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D-Link DNS-323 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure Review

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Now that the DNS-323 is set-up using all the factory default settings, it's time to tweak the settings and turn on any additional features offered by the unit. All of the management functions for the DNS-323 are handled through a web-based user interface. The devices includes its own built-in web server for this purpose and all you need to do is point your browser to the DNS-323 home page. You could launch the Easy Search Utility from the setup CD and then choose the configuration button as we did earlier. Another way is to type the DNS-323 server name into the browser's address bar. Either way, once at the login page you'll need to enter the default user name of 'admin' and leave the password blank.

The web UI management tool is divided into six main categories:
Setup – here you can use the setup wizard to walk you through changing the most common settings needed by the DNS-323, change the LAN settings and device and workgroup names.
Advanced – this section enables you set up users and groups, usage quotas and define access to particular folders on the unit. This is also where you can define the settings for the FTP server, UPnP AV server, iTunes server, DHCP server and enable LLTD (Link Layer Topology Discovery).
Tools – this is where you can change the configuration for the administrator account and the time and system settings. You can also set up e-mail alerts, set the power management options, change the RAID configuration and set up links to a DDNS service.
Status – this page contains a summary of the status of the DNS-323.
Support – contains links to the DNS-323 help files.
Logout – logs out of the web UI.



The Setup tab contain options to set the basic options on the DNS-323, many of which were configured in the previous section. The Wizard option walks you through configuring the basic settings for your unit such as the password for the administrator account, setting the time and time zone, setting the LAN connection information (which was already done during the initial setup) and changing the default settings for the workgroup and device name. For Windows users, its probably a good idea to set the workgroup name to the same name as the rest of the computers on the network. All of the configuration items in the wizard are available on other pages if you need to change them later.





The LAN section contains the network address settings as we seen before, but it also has options to set the link speed and an option to enable jumbo frames and set the MTU size. The last section, Device, is where you can change the workgroup name, device name and description. The device name is how it will appear on the network and the default is 'dlink-' followed by the last six digits of the MAC address. While that assures a unique name on a network where there could be multiple DNS-323 devices, you might want to change it to something a little more descriptive.



Now we move on to the meaty part of the setup – setting up users and quotas and enabling some of the more advanced features of the DNS-323.

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