.2in 7lbs
4. Storage Controller Type RAID- Integrated
5. Supported max Devices 2 Hard drive
6. RAID Level RAID 1, JBOD, RAID 0
7. Hard drive Type Standard -3.5” * 1/3H
8. Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Fast Ethernet
9. Expansion Bays 2
10. Interfaces 1*Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T –RJ-45
11. Min operating Temp 32 F
12. Max operating Temp 132 F
The D-Link 2-Bay Network Storage provides a good yet comprehensive solution for Network storage and sharing. The Device can house only 2 3.5” SATA drives in RAID configurations, its bad it cannot support FAT 32 or NTFS hard drives.
The D-Link NAS server is compactly build with all the ports at the back. The front of the server just has the power button and three blue activity status LEDs, one for each drive and the other for Network port.
It doesn’t come with the hard drives allowing you to chose the capacity of the drives you require. Its very much portable, unlike the other network storage devices.
The USB port provides printing capabilities and also support iTunes and Universal Plug and Play Audio and Video servers. It also allows password protecting your data, music and video.
The device fancies a built-in BitTorrent client that allows you to download files at blinding speeds without needing to switch on the computer.
Last but not the least D-Link 2 Bay NAS server allows you to automatically back up an FTP site or a network-shared folder, inclusive of sites requiring authentication. It’s a very handy and important feature for backing up your network resources while hosting your own sites from your own server.
Performance wise, The D-Link NAS server posted a decent 42.2Mbps using 160 GB and 400 GB drives. It also showed it has a very cool operation, even during times of heavy activity.
The D-Link 2-Bay NAS server costs about $200 to $220 exclusive of the Hard drives.
The D-Link 2-Bay Network storage server is a robust competitor to the devices present in the NAS market. Its just a simple enclosure that allows you to house a maximum of 2 3.5” SATA drives. It’s a shame that it does not support FAT 32 or NTFS formatted drives. It’s a fast NAS device with basic RAID abilities.
The flexible feature is that you can chose the capacity of the drives according to your requirements. You can connect it using the RJ-45 cable. The USB port provides various facilities like print serving, iTunes, Universal Plug and Play Audio and Video and many others. It’s a simple enclosure with the ports situated at the back and power and indicator lights on the front.
On the whole its fast and a quite device that runs very cool. It’s easy to install and operate too. It’s also wonderfully portable with quite a bit of sophistication also. Overall its worth the money and would rank it a 7.5 on 10.