D-Link DNS-323 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure ReviewNemo - January 1, 2009
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The DNS-323 offers two options for automating downloads either by using the download scheduler or through the BitTorrent manager. You can use the download feature to schedule file and folder downloads from FTP and Web servers as well as local network shares. The DNS-323 also features a built-in BitTorrent manager to enable you to download files using the BitTorrent protocol as well as seed files for others to download. In order to access these features, you will need to log on to the Web UI and select the Downloads button on the bottom right of the dialog.
The download scheduler allows basic downloads of files or folders from external entities such as FTP and Web servers as well as downloads from local network shares. This gives you a rudimentary backup capability without using third-party software. The Scheduling page is accessed via the left-hand navigation menu and allows you to enter the login credentials and choose whether to download a file or folder and specify the source and target destinations. Once that is complete, you can choose the date and time to start the download and whether this is to be a one-time or recurring download. The bottom of the screen shows the status of any downloads you have defined. The downloads will occur at the time specified or you can choose to start the down load immediately. One thing to note is that downloads from external sources will occur and overwrite any files and folders with the same name in the target destination. If you choose the Local option as the source, meaning a volume on the DNS-323, you can select the Incremental Backup checkbox which will cause the download to check the timestamps on the source and target destinations and only overwrite files when the source has a newer time on it.
There is also a Status option that displays the same information as the status section on the Scheduling page, minus all the schedule setting details.
New to the latest firmware version of the DNS-323 is the inclusion of a BitTorrent download manager. When you click on the BitTorrent tab you are presented with a screen where you can specify the torrent to download by either specify a URL or a file location. Choosing the Add Torrent From File option allows you to use a Browse button to navigate to the location of the file containing the torrent specifications. Once you specify the torrent and click the Add button, you can manually start the download using the Start arrow to the left of the torrent name. There is a progress bar that will display the status of the download. You can also click on the More Details option to see information on number of seeds and peers along with other pertinent information. The DNS-323 will also automatically begin seeding the downloaded files as well. There is a Settings option that enables to set the basic settings for the BitTorrent client including the port to use, set up bandwidth limits for uploads and downloads and several options to determine how you wish to seed the file.
Finally, there is a Support tab offering access to basic help information.
Now that we've had a chance to walk through all the configuration options the DNS-323 offers, it's time to check out the specifications and feature list.