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Dane-Elec MyDitto Home review

Tom Morgan
10 Nov 2010
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
163
inc VAT

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

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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

Capacity500GB+500GB
Formatted capacity915GB
Default file systemFAT32
Price per gigabyte£0.16
InterfaceSATA II
3.5in drive bays2
Free 3.5in drive bays0
RAID modesJBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1

Interface

Ethernet ports1
USB direct access ports (front/rear)0/1
Other USB ports (front/rear)1/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Other portsnone

Networking

Ethernet connection speed10/100/1000Mbit/s
Universal Plug and Play supportyes
UPnP media serveryes
iTunesyes
Print serverno
USB disk serverno
Web serverno
FTP serverno
Protocols supportedTCP/IP, SMB/CIFS

Miscellaneous

Size165x190x77mm
Weight2.0kg
Vertical positioningyes
Ethernet cable includedyes
Additional featuresHardware USB security
Power consumption active18W

Buying Information

Price£163
Warrantyone year RTB
Supplierhttp://www.pixmania.co.uk
Detailswww.dane-elec.fr

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