D-Link DNS-320 2-bay SATA NAS - Gigabit - 2x 3TB HDDs supported - Media & Print Server - DLNA - Torrent : TCB 3.63% @ Expansys £56.99 delivered
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D-Link DNS-320 2-bay SATA NAS - Gigabit - 2x 3TB HDDs supported - Media & Print Server - DLNA - Torrent : TCB 3.63% @ Expansys £56.99 delivered

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Found 25th Oct 2011
Good starter NAS and competitively priced. Top Cash Back is 3.63% on price less of VAT.

£55.34 after cash back.

2-bay Network Attached Storage for 3.5” SATA drives
Gigabit connectivity for fast transmission speeds
User/group quotas for security and confidentiality
UPnP Media Server to stream media content to compatible media players
Web file server for easy access to your over the Internet
Built-in BitTorrent client to download directly from the Internet without a PC
Touch-button for one-step backup of USB memory sticks
Print Server to share a printer with other users in the network
RAID 1 technology to automatically mirror the contents of one of its hard drives to the other
FarStone Backup software included free
D-Link Green™: energy-saving design
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I have one of these and have been really happy with it, just upgraded to a hp microserver though.
dga

As we well know, for £120 after cash back the HP MicroServer is in a … As we well know, for £120 after cash back the HP MicroServer is in a league of it's own. On another note, I think this NASs quiescent power consumtion is around 15W.



The dlink did everything I wanted, only had the hp as I fancied having a play with one. The dlink is so simple and worked spot on.
800Mhz Arm9 + 128MB RAM, this could be a replacement/alternative for the Stora?
wiki.dns323.info/dns…320

network performance looks similar from what i can see, around 20-25MBps ?
probably no jumbo frame support. very similar at first look to the Stora, maybe easier to configure.


Edited by: "Smiff" 25th Oct 2011
I have one of these, haven't really had alot of play with it, set it up and even set up access remotely through a dns host. just noticed yesterday that its stopped linking to the files. so not sure what has happened, my link brings me to my router, when i change ip address for it it then brings me to the nas user interface, so heads a little lost which ip address i used the first time, any one have any ideas. also i find mine takes ages to upload to. tryin to get all my data moved over to it for new wifi bluray system going in. i have 2x2tb in this.
for a complete novice, how does this compare to the out-of-the-box NAS drives such as Buffalo or Western Digital My World? Obviously they already have HDD included but what other differences?
Main usage would be BitTorrent/Newsgroups to share certain large files
Got one of these 6 months ago. Very very easy set up (does reformat the HDDs when installed, so make sure your data is backed up).

Struggled with DNLA but uses file shares without any issues.

Hangs occassionally (which is probably due to my wife always turning it off!) , but for for 95% of the time it works, and I can stream 720 and 1080 around my house.

Finally, it's not bad looking and reasonably quiet - i did have it in my lounge, and it's slightly louder than my Sky HD box.

This replaced my Stora (thank God), and utilised 2 spare drives.

On the negative, DLink support was no existent.
Got one of these about 6 months ago, set up Raid with 2 x2tb.
Voted Hot, Good bit of kit,
anyone know the maximum hard drive size this NAS can support?
I think these are great, dlna is fine with my lg bd player but struggles with my sony bds370( you need to refresh the drives media server bit to get it to see new stuff)

This works better on the newer firmware, also torrenting is great due to the low power usage
Still rockin with my trusty stora.
Although this is another great priced nas with a few extra features buit in X)
Can the built in torrent downloading be scheduled? Ie download only at night?
after latest firmware is a breeze, pc's and xbox 360 see it via dlna no problems and get over 20MBs on average across the LAN and streams nicely over 54G wifi to second xbox 360 in different room. Not using raid though have a 2TB drive for storage and a second 1TB drive for backing up the primary drive to (as only got about 500GB of data on it at moment.)
gavjbrown
I have one of these and have been really happy with it, just upgraded to a hp microserver though.


Seeing as you've got a microserver will you be selling this one
fort

Can the built in torrent downloading be scheduled? Ie download only at … Can the built in torrent downloading be scheduled? Ie download only at night?



Yes loads of settings to schedule times, speed, how long it seeds etc

I have this NAS, it's easily hacked with Fonz plug for lots of extras
Smithy_83

anyone know the maximum hard drive size this NAS can support?



I had 2 x 2tb in mine. Not sure if you can go larger or not.
anyone know the maximum hard drive size this NAS can support?
how does this compare to the zyxel nsa-221, which is a similar price on dabs?
Can you add a usenet client (preferably SABnzbd) with this? Not got myself a NAs as yet but having the PC on is a drain on electricity so this plus another ATV2 running XBMC would be preferable, but usenet is a must.
Is this the same as the dns-323..sort of? Does the print server work well with multi function printer/scanner copiers. I know my dns-323 doesn't work with my Canon mp550.
The way hard drive prices will be for the next 6 months, you probably won't be able to afford any drives to put in this!
would this be advised to simply store movies on ?

i have hard drives all over the place and i just want them stored etc in on place on a network

(i know someone will say buy a bigger HD! haha)
FoxForce5

Can you add a usenet client (preferably SABnzbd) with this? Not got … Can you add a usenet client (preferably SABnzbd) with this? Not got myself a NAs as yet but having the PC on is a drain on electricity so this plus another ATV2 running XBMC would be preferable, but usenet is a must.



Sabnzbd doesn't run very well but nzbget does. Its a bit of a pain to get going if you dont really know what youre doing, like me. I got it running with exception of the web interface. That's the main reason I went for the hp microserver, but costs quite a bit more.
Can you plug an external USB harddrive into this as storage? I recently bought the 2tb WD from Dixons that was on deal here.
You can connect a USB had but it is painfully slow!
BigDonut

how does this compare to the zyxel nsa-221, which is a similar price on … how does this compare to the zyxel nsa-221, which is a similar price on dabs?



I'd be interested to know this too!

A 1.2ghz Kirkwood will do 72Mbytes/sec SMB read 39Mbytes/Sec SMB write
assuming a correctly configured network and setup nas!!

A 600mhz Kirkwood will do 36Mbytes

dga

I've had a lot of experience with the Marvell Kirkwood 88F6281 SoC and it … I've had a lot of experience with the Marvell Kirkwood 88F6281 SoC and it will do +40MBytes/sec over gigabit ethernet when clocked at 1.2GHz using NFS/SATA. I have no doubts that even when clocked at 800MHz you should expect 25MBytes/sec assuming a correctly configured network.



Edited by: "Shonk" 26th Oct 2011
@Shonk
not without jumbo frames, surely?
anyone tried changing the MTU on this or doing real world tests?
Edited by: "Smiff" 26th Oct 2011
yorkie

I'd be interested to know this too!




this link has some tech information about nsa-221 fatwallet.com/for…02/
NSA221 is built with 370MHz Oxford 810DSE CPU,256MB DDRII SDRAM and 4MB NOR flash
128MB NAND flash controlle

DNS 320
CPU 800 MHz Marvell 88F6281 (Kirkwood)
RAM 128 MB
USB 1 USB2.0 Port (front)
LAN Marvell 88E1118R-NNC1
Cooling Speed controlled 40mm fan ? (verifying)
Kernel 2.6.22.18 ?
Samba 3.2.8 ?
C library gcc-4.2-glibc-2.5?


so in theory DNS 320 should be powerful than nsa221.....

gavjbrown

Sabnzbd doesn't run very well but nzbget does. Its a bit of a pain to get … Sabnzbd doesn't run very well but nzbget does. Its a bit of a pain to get going if you dont really know what youre doing, like me. I got it running with exception of the web interface. That's the main reason I went for the hp microserver, but costs quite a bit more.



Yeah unrar can take some time if you dont pause other downloads due to the cpu and lack of RAM but must cost 10x less running this than a tower
gavjbrown

Sabnzbd doesn't run very well but nzbget does. Its a bit of a pain to get … Sabnzbd doesn't run very well but nzbget does. Its a bit of a pain to get going if you dont really know what youre doing, like me. I got it running with exception of the web interface. That's the main reason I went for the hp microserver, but costs quite a bit more.



I've had this for a while now, using Fonz hack
I've got NZBGet with web interface working no Probs. Also got SickBeard and CouchPotato working faultlessly, although I don't use them as often as I thought I would.

It's great, cos I can manage my downloads from work without actually downloading anything to the work servers.

Would highly recommend upgrading to the newest firmware. It's a vast improvement on what came out of the box for me, although that was quite a few months ago.

XBMC on a nettop / laptop picks up folder shares really well (i stay away from dlna as I find it very limiting).
Smithy_83

anyone know the maximum hard drive size this NAS can support?



dont know why they are saying 3 tb, i have 2x2tb = 4tb in this drive set up as raid 0
I'm thinking about getting one as I use my Xbox/ps3 to stream files from my computer on to my TV. I don't understand how the torrent interface works? Do you do a remote desktop connection from a PC/Laptop to that IP and you get access to some sort of UI?

Cheers!
Can I used this to set up time machine on mac OS?

Without jumbo frames

Take a look at the images of my tweaked firmware for buffalo's before and after 1.2ghz and 600mhz nas's
forum.buffalo.nas-central.org/vie…603


Smiff

@Shonknot without jumbo frames, surely?anyone tried changing the MTU on … @Shonknot without jumbo frames, surely?anyone tried changing the MTU on this or doing real world tests?




Edited by: "Shonk" 26th Oct 2011
Good price and nice NAS! It's a shame hard drive prices rocketed recently due to the Thai flood....

I like them as well i have 7

1x1.6ghz 256meg VL
1x1.2ghz 256meg XHL
2x600mhz 64meg CHLv2
1x533mhz 128meg DHGL
2x400mhz 128meg DHGL

And im tossing a coin on one of these hehe

dga

Impressive, I am a fan of this Marvel SoC for a budget NAS. our lab has 5 … Impressive, I am a fan of this Marvel SoC for a budget NAS. our lab has 5 of them doing various tasks on telemetry outstations.



Edited by: "Shonk" 26th Oct 2011
Does this let you run two drives completely separately ?

Friend of mine bought a NAS that cost 3 times as much as this and it would only offer raid 1 or 0 which is pretty lame IMO. Either lose half the available capacity or have no redundancy.
dga

As we well know, for £120 after cash back the HP MicroServer is in a … As we well know, for £120 after cash back the HP MicroServer is in a league of it's own. On another note, I think this NASs quiescent power consumtion is around 15W.



I agree the HP Micro server is in a league of its own, have just got one. However to get a simplified server you need to get WHS11, and additional ram which takes the cost up to about £190 and that does not include the hard drives. This is a hot deal for those who want to try a NAS home server, inexpensive and simple to use.
I also have one of these and it's brilliant. The BitTorrent client is very good, it's good for streaming to 360/PS3/TV/BD player and has always been reliable for me. For this price I'd definitely recommend it!

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Edited by: "philreid" 26th Oct 2011
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