We will now be covering building a high speed home network using the D-Link DNS-323 NAS device and the D-Link DGL-4500 Xtreme N Gaming Router. These allow you to stream your media files, secure your data, and control access to your data for everyone on your network.
The “GL” in DGL-4500 stands for “Gamer Lounge” and this is because this router has been designed to allow you to allocate priority to the important bandwidth coming from the application of your choice on your network. So if your spouse is watching a soap opera from a website stream, it won’t affect your internet ping while you are gaming. This is provided via a technology in the router called GameFuel. The router has Gigabit Ethernet for any wired network devices you may have as well as 2.4GHz/5GHz connectivity to any Wireless-N devices that you may have.
The DNS-323 is already a very popular Network Attached Storage unit. This is a very quiet unit and inside it are two hard drive bays which gives you support for RAID0, RAID1 or JBOD. There is operating system independent automatic backup, so you can use it on Windows 10, Vista, 7, or Linux. You can have FTP (File Transfer Protocol) access to your files so you can get to them from the internet. It is a media streaming device, so that means you can stream media to your Xbox 360, your PlayStation 3 or other device. It also has BitTorrent support should you need to download content for sharing.
We now look at how to set up all our files with the DNS-323. To remove the hard drives, the DNS-323 has a removable face bezel that reveals the drive bays. These bays release the hard drives after pulling a lever at the back of the unit. Putting the drives back in will require pulling on these levers first, allowing the drive to go into their bays. At the back you will see input for the power, a wired Ethernet jack, and a USB port.
From the D-Link website, you can download the D-Link Easy Search Utility 4400. What this program allows you to do is interact with your NAS device a lot easier. It will detect your DNS-323 NAS on your network and you can even map a drive letter to it so you can interact with the files there like you do with files on your local hard drives through Windows Explorer.
This utility will also show you the IP address of your DNS-323. If you type that address into your web browser, it will take you to the admin configuration web server on the device. You can type in the default admin password, if you haven’t already changed it, and click “configure.” Here, you can set up users, user groups, disk quotas, network access, the FTP server, UPnP server, an iTunes server, DCHP, as well as all of the other advanced features. You can also update the firmware for the device, which might be required for support of 1.5TB and over hard drives.