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D-Link D-Link 2 Bay Network Storage Enclosure

by D-Link

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  • Network Attached Storage (NAS) device allows you to easily backup and share digital files
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BrandD-Link
Item Weight2.4 Kg
Product Dimensions200 x 60 x 100 cm
Item model numberDNS-323
  
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ASINB000GK8LVE
Best Sellers Rank 70,717 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.4 Kg
Date First Available12 Nov 2006
  
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Rich software features
D-Link's Easy Search Utility is included on the product CD. This utility allows you to locate the DNS-323 on the network, once located the utility can be used to map the hard drive(s) so that they will appear in "My Computer" on the PC. Backup software is also included. This software allows you to backup your files from a computer to the DNS-323 manually, in keeping with a schedule, or in real-time. These real-time backups are an excellent way of safeguarding against unfortunate accidents that may result in the loss of important files.
The Download Scheduling feature allows you to set up scheduled folders or file downloads from an FTP or web server and thus backup sessions. The Power Management feature allows the drives to enter a hibernation state in order to save energy and extend hard drive life.

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1 D-Link cannot guarantee full compatibility or proper playback with all codecs. Playback capability depends on the codec support of the UPnP AV media player.
2 Hard drive(s) not included. An internal SATA drive is required to store or share files. RAID 1 mirroring requires the use of two (2) internal SATA drives. To avoid data incompatibility in RAID1 operation, use SATA drives from the same manufacturer. Formatted drive capacity for RAID 1 operation is dependant on the drive capacity of the lowest-sized drive. Please note this device may not work with older generation SATA drives. For a list of SATA drives that have been tested to work with the DNS-323, visit D-Link support web sites.
3 Speed results will vary depending on the benchmark utility, hard drive configuration, and the network environment used for testing.
4 Note that use of an FTP Server to access files over the Internet does not provide for secure or encrypted transmissions. It is recommended that the end user utilize a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to establish a secure FTP session.

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The D-Link DNS-323 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure enables users at home or in the office to share documents such as music, photos and videos across the network and on the Internet, so family members, friends, or employees can gain access to them. In the office, this enclosure also provides a central network point to back up valuable files and protect them from drive failure by using the built-in RAID 1 mirroring technology. At home, this device can be used to stream music, photos and videos to UPnP AV comp

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Rob UK VINE VOICE on 25 May 2008
I have been running a D-Link DNS-323 NAS for well over a year now and it's actually been a pleasant experience. I bought it to replace a Netgear SC-101 which basically annoyed the hell out of me because of the need to load special software on each PC wanting to access it, and repeated reliability problems. The beauty of the D-Link device is that you configure it via a web browser and then any PC or Mac on the network can access it as a regular share. So in Windows you simply 'map' a drive and point it to the IP address of the D-Link NAS and the volume name you've given it, couldn't be simpler. Likewise with the Mac you just choose 'connect to server' enter the IP address and volume name and that's it.

At it's simplest, which is how I use it, anyone on the network has read/write access to the whole device and the two 500Gb drives I have installed are combined into a single 1Tb storage space. There are options for combining the drives using RAID-0 (striping) or RAID-1 (mirroring), alternatively you can simply keep your two drives as separate disks. Also, you can define users and groups and use these to control access to anything from the whole device down to individual folders. There are also FTP and Media Sharing services built-in although I personally haven't needed to use these. One further option is a power saving mode which I would recommend (if only to make the device more eco-friendly). After a user defined period of time the drives will spin down if they aren't being accessed, and will spin up automatically the next time you access them. I set the spin down period to 45 minutes which seems a good compromise, so essentially the device is 'dormant' overnight after I've run my daily backup.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T. Moffitt on 7 Aug 2008
I've had the DNS-323 for at least a year now and had a few initial problems in the first few months with it always needing rebooting, as it disappeared from the network devices regularly. I've never had any data errors though. Then I updated the firmware and, ever since then, it has run perfectly. I have 2x 500GB drives in it, configured as RAID-0, though I wish I hadn't bothered as I have read elsewhere that on this device it doesn't appear to give any speed increase - I haven't tested this myself though.

However, it works great, and does exactly what I want. I have it hooked up to a home network throughout the house via powerline ethernet and it can easily stream both DivX and DVD files to a media player elsewhere in the house with no delays. Copying 700MB across the network to it takes 86 seconds, which I thought was pretty fast, and excellent for backups from my PCs.

I don't know about the LEDs (never realised they were there), since it just sits in a corner hidden away. I fully expect one of the hard drives to eventually fail of course, meaning the entire RAID will disappear, but I'm well aware of that and have backups elsewhere on DVD.

I would definitely recommend it, as long as you make sure you have up to date firmware. It's pretty quiet, especially hiding in the corner. I haven't actually set it up to spin down the disks, but it sounds like a good idea which I'll probably try.

It's a pity some people have had bad experiences shown in the other comments. Hopefully the latest firmware has ironed out all of the issues, but as I say, I'm very happy with it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By O. Hansen on 23 Jan 2009
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I bought this from Amazon, and added a 1.5TB Seagate to the order. Plugged the drive into the enclosure (very easy from the front), plugged it into the network, and started it up. Came up on my network immediately with a DHCP address, and I just used the web browser to configure it. One caveat at first was that the 1.5B drive was reported as 0k size, which was a bit worrying, especially since the formatting took maybe 20 mins. But when that was done the drive worked fine. I checked D-Link's support website and found that the latest firmware supports 1.5TB drives correctly, installed it (again very easy via the web interface), and the size of the drive was reported correctly. As a file server it works fantastic, configure it in the same workgroup as your home PCs and you can find it in "My network places". I haven't tried the other services (FTP/iTunes server etc.) so no idea how well those work, but for my requirements this is a fantastic little product.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 Dec 2008
Did a fair bit of reasearch before buying this NAS device. I wanted a solution that I could easily add disks to and was compact and quiet and this seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

Installation was a snap, just slide off the front cover and slot in the SATA drive(s), ensuring the orientation is correct. Put the lid back on and that's it! I fitted 2x1TB Western Digatal "green" drives - 5400 spin speed but run cooler than other 1TB drives. For the NAS, I don't think there is any benefit from using super fast 7200RPM units.

Configuration is also easy - connect the unit to your LAN (cable supplied), power it on and then run the "easy Search" utility supplied on the CD (you may have to disable your firewall for this to work initially). Once the easy search utility finds the NAS, you can then configure the unit as a simple DHCP server or set it a static IP address (which is what I did).

Next step is configuring the device where you have 4 choices of disk configuration including Raid 0/1. I went for Raid 1 (mirroring). Next, it's a case of setting up user accounts and then defining folders that each user can access (as well as whether they have read or write access to that folder). You can configure groups as well but I didn't find a way of attributing a user to multiple groups so just set up individual users instead. Not a huge deal for home use.

You can also configure an FTP server, uPnP AV server (for AV streaming), and iTunes server but I didn't use these as it's just being used as a simple backup device.

Finally, on the PC I created a network drive using the login details created in the user account and hey-presto, can read and write to the NAS.
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