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 – and now that I have a 13 Mbps Internet connection, my storage is running out FAST and I don’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

Various UsesThis device is small and you can put it anywhere. It’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 couldn’t be any easier to set up:
Step 1 – Put the Drives in
Step 2 – Select your Config Mode (RAID 1, RAID 0, JBOD)
Step 3 – Format your Volume
Step 4 – You’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 I’m Old School and prefer setting the whole thing up manually.

I know some of you iTunes and MP3 Freaks out there are asking: “How do I set up the iTunes Server?” – 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 Man’s SAN and manage it through a Linux Box. But that’s for another day….

Check out the Emulator for the DNS-323 at D-Link and give it a try… you’ll love it!

Related Links: D-Links DNS-323 2-Bay Network Attached Storage (NAS) Enclosure