D-Link DNS-321 User Manual

D-Link DNS-321 User Manual

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  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Network Access - SMB .......... 23 Downloads ............. 56 Network Access - NFS .......... 25 Settings ..............57 FTP Server ............26 FTP over TLS ..........28 Knowledge Base ............58 UPnP AV Server ............ 32 D-Link DNS-321 User Manual...
  • Page 3 Replacing or Adding a New Hard Drive ....59 Secure HTTP Login ..........59 What is RAID? ............60 RAID1 - Configuration ........... 61 RAID1 - Auto Rebuilding ........63 Yahoo! Widget Installation ........65 Yahoo! Widget Display .......... 66 Technical Specifications........... 67 D-Link DNS-321 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-321 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

    The DNS-321 shares files over the Internet via the built-in FTP server. Users and groups can be created and assigned to folders with either read or read/write permissions. Quotas can be set per user or group to restrict space usage. In addition, the DNS-321 can be used to stream photos, music, and videos to UPnP AV compatible network media players.
  • Page 6: Features

    Section 1 - Product Overview Features The DNS-321 is designed for easy installation and allows remote access to important data via LAN or WAN: • Two Hard Drive Bays for 3.5” SATA Hard Drives up to 2TB • Supports Uni-code for both Samba and FTP Server each •...
  • Page 7: Hardware Overview

    COMPONENT DESCRIPTION Power Button Press once to power on the DNS-321. Press and hold the button until it begins blinking to power down the device. Drive LEDs These LEDs will be solid BLUE when drives are connected. The LEDs will blink when the drives are being accessed, formatted or synchronized.
  • Page 8: Rear View (Connections)

    DESCRIPTION Power Receptacle The supplied power adapter connects here. Ethernet Port A Gigabit Ethernet port that connects the DNS-321 to the local network. Drive Eject Lever Use the provided levers to eject the SATA hard drives. D-Link DNS-321 User Manual...
  • Page 9: Basic Installation

    Basic Installation Hardware Setup This section provides installation information for the DNS-321. To install the DNS-321 on your local network, refer to the steps below: 1. Slide the faceplate up until it unlatches from the device. 2. Once the faceplate is unlatched, pull it off the device, exposing the drive bays.
  • Page 10 Make sure to align the drive connector to the SATA connector on the bottom edge inside the drive bay of the DNS-321. 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: Software Setup

    D-Link Easy Search Utility when accessing and configuring the DNS-321 for the first time. If you want to change the IP address before logging in or if you are unable to connect to the DNS-321 IP address, you can use the Easy Search Utility provided on the product CD to locate the device on your network and make any needed changes.
  • Page 12: Getting Started

    Section 3 - Configuration Getting Started To run the Easy Search Utility, insert the DNS-321 CD into your CD-ROM drive: Click Easy Search Utility. Step 1: Highlight an available DNS-321 and click Configuration Step 2: to access the web-based utility.
  • Page 13 Click Configuration. Step 4: When logging into the DNS-321 for the first time, you will be asked to choose a drive configuration type and format the drives. There are four 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.
  • Page 14 The user can choose to Enable or Disable Auto-Rebuild. See the manual for Step 6: more details. Select the appropriate option and click Next. Note: If RAID 1 is not selected, this option will be skipped. D-Link DNS-321 User Manual...
  • Page 15 Note: if RAID is not selected, this option will be skipped. Click Next to continue. The DNS-321 will format the disks in the device and setup the chosen RAID or JBOD setup. D-Link DNS-321 User Manual...
  • Page 16 Type admin for the username and leave the password field blank. Click Configuration. Note: After logging in to the DNS-321 for the first time it is recommended to add a password to the admin account. After login, you will be redirected to the DNS-321 web...
  • Page 17: Web User Interface

    Section 3 - Configuration Web User Interface The DNS-321 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-321 setup wizard, as well as the LAN configuration settings and device settings.
  • Page 18: Wizard

    Section 3 - Configuration Wizard The DNS-321 has a Setup Wizard that allows you to quickly configure some of the basic device settings. 1. When running the DNS-321 setup wizard, the welcome screen 2. It is recommended you set an admin password here. Enter the details the five steps of the wizard.
  • Page 19 Section 3 - Configuration 5. Enter a workgroup, name, and description for the DNS-321, or 6. When the wizard completes, click Back to go back and make leave the default values and click Next to continue. changes or click Restart to restart the DNS-321 and save the configuration.
  • Page 20: Lan

    Section 3 - Configuration The Local Area Network settings for the DNS-321 can be configured on the LAN page. Link Speed: The LAN Link Speed is set to Auto by default, but can be manually set to 100Mbps or 1000Mbps.
  • Page 21: Device Settings

    For example, http://dlink-xxxxxx. Description: This is useful if there is more than one DNS-321 on the network. By default, the device name is dlink-xxxxxx, where xxxxxx is the last six digits of the MAC address. Assign a device description to the DNS-321.
  • Page 22: Advanced

    This section allows you to enable or disable LLTD support. Add-Ons: This section allows you to install application packages onto your system. In addition, you can also install language packages to suit your local language needs. D-Link DNS-321 User Manual...
  • Page 23: Users/Groups

    Network Access menu. User Name: Enter a user name. Password: Enter a user password. Confirm Password: Confirm user password. Add New Group: Enter a new group name. D-Link DNS-321 User Manual...
  • Page 24 You can delete users by clicking the Trash can icon. Group List: Here all the created groups will be listed and if they have users assigned to them then the users will also show. You can delete groups by clicking the Trash can icon. D-Link DNS-321 User Manual...
  • Page 25: Quotas

    Section 3 - Configuration Quotas The DNS-321 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 26: Network Access - Smb

    DNS-321, 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-321. Certain backup software attach this attribute to files that are being stored as backups.
  • Page 27 Section 3 - Configuration Comment: Enter a comment for reference or description of the rule. SMB Access List: Lists all SMB access rules. D-Link DNS-321 User Manual...
  • Page 28: Network Access - Nfs

    NFS Access List: Lists all NFS access rules. Note: To allow access to anyone on the network, enter the IP address where is the IP subnet of your network. D-Link DNS-321 User Manual...
  • Page 29: Ftp Server

    Section 3 - Configuration FTP Server The DNS-321 is equipped with a built in FTP Server. The server is easy to configure and 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-321 simultaneously.
  • Page 30 FTP port from the router to the DNS-321. Additional filtering and firewall settings may need to be modified on your router to allow FTP Access to the DNS-321 from the Internet. Once the port has been forwarded on the router, users from the internet will access the FTP server through the WAN IP address of the router.
  • Page 31: Ftp Over Tls

    Firefox users who want to use FTP or FTPS. Step 1: From the Tools menu, click FireFTP to open the application in Mozilla Firefox. Step 2: Go to the Quick Connect drop down menu and select Create an Account. D-Link DNS-321 User Manual...
  • Page 32 Section 3 - Configuration Account Name: Step 3: Enter a name for this FTP connection here. Host: Enter the IP of the DNS-321 here. Login: Enter the user’s username here. Password: Enter the user’s password here. Go to the Connection Tab and set the Security function Step 4: to Auth TLS (Best).
  • Page 33 The second warning should look like this. Click on the Add exception... button to accept the security change. Step 7: The next step is to get the certificate for the connection. Click on the Get Certificate button to acquire the certificate. D-Link DNS-321 User Manual...
  • Page 34 Select the newly added FTP connection and click on the Connect Step 9: option if it has not already connected by itself. If you can see your files on the right block from the DNS-321, the connection has been established successfully. D-Link DNS-321 User Manual...
  • Page 35: Upnp Av Server

    The DNS-321 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-321 will be automatically detected by UPnP AV compatible media players on your local network.
  • Page 36 Section 3 - Configuration After enabling the iTunes server on the DNS-321, launch iTunes. In your iTunes utility, select the DNS-321 and enter the iTunes server password if required. Select the DNS-321. When prompted, enter in the iTunes server Media stored on the DNS-321 will then be available for use in password and click OK.
  • Page 37: Dhcp Server

    Section 3 - Configuration DHCP Server The DNS-321 can be used as a DHCP Server. As a DHCP server, it can be used to serve IP addresses to 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: Add-Ons

    In this section you will be able to install applications and language packs to further enhance the functionality of your DNS-321. This powerful new feature on the DNS-321 allows users to customize the interface and usability of this unit. Adding features to the unit now only requires an Add-on installation as soon as new features are available.
  • Page 39: Language Pack

    Language Pack After the loading a language pack you must activate it on the Add-ons page. After activating a language pack the interface of the DNS-321 will change to the language loaded. Below is an example of a running Chinese language pack.
  • Page 40: Tools

    Firmware: A new firmware update may be available for your DNS-321. It is recommended that you keep your DNS-321 firmware up-to-date in order to maintain and improve the functionality and performance of your system.
  • Page 41: Admin

    Enter the current password. Leave this blank if you have not set a password yet. New Password: Enter a new password. Confirm Password: Enter the new password again for confirmation. Save Settings: Click Save Settings to save the new password. D-Link DNS-321 User Manual...
  • Page 42: Time

    Section 3 - Configuration Time The DNS-321 Time page contains several different options for setting the device’s internal clock. It is important that accurate time is set so that scheduled backups and downloads will be accurate. Time Zone: Select your time zone from the drop-down menu.
  • Page 43: System

    Section 3 - Configuration System The DNS-321 System menu provides options for system restarts, saving and loading configuration settings, and idle times setting. Click Restart to reboot the DNS-321. Restart: Click Restore to reset the DNS-321 to its Restore: factory default settings. This will erase all previous configuration changes.
  • Page 44: Firmware

    Section 3 - Configuration Firmware The DNS-321 Firmware menu makes it simple to check for new firmware releases and upload them to the device. Firmware Upgrade: This section provides a link to check for new firmware on the D-Link support website. If a new firmware is available, download the file to your local computer.
  • Page 45: E-Mail Alerts

    Section 3 - Configuration E-Mail Alerts With the DNS-321 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 46 A copy of the S.M.A.R.T. test result will be sent. System Temperature An alert will be sent if the DNS-321 device temperature exceeds the set threshold. After the alert has been Exceeded: sent, the DNS-321 will power off for safety.
  • Page 47: Power Management

    Section 3 - Configuration Power Management The DNS-321 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. Select Enable or Disable to enable or disable HDD Hibernation: HDD Hibernation settings.
  • Page 48: Raid

    Section 3 - Configuration RAID The DNS-321 supports four different disk configuration types: Standard (where each drive is a unique volume), JBOD (combines both drives in a linear fashion to create one volume), as well as RAID 0 and RAID 1.
  • Page 49: Ddns

    Host Name: Enter your DDNS host name. Username or Key: Enter your DDNS username or key. Password or Key: Enter your DDNS password or key. Verify Password: Re-enter your password or key. Status: Displays your DDNS status. D-Link DNS-321 User Manual...
  • Page 50: Disk Diagnostics

    Quick or Extended S.M.A.R.T test. Then press Start to run the test. By clicking the Create Schedule button, the user can create a S.M.A.R.T test schedule where this test will run automatically at the configured time. D-Link DNS-321 User Manual...
  • Page 51: Status

    System Info: View a summary of the device information here. Hard Drive Info: View a summary of the hard drive information here. Logs: Use this option to view the NAS system logs and the FTP logs. D-Link DNS-321 User Manual...
  • Page 52: Device Information

    Section 3 - Configuration Device Information View a summary of the device information here. Displays the local network settings of the DNS-321. LAN Info: Device Info: Displays the workgroup, name, description and current temperature of the DNS-321. Volume Info: Displays the hard drive information, including the disk mode, total size, used and remaining drive space.
  • Page 53: Hard Drive Information

    Hard Drive Information This section will display a summary of the hard drive(s) currently installed in the DNS-321. The summary will include information such as the hard drive manufacturer, model, serial number, temperature, total capacity size, and status. The Status of the hard drive will display the health of the hard drive.
  • Page 54: Logs

    Section 3 - Configuration Logs Use this option to view the NAS system logs and the FTP logs. View the System log. System Log: D-Link DNS-321 User Manual...
  • Page 55: Schedule Downloads

    Section 3 - Configuration Schedule Downloads Scheduling: Schedule downloads of files and folders from an FTP server, web server, or local network share. Schedule List: View the progress and status of currently scheduled downloads. D-Link DNS-321 User Manual...
  • Page 56: Scheduling

    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-321 compare identical file names at the source and destination. Files will only be overwritten if the source file is more recent.
  • Page 57: Schedule List

    % completed and download speed, are displayed for each event. A refresh button is also provided to produce updated listings at any time. Download Success. Download Fail. Download has not yet occurred. Waiting. Link File. The file is downloading. D-Link DNS-321 User Manual...
  • Page 58: Peer 2 Peer Application (P2P)

    Peer 2 Peer Application (P2P) Downloads: Here you can add torrents for downloading. Settings: Here you can configure your P2P download manager settings. Please see the local D-Link website for the latest version of the P2P Application Add-on. D-Link DNS-321 User Manual...
  • Page 59: Downloads

    Once you have added a torrent file to be downloaded and clicked the Start button, the Stop button will now be available. Stop: In the event that you need to pause the download on your DNS-321 you can click the Stop button and later resume the download again by clicking Start.
  • Page 60: Settings

    Seed until the torrent is removed from your P2P download manager manually or you can choose to have the files automatically stop seeding at a specific percentage or after a specific amount of time has passed. Path: Select a Torrent save path. D-Link DNS-321 User Manual...
  • Page 61: Knowledge Base

    Knowledge Base Mapping a Drive You can use the D-Link Easy Search Utility to map drives to your computer. Insert the DNS-321 CD into your CD-ROM drive. 1. Click Easy Search Utility. The Easy Search Utility will load and 2. Highlight an available DNS-321. Available volumes will be detect any DNS-321 devices that are on the local network.
  • Page 62: 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 have installed the new drive, turn on the DNS-321 and then connect to the Web UI. The DNS-321 will prompt you to format the new drive (Standard, RAID 1 mode) or both drives (JBOD, RAID 0 mode).
  • Page 63: 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-321 supports RAID levels 0 and 1. RAID 0 RAID 0 provides data striping, which spreads out blocks of data over both drives, but does not provide data redundancy.
  • Page 64: Raid1 - Configuration

    Select the RAID 1 (Mirroring - Keeps Data Safe) option Step 2: and then click on the Next button. A message will appear. Click OK. Step 3: Choose the desired File System and click Next. Step 4: D-Link DNS-321 User Manual...
  • Page 65 Section 3 - Configuration Auto-Rebuild is a feature that will allow the DNS-321 Step 5: to initiate the Rebuilding phase automatically. The Rebuilding phase will occur when one or more hard drives fail and is replaced by a new one. WARNING - This feature will automatically format the newly added drive.
  • Page 66: Raid1 - Auto Rebuilding

    This means that the problematic hard drive needs to be replaced. Step 1: After the new hard drive is inserted into the DNS-321 and if Auto Rebuild was disabled from the beginning, go to TOOLS > RAID to start the Auto Rebuilding process.
  • Page 67 STATUS > SYSTEM INFO and monitor the Sync Time Remaining to know how far the Rebuilding process is. Alternatively you can also use your Yahoo! Widget to monitor the progress of the Rebuilding process. D-Link DNS-321 User Manual...
  • Page 68: Yahoo! Widget Installation

    Section 3 - Configuration Yahoo! Widget Installation D-Link provides an added feature to the Sharecenter called a Yahoo! Widget. What is a Yahoo Widget? Yahoo! Widgets are free application platforms that can be used in Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. The engine uses a JavaScript ®...
  • Page 69: Yahoo! Widget Display

    Section 3 - Configuration Yahoo! Widget Display The D-Link Widget is mainly used for monitoring the activities taking place on your ShareCenter ™ System: In the System window, information about your Computer, ShareCenter, IP Address, Firmware Version and Current Operational Temperature are displayed.
  • Page 70: Technical Specifications

    Power Supply + Scandisk + External Power Supply + S.M.A.R.T. + DC 12V/3A and 5V/3A Switching + RAID Roaming + RAID Migration from Non-RAID to RAID 1 Power Consumption + Normal mode: 20.73W* + Sleep mode: 7.30W* D-Link DNS-321 User Manual...
  • Page 71 Multilingual Support: + Samba: Unicode + FTP Server: Unicode, Korean, Turkish, Croatian, Cyrillic (Kyrgyz Republic), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese. D-Link DNS-321 User Manual...

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