D-Link DNS-320 2-bay SATA NAS - Gigabit - 2x 3TB HDDs supported - Media & Print Server - DLNA - Torrent £59.98@Amazon
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D-Link DNS-320 2-bay SATA NAS - Gigabit - 2x 3TB HDDs supported - Media & Print Server - DLNA - Torrent £59.98@Amazon

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Found 10th Nov 2011
Cheapest right now for 2x 3TB HDDs supported NAS if you missed the £56.99 deal from expansys

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Original Poster

More info about the drive on the previous post

a6unx

More info about the drive on the previous post


Never had one of these, am I right in thinking this would stream my media over wifi (when plugged into my router) and could it supply my PS3 without conversion of video files?

Thanks.

loopie

Never had one of these, am I right in thinking this would stream my media … Never had one of these, am I right in thinking this would stream my media over wifi (when plugged into my router) and could it supply my PS3 without conversion of video files?Thanks.



yup just enable dlna on it, and video format that the ps3 support i.e. xvid

Original Poster

Stream Digital Media Content with the built-in Media Server

The built-in UPnP media server will stream the media content on your ShareCenterTM Pulse to any compatible media player -such as the PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, and D-Link Boxee Box- over your local network. The ShareCenterTM Pulse allows for multiple simultaneous streams, so you can watch a movie on your entertainment centre while someone else listens to music streamed over their computer.

all you need are a pair of hard drives for it.... which are currently about as expensive as crude oil..!!!

Can anybody know of a good deal on 2TB drives to go with this?

anyone know if streaming works well when pausing, rewinding, fast forwarding (or does it have to restart from the start of the video) - looking at something like this to feed my archos.

Not sure wether to go for this or a 2nd microserver for a backup device

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beastman

anyone know if streaming works well when pausing, rewinding, fast … anyone know if streaming works well when pausing, rewinding, fast forwarding (or does it have to restart from the start of the video) - looking at something like this to feed my archos.


I stream the .mkv files onto my Apple Tv2 with no lags. (pausing, rewinding, fast forwarding)

Correrction, maximum storage 4TB it says on details.
Edited by: "floss313" 10th Nov 2011

CrazyBob

Not sure wether to go for this or a 2nd microserver for a backup device



microserver ( you can mount 5 drives), you can do much more, but cost more.

floss313

Correrction, maximum storage 4TB it says on details.


Take into consideration when they wrote up the specs it's likely there were no 3TB drives, they just simply state the largest available drive at that time.
And they rarely go back and update their specs/compatability lists.
Edited by: "jukkie" 10th Nov 2011

LegendPixel

yup just enable dlna on it, and video format that the ps3 support i.e. … yup just enable dlna on it, and video format that the ps3 support i.e. xvid



Same idea for an XBox 360 I take it?

I'm interested in giving a NAS drive a go so is this is a good deal or is there anything else better at this price point?
Edited by: "phillai" 10th Nov 2011


RichArab

Same idea for an XBox 360 I take it?




Xbox 360 isnt DNLA compatible the last time i checked

jukkie

Take into consideration when they wrote up the specs it's likely there … Take into consideration when they wrote up the specs it's likely there were no 3TB drives, they just simply state the largest available drive at that time.And they rarely go back and update their specs/compatability lists.



Oh... Thanks for the update.

Can this be plugged into the xbox 360 via usb to play movies and still be accessible on the network to transfer over more media for playback.

daffyduck42

Can this be plugged into the xbox 360 via usb to play movies and still be … Can this be plugged into the xbox 360 via usb to play movies and still be accessible on the network to transfer over more media for playback.



No - your 360 would not be able to see it as a USB drive.

You'd need to connect it to your 360 using an Ethernet cable and a hub or switch. I have one of these, plugged directly into my router via ethernet, along with the 360 which is plugged into another port.

A good price for a good device. Heat

Is this going to be any more reliable than my readyNAS duo which drops off the network whenever it feels like it?
What format are the drives in, can the drives be read by a PC if the NAS fails, unlike the ReadyNAS?

What benefit does this give over just having two additional drives connected via SATA inside your PC, Or if you don't have internal space, external drives connected by USB ?

Is it just having one overall volume?

Sphere

What benefit does this give over just having two additional drives … What benefit does this give over just having two additional drives connected via SATA inside your PC, Or if you don't have internal space, external drives connected by USB ?Is it just having one overall volume?



It is on all the time, accessible over the entire network, uses very little power and can be used by multiple users at once.

I have a synology so a bit different but can be accessed remotely aswell, which does come in handy.

How does this compare with my readynas duo? For some reason the bittorrent client on it no longer works and I am thinking of just replacing it. (also what might I be able to sell a readynas duo for? and where :S)

Ive had one of these for about 4 months now. Good piece of kit but the UPNP player is a bit crap. I stuck Twonky media server onto mine and it works great streaming to my Viera TV, Xbox and PS3. It will not convert .mkv files on the fly so you will need somthing like PS3 Media server to do this.

Will you buy this or go for a Synology DS211 or similar? Actually, even a 1-bay NAS will do it for me, but, can anyone tell if the D-Link got a similar software/capabilities/support as the Synology DSM system? Thanks

Edit: what about the torrent client? Can you use rtorrent with rss?
Edited by: "Lert" 10th Nov 2011

I've got this to stream to my PS3 and Xbox - it's very good, although sometimes it does stutter.

Original Poster

you will need a plugin like Fonz fun to do this

Lert

Will you buy this or go for a Synology DS211 or similar? Actually, even a … Will you buy this or go for a Synology DS211 or similar? Actually, even a 1-bay NAS will do it for me, but, can anyone tell if the D-Link got a similar software/capabilities/support as the Synology DSM system? ThanksEdit: what about the torrent client? Can you use rtorrent with rss?


loopie

Never had one of these, am I right in thinking this would stream my media … Never had one of these, am I right in thinking this would stream my media over wifi (when plugged into my router) and could it supply my PS3 without conversion of video files?Thanks.


Yes, although you might want to give your PS3 a wired connection for streaming, especially for HD content. The PS3 will play any video files from a media server that it could from any other type of drive.

beastman

anyone know if streaming works well when pausing, rewinding, fast … anyone know if streaming works well when pausing, rewinding, fast forwarding (or does it have to restart from the start of the video) - looking at something like this to feed my archos.


Depends on your player and the file types. With my media server, I find that with DivX/XviD the PS3 and Xbox 360 work fine, and can fast forward and rewind through the video files as though you were using a DVD. However, my TV can also play video files directly from a media server, but the controls on it are awful and make navigating a video file very awkward. But when watching HD content, even the PS3 and Xbox 360 become difficult to use - often taking ages to catch up when fast forwarding or rewinding, or just freezing altogether.

sherr03

Ive had one of these for about 4 months now. Good piece of kit but the … Ive had one of these for about 4 months now. Good piece of kit but the UPNP player is a bit crap. I stuck Twonky media server onto mine and it works great streaming to my Viera TV, Xbox and PS3. It will not convert .mkv files on the fly so you will need somthing like PS3 Media server to do this.


I've got Twonky on my NAS drive - it's a brilliant media server, well worth the £10 license fee (which allowed me to upgrade from 4 to 5 as well). I also use it on my Xbox 360, PS3 and TV. For .mkv files, simply run them through mkv2vob to quickly turn them into .mpgs, which the PS3 will play, although my Samsung TV has native support for .mkv files.

Hi,

I have a couple of questions about this device as well, does it need two hard drives installed to make it work, would it be ok with just 1 in?

And how do you get the stuff onto to it in the first place? Is via a shared folder on network?

Thanks

does any one know if there is space to have the IDE to SATA converters? I have a few 3.5 IDE drives I'd like to use but not sure if there space for the converter.

Thanks in advance

Original Poster

You can make it work with just 1.
You can either transfer files over the n/w or connect it thru the USB port with the latest firmware.

a7mag3ddon

Hi,I have a couple of questions about this device as well, does it need … Hi,I have a couple of questions about this device as well, does it need two hard drives installed to make it work, would it be ok with just 1 in?And how do you get the stuff onto to it in the first place? Is via a shared folder on network?Thanks


Got one of these also hooked up to a router. Got a 1tb drive for all my music and another 1tb for films/TV. Works great with my XBOX and Blu-Ray player.

Original Poster

it only has enough space to fit the 3.5" SATA drives.

jitandrap

does any one know if there is space to have the IDE to SATA converters? I … does any one know if there is space to have the IDE to SATA converters? I have a few 3.5 IDE drives I'd like to use but not sure if there space for the converter.Thanks in advance



Edited by: "a6unx" 10th Nov 2011

daffyduck42

Can this be plugged into the xbox 360 via usb to play movies and still be … Can this be plugged into the xbox 360 via usb to play movies and still be accessible on the network to transfer over more media for playback.



Have a look at the tp-link tl-wr1043nd router..... It has a usb port and can allow ftp access, network the drive and run as a media server with dlna support.....

Just bought one but will take a few days for me to set it up.....
Bought two actually, as one of them I will use to connect my xbox and tv as an access point, which will connect to the 1st router..... one upstairs and one downstairs.....
Edited by: "twe" 10th Nov 2011

is it possible to install the squeezeserver to stream content to my squeezebox boom? anyone tried it?

never have lag the only thing that happens is if you add files to the box whilst streaming the stream will stop. this may be a setting i have wrong though, but its very good. I haven't but it can be "funned"

I have had one of these for a year now, and it is a bargain (I paid about £56 for it back then, same model).

When I streamed music over wifi to my Phillips Streamium, it refused to play files with names over 16 characters long. This was not happening on my PC though, and also not from my PC - Streamium. So seems there was a bug with it. However, D-Link released Version 2.0 firmware which fixed this. So when you set this up, check in the corner of the admin panel that you have the latest firmware to sort this issue out if you get it (can download on dlink site).

I have never used the torrent feature, so cannot give any info on that.

The FTP Server is excellent, and dlink offer a DDNS server so you can point yourname.dlinkddns.com (or something like this) to your IP.

The file structure (I wish the FTP was for all files on the HDD, and not just the sub-directory for the FTP files) and interface for the FTP section has much to be desired, but does the job none-the-less.

If you want a NAS and don't want to spend £80+ for one with all these features (such as the Buffalo one) then this is a very good option.

NOTE: You CANNOT plug this in to a Xbox/PS3 or any other host machine, a NAS is a host itself, you cannot plug two hosts together via USB. You can access it over the network from your xbox/ps3 though, not via usb. The USB sockets on the NAS are 'inputs' only, so you can have 2x3TB HDD, and then plug a 2TB external HDD (or larger if you have it) into it via USB to get 8GB total, all accessible over the network.
Edited by: "lileddie" 10th Nov 2011

2poor4this

Is this going to be any more reliable than my readyNAS duo which drops … Is this going to be any more reliable than my readyNAS duo which drops off the network whenever it feels like it?What format are the drives in, can the drives be read by a PC if the NAS fails, unlike the ReadyNAS?



It won't be readable by a PC, like most NAS drives, they are formatted with specific software to run when booted so the FTP, BitTorrent and interfaces all work on the network. If you plug it into a PC it will need formatting again before it is PC-usable.

a6unx

I stream the .mkv files onto my Apple Tv2 with no lags. (pausing, … I stream the .mkv files onto my Apple Tv2 with no lags. (pausing, rewinding, fast forwarding)



What app/hack do you use for that on your Apple TV2?
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