Jan. 3, 2012
D-Link DNS-320 ShareCenter NAS review

This thing is great. I got it from VTech Industries for about $220 AUD. It is basically a mini GNU/Linux server with 2 giant hard drives in it. That price gets you a single 1TB drive and you can install your own drive in the other bay by removing the lid and dropping it in place. The unit, pictured below, is a bit taller and wider than three PC hard drives stacked together.


It comes with a reasonable web interface you can access over your LAN, but I installed the fun_plug hack on it by copying the files across the network and restarting the device - easy. That hack gets you SSH access, rsync, and a bunch of other Linuxy stuff.

We are storing our media and backups on it and it is basically perfect for that use-case. I now once again have a cron-and-rsync based regular backup of all of my servers in the USA, hooray! I'm also routing all SSH traffic to our ADSL router through to it so I can access the files on the device from outside our network if neccessary.

All in all I am very pleased with this purchase.

7 years, 1 month ago - Tue 03 Jan 2012

I much prefer the HP ProLiant N36L Microserver. At $219 dollars with Dual Core AMD CPU and ATI based integrated graphics. 4 drive bays and expandable to 8 GB of ram I believe.

7 years, 1 month ago - Thu 05 Jan 2012

I have one of these too! Great devices!

7 years, 1 month ago - Wed 11 Jan 2012

ChrisK: wow that is a pretty amazing price for a fully fledged dual core server!

Simon: I compiled git on the device and I now have my own Dropbox style sharing at home using SparkleShare. Good times!

7 years ago - Tue 07 Feb 2012

So, I just bought the mentioned ProLiant server.

WOW! Installed Ubuntu on the machine... it is extremely well built, very quiet, cool, and compact! Definitely recommended, esp. for the insanely low price.

6 years, 8 months ago - Fri 01 Jun 2012

Hi Chris,

How easy is it to get SparkleShare set up? Could you point me in the direction of some instructions? (ie how to compile git, etc).


6 years, 8 months ago - Sun 03 Jun 2012

Hi Ed,

Basic instructions:

Good luck!

6 years, 6 months ago - Wed 08 Aug 2012

installed FunPlug for telnet acces & nzbget (newsgroup downloader) and change a fan 12v because over noise with the original fan in the dlink, it's now fun. I developped script for ftp sycronise between 2 NAS. excuse me for my english , i am french ans speak very bad.bye.

6 years, 6 months ago - Wed 08 Aug 2012


6 years, 6 months ago - Thu 16 Aug 2012

Hi, I am very pleased with the ShareCenter as well. One annoying thing: The Fan. It's driving me cracy since I put it next to my Television (DLNA)

@Meryl: How did you manage to get the Fan changed? I breaking my fingers here ;)

With best regards Sani

6 years, 5 months ago - Sun 23 Sep 2012

Fan noise is terrible. Once it's turned on at 46 degrees, it won't shut down. I think it is a firmware bug. Anyway, I drilled a hole to let me disconnect the fan power while keep the top cover open.

5 years, 7 months ago - Fri 12 Jul 2013


I have FFP 0.7 installed on my DNS-320. I can connect via ssh to it without problem. I would like to use ssh for port forwarding - but it seems current server doesn't support it. Can anyone advise what to do to achieve ssh port forwarding?

  • I noticed there's a newer openssh package available (openssh-6.2p2-arm-4node.txz). Will it help if I upgrade?
  • Should I install another package - which one?

Thank You for any help/suggestions.

4 years, 8 months ago - Mon 02 Jun 2014

Change the fan setting from auto(off/low/high) to auto(low/high) and the fan speed should drop. Don't know if it will go high again and get stuck there, but it worked for me without shutting off.

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