One of the units that intrigued me the most at CES was the DNS-325 from D-Link. This is not obviously a replacement for the WHS but rather a supplement. I have been running the DNS-323 for a number of years now in addition to my Windows Home Sever for certain tasks such as FTP. When we saw the DNS-325 it stood out because it appeared to fix the slow performance issues of the the 323 as well as add a bunch of extra features to the software. Features such as WordPress, photo galleries, audio streaming, and many other options that were not in its predecessor. For the most part this is more of a competitor to the Synology unit than it is to WHS or other NAS units as the core features are very similar.
Walking through the setup you see that the unit supports Standard Disk configurations, JBOD, RAID 0, and RAID 1.
The Account Management Screen
Network Management Screens
In addition to several built in applications, there are a number of “add-on” applications that you can download and install with more being plan. Nice built in applications for backup, both local and remote.
Native 3T drive support
Overall the DNS-325 performance was not very good. Like many of these NAS units the performance is enough but nothing to write home about. The single drive performance was the best a 33.9 MB/Sec for writes, while the write speeds for two WD 1T EADS drives in any form of RAID or JBOD dropped to about 14-15 MB/sec. Read speeds where obviously faster and the unit had no trouble at all streaming a blu-ray movie with fluent fast forward and no stuttering.
Overall I am happy with the unit and the features, but a bit disappointed in the RAID performance of the unit. Since the unit has a 1.2 Ghz processor, I hope that this performance issue can be addressed in a future firmware upgrade. The burning question is how does it compare to the DS211, well from what I can see it has much of the same “core” options but in terms of performance the DS211 is faster and has more built in features which you may or may not need. The main attraction for the DNS-325 is that it is feature rich, will integrate into D-Linik’s new online service, and is priced at about $207 from Amazon. The bottom line is if you need a connected NAS unit for cameras, FTP, Photos, and audio streaming, you could do allot worse than this and for the price it is a worth considering as an addition to.