D-Link DNS-320L Walk-through

D-Link DNS-320L is one of the entry level of Network Attach Storage (NAS). The standard retail price for product was estimated around RM 450.00.

According to D-Link‘s Official website, DNS-320L able to support two hard-drive (3.5″) at a time. The manufacturer claims that, DNS-320L able to support varies capacity according to the capacity of the hard-drive.

Disclaimer of overall walk-through, I test the NAS before the switch back to factory settings to show the users of how it would look alike as a novice user.

#1 Unboxing of D-Link DNS 320L

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Image 1: The D-Link DNS 320L in a box.

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Image 2: The item were well packed. Kudoss D-Link for the simplicity there.

At first glance, the product was expected to be big, but it turns out to be a cute NAS from D-Link.

#2 Specifications

These are the highlighted specifications of the NAS:

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Image 3: D-Link’s DNS 320L. I must say, the product is cute due to its small size.

  • 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet port
  • 1 x 2.0 USB port
  • Multiple Hard-Drive Settings (Standard, JBOD, Raid 0 and Raid 1), also included RAID migration from Non-RAID to RAID 1
  • Supports Remote File Sharing (Web file server, FTP server, WebDAV, Mobile device access and mydlink portal access)
  • File Sharing (Max. User accounts: 256 users, Max. Group accounts: 32 groups, Max. shared folders: 128 folders, Max. concurrent Samba connections: 64 connections and
    Max. concurrent FTP connections: 10 connections)
  • Smart fan control, auto power recovery, smart fan control, D-Link Green Ethernet and  Supports connection to a UPS (via USB).
  • Download Managements (HTTP/FTP scheduled downloads and Peer to peer (P2P) downloader)

#3 Set-up Process (Hardware)

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Image 4: SATA’s Connector and Power Connector visible to the naked eyes.

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Image 5: An 1 TB Hard-Drive from Toshiba. Only 1 hard-drives used at a time due to budget contraints.

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Image 6: The red clip serves as a rubber to pull out the stacked hard-drive.

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Image 7: The hardware setup finishes and waiting to be powered on.

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Image 8: The NAS were ready to serve me.

#4 Set-up Process (Software)

The process of setting up the NAS is easy. Here is the screenshot’s of the setup process.

Disclaimer:

  • The image does not belongs to me.
  • Only CRUCIAL steps were shown here.  
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Step 1: The step begins with naming your NAS.

 

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Step 2: Setting up your LAN for NAS. I would advise to choose DHCP Client option.

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Optional Setup: Your E-mail settings.

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Step 3: Your hard-drive will be detected here.

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Step 4: A message were shown to remind that all the data in the disks will be formatted.

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Step 5: A “Success” message will be shown and the next step can be proceeded to finish the setup.

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Step 6: Completing the setup.

#5 Features (Web Interface)

Disclaimer: 

  • Only some important features of the NAS is highlighted. 
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Image 9: Login Interface

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Image 10: The welcome page.

Pros:

  • Real-time graph CPU load and RAM usage
  • Remaining hard drive space
  • KISS (Keep it Simple, Smart)

Cons:

  • Too many spaces available. There are only 3 menus to be selected, hence, the developer can arrange the 3 menus side ways to be navigated easily.
  • Laggy interface response.
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Image 11: You can access the folders containing movies, images and musics.

Pros:

  • You can download a single file at a time.
  • Easy to access to the folders.

Cons:

  • Laggy sometimes unresponsive.
  • Inappropriate icon used. For novice users, the icons at the top right may confuse them on how to go back to previous folders and so on. The color selection of the icon is not welcomed.
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Image 12: P2P Downloads.

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Image 13: Settings for P2P download

Pros:

  • Able to paste the links of the torrent and download
  • Able to import the torrent file from the computer
  • Third party P2P downloader such as qBittorrent and Utorrent not needed.

Cons:

  • The start up process to download the torrent quite slow, but overall the performance is average.
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Image 14: One of the features most welcome by the users. GDrive linked account

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Image 15: Hard Drive Configuration.

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Image 16: S.M.A.R.T Test.

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Image 17: Hard-drive scan

Pros:

  • Free
  • 90% accurate result when scanning the hard-drive
  • No third party application needed to do the S.M.A.R.T Test.

Cons:

  • Taking some time (slow) to complete the scans.
  • Again, too much of blank space available.
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Image 18: Create a new user(s) / group(s)

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Image 19: Quota Settings

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Image 20: Sharing the network among the user(s) & group(s)

Pros:

  • Simple and understandable.
  • Easy to setup.
  • Quota settings is a major plus point here.

Cons:

  • The buttons were less responsive
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Image 21: LAN Settings of the NAS

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Image 22: Dynamic DNS settings

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Image 23: Port Forwarding

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Image 24: SSH

Pros:

  • Duplex settings
  • Supports port forwarding

Cons:

  • Laggy
  • Un-responsive button when specific task is created or cancelled.
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Image 25: FTP server

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Image 26: AFP Service

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Image 27: NFS Service

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Image 28: Multimedia Service

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Image 29: Power Management

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Image 30: USB Devices

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Image 31: Hard Drive status

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Images 32: Currently running services

#6 Writing Speed

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Images 33: The writing speed (@ 100Mbps/s)

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Images 34: Downloading speed directly to the NAS.

#Final Verdict

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Image 35: The description of the product

Simply the best NAS in the market and for an entry level of NAS like this, it is a great deal to begin with.


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