Dane-Elec MyDitto Home review

An inexpensive entry level NAS with average performance and an overly complex setup.

10 Nov 2010
Our Rating 
2/5
Price when reviewed 
163
inc VAT
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Specifications

2 disk bays, 500GB+500GB storage supplied, 1x 10/100/1000Mbit/s Ethernet ports

The two-disk 1TB MyDitto is designed to be easy to setup and secure to access remotely. It achieves this through USB keys that each user must connect to their PC. There are two types of key: administrators, which can change settings, and users, which can just access files. It seems like a neat idea, but it's very restrictive.

Dane-Elec MyDitto Home

For starters, there's no way of creating additional shared folders beyond the Public share, which everyone can access, and each user's own shard folder. There are also precious few options, bar turning UPnP and iTunes media streaming on or off. While these settings are controlled through the file browser software on the USB key, it's odd that RAID settings and the BitTorrent client have to be accessed through a web browser.

The file browser software has to be used for remote access, but we found it very basic. Fortunately, over a LAN you can use Explorer to access the shared folders.

Dane-Elec MyDitto Home rear

Software annoyances aside, the MyDitto was also slow when transferring files. In RAID 1 mode, large files were read at 15.7MB/s and written at 10.2MB/s. Small files were equally sluggish, read at 6.5MB/s and written at 6.4MB/s. A marginal speed boost came from switching to RAID 0, but overall performance was below average.

At 16p per gigabyte, it’s an inexpensive network storage device. Although the extra USB protection might reassure the security-conscious, multiple users or anyone looking for more than basic functionality will quickly get frustrated with the MyDitto's limitations. If you want a RAID 1 NAS on a budget then for around £40 more you could buy the excellent Synology DS210j plus two 500GB hard disks.

Basic Specifications

Price £163
Rating **

Storage

Capacity 500GB+500GB
Formatted capacity 915GB
Default file system FAT32
Price per gigabyte £0.16
Interface SATA II
3.5in drive bays 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 0
RAID modes JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1

Interface

Ethernet ports 1
USB direct access ports (front/rear) 0/1
Other USB ports (front/rear) 1/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Other ports none

Networking

Ethernet connection speed 10/100/1000Mbit/s
Universal Plug and Play support yes
UPnP media server yes
iTunes yes
Print server no
USB disk server no
Web server no
FTP server no
Protocols supported TCP/IP, SMB/CIFS

Miscellaneous

Size 165x190x77mm
Weight 2.0kg
Vertical positioning yes
Ethernet cable included yes
Additional features Hardware USB security
Power consumption active 18W

Buying Information

Price £163
Warranty one year RTB
Supplier http://www.pixmania.co.uk
Details www.dane-elec.fr

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