D-Link ShareCenter+ NAS Personal Cloud Storage Enclosure
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• Have your own personal cloud and access it from any internet enabled device
• Diskless model – two bays aren’t fitted with hard drives, maximum 4TB in each bay
• PC and Mac computers can be backed up automatically with ShareCenter Sync backup or Apple Time Machine
• Make a backup of any stored data on the NAS with RAID 1, USB or cloud backups available
• DLNA and iTunes media server built-in, so you can stream media files to a Boxee Box, game console or smart TV
• Never run out of space on your smart device, upload music, movies and photos via the mydlink Access-NAS app for iOS and Android
• Integrate your Amazon S3 and Google Drive account with your D-Link ShareCenterScalable personal cloud solution for your home or office
The D-Link ShareCenter+ storage enclosure (manufacturer’s number: DNS-327L) enables you to create your own personal cloud and access your files from any internet enabled device. Add up to two 3.5-inch SATA hard drives to this enclosure without the use of any tools, with the maximum supported capacity being 4TB for each bay. A USB port on the back of the ShareCenter+ can be used to share a USB printer with your home or office, or you can attach an external USB drive for a one-touch backup.
A list of compatible hard drives can be found in the PDF file located in the ‘downloads’ tab
What’s the difference between and the standard ShareCenter?
The main differences between the two models is the processor and memory being used and the USB socket. On the ShareCenter a 1GHz Marvell Kirkwood 88F6702 CPU is used with 256MB of memory, whereas this ShareCenter+ uses a 1.2GHz Marvell Armada 88F6707 with 512MB of memory. This improves the read and write speed of the NAS drive and with USB3.0 instead of USB2.0, USB backups can be done much quicker.
What other backup options are there?
To ensure t the data on your computer or laptop isn’t lost, you can use the included ShareCenter Sync Backup software for Windows machines or Time Machine for Macs. In addition to securing an off-site backup for any files stored the NAS drive via an external USB drive, you can setup and integrate your Amazon S3 or Google Drive account to this ShareCenter+. A full or incremental backup can be scheduled, so you have a constant backup of files stored on this NAS drive completely off-site.
Another way of building a contingency plan for the data on this NAS drive is to enable a RAID configuration (JBOD, RAID 0 and RAID 1 is available). RAID 0 splits the data stored evenly across the two drives and therefore limits the storage space to twice the size of the smallest hard drive. RAID 1 uses one of the hard drives as storage and the other is used as a mirror for redundancy. If one of the first hard drive fails the other can be used as a primary storage drive until the failed one is replaced.
What can I use to remotely access this NAS drive?
Downloading and uploading files, deleting files/folders from your NAS drive and checking the status of the ShareCenter+ can be done remotely from the mydlink internet portal. Alternatively, if you would to view pictures or stream music and videos to your iOS or Android device you can do so with the mydlink Access-NAS app. You can download files through the app to your smart device to send to someone or to watch later. Music, movies and pictures can be uploaded and backed up to the ShareCenter+, saving you space on your smartphone or tablet.
To further improve on the ShareCenter+ there are built-in applications such as My Music, My Files, My Photos, P2P downloads and My Surveillance. This allows you to manage your P2P downloads, view your pictures, stream your music and access your files. Whereas My Surveillance lets you record and manage videos from mydlink cloud cameras. Other third party apps can be installed to improve functionality even further, such as Logitech Squeezebox Server, Transmission, Wordpress, phpMyAdmin, phpBB and more.
What can I stream to?
The built-in DLNA/UPnP and iTunes media server lets you stream your media collection to any compatible media player. This could be D-Link’s Boxee Box, a game console, a smart TV or a radio, which is connected to the same network as the NAS drive. It also supports multiple simultaneous streams, so you can watch a movie on your TV, while someone else listens to music streamed through to their radio.
What other features are there?
You can be guaranteed confidentiality and integrity of any files stored on this NAS drive by creating and giving specific users or groups read/write permissions to certain folders. This ideal if you want to make sure that nobody deletes your files by accident. An Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) can also be connected to monitor power levels and protects your data in the event of a power failure.
|Maximum Capacity||8 TB|
|Number of hard drives||0|
|Maximum number of hard drives||2 x 3.5 inch drives (4TB in 2 bays)|
|Backup Options||D-Link ShareCenter Sync, Apple Time Machine|
|RAID Options||JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1|
|Integration with cloud services||Amazon S3|
|Connections||1 x Ethernet port (10/100/1000 Mb/s), 1 x USB 3.0|
|Operating systems compatibility||Windows / Mac OS X 10.5|
|Remote access via web||Yes|
|AirPlay||Yes - iTunes|
|Smart device app?||Yes - mydlink Access-NAS|
|Compatibility with third party applications/devices||iTunes, Photo Center (Gallery2), Blog (Wordpress), Audio Streamer (icestation), Logitech Squeeze Center, AjaXplorer, aMule, phpMyAdmin, phpBB, Joomla, Transmission|
|Encryption||Manufacturer not specified|
|Read speed||Manufacturer not specified|
|Write speed||Manufacturer not specified|
|Processor||Marvell Armada 88F6707 @ 1.2GHz|
|Dimensions||90 mm x 144.3 mm x 195.3 mm|
|Powered by||Mains powered|
|Hard drive mounting kit|