Like every other website on the planet, SmallNetBuilder uses cookies. Our cookies track login status, but we only allow admins to log in anyway, so those don't apply to you. Any other cookies you pick up during your visit come from advertisers, which we don't control.
If you continue to use the site, you agree to tolerate our use of cookies. Thank you!

Router Charts

Click for Router Charts

Router Ranker

Click for Router Ranker

NAS Charts

Click for NAS Charts

NAS Ranker

Click for NAS Ranker

More Tools

Click for More Tools

NAS Reviews

Performance

The 2300N's performance isn't much to write home about, ranking at the bottom or next to bottom of all tested dual-drive BYOD NASes in tests with a gigabit LAN connection. RAID 0 write speed for file sizes 32 MB to 1 GB averaged 10.3 MB/s for write and 11.3 MB/s for read. RAID 1 turned in the same average speeds with slightly different individual test results.

NOTES:

  • The maximum raw data rate for 100Mbps Ethernet is 12500 KBytes/sec (12.5 MBytes/sec) and 125000 KBytes/sec (125 MBytes/sec) for gigabit
  • Firmware version tested was 01.03.0000.07
  • The full testing setup and methodology are described on this page

I ran some plots comparing the 2300N with the similarly-priced Trendnet TS-S402 and D-Link DNS-321 and also threw in the top-of-the-chart Synology DS207+ for contrast. I should point out that the D-Link and Trendnet data were taken in JBOD mode, while the NS2300N and Synology data are RAID 0. This is because neither the Promise nor the Synology products support JBOD.

1000 Mbps Write comparative performance - JBOD / RAID 0

Figure 11: 1000 Mbps Write comparative performance - JBOD / RAID 0

Write rankings (Figure 11) are as expected with the Promise on the bottom and Synology on the top. The interesting point here is how close the DNS-321 is to the DS207+, while costing less than half as much!

Read (Figure 12) is more interesting with only the DS207+ producing significantly better throughput.

1000 Mbps Read comparative performance - JBOD / RAID 0

Figure 12: 1000 Mbps Read comparative performance - JBOD / RAID 0

RAID 1 write performance (Figure 13) is similar, but has the DS207+ falling off more at higher file sizes and the Promise and Trendnet products virtually on top of each other.

1000 Mbps Write comparative performance - RAID 1

Figure 13: 1000 Mbps Write comparative performance - RAID 1

RAID 1 read (Figure 14) is again similar to RAID 0, but the Synology's throughput again drops off more at higher file sizes.

1000 Mbps Read comparative performance - RAID 1

Figure 14: 1000 Mbps Read comparative performance - RAID 1

Closing Thoughts

Where the NS4300N is aggressively priced for a four-drive BYOD NAS, the NS2300N is not so much. At a low price of $180 as I write this, the 2300N is about $50 more than D-Link's DNS-321—the current low-cost leader in dual-drive BYOD NASes.

I again have to give Promise good marks for its efforts to become a more important player in the consumer NAS market. But the NS2300N has neither the features, firmware maturity, nor price to make it a preferred pick. My recommendation for those looking for a low-cost, full-featured dual-drive BYOD NAS still remains D-Link's DNS-321 (or 323 if you want the USB port).

More NAS

Wi-Fi System Tools
Check out our Wi-Fi System Charts, Ranker and Finder!

Support Us!

If you like what we do and want to thank us, just buy something on Amazon. We'll get a small commission on anything you buy. Thanks!

Over In The Forums

UPDATED 11/9/2020 Skynet - Router Firewall & Security Enhancements Skynet is the first comprehensive IP banning and security tool exclusively fo...
Hi there, I'm using an Asus-RT-AC66U B1 router with the latest Merlin firmware. I have been trying to get ProtonVPN working consistently and have been...
My router is saying the above new firmware is available, but I don't see it listed on the Asus website and there doesn't appear to be any release note...
x3mRouting Version 2.3.0 now available! 1 September, 2020Migrating from Version 1.0Version 2.0.0 Update Process - update instructionsVersion 2.0...
WelcomeThis is Diversion - the Router Ad-Blocker for Asuswrt-Merlin All install and update infos are on the Diversion website.May 04 2020Diversion 4....

Don't Miss These

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3