D-Link 2-Bay NAS Network Storage Enclosure - £54.99 + £3.99 Postage @ Dabs - HotUKDeals
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Highlights of the D-Link 2-Bay NAS Network Storage Enclosure

* Accommodates two 3.5 SATA hard drive of any capacity
* Easy hard drive fitting with no tools required
* Four hard drive modes available
* Built-in FTP server, iTunes server, UPnP AV server and USB print server
* BitTorrent support (with latest firmware installed)
* Backup software included
* SATA drive support
* Internet access via FTP
* UPnP AV for storing and streaming media files
* 10/100/1000 gigabit Ethernet port
* USB print server port
* Built-in fan included
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#1
Bought one of these when they were £50. Fantastic device. If i needed more than 4Gb of space i wouldnt hesitate to get another.

I have 2 x 2tb Samsung drives from Scan, partly mirrored for back-up and partly linear JBOD for media. It comes with a built in Torrent client which I have upgraded to Transmission so I can control it from my phone using Transdroid.
#2
Don't think this is compatible with later versions of iTunes, so that puts me off. Can anyone report a +ve experience when using this as an (up-to-date) iTunes server?
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joshm
Don't think this is compatible with later versions of iTunes, so that puts me off. Can anyone report a +ve experience when using this as an (up-to-date) iTunes server?

Works fine with current version but limited functionality - basically you just get a list of all the available tracks and that's about it. Firefly (which is on the installation disk) extends this to setting up playlists using a range of criterea but it seems a bit too long winded to me.

So basically, yes it works and streams over a wireless network without a problem, but don't expect miracles.
#4
i'd rather pay a £10 more and get a DNS-320 from amazon
#6
dcx_badass
joshm
Don't think this is compatible with later versions of iTunes, so that puts me off. Can anyone report a +ve experience when using this as an (up-to-date) iTunes server?


Works ok for me, using d-link firmware v1.10 beta and the beta firefly. No playlists though, just a big list of songs, you could however set it up not using this and just point your music folder to it and it would appear as a local library and work as normal.

Also if you are using 4k sector drives (most current large capacity drives) then make sure you get the 1.10 beta and then format the drives, otherwise you'll have performance problems.

This device is too slow for me so I'm giving it away, but for the person I'm giving it to it will be fine.


Eeeekk - just got one of these - why is it too slow?
#7
Not so good - I have 2TB I was going to put on!!
#8
But like he said, once it's on there this would be fine for many/most people.

I'm tempted to get one of these to house the drives I've just taken out of my other NAS (recently upgraded to 4x2TB).
#9
dcx_badass
Took me 30 hours to put 650GB on. Annoyed me too much. That was using a gigabit connection. It's fine when the data is on and you're reading it, but I move a lot of data and it would annoy me too much.

I can confirm the above, it took me over 2 days to copy 1TB of data to the device over a gigabit network.
#10
Struggling with this a bit. Shows up on the easy find ok but the configure button is greyed out? Very frustrating.
#11
Does this support NZB clients? Or can you point me to one that does?
#12
dcx_badass
Just go straight to the IP Address in your browser.


Thanks tried that but no joy!?!

I have the Dlink unit plugged into a powerline ethernet switch - connected to a Netgear Rangemax wireless router - this in turn is connected to my sky modem (wifi disabled)

I get an IP Netmask and Gateway figures on the search utility but cant get into it - any help appreciated.

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Edit - I think its something to do with the Gateway - the search utility reports the gateway as 192.168.0.1 - but that is my sky modem NOT my Netgear router which is 192.168.1.1

Edited By: phatbhoy on Mar 25, 2011 21:59: Gateway
#13
dcx_badass
The gateway is irrelevant, you want to connect to the IP of your NAS, try connect it direct to your router and look in the router what the NAS IP is.


Thanks - I have removed the extra router - just gone back to using the sky one and it is found no problem. Any links for the 1.10 beta firmware?
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Bought one of these a couple of weeks ago with x 2 2TB Samsung f4 drives (don't forget to update the hard disk firmware!)

I've been using the ALT-F open source replacement firmware which you can load 'over' the dlink firmware - without having to flash the ROM - ie no risk of bricking your new NAS. you can flash it later if you like.

It looks quiet nice and has loads of extra features over the standard install.

http://sites.google.com/site/altfirmware/

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