Other Services and Features
The FTP server (Figure 12) allows users or groups either read only or read/write access. I tested the FTP server using multiple clients, including IE7 and was able to connect successfully. There's also a option, which you shouldn't use, to allow FTP access to the root of the selected drive. The FTP server also supports anonymous FTP, but unfortunately, the 323 doesn't log FTP activity, so you have no idea who's downloading or uploading on your server.
Figure 12: FTP Server Configuration
Since the 323 is Linux based, it should be easy enough for D-Link to add FTP logging capabilities. D-Link thoughtfully included instructions in their manual that shows you how to set up port forwarding on one of their routers so that internet users can access files.
The 323 includes a built-in DHCP server, but you probably won't use it. Virtually every router on the market has a DHCP server built-in, and you most likely already have one enabled on your network. Still, if you need a DHCP server, the 323 provides a very basic one. You can't set DHCP reservations, but it will show you a list of DHCP leases.
Finally, the 323 has a single USB port on the back panel that's used to connect USB printers to the built-in print server. I connected an old Epson 785EX printer to the USB port and installed the drivers. The D-Link instruction manual provides good guidance on how to configure a USB printer to work with the 323. When browsing for network printers, Windows XP discovered the LP port on the 323 and I was able to print just fine. Note that there is no ability to monitor or delete the print queue.
I found it odd that D-Link included only a single USB 2.0 port on the 323. Most competitive products include three ports to support not only print sharing, but the attachment of external USB drives and flash keys for storage expansion and quick file backups. But D-Link said that the 323's USB port currently supports print serving only, although this might change in a future firmware release.
Moving on, the Tools menu has a number of fairly obvious utilities that you need to administer the 323. From this menu, you can change the administrator's password, set the time, save and restore system settings and update firmware. Being a time freak, I appreciated that you can set the system time from an NTP server. There's also a power management feature that will let you shut down the drive(s) after a specified period period of inactivity. A disk utility will let you scan and repair disks as well as de-fragment them.
Finally, there's a page for setting up email alerts (Figure 13). The 323 supports authenticated SMTP login, and you can select from a number of alerts for email notification.