D-link DNS-345 4-Bay ShareCenter Cloud Network Storage hopes to find a niche in quite a few markets, from personal data moguls to graphic-intensive image editors to managers of small businesses.
The chaps over at D-Link sure made this one of the most simple storage systems available. Although not quite exhibiting USB-like plug-and-play abilities, it’s about two cables and one click more complicated.
Opening the tacky face of the unit, D-link DNS-345 4-Bay ShareCenter Cloud Network Storage reveals its four 3.5″ drive bays. D-link DNS-345 4-Bay ShareCenter Cloud Network Storage is compatible with drives up to 8TB — although reliability with early adoption drives isn’t exactly recommended for a medium to long term storage solution.
Nevertheless, once the drives are slid- and snapped-in gingerly with the levers at the rear, that’s all the sweaty-palm DIY you’ll need to perform.
The adapter is light and runs cool, making it a perfect fit for a cupboard. Slightly smaller than an Xbox One, it can live under an entertainment center, in a set of office drawers or a shelf.
D-Link provides a USB port for additional storage, two Gigabit Ethernet ports and the always-useful reset port.
It’s a generally attractive box as well, with a screen up front providing information about the drive’s storage status, the temperature of said drives and the IP address on the network, which strangely came in more useful than not.
Performance is a subjective issue with network storage units. Of course, speed all depends on the drives used, drive setup and network interface employed.
For a real world benchmark though, copying a decidedly large 1080p video across from my laptop’s Ethernet port to D-link DNS-345 4-Bay ShareCenter Cloud Network Storage over a D-Link router resulted in a steady 20MB/s, with the one drive per volume setup.
D-link DNS-345 4-Bay ShareCenter Cloud Network Storage also provides a web interface for music, pictures and videos, allowing everyone in the house to enjoy music directly from the NAS’s web interface. It’s nifty, but not always needed.
What else would you define D-link DNS-345 4-Bay ShareCenter Cloud Network Storage if not simple and strong?
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