Mar 21

DNS-321 Overview

The D-Link® 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure (DNS-321) is the perfect way to store, share, and safeguard your documents, music, videos, and photos. With the D-Link tool-less installation, easily insert up to two SATA drives1 without any tools or attaching any cables. Additionally, the built-in UPnP™ AV media server enables streaming of digital content to compatible network media players (such as those found in the D-Link MediaLounge™ product line) as well as popular media player applications used in computers.

DNS-321

PROTECTION AND PERFORMANCE

The availability of four different hard drive modes (Standard, JBOD, RAID 0, and RAID 1) allows you to choose the configuration best suited for your needs. Standard mode creates two separately accessible hard drives.

With the included feature-rich backup software, you can create schedules and rules including real-time full or incremental backups. The Web-based configuration software allows users to establish storage quotas for specific users and groups. The DNS-321 can automatically back up your data regardless of the Operating System (OS) of your computer (Windows®, Mac®, or Linux®). The DNS-321 also features a built-in FTP server2 to access files through the Internet.

With its sleek design and quiet cooling fans, the DNS-321 can be easily placed on your desk at home or in the office. Utilizing SATA hard drives and gigabit connectivity, the 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure (DNS-321) is a high performance, cost-effective solution for your home or small office data storage needs.

Features

* D-Link Green Product
* Store Digital Content from Multiple Computers into a Central Location
* Stream Music, Photos, & Videos to Compatible UPnP AV-enabled Media Players
* Access Stored Data Away from Home with the Built-in FTP Server
* Supports Four Different Hard Drive Modes (Standard, JBOD, RAID 0, and RAID 1)

User Reviews

cmscogins said:

Pros: Price
Size
Low Noise
Easy Installation
Cons: Limited setup instructions
Summary: This NAS was very easy to set up right out of the box. It is very compact and quiet. The price was very good for all of the features.

mark_dickson said:

Pros: Speed – compared to other consumer NAS devices, this one is very quick. Flexibility – you can use 1 or 2 drives of any size you want. Price – for the money, its great that you get a fast NAS with basic RAID abilities

Cons: User permissions could be a little more straight forward, a speedy eSATA port would be great to add additional storage

Summary: I have two LaCie NAS drives and this Dlink DNS-321 NAS hooked up to my network currently and this is by far my favorite because of its flexibility and its speed. It is way faster than either LaCie drives I have and tests very well compared to other NAS drives on sites such as Small Net Builder (a little faster than its DNS-323 sibling overall too). Don’t get me wrong, there is still room for improvement with its speed as I have an old computer with Ubuntu server running as a network file server and its gig ports blow even this Dlink away, but compared to other reasonably priced consumer NAS drives this is great.

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