It's obviously a day for NAS; hot on the heels of the Pogoplug Video and Buffalo CloudStor comes D-Links two new home backup and streaming drives. The D-Link ShareCenter DNS-320 and DNS-325 each have a pair of 3.5-inch SATA HDD bays, a USB port and gigabit ethernet, and can funnel your music, photos and video around your home network.
The DNS-320 - which was actually announced for the UK market all the way back in December 2010 - has an 800MHz processor and 128MB of RAM. As for the DNS-325, that has a 1.2GHz processor and 256MB of RAM.
Both have standalone P2P functionality, internet photo sharing, FTP, various forms of RAID support and more. Pricing is $109.99 for the DNS-320 and $199.99 for the DNS-325, drive-free, while 1TB pre-configs will be $199.99 for the DSN-320-110 and $279.99 for the DNS-325-110 following on in May 2011.
D-Link® ShareCenter® Solutions Offer Easy Backup, File Sharing, Media Streaming, and Remote Access for Today’s Digital Home
New 2-Bay Network Storage Solutions with Superior Performance, Re-designed Interface and Enhanced Media Functionality for Home Users Now Shipping
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – April 6, 2011 – D-Link today announced the availability of its ShareCenter® 2-Bay Network Storage devices, the DNS-320 and DNS-325. With shared storage serving as an essential element in today’s digital home, these network-attached storage (NAS) solutions feature an upgraded hardware platform and intuitive user interface, enabling consumers to easily share documents, files and digital media with everyone on a home network[i].
The next generation of the award-winning DNS-321 and DNS-323, the new DNS-320 and DNS-325 provide users with centralized storage to help protect, manage, share, stream and remotely access data. Both products feature two SATA HD bays for 3.5-inch drives of either 1TB or 2TB capacities, ensuring plenty of storage for today’s home users. Whether streaming movies, sharing files, or storing video from a network camera, D-Link® ShareCenter storage solutions are designed to let consumers work, play, and share from any room in the home or from a remote location, over the Internet. A complementary piece to D-Link’s digital home solutions, consumers can utilize ShareCenter products for a number of applications – whether it’s connecting directly to the wireless router, storing video from mydlink-enabled IP cameras, or streaming video to your TV using the Boxee Box by D-Link.
“From music for your iPod to photos from your digital SLR to videos for streaming, the need for centralized storage has increased dramatically in today’s connected households,” said Daniel Kelley, associate vice president of consumer marketing, D-Link North America. “Our new ShareCenter products enable users to easily backup their digital lives with added capabilities and advanced technology to get the most out of their home networks.”
Installation of ShareCenter devices is simple, and if more storage is needed, easy expansion allows consumers to add additional hard drives without using tools or attaching any cables. Both solutions include Farstone’s Total Recovery Pro Backup software to manage scheduled and incremental network backups, enabling users to backup all the computers in their home without having to hassle with physically connecting each device to a USB drive. In addition to content back-up and RAID support for data protection, the DNS-320 and DNS-325 also feature remote access to files through a built-in web file server app and FTP server. With the included remote backup application, users can easily backup content to a second storage device at another location to protect against data loss in the event of a catastrophe. And, using the USB port in each device, users can share a single printer among all of the computers in a household over the network. Additionally, users can automatically download content from the web without powering on a PC with the integrated Peer-to-Peer Downloader or access their files at top speeds without bottlenecking with the Gigabit Ethernet port.
The DNS-320 includes its own internal 800 MHz processor, a simplified interface and software for finding and managing files. The DNS-325 features increased speeds due to its upgraded 1.2 GHz processor. Its rugged, compact design makes for easy desktop placement. It also includes applications, such as a photo gallery, an audio streamer and a Blog application that allows users to host their own blogs directly from the device, making the DNS-325 an ideal solution for not only storage, but also for streaming media over a home network. It can also support additional add-on applications as they are developed. Both products also feature AFP and Time Machine support for Mac users.
The DNLA-certified DNS-320 and DNS-325 both feature an upgraded warranty of three years, compared with the one year warranty of prior ShareCenter products.
Availability and Pricing
The DNS-320 and DNS-325 are currently available throughout the D-Link network of retail and e-tail outlets in North America, including Fry’s Electronics, Micro Center, J&R, Amazon, Tiger Direct, NewEgg, Buy.com, and at the company’s online store, http://www.dlinkshop.com. Street prices for the DNS-320 and DNS-325 are $109.99 and $199.99, respectively. In addition, D-Link will also launch the DSN-320-110 and DNS-325-110 (pre-configured with a 1TB disk drive) in May 2011 for $199.99 and $279.99, respectively.
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