D-Link DNS-323 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure ReviewNemo - January 1, 2009
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The Tools tab allows to make certain configuration changes that affect the basic settings of the DNS-323 and generally fall into the category of set once and forget.
The DNS-323 ships with a default administrator account with user name of ' admin' and no password. It's a really good idea to assign a strong password to your unit and not leave it blank. Unfortunately, the DNS-323 does not allow you to change the default administrator user name to something less obvious.
During the setup process it's imperative you set the correct time on the DNS-323 so that files get the proper timestamp whenever they're changed or saved. If you used the Wizard during the setup process, you should already have the correct time zone selected. However, this page is where you can set the time using one of several options and designate whether to automatically adjust for Daylight Savings Time. Most of the choices are rather self-explanatory, however we'll briefly discuss the use of the network time protocol (NTP) server option. Using a NTP server will automatically synchronize the time on the unit to a server over the Internet and will periodically update the time to keep it as accurate as possible. The DNS-323 gives you the option of choosing one of two pre-defined servers or you can key in one of your own choosing.
This page allows you to restart or shut down the system remotely, a handy feature if the device is located somewhere besides right next to your computer. You can also restore the unit to factory default settings, store the current configuration settings to a file and set the inactivity timeout parameters.
D-Link updates the firmware controlling the feature set of the DNS-323 and you can apply those changes to the unit from this page. It is important to note that you can render the unit unusable if you do this incorrectly and there is always the risk of data loss so make sure you back up your data before proceeding.
The DNS-323 can be configured to send e-mail alerts for various events such as out of space, hard drive failures and other system status messages. It can also be configured to report over temperature conditions and shut down the unit to prevent overheating.
The unit can be configured to go into low-power mode after a certain period of inactivity, resulting in additional power savings. The device will automatically wake up when any activity is detected.
We visited this page during the initial setup process. You can change the configuration of the drives here. The latest version of the firmware also added the capability to add a second drive and configure both drives as a RAID 1 array without losing your data. Any other changes to the hard drive configuration will result in loss of all data, so exercise caution when using this function.
Most home and small office users have a dynamic IP address assigned by their Internet service provider. This means the actual address used to get to your computer from outside the network can change from time to time. Dynamic DNS (DDNS) is used to make your DNS-323 available over the Internet using a domain name and a dynamic DNS service. There are several providers available that offer this service for free and D-Link offers a free and easy way to sign up for free service through a link on this page.
Let's move on to the last couple of pages in the Configuration section.