The D-Link DNS-320 outperforms the D-Link DNS-323 in terms of network throughput for read/write tests.
As promised, I will conduct a network throughput test for the DNS-320. What I have done is the layman method of testing network throughput – load the hard disks in, monitor the bandwidth usage while transferring files over network. In this test, I will be transferring vmdk files (VMWare disk files).
I will be testing DNS-320’s network throughput when the disks are set to Single, RAID0 and RAID1.
- DIR-855 for its Gigabit network ports
- D-Link DNS-320 (firmware 1.00)
- Two units of Samsung 2TB F4 drives
- Trusty computer with Gigabit network port
DNS-320’s network throughput when disks are in Standard mode
Upload speed of 217.3Mbps in Standard mode
Download speed of 270.2Mbps in Standard mode
DNS-320’s network throughput when disks are in RAID0 configuration
Upload speed of 213.4Mbps in RAID0 configuration
Download speed of 287.2Mbps in RAID0 configuration
DNS-320’s network throughput when disks are in RAID1 configuration
Upload speed of 204.7Mbps in RAID1 configuration
Download speed of 266.4Mbps in RAID1 configuration
Conclusion of DNS-320 speed test
For an affordable device like the DNS-320, I couldn’t ask for better network throughput. On the average, I could upload files at a speed of approximately 210Mbps to the DNS-320 and download comfortably at 270Mbps.
However, I suspect my trusty computer might be the bottleneck for the download test as the difference in speed for single and RAID0 configuration is too marginal. Usually there will be a stark difference in download speed between standard and RAID0. Probably need a re-run after doing a few more tests.
The DNS-320 clearly outperforms the DNS-323. The DNS-323 manages about 138.38mbps and 154.62mbps for upload and download respectively in the previous test.
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