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The D-Link DNS-323 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure enables users at home or in the office to share documents such as music, photos and videos across the network and on the Internet, so family members, friends, or employees can gain access to them. In the office, this enclosure also provides a central network point to back up valuable files and protect them from drive failure by using the built-in RAID 1 mirroring technology. At home, this device can be used to stream music, photos and videos to UPnP AV compatible network media players.

Opened a new thread for this as a) the original Dabs thread was expired, resubmitted at a higher price, and they have no stock at present; b) this is also cheaper than the BT Shop deal.

Free shipping for those prepared to wait for up to 5 working days, although the last one I ordered only took 3.

Over 180 available at the time of posting. The last batch sold out quite quickly so probably wouldn't wait too long if you were considering purchasing.
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#1
This again! :D hot and apparently firmware fixes alot
2 Likes #2
I thought it was a toaster!
#3
cath1510
I thought it was a toaster!


It's actually more useful when used as a toaster.
#4
LOL!
#5
mr.potato_head
cath1510
I thought it was a toaster!


It's actually more useful when used as a toaster.


I have one. It's an excellent unit.

Edited By: credington on Feb 25, 2011 00:21
3 Likes #6
credington
mr.potato_head
cath1510
I thought it was a toaster!


It's actually more useful when used as a toaster.


I have one. It's an excellent unit.


Can I share toast across my entire network?
#7
Sorry I was only referring to the picture
#8
I have been looking into these, and it appears the 328 is the newer better one to go for - anyone with any experience on these? (think its refered to as the sharecentre)
#9
If you've got enough bread
suspended#10
Ta, cancelled my dabs order as it's oos and to save a Guyver.
#11
K1LLER HORNET
credington
mr.potato_head
cath1510
I thought it was a toaster!


It's actually more useful when used as a toaster.


I have one. It's an excellent unit.


Can I share toast across my entire network?


You can, but you might suffer some crumb loss!
2 Likes #12
BTW These are fantastic units for the price, check http://forum.dsmg600.info/viewforum.php?id=6 for the alt-f1 firmware that adds ext4 support and other nice features, including a package manager for installing packages and services such as samba/nfs/torrent clients/etc

Have got mine set up and running mini dlna and able to watch 1080p movies on my Samsung tv, 3d bluray player and on acer revo using a samba share!
#13
Is these system worth replacing my current Intel Atom (330) Ubuntu Server with 2GB RAM?
Running Sabnzbd, Transmission and samba share.

Can you install Sabnzbd easy on these (Simple as sudo apt-get install sabnzbdplus)


Edited By: nerner on Feb 25, 2011 00:36
#14
nerner
Are these system worth replacing my current Atom Ubuntu Server with 2GB RAM?
Running Sabnzbd, Transmission and samba share.

Can you install Sabnzbd easy on these (Simple as sudo apt-get install sabnzbdplus)


Stick with your server.
You can do all those things but you need to install funplug first.
i have the DNS-320 sharecentre (the newest offering) and the workings are similar.
Got it running Transmission remotely which is neat :P

So no not as simple as a quick sudo. but still pretty easy to do.
#15
Thanks heat added, cancelled my original order with dabs as still waiting on stock and saved the delivry here as in no rush. great stuff.

Now to work out how to use the thing when it arrives....
#16
Jetpac
nerner
Are these system worth replacing my current Atom Ubuntu Server with 2GB RAM?
Running Sabnzbd, Transmission and samba share.

Can you install Sabnzbd easy on these (Simple as sudo apt-get install sabnzbdplus)


Stick with your server.
You can do all those things but you need to install funplug first.
i have the DNS-320 sharecentre (the newest offering) and the workings are similar.
Got it running Transmission remotely which is neat :P

So no not as simple as a quick sudo. but still pretty easy to do.


Performance wise they better? purpose built for the job?
My server will start to slow down trying to play 1080p video through TV and PC at same time.
#17
Just cancelled my order with BT Shop as their delivery date kept being put back and back.... And bought it here instead!
My 2x 2Tb drives ordered from Amazon at the same time as my BT order was placed arrived days ago!
#18
nerner
Performance wise they better? purpose built for the job?
My server will start to slow down trying to play 1080p video through TV and PC at same time.


Well they are purpose built for storage and its access.
faster? i couldn't tell you as i haven't tried it yet (need to get my HTPC sorted first)

My 320 is great, does its job very well. £50 for a 2 bay NAS is a bargain.
But a server should be better, more ram and a better CPU.
#19
Seandaytona
Thanks heat added, cancelled my original order with dabs as still waiting on stock and saved the delivry here as in no rush. great stuff.

Now to work out how to use the thing when it arrives....
Ditto :)
#20
wiill this work with my ps3 on a gigabit network? is it dnla?
1 Like #21
Is this slow? The advertised speed is 23 MB/s in RAID, and to be honest even my low power hard disk delivers 80 MB/s on its own. And can you run downloads on this machine without having a PC running?

Update: yep, that's what the reviews say. A decent NAS is a lot faster. So this may be cheap, but it is also substandard -> cold.

Edited By: MrPuddington on Feb 25, 2011 07:28
1 Like #22
Are you insane? Go away and find a faster, more powerful and flexible 2 bay Nas for anywhere near this price then, I can assure you it won't be happening.

By all means vote cold if you find it cheaper elsewhere but this is a widely-recognised half decent bit of kit at a hugely reduced price. I had to spent over 3 times this on a second hand qnap ts-219p to move up to the next level of Nas which tells it's own story. Hot deal.

MrPuddington
Is this slow? The advertised speed is 23 MB/s in RAID, and to be honest even my low power hard disk delivers 80 MB/s on its own. And can you run downloads on this machine without having a PC running?

Update: yep, that's what the reviews say. A decent NAS is a lot faster. So this may be cheap, but it is also substandard -> cold.
#23
K1LLER HORNET
credington
mr.potato_head
cath1510
I thought it was a toaster!


It's actually more useful when used as a toaster.


I have one. It's an excellent unit.


Can I share toast across my entire network?


Yes but you have to unplug it every time they want to borrow it.
#24
Does this allow two drives appear as one or is one a back up of the other?

Edit:just seen it can do both

Edited By: dsmuk on Feb 25, 2011 08:14
#25
Just to save the little pain I went through, these drives do not work with a FAT or NTFS files system. It's ext2 or ext3 (or ext4 with firmware upgrade). So don't spend many hours transferring data across to the drive going into the NAS whilst awaiting delivery.
#26
cassy34
Just to save the little pain I went through, these drives do not work with a FAT or NTFS files system. It's ext2 or ext3 (or ext4 with firmware upgrade). So don't spend many hours transferring data across to the drive going into the NAS whilst awaiting delivery.


that's good to know. so basically you can't just pull 2 drives from a pc, stick them in this and expect it to operate on a JBOD basis?
#27
I've been looking into getting a NAS drive for quite a while now and from what I can find out you really do get what you pay for. Depending on what you want to use it for this D-Link will no doubt do some sort of adequate enough job but a decent NAS drive with great features and speeds that won't leave you looking at your watch and drumming your fingers will be something like a Synology or a QNAP and will set you back about £200.

I'm looking to get this Synology DS211. Alternatively it could be worth building an Atom PC.

Edited By: RedOnRed on Feb 25, 2011 08:26
#28
uni
that's good to know. so basically you can't just pull 2 drives from a pc, stick them in this and expect it to operate on a JBOD basis?


I bought the DNS320 for my Revo and if this is anything like that then the drives need formatting by the NAS itself before it can make use of them.
#29
sikh_warrior
wiill this work with my ps3 on a gigabit network? is it dnla?


Yes and Yes. The only limitation, and this is a limitation on the PS3, is that you wont be able to steam HD mkv files, the PS3 doesn't support the container and DNS323 doesn't have a powerfull enough processor to transcode on the fly. Fine for all other formats though.
#30
jonathanmusto
sikh_warrior
wiill this work with my ps3 on a gigabit network? is it dnla?


Yes and Yes. The only limitation, and this is a limitation on the PS3, is that you wont be able to steam HD mkv files, the PS3 doesn't support the container and DNS323 doesn't have a powerfull enough processor to transcode on the fly. Fine for all other formats though.

Just use mkv2vob (Download here) to remux your x264 video and AC3 audio into the .m2ts container, or another which the PS3 supports, takes a matter of minutes. Works like a charm and you can stream everything :)


Edited By: ClubLife on Feb 25, 2011 08:48
#31
I currently run WampServer on a Windows 7 PC . . . it is easy enough to install Apache/PHP/MySQL on this and have this act as a webserver?
#32
Should have posted this myself, bought one last week, setup and working fine, but the second drive I ordered with it was faulty :-( ..... gone back to ebuyer for replacement. I have been looking into storage enclosures for about a year and this is the only deal that made me spend my penny's ..... very hot.
#33
jonathanmusto
sikh_warrior
wiill this work with my ps3 on a gigabit network? is it dnla?


Yes and Yes. The only limitation, and this is a limitation on the PS3, is that you wont be able to steam HD mkv files, the PS3 doesn't support the container and DNS323 doesn't have a powerfull enough processor to transcode on the fly. Fine for all other formats though.
People on other threads, for this same NAS, have reported using Twonky to transcode with no problems.
#34
ssouthall6
By all means vote cold if you find it cheaper elsewhere but this is a widely-recognised half decent bit of kit at a hugely reduced price.

It is not hugely reduced: the regular price was 120 dollars when it was new. 149 pounds is some imaginary value put there deliberately to make it look cheap.

And while it is cheap, it is also fundamentally flawed from the start. Yes, it may be useful in a specific situation, but the speed issue is brought up all over the internet. And with hard disks getting faster and files getting larger, I just don't think it is worth buying this as a NAS now.
#35
Thanks for this have been considering a NAS for a while now and for this money I can't afford not to buy it!
#36
Just ordered, had order in with DABS but they are still dragging their feet. My feet walked over to ebuyer!! No brainer!!
#37
Hey guys. Been looking for a NAS for general media backup and stuff. Just wondering: what's the power consumption and power management like? I'd like to keep it on all the time, but only if it spins the disks down when it's not being used. Does the fan kick up much?

Also, how loud is it when the fan isn't running?

Thanks!
#38
Here's a fully comprehensive review.

Dlink 323
#39
Dabs order cancelled, saved a fiver, heat added. Thanks.
#40
Heat added awesome find!
although its probably a bit more then £49.98 as on the ebuyer small print:

'Free Shipping Offer - Terms and Conditions

* Free Shipping only qualifies on orders with a total > £49.99 inc VAT'

but still a good deal even with the £6.99 shipping!

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