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D-Link ShareCenter Pulse 2-bay Network Storage Enclosure

by D-Link
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  • 2-bay Network Attached Storage for 3.5" SATA drives
  • Gigabit connectivity for fast transmission speeds
  • UPnP Media Server to stream media content to media players including Boxee Box
  • Built-in BitTorrent client to download directly from the Internet without a PC
  • D-Link Green™: energy-saving design
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Technical Details
BrandD-Link
Item Weight499 g
Product Dimensions14.6 x 11.3 x 18.2 cm
Item model numberDNS-320
SeriesDNS-320 Sharecenter Pulse
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
  
Additional Information
ASINB004AIWOXY
Best Sellers Rank 4,460 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.3 Kg
Date First Available15 Nov 2010
  
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Product Description

DNS-320--SharecenterTM Pulse 2-bay Network Storage

User scenarios

  • Backup valuable data including photos, movies, music and work files
  • Provide shared storage in home networks
  • Stream photos, music and movies to a compatible media player

Value proposition

D-Link’s Sharecenter Pulse enables users to easily share documents, files and digital media with other users on a home network or over the Internet, through a simple to use interface. It can furthermore stream stored photos, music and videos to compatible media players.

Differentiators

  • Gigabit connectivity for fast transmission speed
  • Tool-less, hassle-free hard-drive installation
  • Web file server for easy access to files over the Internet
  • Touch-button for one-step backup of USB memory sticks

Product Highlights

  • 2-bay Network Attached Storage for 3.5” SATA drives
  • Gigabit connectivity for fast transmission speeds
  • User/group quotas for security and confidentiality
  • UPnP Media Server to stream media content to compatible media players
  • Web file server for easy access to your over the Internet
  • Built-in BitTorrent client to download directly from the Internet without a PC
  • Touch-button for one-step backup of USB memory sticks
  • Print Server to share a printer with other users in the network
  • RAID 1 technology to automatically mirror the contents of one of its hard drives to the other
  • FarStone Backup software included free
  • D-Link Green™: energy-saving design

Overview

The D-Link DNS-320 SharecenterTM Pulse is a 2-bay Network Attached Storage (NAS) device with backup and media features that make it ideal for storingand sharing photos, music, movies and work files on a home network.

Safely share digital files locally and over the Internet

The ShareCenterTM Pulse Network Storage device enables users to share documents and media content such as photos, music and videos on a home network or over the Internet. File access is easy and straightforward with the built-in web file server, which allows users to browse and download stored files over the Internet. The more technical user can manage the contents of their ShareCenterTM Pulse from any FTP client.

Stream Digital Media Content with the built-in Media Server

The built-in UPnP media server will stream the media content on your SharecenterTM Pulse to any compatible media player such as the PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, and D-Link Boxee Box over your local network. The SharecenterTM Pulse allows for multiple simultaneous streams, so you can watch a movie on your entertainment centre while someone else listens to music streamed over their computer.

Performance, protection and confidentiality

The SharecenterTM Pulse has a Gigabit port for the fastest connectivity possible to your home network through your router. RAID 1 technology ensures that your valuable data will not be lost by mirroring the contents of one hard drive onto the other, so if one drive fails, your data is still safe.

The confidentiality and integrity of all your files is guaranteed as you can give rights to specific users or groups and assign them to folders with read/write permissions. This function is ideal for the home, where children’s access can be restricted to only age-appropriate materials, while ensuring that nobody can delete your files by accident.

D-Link ShareCenter Pulse

D-Link Green™

The DNS-320 SharecenterTM Pulse is part of D-Link GreenTM, D-Link’s programme for providing eco-friendly alternatives without compromising performance: if the hard drives are not used in a configurable period of time, or data is not being transmitted, the SharecenterTM Pulse will enter stand-by mode to save power. Also, the silent fan will adapt its speed depending on the hard drives temperature.

Box Contains

1 x Leather Case

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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104 of 105 people found the following review helpful By P. HALLETT on 4 Jan 2011
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Well after investigating into many different NAS devices or solutions, I decided to go for the Dlink, mainly due to price, but also after hearing some good reviews of their previous models.
Firstly, Delivery was fine - I opted for 2 Samsung F3 1TB disk drives along with the Dlink chassis, all of which were well packaged and easily opened.

Opening the boxes I was pleasantly suprised - a nice small unit (not much bigger than the 2 disks side-by-side that looked the part, although it's more "plasticy" than it looks in the pictures.

Simple installation - pop the two drives in through the top of the unit, plug in and power up. Supplied CD detects the device on your network, and walks you through the setup. Only issues I came across were 1) The DynDNS wouldn't detect my account, although it instantly worked after the setup completed, and I can't seem to be able to rename the volume, it defaults to "volume_1". Once all powered up, the device is virtually silent, although after some use the fans become louder, but still nothing other than a small hum, probably amplified as it's sat on a wooden shelf in my front room.

I set it up in RAID 1 for fault tolerance, with 1TB disks I hope 1TB is enough storage for me. That said, this device does support up to 4TB, although I'm not sure if that 4TB in RAID1 or JBOD etc.

The web interface is easy to use, and took me seconds to figure my way around it (I never read manuals) and it's all set up and accessible by FTP and HTTP over the internet using my DynDNS account.

My PS3 instantly found the media server once I enabled it, as did my iTunes install on my laptop, again after enabling the feature.

Speedwise, all seems ok for me as a home user, I've not had it long so time will tell I suppose.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By marcoscu TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Mar 2012
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I already have several other NAS units which I use with a D-Link Boxee Box D-Link Boxee Box Digital Media Playerand other media players to stream video and audio around the house. In order to increase storage capacity on my system I have to buy new NAS units and still larger drives to install in them. I already have a Linksys NMH305-EU Linksys By Cisco Media Hub Home Entertainment Storage With 500 GB Drive, a Netgear Stora Netgear Stora 2 Bay Home Media Server Network Attached Storage ( No Drives Included ) and two D-Link DNS-313's D-Link DNS-313 Network Storage Enclosure 1-Bay SATA.
Of the various NAS units I have used I would say that despite it's various minor issues the DNS-320 is by far the best.

Firstly, the golden rule with any NAS is to buy the largest capacity drives you can afford - you WILL run out of space one day and the bigger you buy now then the further off that day will be. The reason I have so many NAS units is because I bought too small a Hard Drive capacity previously. I consulted the list of approved hard drives on the D-Link website and bought two of the largest I could afford: Seagate ST2000DL003 Barracuda Green 3.5-inch 2TB SATA 6 Gb/s Drive (64MB Buffer,5900RPM).
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By H on 18 Feb 2011
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I've owned this NAS system for just over a week and thought I would share some of my findings on it so far:

Running via a 10/100Mbit router with Seagate 2TB 5900Rpm green drive (also bought from amazon). Firmware updated to 2.00.

Although the D-Link support site doesn't show it, there is an updated firmware - follow their link to their firmware 'archive' and you'll go to the ftp server where you will see a 25Mb update file for v2.00.

Pros:

Very good price and as always, Amazon delivered quickly.
Looks smart and inconspicuous.
Reasonably intuitive setup and decently featured for a budget drive.
Very easy to configure, albeit basic, RAID.
Decent basic power management for HDDs.
HDD installation is easy.
Almost instant setup.
NAS and HDD combo is very quiet & the NAS fan is efficient at maintaining a low HDD temp.

Cons:
It is very plasticy and has a cheap fell, and the piano black exterior scratches instantly.
Ropey firmware/software (see below).
UPnp server has issues - when i transferred all my media to the drive, it hung the NAS after a few minutes whilst it tries to automatically rebuild the AV server library - very annoying after several factory resets to find this was the issue. Have removed all music files and use it for video only.
iTunes server has issues - again, got stuck in a continuous loop of library building with a large amount of music files. Have turned it off and will not likely turn it back on.
Like most server file systems, drives need to formatted to EXT3 as they're installed, so don't pre-load the HDD prior to installation.
FTP security is very basic.

As of yet I have not tried the AFP or NFS services so can't comment.
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