The new D-Link 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure (DNS-323) is the first of its kind on the market to incorporate a full complement of next-generation technology, including a fast Gigabit Ethernet connection, support for two internal 3.5-inch SATA hard drives, a built-in FTP server for accessing files from the Internet, built-in UPnP audio visual (UPnP AV) media server for streaming digital content to compatible media players such as the D-Link MediaLounge family of products, and RAID 1 technology for backing up and mirroring important files.
“This Network Storage Enclosure represents the next-generation of storage performance and protection, offering an extremely powerful and flexible solution for storing and sharing digital media across the home or office network or across the Internet,” said AJ Wang, chief technology officer of D-Link. “It addresses the growing market need to store an ever-increasing amount of data in the home or business, while offering built-in protection to keep valuable data, photos, videos and other important files intact.”
When used with the internal SATA drives, the DNS-323 enables the user to share documents, files, and digital media such as music, photos, and video with everyone on the home or office network. Data transfers to and from the device are secured by only giving rights to specific users or groups. When configuring the DNS-323, the user has the ability to create users and groups and assign them to folders with either read or read/write permissions. These features are ideal for a small office environment with employee-specific sensitive data or for the home to ensure children will only have access to age appropriate material.
“Many tech savvy home network users and small business owners demand storage capacity flexibility in the products they buy. Storage enclosures offer that option,” said Joyce Putscher, principal analyst for residential connectivity at In-Stat. “As mobility increases, a storage customer’s desire to access their content while away from their home or business also increases, making remote access important as well. This enclosure addresses these and many other needs in the network storage market.”
Key Features and Benefits
- Stream Digital Media Content — Users can back up music, photo and video collections to the DNS-323 for safekeeping, then use the built-in UPnP AV media server to stream digital content to compatible media players (such as those found in D-Link’s MediaLounge(TM) product line.) This feature is highly convenient because it can perform this function while the computer is turned off.
- Protection and Flexibility — The availability of four different hard drive modes (Standard, JBOD, RAID 0, RAID1) allows the user to choose the configuration best suited to his or her needs. Standard mode creates two separately accessible hard drives, while JBOD combines both drives in linear fashion for maximum space efficiency. RAID 0 combines both drives in a ‘striped’ configuration, which provides the highest performance, enabling speeds up to 23MBps-Read and 15MBps-Write when using a Gigabit Ethernet connection. RAID 1 causes the drives to mirror each other, providing maximum protection. If one drive fails while configured as RAID 1, the unaffected drive continues to function as a single drive until the failed drive is replaced. The new drive will then be re-mirrored, allowing the DNS-323 to return to its full protection.
- Robust Software — The included CD contains D-Link’s Easy Search Utility, allowing users to easily locate the DNS-323 anywhere on the network. Once located, this utility can be used to map the hard drive(s) so they will appear in My Computer on the PC. Backup software is also included on the CD to facilitate back up of valuable files from a computer to the DNS-323 manually, by a schedule, or in real-time. Real-time backups provide a method of safeguarding against unfortunate accidents that may result in the loss of precious files.
Price and Availability
The D-Link 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure (DNS-323) is available through D-Link’s wide network of retail, catalog, online and value-added reseller (VAR) outlets, and at the company’s online store, www.dlinkshop.com. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is $229.99.
D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for small, medium and large enterprise business networking. The company continues to strive for excellence as an award winning designer, developer, and manufacturer of networking, broadband, digital electronics, voice and data communications solutions for the digital home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Small to Medium Business (SMB), and Workgroup to Enterprise environments. With millions of networking and connectivity products manufactured and shipped, D-Link is a dominant market participant and price/performance leader in the networking and communications market. D-Link U.S.A., Canadian, and Mexico headquarters are located at 17595 Mt. Herrmann Street, Fountain Valley, CA, 92708. Phone (800) 326-1688 or (714) 885-6000; FAX (866) 743-4905; Internet www.dlink.com.
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