D-Link DNS-325 2-Bay ShareCenter Network Storage with USB Printer Port and Streaming Apps for Home Media - DNS-325

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on 3/8/2012

dns325 works great with my boxee box, ps3 apple tv .

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Product Overview

D-Link’s DNS-325 ShareCenter™ 2-Bay Network Storage device with Streaming Apps is the perfect way to store, share and stream documents, music, videos, and photos with anyone on your network. The DNS-325 allows you to insert your own disk drives and can support up to 4TB of storage capacity. Equipped with four different hard drive modes, Jumbo Frames support, Gigabit connectivity, a variety of built-in servers like a USB Print server, Peer-to-Peer downloader, UPnP AV media servers, FTP and Web File server, an easy to use management interface, and support for add-on applications such as Photo Center, Audio Streamer, Logitech Squeeze Center support and Blog, the DNS-325, is a secure and reliable storage solution perfect for streaming home media.

The D-Link Easy Utility
The D-Link Easy Utility allows you to easily locate this ShareCenter device from anywhere on the network. Once it is located, you can use the utility to map the drive so it will appear in My Computer on your PC.

Easy Peasy
Not quite the handyman? That’s ok. You can insert hard drives without using any tools or attaching any cables.

The Power of Gigabit
This ShareCenter device comes with a 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet port, giving you blazing fast speeds so you can back up and access your stuff without the wait.

Be Cool
There’s no overheating in this device’s future. It comes with a quiet built-in fan to keep things nice and cool.

Hard Drive 101

3.5" SATA Hard Drives
3.5" SATA (Serial ATA) hard drives can be found easily right here on Amazon.com! As long as the hard drives you purchase are 3.5” SATA drives, they will work with your ShareCenter Device.

The Right Capacity for You
Hard drives come in a variety of storage capacities, generally ranging from 1TB to 2TB. Think of everything you want to store and back up on your ShareCenter device, including music, videos, photos and documents to decide on the best size for you:

The Right Number of Drives for You

You want to use your ShareCenter device for extra space to store your digital content and to share that content with all of the computers on your network.

You want to store and share content over your network, but you also want to take advantage of RAID 1 technology (mirroring) to ensure that if one of the drives crashes, your content is still safe.

You want to store and share content over your network using RAID 5 technology because it provides the most capacity efficient data protection while delivering reliable data recovery in the case of hard drive failure.


ShareCenter Connects to Your Home Network
One of the biggest misconceptions about ShareCenter devices is that they are simply external hard drives. Sure, they protect your stuff in case your hard drive crashes. And yeah, they allow you to back up your digital content so you can save space on your computer. But unlike external hard drives, ShareCenter devices connect to your home network instead of to a single computer, which means they can go far above and beyond the limits of an average external hard drive.


Share Files Over Your Home Network
Because ShareCenter devices connect to your home network, they are able to back up and store content from all of the computers on your network instead of just one. That means while you’re backing up work documents from your laptop, the rest of the family can back up the digital photos and music from their computers. Plus, because all of that digital content is being stored in one central location, it’s easy for everyone on the network to share it between computers. And no need to worry, ShareCenter makes it easy to control who has access to what, so privacy isn’t an issue.

Access Your Content from Anywhere
ShareCenter devices feature a built-in Web File and FTP server, which enable you to access your saved content remotely over the Internet. Once you set up a Web File server, you can access all of your music, videos, photos and documents from virtually anywhere. That’s right. Thanks to ShareCenter no matter how far you travel, you never have to be more than a few clicks away from all of your saved files.


Compatible Media Players
ShareCenter storage devices work with a variety of UPnP A/V compatible network media players to stream videos, photos and music to your entertainment center. Compatible media players include:

  • Xbox 360
  • PlayStation 3
  • The Boxee Box by D-Link

    Ideal for Media Streaming
    Transferring files from your hard drive to your ShareCenter daily? Trying to get that new movie you just downloaded on your TV? Equipped with a 1.2GHz processor, the DNS-325 gets all your stuff from point A to point B faster than you know. This ShareCenter is a lean, mean, media streaming machine. This ShareCenter device even has support for add-on applications to enhance your home media experience.

    Stream Media to Your Computers and TVs
    You’re probably planning to store a lot of great stuff on your ShareCenter. Photos from last week’s party, the video you shot of your best friend’s wedding, your entire music collection and tons more. Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy it all whenever and wherever you want? With ShareCenter, you can.


    Hard Drives Crash
    If you’re like most people, a lot of your digital life is stored on your computer. Your digital photos, home videos, music, work documents and more. But guess what? Hard drives crash, so isn’t it time you backed yours up? And not just manually every so often with an external hard drive. We mean really back it up.

    Enter ShareCenter
    ShareCenter can be programmed to back up your digital content on a schedule or in real time so you can set it and forget it. Plus, ShareCenter can house more than one hard drive and can be configured to operate in the hard drive mode of your choice. It’s truly a custom solution.

    Feature Rich Backup Software
    With ShareCenter’s feature rich bundled software, you never have to worry about your hard drive crashing. Not only does it let you restore individual files and documents in case they get lost, it lets you take snapshots of your entire hard drive so you can restore your computer to exactly the way it was when the snapshot was taken.


    Simplified Management
    ShareCenter solutions can do a whole lot. They let you back up your content, share it with friends and family, access everything remotely from the Internet and stream content to your TV. Thankfully, they’re also incredibly easy to manage.

    With included feature-rich backup software, Windows users can easily create schedules and rules including real-time, full or incremental backups and can set storage quotas for specific users and groups. All without breaking a sweat.

    Network Access
    ShareCenter storage devices support up to 64 unique users and allow you to add them to a group or individually, making it simple to manage who has access to what. Plus, you can easily give rights to specific users or groups and assign them to folders with either read or read/write permissions. This is perfect for the home where you can ensure your children will only have access to age appropriate material or for an office environment with employee-specific data.

    Storage Quotas
    Hate it when people fill up your hard drive with their photos and music? Want to save some space for your own stuff? Good news - ShareCenter supports storage quotas for both groups and individual users. That means you can easily limit the amount of storage users are allocated and change those quotas as necessary. With ShareCenter, you’ve got the power.

    Back It Up
    Keeping all of your important files on your computer without backing them up is like owning a house and not insuring it. It’s important to back up your files so if the unexpected happens, you still have a backup in place. This 2-Bay ShareCenter Network Storage device can house up to 4TB of storage capacity, giving you plenty of space to store your music, photos, videos, documents and other important stuff. This storage device allows you to insert one or two disk drives without using any tools or connecting any cables. When used with two hard drives, the 2-Bay ShareCenter allows you to back up files in full or incrementally and comes with four different hard drive modes so you can best configure it to your needs.
  • Standard mode creates two separately accessible hard drives.
  • JBOD (Just a Bunch of Drives) combines both hard drives in linear fashion for maximum space efficiency.
  • RAID 0 provides faster speeds by combining both drives in a striped configuration, which means data is distributed across both drives in the device.
  • RAID 12 causes the drives to mirror each other, providing maximum protection. If one drive fails while configured as RAID 1, the unaffected drive continues to function like a single drive until the failed one is replaced. When a new drive is inserted, it’s restored – returning full protection to both drives. Two is better than one.

    B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Drives)
    One of the best things about this ShareCenter device is that it comes without built-in hard drives. That means added flexibility and reduced strain on your wallet. You’re free to hand pick the disk drive that is the best fit for you. Choose the size. Choose the brand. Search for the best deal. Buy one. Buy two. The sky is the limit.

  • Specifications

    Manufacturer D-Link
    Mfg Part# DNS-325
    SKU 219891613
    UPC 790069347290
    UPC 14 00790069347290
    Two 3.5” SATA Hard Drive Bays
    1.2GHz CPU
    Tool-less Hard Drive Installation
    Multiple Hard Drive Configurations: RAID 0, RAID 1, Standard, and JBOD
    High Performance with Gigabit Ethernet Connectivity
    USB Port Supports Print Serving, UPS Monitoring and One Touch Backup
    Built-in Web File Server and Secure FTP Server for File Access Over the Internet
    DLNA™ Server to Stream Music, Photos, and Video to Compatible Media Players Including PlayStation® 3, Xbox® 360 and the Boxee Box by D-Link.
    iTunes Server
    Add-on application support
    Logitech Squeeze Center support
    Audio Streamer
    Create a Blog App
    Photo Center App
    Apple Time Machine Support
    Peer-to-Peer Download Engine
    Users and Groups can be Assigned to Folders with Read or Read/Write Access
    Establish Storage Quotas for Users and Groups
    Full or Incremental Backups
    Recover Your Computer using the Bundled Backup Software
    Automatic E-mail Notification of Device Status
    Configure Language Setting for use with Web Interface
    Yahoo! Widget Support
    NFS Server Support
    24/7 Basic Installation Support
    3-Year Limited Warranty
    Package Contents
    ShareCenter™ 2-Bay Network Storage with USB Printer Port
    Power Adapter
    Ethernet Cable
    Quick Installation Guide
    CD ROM
    Tech Specs
    256MB RAM
    IEEE 802.3 10Base-T Ethernet
    IEEE 802.3u 100Base-TX Fast Ethernet
    IEEE 802.3ab 1000Base-T Gigabit Ethernet
    Support Hard Drive Type: 3.5" Internal SATA Hard Drive
    1 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Port
    1 USB Port
    Drive Management:
    Four Different Hard Drive Configurations (RAID 0, 1, JBOD, Standard)
    Drive Status with Email Alerts
    Drive Quotas
    Power Management
    Device Management: Internet Explorer® v6 or other Java-enabled Browsers
    HDD 1
    HDD 2
    Power Supply:
    External Power Supply
    DC 12V / 4A Switching
    Power Consumption:
    Normal mode: 15.7 W
    Sleep mode: 8.2 W
    Power Management:
    Power Saving
    Schedule power off
    Auto Power Recovery support
    Operating Temperature: 30º to 104º F (0º to 40º C)
    Operating Humidity: 10% to 95% Non-Condensing
    FCC Class B
    Dimensions (L x W x H): Item: 4.1" x 7.8" x 5.2" (104mm x 198mm x 132mm)
    Weight: 2.7 lbs
    Warranty: 3-Year Warranty
    Minimum System Requirements:
    PC with:
    1GHz Processor
    512MB RAM
    200MB of Available Hard Disk Space
    Windows® 77, Windows Vista®7 or Windows® XP SP27
    CD-ROM Drive to View Product Documentation and Install Software
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