Network Storage: Three NAS Units Rounded Up

Promise NS2300N

Construction and Form Factor

Compared to the Promise NS4300N, which targets small businesses, the more diminutive Promise NS2300N is aimed squarely at the home-network market. That's why it includes only two drive bays. While the enclosure for the NS2300N is made of plastic and looks a little underwhelming at first glance, it is reasonably attractive and sturdy. Also, a copious amount of plastic helps keep its weight low, at just under 2.1 lbs. It's also  reasonably priced at under $170.

Its dimensions are 3.62" x 4.33" x 5.71" (HWD), which makes the unit incredibly compact. Although its drive trays are also made of flexible plastic (like those for the NS4300N), they fit their rails precisely enough that they feel both sturdy and robust. On the rear of this NAS device, you'll find an Ethernet port (RJ-45), a USB 2.0 port for other storages devices, and a DC jack for the external power supply. A single 60 mm fan handles ventilation for the enclosure, and its speed can be set to one of two settings (low and high) in the unit's Web-based administration utility.

On the front of the unit, two green LEDs report disk activity and two more LEDs offer information about device status and network activity.

Features and Functions

The NS32300N supports both RAID 0 and RAID 1 modes, so, with 1.5 TB drives installed, this device can deliver either 1.5 or 3 TB of storage across a network. Installation and configuration requires use of the device's Web-based admin interface. The software is well-organized and self-explanatory in many ways, and works in 10 different languages, including English, German, Spanish, French, and Italian.

The NS2300N also supports the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), which lets it interoperate with all kinds of other compatible clients and servers to handle audio and video files over the network. To take advantage of this capability, however, you must first install a software update in the form of a plug-in to the NS2300N, after downloading it from the Internet. Other available plug-ins include an iTunes Server and a Download Manager that supports HTTP, FTP, and BitTorrent protocols.

Power Consumption

One huge advantage of the NS2300N is its meager power consumption. Under normal usage, this usually falls somewhere in the 22.5 W range and might climb to 25 W when reading or writing large amounts of data. If you enable the unit's Spindown function, which turns off the drives after a specific idle timeout expires, power consumption drops to a relatively miniscule 12.3 W.

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  • chaugh
    TYPO!!!

    and you see that heritage in the TS-590 Pro.

    What's a TS-590?
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  • cknobman
    If you want something simple to share data at home I cant figure out why anyone would buy a cheap NAS that gives less than 15 mbps or something outrageous costing over $700. Why not build your own using low power cpu that would perform much better than the cheap NAS devices and still come in hundreds of dollars less than the overpriced NAS devices?
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  • dje007
    I have a Qnap TS-639 and love it
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  • yourhighness
    cknobmanIf you want something simple to share data at home I cant figure out why anyone would buy a cheap NAS that gives less than 15 mbps or something outrageous costing over $700. Why not build your own using low power cpu that would perform much better than the cheap NAS devices and still come in hundreds of dollars less than the overpriced NAS devices?


    THIS
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  • yourhighness
    More on this Topic....?

    Hitting the link for the last page just gives me a blank pop-up box....

    Using Chrome.
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  • yourhighness
    yourhighnessMore on this Topic....?Hitting the link for the last page just gives me a blank pop-up box....Using Chrome.

    Grabbing the link from the drop down works fine, but from the conclusion page going to the next page is broken.
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  • theJ
    yourhighnessMore on this Topic....?Hitting the link for the last page just gives me a blank pop-up box....Using Chrome.


    That's all it is. More ads so they can pay the bills.
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  • theJ
    Nevermind, read the question wrong. Need edit button.
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  • Anonymous
    If you want to build your own rock-solid RAID NAS, and do so with cheap old hardware, check out my guide on building a Linux RAID-5 NAS. I wrote this guide so even someone who has never worked with Linux before can get it up and running, and maintain it, very easily! Hope this helps someone out there!
    Go to my site at: http://cobraftp.serveftp.com and click on Linux.. then at the top is the PDF, which is labeled "Linux RAID-5 How-to Guide"
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  • Anonymous
    how did you exclude the new Readynas NVX? seems kinda silly without that leader in both functionality and performance involved
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  • midnightgun
    I own a Synology CS-407e. Simple and just works. Leave it on all the time and just don't worry about it. Love it.
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  • snarfies
    I've said it before and I'll say it again - I don't know what this site's obsession is with NAS devices, but the NS3200N is the first NAS ever reviewed here that isn't an overpriced and underperforming piece of garbage! Shame I didn't know about it sooner - I just dropped $300 on a Mini-ITX Atom 330 MB and case to make my own NAS, and I haven't even bought the two drives for my RAID1 yet. I hope I'll get better results...
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  • WyomingKnott
    Your opion is sought: Why not buy an HP MediaSmart system? It costs less than the Qnap device and seems to be similarly capable?
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  • voodooaddict
    WyomingKnottYour opion is sought: Why not buy an HP MediaSmart system? It costs less than the Qnap device and seems to be similarly capable?


    I'm wondering the same thing. Why wasn't one of the MS Home Server units included. None of these units are putting out blazing transfer rates.

    The only thing I can figure is that these NAS units could be used for business as well as home use. Where the MS Home server is really just for home use.

    I don't know about anyone else here, but I wouldn't use any of these devices for critical live biz data. Setup as near-line backup devices, sure. But not live data.
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  • Anonymous
    Actually.. this review is a bit short.. not a comparison for all nas boxes.. just a chumped up silly list of nas boxes that he writer found at the time. rather pathetic actually.
    just to spin a spanner.. try freenas.. www.freenas.com
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  • Anonymous
    Drobo anyone?
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  • gm0n3y
    AnonymousDrobo anyone?


    I was thinking the same thing.
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  • Anonymous
    My opinion of QNAP is that it is an overpriced piece of garbage. When it works, everything is great, but when it goes wrong, make sure that you have taken an IT degree before even attempting to fix it. It is not user friendly at all, doesn't give any meaningful error messages, sometimes works, sometimes doesn't, with no clue as to what the problem is. Don't buy it.
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