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Exterior and Interior Design

D-Link has been manufacturing the DSM-G600 for quite a while already. This explains the traditional design concept of its case. There’s no need to describe the exterior of the device at length as you can just recall older home-oriented products from D-Link. The only distinguishing feature is the color and size of the case. The tested network storage appliance is all silver while other D-Link products used to combine silver and gray. The device is rather large in order to ensure proper ventilation of the installed HDD and of the device’s own electronics. You can put it down flat or place it upright using the included rubber feet – there are small juts on the sides of the case to keep the device steady.

There seem to be too few vent holes for normal heat transfer, but that’s just an illusion created by the largeness of the case. In fact, the vent holes in the sides of the case and near the edges of the top and button panels are quite enough for keeping the temperature inside at an acceptable level although the HDD becomes rather hot in there. According to the integrated sensor, its temperature would grow to 44°C. For the hot air not to stay within the case there is a 40mm fan at the back panel to exhaust it. The fan is rather noisy, producing a hum you can hear from a distance of 2-3 meters. So, it is somewhat discomforting to sleep in the same room with a working DSM-G600.

All the indicators and controls are placed on the front and rear panels, as usual. There are a total of six LEDs you can see in the oval windows of the front panel. They are sufficiently bright to be visible from a distance even at daylight, yet they do not irritate the eye. The indicators are labeled in D-Link’s traditional manner, above the indicators, which makes the labels almost unreadable under dim ambient lighting. Here is a list of the indicators (from left to right):

  • Power
  • Ethernet port
  • HDD activity
  • HDD full
  • USB activity
  • Wi-Fi activity

There is a Power button on the front panel, which is quite handy. The rest of the controls are placed together with the connectors on the back panel. These include (from left to right):

  • Antenna connector
  • Dismount button (below) to safely detach USB drives
  • Two USB 2.0 ports
  • Reset button
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Power connector

And there is also the above-mentioned fan near the right edge of the back panel.

To begin using the device, you have to install a HDD into it. The HDD must not be formatted because the OS of the DSM-G600 copies some of its files onto the installed HDD and marks out the boot sector for itself. It is easy to take the DSM-G600 apart as it is meant to be taken apart more or less often. You undo the two screws at the back panel and pull the cover of the case backwards. The cover itself is somewhat loose even when the screws are tightened, which is a kind of a manufacturing defect.

What do we see inside? It’s good that there is a solid metallic bracket, mounted on the bottom of the case, for the HDD, but it’s bad that it is so close to the rear panel that there is almost no place left for the interface and power cables. Following the procedure described in the user manual we managed to connect the HDD, but we had to twist the cable mercilessly, and the power cable nearly pressed on the fan. The HDD is held very tight (even too tight) in the bracket and it is suggested that you additionally fix it with the screw. It’s not very easy to put the screw in although it is done without a screwdriver.

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