D-Link DNS-340L 4 Bay Cloud Network Storage is a relatively inexpensive way to bring RAID5 to your network. Although D-Link advertises it as a Business class NAS, the DNS-340L has neither the performance nor features you'd expect for that grade of NAS.
The front panel has the single USB 3.0 port that is the only port usable for USB backups. The top panel is easily removed for drive access.
The rear panel has two USB 2.0 ports that can be used for UPS monitoring or print sharing, a Reset Button, a power jack and two Gigabit Ethernet ports.
The Gigabit ports are each equipped with two LEDs. The left LED on each port indicates link status and activity. The right LED indicates either a Gigabit connection (solid light) or a 10/100 Mbps connection (LED off). The Gigabit Ethernet ports also support jumbo frames.
D-Link DNS-340L 4 Bay Cloud Network Storage uses a Marvell Armada 370 SoC running at 1.2 GHz.
The table below shows a comparison of key components for the D-Link DNS-340L 4 Bay Cloud Network Storage .
|DNS-340L||ASUSTOR AS-304T||Thecus N4310|
|CPU||Marvell Armada 370 88F6707-A1 C120 @ 1.2GHz||Intel Atom CE5335 @ 1.6 GHz||AMCC APM86491-RKB1000T 1GHz SoC|
|RAM||512 MB Hynix H5TQ2G83FFR ?512 MB DDR3 (x2)||1 GB DDR3 on board||1 GB DDR3 Sk Hynix H5TQ4G43AFR (x2)|
|Flash||128 MB Hynix H27U2G8F2CTR||16 MB Spansion FL128SAIF00||1 GB Spansion S34ML08G101TFI000|
|Ethernet||Marvell 88E1518 Gigabit Ethernet (x2)||Realtek RTL8211E||Atheros AR8035-A|
|USB 3.0||Etron Tech EJ168A||Etron Tech EJ188H|
|SATA||Marvell 88SE9215 4 port PCIe 2.0 SATA 6Gb/s and PATA Host Controller||Asmedia ASM1061 PCI Express to two ports of Serial ATA||JMicron JMB320 SATA II 3.0 Gbps port multiplier|
If you're considering an entry-level model of any product, you already know you're going to be making some compromises when it comes to performance and/or features.
The D-Link's single core Armada 370 processor and relatively meager 512 MB of RAM likely contribute to its bottom-of-the-chart performance for many benchmarks.
On the other hand, a possible reason to consider the D-Link DNS-340L 4 Bay Cloud Network Storage is that it ties into the "MyDlink" cloud environment. If you already have MyDlink set up for other D-Link products, D-Link DNS-340L 4 Bay Cloud Network Storage will fit right in.
At any rate, if you have real business needs, you'll probably find the D-Link DNS-340L 4 Bay Cloud Network Storage too under-powered and under-featured for serious consideration. In the end, the "you get what you pay for" as well as the "you don't get what you don't pay for" rule hold true for the D-Link DNS-340L 4 Bay Cloud Network Storage.
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