Written by: Adam Christianson
As of late I’ve been trying to solve the ever-worrisome issue of efficient and effective data backup for my personal information at home. I recently purchased and installed a product that’s put my mind at rest – at least for now. It’s the D-Link DND-323. This is a dual SATA drive NAS enclosure that allows you to configure the drives as a redundant array (RAID 1). I was able to pick up the D-Link product, and 2 500GB drives for about USD$400. This gives me just about 500GB of total storage space. The D-Link site does not show Mac compatibility for this product, but I’ve had no trouble managing and connecting to it from my MacBook Pro. The device is simple, runs pretty quiet (mine’s tucked in a basement) and has some pretty useful features:
- Easy to use web interface for management
- Gigabit network jack
- Built-in USB print server
- iTunes server (iTunes shows a Shared library)
- Email alerts for things like drive failure, overheating, etc.
- FTP server that can allow you to access your files remotely over the Internet (some security issues if you’re familiar with FTP)
All in all I’ve been very pleased with the device. It’s comforting to know that my family videos and pictures, as well as my digital music and important documents are being stored safely. It’s not bullet-proof, but honestly, you could ramble on forever in perinoia over backups if you let yourself. This offers a relatively low cost & simple solution to data backup. It runs the EXT2 file system and does not support NTFS – so don’t plan on using something like this in a Windows business environment where you need to set specific user permissions. The device, however, does support embedded user accounts that you can setup and manage from the web interface.
Checkout a full in depth review of the D-Link DNS-323 at ExtremeTech
Editors note: I received an email from a listener in Japan who uses this also and had a note for any international listeners who may be dependent on a solution with double-byte character support.
I read the review on D-Link DNS-323. It’s a nice neat device except one thing… It does not work well with double byte character sets (or Japanese UTF-8). It doesn’t recognize Japanese file names using OS X (it works with XP, though…). Since I’m Japanese, this is very critical… I ended up creating a huge disk image on DNS-323, and coping Japanese files to the disk image…
I’ve been looking at one of these – I wonder if you could answer the following two questions:
Q1: with the iTunes server function, do you get to see the album art? – I’ve noticed that the album art isn’t seen when sharing a library between two computers – is it the same with this iTunes server?
Q2: can you stream iTunes videos/movies too – or is it just audio files?
Many thanks in advance for your help,
A1: I do get album art. I’m assuming this is because the art is embedded in the tags of the MP3/AAC files.
A2: It is only audio files. I see the Shared Folder, then under that I have automatic playlists for:
– AAC Files
– Non-DRMed Music
– Recently Added
Hope this helps. Cheers!