Wil here again, with a cool networking product I want to recommend. We all know one can never have too much storage space for their data â€“ and now that I have a 13 Mbps Internet connection, my storage is running out FAST and I donâ€™t have the time nor patience to backup my data on DVDs. So the other day I got myself a D-Link DNS-323 NAS Device. NAS stands for Network Attached Storage if you like to type a lot.
This thing is great! It features 2 SATA Drive Bays and can be configured as JBOD, RAID 0 and RAID 1 device. For my purposes, I slapped two 1TB Hitachi Drives in and Set it up for RAID 1 storage (1 Terabyte of total storage space available).
Feature Rich and Function Pefect
This device is small and you can put it anywhere. Itâ€™s feature-packed and does a LOT for
The price. Here are some of the awesome features. Remember, These are tools that you will not find in other NAS boxes in this price range:
- EXT 2 File System (Linux Based just like the new MAC computers)
- Built-in DHCP Server
- Built-in FTP Server
- Built-in iTunes Server
- UPNP AV Server (for Network Media Players)
- Download / Backup Scheduling over FTP, HTTP or TCPIP Protocol
Setup Made Simple
And this thing couldnâ€™t be any easier to set up:
Step 1 â€“ Put the Drives in
Step 2 â€“ Select your Config Mode (RAID 1, RAID 0, JBOD)
Step 3 â€“ Format your Volume
Step 4 â€“ Youâ€™re done
Now the DNS-323 shows up along with the other devices on your network. D-Link also includes Wizard software with the DNS-323, but Iâ€™m Old School and prefer setting the whole thing up manually.
I know some of you iTunes and MP3 Freaks out there are asking: â€œHow do I set up the iTunes Server?â€ â€“ Again SUPER EASY:
1 – Copy any media file to the device
2 – The DNS-323 will simply show up in iTunes right below your library.
3 – Now you can share you music through iTunes with anyone connected to the network.
My Master Plan is to get 10 or 12 of these and set up a Poor Manâ€™s SAN and manage it through a Linux Box. But thatâ€™s for another dayâ€¦.