Jan 29

Product summary

The D-Link DNS-323 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure offers a quick, yet comprehensive solution for network storage. We really liked the device for its flexibility and useful features, and at the same time wished it supported FAT32 or NTFS hard drives like the Iomega StorCenter Pro. The device can house two 3.5-inch SATA hard drives of any capacity in RAID configurations. It can also be used as an FTP, a DHCP, a UPnP AV, or an iTunes server with an excellent, intuitive Web interface. The DNS-323 comes up big where it matters most: throughput performance. Despite its few flaws and rather bulky power supply, we can easily recommend it to people who are looking for a fast, reliable way to extend their network’s storage and functionalities. If you are looking for a simple NAS solution that already comes with a hard drive, however, the Iomega StorCenter might save you some start-up time and money.

DNS-323

Setup and design

The D-Link DNS-323 boasts a simple, compact design with all the ports (Gigabit Ethernet, USB, and power) on the back. On the front is the hard-drive bay cover that has the power button and three blue activity status LEDs, one for each hard drive and one for the network port.

The DNS-323 doesn’t come with hard drives–leaving you the option to choose what storage capacity to add. It’s very easy to open the device to access its hard drive bays. We found it a bit too easy, in fact. More than once we accidentally opened the cover just by holding the device from the front to lift it up. It would be a lot better if the DNS-323’s face lid had some sort of lock to prevent this. Fortunately, NAS devices are generally not supposed to be portable, and the act of opening the cover doesn’t interfere with the D-Link’s working status. The device can take two 3.5-inch SATA hard drives, preferably of regular thickness: all you have to do is to slide the drives in and they fit in very well. Thinner drives don’t fit as snugly. There’s a release latch for each drive at the back of the device, in case you want to replace the hard drives. You can use just one drive with the DNS-323, but if you want to take advantage of the RAID configuration, the second one is a must.

If you get new hard drives for the DNS-323, all these options work very well and the setup is very convenient. If you want to use hard drives that already contain data, however, it’s a different story. If you have hard drives laying around that are formatted in FAT32 or NTFS file system (supported by Microsoft Windows), the DNS-323 will need to reformat them into Ext2 file system (supported by Linux) before they can be used. This means it’s impossible to move an existing Windows/Mac-friendly hard drive into the DNS-323 without having its data completely wiped. This can also be potentially problematic in case the DNS-323 fails and you want to just hook its hard drives to a Windows computer for data access or recovery. For all the NAS devices (of which the hard drives are user-replaceable) we’ve reviewed to date, the D-Link DNS-323 is the first that supports only the Ext2 file format. This makes the user-replaceable aspect of the device less flexible. The formatting takes a relatively short time depending on the size of the hard drives. In our case, it took about 5 minutes for a drive of 400GB.

lincoln-collector said:

I took a lot of time looking for an Ethernet capable 2-bay system and found several and went through three. You’d think the selection would be better but the selction is pitiful if you want an Ethernet capable NAS.

If you want/need an Ethernet capable NAS this is basically your best choice. After attempting to fill my need with other companies and/or other D-Link products, this is by far the best bang for the buck.

Anthony 110 said:

Fast download and upload, sleek look, runs cool, very quiet, easy setup.Overall a great product for cheap. The download and upload speed are usually around 2.0mb/s. It runs so quietly with the two WD 500GB drives I have in it, runs very cool as well with its little fan. Look sleek and feels fairly solid. I wish it had a few more features but for the money it was well worth it.

jiggysmb said:

Lots of features, you can connect a printer to network it, has iTunes server, FTP server and uPNP sharing(sort of). Most recent firmware added support for 1.5 TB drives so you can have up to 3 TB in this tiny enclosure. Could be portable!

Dlink support staff is usually 6 month behind. I got mine a few weeks before release and the support team had no idea what a DNS323 was. A few months later I had trouble with my original xbox (XBMC) only seeing the root files and support still had no documentation on the device.

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Jan 29

Product summary 

 DIR-825

The good: Virtual networked USB port; mobile router capability; true dual-band; intuitive and responsive browser interface; gigabit LAN and WAN; easy to set up; support separate wireless networks for guests; convenient preset settings.

The bad: Slow mixed mode performance; range could be better; bulky design.

 

 Setup and design

 
We didn’t experience any problems setting up the D-Link DIR-825. The router comes with a CD that contains the D-Link Router Quick Setup desktop software. Dutifully following the wizard, we were able, with minimal mouse clicks, to get everything up and running, including connecting to the Internet and other wireless clients, as well as setting up an SSID for each frequency. Alternatively, you can use the Web-based interface, which we found to be well-thought-out, responsive, and more comprehensive than the desktop application.

The D-Link DIR-825 looks just like the DIR-655, minus the third antenna. The two antennae, however, are still attached to the back of the router where all the ports reside. This is a cluttering and long-standing design trait found in all D-Link’s Wireless-N routers. Nonetheless, with the omission of the middle antenna, it’s much easier to get to the DIR-825’s ports than the DIR-655’s.

Features

 
Despite similarities in appearance, the DIR-825 is much more advanced than the DIR-655. It’s the second router from D-Link that supports true Wireless-N dual-band, capable of broadcasting simultaneously in 5GHz and 2.4GHz frequencies. (The first was the DIR-855, which we reviewed earlier this year). The DIR-825 is the first, however, to feature the SharePort technology that allows the router’s USB port to work as a networked USB port. SharePort comes with a software application called SharePort Network USB that you’ll need to install on your networked computers. The software lets the computer recognize a USB device plugged into the router as if it were plugged directly into the computer’s USB port. Unlike other USB-equipped routers that support only printers and external hard drives, SharePort lets the DIR-825 share virtually any USB device over your network.

We tried the Seagate FreeAgent Xtreme external hard drive with the DIR-825’s USB port and the moment we plugged it in, the SNU utility in all the computers in the network prompted that a new device has been plugged in and asked if it should connect to it. Once we selected the computer and connected to the drive, the utility on other computers showed that the hard drive had been taken and gave an option to message the host computer to release it, which would happen if the user at the host computer agreed. We were also able to share that hard drive (as though it was connected to the computer directly) and made it available for the rest of the network to access at the same time, the same way you would share a folder on that computer. This seems to be a workaround for the above-mentioned weakness.

 

User Reviews

 

RollinAlong said: Researched several different options for wireless networking prior to purchasing this model. I’m not overly techinical when it comes to home networking, but know enough to get myself in trouble and thankfully the ease of the router setup didn’t allow me to get in trouble. No issues with dropping the network.

jack5578 said:Dual band, great User Interface, lots of bells and whistles, lots of functionality. This router has all the functionality of a more expensive “gaming router” at a much better price.

This router is a great value for the price. It has all the current bells and whistles. 2.4 and 5.0 Mhz, simultaneous dual band, gigabyte ethernet ports, USB port to plug in any USB device to share. The user interface is really nice and has a lot of features to set your router up any way you want. This router has all the features of the more expensive “gaming routers”. I’m using this router for everything; web surfing, gaming, voip phone, video streaming, media server with PS3, and file and print sharing. This router doesn’t miss a beat. I have experienced no shuttering or slowdowns. Video streaming is smooth and steady, and voip calls are as clear as a landline.

If you buy this router, download the latest firmware for the router on the dlink website. I struggled for two days trying to get the shared printer to work. But once I downloaded the latest firmware it worked immediately. There is a little button in the user interface that says “check for latest firmware version” or something like that. When you click it, it says you already have the latest version. That was the first thing I checked when I had problems with the printer. Two days of struggle later, I went to the dlink website and saw there was a much newer version of the firmware. So, don’t believe the little status button in the user interface, go to the dlink website and look for yourself, download and update to the latest firmware.

brandnewjesus said:I love the ease of setting reservation list, prioritizing traffic, and port forwarding to have one person watching hulu and ps3 online, and bit torrent running without and lag across the house through 3 walls, 1 insulated.

The share port utility is pretty useful if you just need to grab something off your drive real quick, but if your planning on using it to back up you downloaded movies its a little slow.

 

Price range: $127.99 – $165.00

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Jan 28

WEP

WEP stands for Wired Equivalent Privacy. It is based on the IEEE 802.11 standard and uses the RC4 encryption algorithm. Enabling WEP allows you to increase security by encrypting data being transferred over your wireless network.

When WEP encryption is enabled, there are up to four options*: 64-bit and 128-bit. 64-bit is the same as 40-bit WEP. The lower level of WEP encryption uses a 40-bit (10 character) “secret key” (set by the user), and a 24-bit “initialization vector” (not under user control). So lower level 40 and 64 bit WEP cards are equivalent in encryption strength and compatibility.

* 802.11B supports 64 and 128-bit encryption, 802.11B+ (enhanced) supports 64, 128, and 256-bit encryption, 802.11G support 64 and 128-bit, and 802.11A supports 64, 128, and 152-bit encryption.

WPA

WPA, or Wi-Fi Protected Access, is a Wi-Fi standard that was designed to improve the security features of WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy). The technology is designed to work with existing Wi-Fi products that have been enabled with WEP (i.e., as a software/firmware upgrade to existing hardware).

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Jan 28

To allow traffic from the internet to enter your local network, you will need to open up ports or the router will block the request.

Because our routers use NAT (Network Address Translation), you can only open a specific port or ports to one computer at a time. For example: If you have 2 web servers on your network, you cannot open port 80 to both computers. You will need to configure 1 of the web servers to use port 81. Now you can open port 80 to the first computer and then open port 81 to the other computer.

For the DI-514, DI-524, DI-604, DI-614+, DI-624, DI-704P (revC), DI-704UP, DI-754, DI-764, DI-774, and DI-784:

Step 1: Open your web browser and enter the IP address of your D-Link router (192.168.0.1). Enter username (admin) and your password (blank by default).

Step 2: Click on the Advanced tab at the top and then click Virtual Server on the left side.

Step 3: Check Enabled to activate entry.

Step 4: Enter a name for your virtual server entry.

Step 5: Next to Private IP, enter the IP address of the computer on your local network that you want to allow the incoming service to.

Step 7: Enter the port information next to Private Port and Public Port. The private and public ports are usually the same. The public port is the port seen from the WAN side, and the private port is the port being used by the application on the computer within your local network.

Step 8: Enter the Schedule information.

Step 9: Click Apply and then click Continue.

For DI-704P (rev.B), DI-707P, DI-714P+, DI-804HV, DI-808HV, and DI-824VUP users:

Step 1: Open a web browser and enter the IP address of your router (192.168.0.1). Enter admin for your username and then your password (blank by default).

Step 2: Click on the Advanced tab and then Virtual Server on the left side.

Step 3: Enter the following information:

Check the box next to Enable.
Next to Service Ports, enter the port or range of ports you want to open.
Next to Service IP, enter the IP address of the computer you want to open the port to.
Click Always next to Schedule or enter the time frame that you want.

Step 4: Click Apply and then click Restart to save your changes.

How to open the ports on D-Link DIseries router

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Jan 28

D-Link DFL-210 netdefend network security firewall overview:

Device Ports:

• WAN: 1 10/100BASE-TX Port
• LAN: 4 10/100BASE-TX Ports
• DMZ/WAN2: 1 10/100BASE-TX Port
• Console Port: Serial COM Port

Firewall Mode:

• Layer 3 Mode: Route Mode, NAT Mode
• Layer 2 Mode: Transparent Mode
• Network Address Translation (NAT)
• Port Address Translation (PAT)
• Policy-Based NAT
• Port Forwarding
• Static Address Translation (SAT)
• Time Scheduled Policies

VPN Security:

• VPN Tunnels: 100* (IPSec, PPTP, L2TP)
• IPSec LAN-to-LAN / Roaming User
• PPTP/L2TP Server/Client
• IPSec/PPTP/L2TP Pass-through
• IPSec NAT-Traversal
• DHCP over IPSec
• Encryption Transform: DES, 3DES, AES, Twofish, Blowfish, CAST-128
• XAUTH (Extended Authentication) for IPSec Authentication

Features

Advanced Firewall Security with VPN Server/Client
Manage up to 100 VPN Tunnels1
Intelligent Bandwidth Management

Configurable User Interface

The DFL-210 features an intuitive user interface that can easily be configured via D-Link’s Web-based interface and monitored using the Command Line Interface (CLI). These configuration options can be managed through Admin, Read/Write, or Read-only administrator rights. With these access management levels, any authorized user can easily configure or access the administrative functions of the DFL-210.

With businesses becoming increasingly network-dependent, the need to invest in a reliable security solution is crucial. The D-Link DFL-210 Network Security Firewall offers high return on investment through robust security features, flexible configuration, and maximum network protection for SOHO networks.

DFL-210 Firmware Download:

 

Now the DFL-210 Firmware version is v2.26.00
Date:2009/10/02
Download site: http://tsd.dlink.com.tw

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