Mar 16

Step 1: Log into your camera through the web interface.

Step 2: Enable Motion Detection

Step 3: Select the Setup tab.

Step 4: Select Event Setup on the left hand side.


Step 5: Click Add under SERVER.


Step 6: Enter the desired Server name in the field provided


Step 7: Select Network Storage and enter your Network storage information in the fields provided.


Step 8: Click Save Settings.

Note: Test can be used to verify a working folder path on your NAS.

Step 9: Click Add under MEDIA.


Step 10: Enter the Media Name in the field provided.


Step 11: Click the Snapshot radio button or Video Clip and configure the settings

Step 12: Click Save Settings.

Step 13: Click Add under EVENT.


Step 14: Under EVENT enter the Event Name in the field provided and check the Enable this event box.


Step 15: Now under TRIGGER click the Video motion detection radio button and check “Detect motion in” box for the motion detection windows that will monitored during this event.

Note: EVENT SCHEDULE is set to all the time by default.

Step 16: Now under ACTION check the box for the server created in Step 6 and drop-down to the Media name created in Step 10.


Step 17: Click Save Settings.

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Oct 18

There are a number of products currently available aimed to meet home storage needs. Rather than purchasing an entire computer to act as a file sever, these NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices are cheap, and you can typically stuff them in a corner and forget about them, using them to store backups or files that you want to share with other systems. They can be used to share files with those outside of the home network, or strictly for those inside.

One such device is the D-Link DNS-323, a two-bay NAS system that runs Linux. It is a small box, but large enough to store two 3.5″ SATA drives, so it can be stored nearly anywhere. By itself, the DNS-323 has a web-based administrative console, has multiple disk options (JBOD, RAID0, RAID1, or individual disks), gigabit Ethernet, allows for SMB (Windows file sharing) and FTP access. It has one USB port for a printer to allow it to be a print server as well, and it can also be an iTunes media server out of the box. All of this is available for roughly $200.

For the average user, this is great as-is. For the tinkerer, you should have zeroed in on the fact that the DNS-323 runs Linux, which makes this tiny little box a whole lot more compelling. If it runs Linux, then it can also run other server-related software that runs on Linux, and it should be infinitely customizable. The good news is that it is — and it’s easy to set up. It has also spawned a little community of hackers that have customized the D-Link DNS-323 to be a full-fledged Linux server, to provide NFS sharing, to be a web server with full PHP support, an rsync server, a subversion server, a BitTorrent server, and more.

The tool that is used to hack the DNS-323 is a set of scripts called fun-plug. As of this writing, the latest version is 0.5 and it is a snap to install.

To begin, mount the Volume_1 share from the DNS-323 via SMB. Then go to the directory where you have mounted it on your local system and download the required fun-plug files:

$ cd /Volumes/Volume_1/
$ curl -OL
$ curl -OL

Once these are stored in the root directory of the Volume_1/ share, unmount the SMB share and reboot the DNS-323 via the web console. Once it has rebooted, the fun-plug scripts will start, will have extracted the fun-plug tarball and all the tools and scripts it contains, and will have started a telnet server on the DNS-323 that can be used to log in as root.

$ telnet [IP address of DNS-323]

You will be logged in as the root user without a password. Make sure the DNS-323 is not accessible via the Internet right now! We will setup SSH access and turn off the insecure telnet shortly. The next step is to set up the root account with a password. A few steps need to be taken here to ensure the password is set correctly and that it is written to firmware:

# pwconv
# passwd
# usermod -s /ffp/bin/sh root
# login

The login command that is last in the above output is used to make sure the password settings work. If they do, and you are able to login as root with your defined password, exit the session by typing exit; you should still be logged into the DNS-323 as root. Next, save the password settings to flash memory:


Next, we want to enable SSH access to the DNS-323. You will want to test that it works prior to disabling telnet. To set up SSH, execute the following as root on the DNS-323:

# cd /mnt/HD_a2/ffp/start
# sh start

From another terminal on the local system, try to ssh into the DNS-323 as root. If it works, we can enable SSH and disable telnet, by executing the following in the /mnt/HD_a2/ffp/start directory:

# chmod a+x
# chmod a-x

If you’re paranoid, you may want to reboot the DNS-323 after enabling sshd to start at boot and before disabling telnetd. Once you know that SSH works when the DNS-323 has rebooted, then you should disable telnet.

Now you can hack around further. While I used the SMB access to the DNS-323, I would rather use NFS. This became available once fun-plug was installed; all it needs is to be enabled and configured.

To set up NFS, create the /ffp/etc/exports file with the following contents (customized to your IP address range):

And then enable nfsd, in the same way that sshd was enabled:

# cd /mnt/HD_a2/ffp/start
# sh start
# chmod a+x

You don’t need to restart the DNS-323 to make sure it works. From another system on the network you can mount dns-323:/mnt/HD_a2 (if “dns-323″ was the hostname of the DNS-323 box) and you should be able to access the contents of the NAS directly with full read/write access.

The options here are endless. The DNS-323 isn’t the fastest system in the world, but it does run Linux and it can do certain tasks extremely well. The fun-scripts package comes with a number of useful tools out of the box, and there are many others to be had. As well, using the fun-scripts gives you complete control over the DNS-323, unlike the web control panel which, while quite thorough, is still limited. For $200, this may be one of the cheapest Linux file servers to be had, and is certainly a bargain.

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Sep 11

D-Link’s latest storage solution is pitched at small business and households looking to escape into the world of cloud storage. There’s four SATA bays, each of which can carry up to 4TB, with D-Link adding in compatibility with its own cloud cameras (for network video recording) plus connectivity to Android, iOS, BlackBerry and Windows Phone devices.

D-Link Cloud Storage 4000 NAS

D-Link Cloud Storage 4000 NAS

Remote access from your phone or tablet is possible through either the dedicated app or D-Link’s portal website. There’s also a pair of ethernet jacks on the back, for full-speed file transfer and back-up. The Cloud Storage 4000 is priced up at $450 and includes an DLNA server which will hook-up with D-Link’s own BoxeeBox, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 — storage buffs can even setup automatic email and SMS event notifications. Read up on the finer details in the press release below.

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Apr 24

It’s particularly easy to fit drives to the D-Link DNS-325. All you have to do is slide up the sleek metal face-plate and push your hard disks into place. The system is entirely screwless, but feels secure nonetheless. There are fewer I/O ports on the D-Link DNS-325 than you’ll find on many of its similarly priced rivals, but the USB port on the back and the user-configurable USB Copy/Unmount button will prove sufficient for many users. You can use it to either attach extra storage or share a USB printer across your network. The power switch is activated by pushing on the fascia of the NAS itself, and the absence of a visible switch makes the device look even sleeker.

The supplied installation disc leads you through the process of installing your drives, setting up an admin password and giving the NAS an address on your network. It also prompts you to set up a DDNS account using D-Link’s free service, which makes it easier to access your NAS remotely from outside your local network if your ISP only gives you a dynamic IP address. An optional step lets you configure the NAS to send alert and notification emails to a designated address. Finally, you’re prompted to format and configure the drives and map the location of the NAS’s share to a drive letter for your PC to access. Finally, the application offers to set up a range of add-on packages for the NAS, including an audio streamer, photo centre and Squeeze Centre media streamer.

Its web interface lacks the polish of rivals such as Synology or QNap, having big chunky icons, dated styling and small text, but everything’s easy to find. There are three main sections, but one of those is a customisable Favourites tab that starts life empty. The Management button is the most immediately useful section of the interface, providing you with access to disk and volume management tools so that you can reformat the NAS’s hard disks and change your RAID settings. You can also re-run the NAS setup wizard, use the Account Management settings to create users and assign permissions, and configure local network and Dynamic DNS settings.

There’s also an Application Management screen and a separate tab for installed applications. These include services such as iTunes and UPnP media streaming, an integrated BitTorrent client, a basic web-accessible file server interface, an FTP server, and a management interface for backups to and from the device, including Apple Time Machine. The NAS also comes with Farstone’s Total Recovery Pro backup suite for Windows.

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Jun 24

We regret to inform you that we can not support Western Digital’s new Desktop disk drives with Advanced Formatting Technology for use in our D-Link ShareCenter NAS devices.

WD does not recommend (and will not support) the use ANY of their Desktop disk drives in NAS devices, including their new drives with the Advanced Formatting Technology. WD has no intention of rectifying this issue for NAS support.

According to WD, even if we were to solve the issues caused by their Advanced Formatting Technology in the standard mode, these drives may still cause problems when used in RAID configurations (especially with RAID 5).

This issue is not unique to D-Link nor the ShareCenter product line but rather relates to WD’s strategy moving forward.

WD will only guarantee the compatibility of their Enterprise disk drives with NAS devices, as they are not integrated with their Advanced Formatting Technology.

As a result, we will NOT support the use of any WD disk drive with Advanced Formatting Technology.

Thank you for your understanding. Please do not hesitate to contact our team directly with any questions or concerns.

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