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Summary of Contents for D-Link DNS-323

  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Table of Contents Product Overview ............4 DHCP Server ........... 37 Package Contents ........... 4 LLTD ..............38 System Requirements ..........4 Tools ..............39 Introduction .............. 5 Admin ............... 39 Features ..............6 Time ..............40 Hardware Overview ..........
  • Page 3 Table of Contents Storing non-English Character Files ....... 74 Replacing or Adding a New Hard Drive ....76 D-Link DNS-33 User Manual...
  • Page 4: Product Overview

    CAT5 Ethernet Cable  Note: Using a power supply with a different voltage than the one included with the DNS-323 will cause damage and void the warranty for this product. If any of the above items are missing, please contact your reseller.
  • Page 5: Introduction

    Backup software is also included on the CD. This software allows you to backup your files from a computer to the DNS-323 manually, by a schedule, or in real-time. Real-time backups are a great way to safeguard against unfortunate accidents that may result in the loss of important files.
  • Page 6: Features

    Section 1 - Product Overview Features The DNS-323 is designed for easy installation and allows remote access to important data via your local network or the Internet. Two Hard Drive Bays for 3.5” SATA Hard Drives of Any Capacity ...
  • Page 7: Hardware Overview

    Drive Light Network Activity Light Power Button: Press once to power on the DNS-323. Press and hold the button until it begins to blink to power down the DNS- 323. Drive Lights: These lights will be solid BLUE when drives are connected but inactive. The lights will blink when the drives are being accessed, formatted or synchronized.
  • Page 8: Rear Panel (Connections)

    Use the levers to eject the hard drives. The front panel must be removed before ejecting the drives. Reset Button: A pinhole button located beside the Ethernet socket is used to reset the DNS-323 to the factory default settings. Note: After resetting the unit’s configuration you will still have access to the data on your hard drive(s).
  • Page 9: Installation

    This section provides unpacking and installation information for the DNS-323. Open the shipping carton for the DNS-323 and carefully unpack its contents. To install the DNS-323 on your local network, refer to the steps below: 1. Access the drive bays by sliding the faceplate up until it unlatches from the device.
  • Page 10 SATA connectors on the bottom edge inside the drive bay of the DNS-323. Gently push the drive in until it connects. When a drive is inserted properly, you will feel it “seat” into the connector. Some hard drives that are thin or oddly shaped may need to be guided carefully into position.
  • Page 11 Section  - Installation 5. Connect an Ethernet cable to the available Ethernet port. This cable should connect the DNS-323 to your local network via a router or switch, or directly to a computer for configuration. 6. Connect the power adapter to the power receptacle.
  • Page 12: Configuration

    Easy Search Utility When first powered on, during the initial boot sequence, the DNS-323 will wait to be assigned an IP address via DHCP. If it does not receive an assigned IP address, by default it will have a self-assigned IP address of It is recommended to use the included D-Link Easy Search Utility when accessing and configuring the DNS-323 for the first time.
  • Page 13: Getting Started

    Section 3 - Configuration Getting Started To run the Easy Search Utility, insert the DNS-323 CD into your CD-ROM drive: Click Easy Search Utility. Highlight an available DNS-323 and click Configuration to access the web-based utility. D-Link DNS-33 User Manual...
  • Page 14 Click Configuration When logging into the DNS-323 for the first time, you will be asked to choose a drive configuration type and format the drives.There are four configuration options: Standard, JBOD, RAID 0 and RAID 1. Standard configures each disk as a separate volume, while JBOD combines both disks into a single volume, as well as RAID 0 and RAID 1.
  • Page 15 Section 3 - Configuration When prompted to configure the Hard Drive Settings: Select the configuration type of your hard drive, Standard, JBOD, RAID 0 or RAID 1. A warning message informing you that your drives will be formatted and all data will be erased. Click OK to continue.
  • Page 16 Type admin for the username and leave the password field blank. Click Configuration Note: After logging in to the DNS-323 for the first time it is recommended to add a password to the admin account. (See p. 39 for details.) D-Link DNS-33 User Manual...
  • Page 17 Section 3 - Configuration After logging in, you will be redirected to the DNS-323 web UI: D-Link DNS-33 User Manual...
  • Page 18: Web Ui

    Section 3 - Configuration Web UI The DNS-323 web UI defaults to the Setup page. The main categories for configuration are located in the menu tabs at the top of the page. These categories include: Setup - Contains the DNS-323 setup wizard, as well as the LAN configuration settings and device ...
  • Page 19: Setup

    Section 3 - Configuration Setup Wizard The DNS-323 has a setup Wizard that allows you to quickly configure some of the basic device settings. When running the DNS-323 setup wizard, the welcome screen details the five steps of the wizard.
  • Page 20 Section 3 - Configuration Set the appropriate Time Zone and Daylight Savings Time. Click Next to continue. Edit or change the DNS-323 LAN information or keep the current settings. Click Next to continue. D-Link DNS-33 User Manual...
  • Page 21 Section 3 - Configuration Enter your workgroup, name and description for the DNS-323, or leave the default values and click Next to continue. When the wizard completes, click Back to go back and make changes or click Restart to restart the DNS-323 and save the configuration.
  • Page 22 Section 3 - Configuration The DNS-323 will restart. When the login prompt appears, login using the new administrator password. Click Configuration. D-Link DNS-33 User Manual...
  • Page 23: Lan

    Section 3 - Configuration The Local Area Network settings for the DNS-323 are configured on the LAN page. The LAN Link Speed is set to Auto Link Speed by default, but can be manually set to 100Mbps or 1000Mbps. DHCP Client...
  • Page 24: Device Settings

    Section 3 - Configuration Device The device settings page allows you to assign a workgroup, name and description to the DNS-323. Workgroup Assigns a workgroup name to the DNS-323. Name Assigns a unique name to the DNS-323. The name can be used to access the device from a web browser instead of using the IP address.
  • Page 25: Advanced

    Users and Groups The DNS-323 supports up to 64 unique users. The users can be added to a group, or individually. The users and groups are created to allow access to specific folders on the DNS-323, via FTP or your local network.
  • Page 26: Quotas

    Section 3 - Configuration Quotas The DNS-323 supports storage quotas for both groups and individual users. Assigning a quota to a group or user will limit the amount of storage they are allocated. By default, users and groups do not have a quota.
  • Page 27 Section 3 - Configuration Configuring Quotas By default, all users and groups are displayed on the Quota Settings page. Users and groups are automatically listed on this page, and cannot be deleted. The default quota setting is “Unlimited”. To add a quota: Click the notepad icon of the user you want to add a quota to.
  • Page 28 Section 3 - Configuration The user, their amount of storage used, and their storage limit are displayed. Click Enabled to turn quota monitoring on. Once enabled, the status will change to Started. D-Link DNS-33 User Manual...
  • Page 29: Network Access

    Section 3 - Configuration Network Access The Network Access settings allow you to assign users and groups to specific folders or volumes. By default, all volumes are open to anyone on the local network with read/write access. Before specific user or group rules can be created, the default rules must be deleted.
  • Page 30 DNS-323 you may try to improve performance by setting Oplocks to No (off). Map Archive When enabled, the file attribute ”Archive” will be copied as the file is being stored on the DNS-323. Certain backup software attach this attribute to files that are being stored as backups.
  • Page 31: Ftp Server

    FTP Server The DNS-323 is equipped with a built in FTP Server, which is easy to configure. It allows users access to important data whether they are on the local network or at a remote location. The FTP server can be configured to allow user access to specific directories, and will allow up to 10 users to access the DNS-323 at a time.
  • Page 32 Section 3 - Configuration FTP Server Settings Sets the maximum amount of users Max User that can connect to the FTP server. Idle Time Sets the amount of time a user c a n r e m a i n i d l e b e f o r e b e i n g disconnected.
  • Page 33 Section 3 - Configuration If you are behind a router, you will need to forward the FTP port from the router to the DNS-323. Additional filtering and firewall settings may need to be modified on your router to allow FTP Access to the DNS-323 from the Internet.
  • Page 34: Upnp Av Server

    UPnP AV Server The DNS-323 features a UPnP AV Server. This server provides the ability to stream photos, music and videos to UPnP AV compatible network media players. If the server is enabled, the DNS-323 will be automatically detected by UPnP AV compatible media players on your local network.
  • Page 35: Itunes Server

    Server The DNS-323 features an iTunes Server. This server provides the ability to share music and videos to computers on the local network running iTunes. If the server is enabled, the DNS-323 will be automatically detected by the iTunes program and the music and videos contained in the specified directory will be available to stream over the network.
  • Page 36 Section 3 - Configuration After enabling the iTunes server on the DNS-323, launch iTunes. When iTunes detects the DNS-323, select it and you will be prompted to enter the iTunes server password if required. Select the DNS-323. When prompted, enter the iTunes server password.
  • Page 37: Dhcp Server

    DHCP Server The DNS-323 can be used as a DHCP Server. As a DHCP server, it can be used to serve IP addresses to other devices on your local network. However, this feature should not be enabled if you already have a DHCP server, such as a router on your local network.
  • Page 38: Lltd

    Section 3 - Configuration LLTD The DNS-323 supports LLTD. LLTD stands for Link Layer Topology Discovery and is used by the Network Map application that is included in Windows Vista ® LLTD Click the Enable or Disable radio button to enable or disable the...
  • Page 39: Tools

    Tools Admin Password The Admin menu allows you to set a password for your admin account. It is recommended to set a password when first configuring the DNS-323. The administrator user name is admin, User Name and this cannot be changed.
  • Page 40: Time

    Section 3 - Configuration Time The DNS-323 Time page contains several different options for setting the device’s internal clock. It is important to set an accurate time so that backups and downloads can be accurately scheduled. NTP Server Network Time Protocol (NTP) synchronizes the DNS-323 with an Internet time server.
  • Page 41: System

    Section 3 - Configuration System The DNS-323 System menu provides options for system restarts, saving and loading configuration settings, and setting idle times. Click Restart to reboot the Restart DNS-323. Click Restore to reset the DNS-323 Restore Defaults to its factory default settings. This will erase all previous configuration changes.
  • Page 42: Firmware

    Section 3 - Configuration Firmware The DNS-323 Firmware menu makes it simple to check for new firmware releases and upload them to the device. This section provides a link to Firmware check for new firmware on the Upgrade D-Link support website.
  • Page 43: E-Mail Alerts

    Section 3 - Configuration E-Mail Alerts With the DNS-323 E-Mail Alerts, you can configure e-mails to be sent alerting you to certain operational conditions and drive status conditions. These alerts can prove helpful with the management and safeguarding of important data.
  • Page 44 Section 3 - Configuration E-Mail Alert Settings S e l e c t e i t h e r A c c o u n t o r Login Method A n o n y m o u s . C h o o s i n g Anonymous does not require a User Name or Password.
  • Page 45 Firmware An alert will be sent if the firmware Upgraded is upgraded. System An alert will be sent if the DNS-323 Temperature device temperature exceeds the Exceeded set threshold. After the alert has been sent, the DNS-323 will power off for safety.
  • Page 46: Power Management

    Section 3 - Configuration Power Management The DNS-323 Power Management feature allows you to configure the drives to shut down while power remains constant to the device. The drives will power up again when data is accessed. Power E n a b l e o r D i s a b l e P o w e r...
  • Page 47: Raid

    Section 3 - Configuration RAID The DNS-323 supports four different disk configuration types: Standard, where each drive is a unique volume, JBOD, which combines both drives in a linear fashion to create one volume, as well as RAID 0 and RAID 1.
  • Page 48: What Is Raid

    RAID, short for Redundant Array of Independent Disks, is a combination of two or more disks with the aim of providing fault tolerance and improving performance. There are several different levels of RAID, with each providing a different method of sharing or distributing data amongst the drives. The DNS-323 supports RAID levels 0 and 1. RAID 0...
  • Page 49: Ddns

    Section 3 - Configuration DDNS The DDNS feature allows you to host a server (Web, FTP, Game Server, etc…) using a domain name that you have purchased ( with your dynamically assigned IP address. Most broadband Internet Service Providers assign dynamic (changing) IP addresses. Using a DDNS service provider, your friends can enter your domain name to connect to your server no matter what your IP address is.
  • Page 50: Status

    Displays information for a connected Printer Info USB printer. If your computer is having problems printing to the DNS-323, you can click the Clear Print Queue(s) button to remove any print jobs that may be causing your computer to be unable to print.
  • Page 51: Support

    Section 3 - Configuration Support The DNS-323 Support page provides a menu of Support topics explaining the features of the device. D-Link DNS-33 User Manual...
  • Page 52: Mapping A Drive

    Section 3 - Configuration Mapping a Drive You can use the D-Link Easy Search Utility to map drives to your computer. Insert the DNS-323 CD into your CD- ROM drive. Click Easy Search Utility. The Easy Search Utility will load and detect any DNS-323 devices that are on the local network.
  • Page 53 Section 3 - Configuration If the DNS-323 you are working with does not show up in the device list, click Refresh. Highlight an available DNS-323. All available volumes will be displayed under Drive Mapping. Highlight the volume you want to map to your computer.
  • Page 54 Section 3 - Configuration Double-click the My Computer icon on your desktop. Double-click on the mapped drive to access the files and folders. D-Link DNS-33 User Manual...
  • Page 55: Download Scheduling

    Section 3 - Configuration Download Scheduling The DNS-323 Download Scheduling feature allows you to schedule folder or file downloads and backup sessions. Begin by accessing the web-based configuration utility of your DNS-323: Click Easy Search Utility. Highlight an available DNS-323 and click Configuration to access the web-based utility.
  • Page 56 Section 3 - Configuration The DNS-323 login screen will appear: Type admin for the username and leave the password field blank by default or your new password. Click Downloads The DNS-323’s Download Scheduling configuration page will appear. D-Link DNS-33 User Manual...
  • Page 57: Schedule Downloads

    Section 3 - Configuration Schedule Downloads Configure download and backup Scheduling schedules here. Settings Schedule List The Schedule List will display all completed, active, and pending s c h e d u l e d d o w n l o a d s a n d backups.
  • Page 58: Scheduling Settings

    By default all local backups and file/folder downloads are in Overwrite mode, meaning that identical files in the destination Backup folder will be overwritten by the source files. Checking Incremental Backup will have the DNS-323 compare identical file names at the source and destination. Files will only be overwritten if the source file is more recent edited.
  • Page 59: Bittorrent

    The DNS-323 features a built-in BitTorrent Manager allowing you to Download and Upload Torrents with the DNS-323. Installing BitTorrent To install the BitTorrent program, insert the DNS-323 CD into your CD-ROM and launch the Easy Search Utility. Click Easy Search Utility. Highlight the DNS-323 and...
  • Page 60 Section 3 - Configuration When the BitTorrent installation has completed, the following window will appear to indicate that the DNS-323 is restarting. After restarting, the Easy Search utility will show the BitTorrent as a volume on the DNS-323. BitTorrent is appearing as a volume.
  • Page 61: Bittorrent Configuration

    Section 3 - Configuration BitTorrent Configuration After installing the BitTorrent program, you can access the DNS-323 built-in BitTorrent menu by inserting the DNS-323 CD into your CD-ROM and launching the Easy Search Utility. Highlight an available DNS-323 and click Configuration to access the web-based utility.
  • Page 62: Adding A Torrent From Url

    Section 3 - Configuration Click on the BitTorrent tab to access the BitTorrent settings. You can add Torrents from either a URL or from a file on your PC. Adding a Torrent From URL To add a Torrent from a URL •...
  • Page 63: Adding A Torrent From File

    Section 3 - Configuration Adding a Torrent From File To add a Torrent from a File • Click the Add Torrent from File checkbox. • Click the Browse button. • Navigate to the folder where the Torrents are located on your PC and click the Add button. The Torrent will now appear in the Downloads list.
  • Page 64: Torrent Settings

    Torrent Settings Click the Settings link in the BitTorrent menu to change the Bit Torrent settings. You can use the radio buttons on this screen to customize the Bit Torrent Settings of the DNS-323. Port Settings Select the appropriate login method to access the files for download.
  • Page 65: Downloads Support

    Section 3 - Configuration Downloads Support The DNS-323 features support files to help you with the Downloads features. D-Link DNS-33 User Manual...
  • Page 66: Usb Print Server

    The DNS-323 features a built-in USB print server, giving users the ability to share a printer on their local network. Connect a USB printer to the USB port on the back of the DNS-323. It is important to ensure that any of the printer manufacturer’s drivers are already installed on any computer you want to print from.
  • Page 67 Section 3 - Configuration Select Add a printer The Windows Add Printer Wizard will launch: ® Click Next to continue. D-Link DNS-33 User Manual...
  • Page 68 Section 3 - Configuration When prompted to choose a local, or network printer, select A network printer, or a printer attached to another computer. Click Next to continue. Select Browse for a printer and click Next to continue. D-Link DNS-33 User Manual...
  • Page 69 Section 3 - Configuration Double-click DNS-323 from the Shared Printers list to expand the tree. Select the available USB printer, and click Next to continue. D-Link DNS-33 User Manual...
  • Page 70 Section 3 - Configuration The following printer driver messages will appear: Click Next to continue. Click OK to continue and select a printer driver. Select the appropriate printer driver from the list and click OK to complete the wizard. If the driver is not in the list, select Have Disk.
  • Page 71 Section 3 - Configuration Insert the print driver CD or browse to the appropriate directory. Select the appropriate driver file, and click Open to continue. Click OK to continue. D-Link DNS-33 User Manual...
  • Page 72 Section 3 - Configuration Verify if the driver is correct, and click OK to continue. The wizard will install the printer drivers, and return a completion screen. Click Finish. D-Link DNS-33 User Manual...
  • Page 73 Section 3 - Configuration The printer should now appear as an available printer. D-Link DNS-33 User Manual...
  • Page 74 Storing non-English Character Files If you are using firmware 1.04 or later, by default the DNS-323 will support Unicode which is an industry standard allowing computers to consistently represent and manipulate text expressed in most of the world’s writing formats.
  • Page 75 Section 3 - Configuration Highlight an available DNS-323 and click Language. Select the appropriate language from the drop-down menu and click OK. The DNS-323 will restart. Note: Changing the language setting will NOT change the display language of the user interface. It is only for supporting non-English character file names.
  • Page 76: Replacing Or Adding A New Hard Drive

    Replacing a Hard Drive: Please make sure the power is off before replacing a hard drive. After you install the new drive, turn on the DNS-323 and then connect to the Web UI. The DNS-323 will prompt you to format the new drive (Standard, RAID 1 mode) or both drives (JBOD, RAID 0 mode).
  • Page 77 Section 3 - Configuration After you install the new drive, turn on the DNS-323 and then connect to the Web UI. The DNS-323 will prompt you to format the new drive. You will now have two choices for your disk configuration: •...
  • Page 78 Section 3 - Configuration The following message will display when the formatting has completed: Press the Restart button to continue. Version 1.3 June 6, 2008 D-Link DNS-33 User Manual...

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