Like every other website on the planet, SmallNetBuilder uses cookies. Our cookies track login status, but we only allow admins to log in anyway, so those don't apply to you. Any other cookies you pick up during your visit come from advertisers, which we don't control.
If you continue to use the site, you agree to tolerate our use of cookies. Thank you!

Router Charts

Click for Router Charts

Router Ranker

Click for Router Ranker

NAS Charts

Click for NAS Charts

NAS Ranker

Click for NAS Ranker

More Tools

Click for More Tools

UPnP

The last feature I wanted to check out on the box was its standard support for the UPnP protocol. D-Link's own server worked well, but how would the box react to a UPnP server from a different manufacturer? Fine, as it turns out. Going back to the setup menu, I selected the Twonkyvision UPnP server (Figure 12) that I run on my Kuro Box NAS device and began to check it out.

Figure 12: Server selection

Figure 12: Server selection

With multimedia devices, I don't want to run a hot, noisy, power-hungry computer just to play music or watch a movie. Instead, I put my media on a low-power, silent NAS drive and access it from there. As I ran through the same menus I tested previously, I saw little difference in behavior. I could watch videos, listen to music and view slide shows. Once again the only issue I saw was the lack of picture thumbnails as I had seen in USB mode.

In general, I was impressed. Several other boxes I previously tested looked flashy when using their own server and bland when using a foreign server. But with the DSM-520, it was hard to tell the difference.

One benefit the Twonkyvision server offered was for Internet radio stations. The Twonkyvision server presented a list of usable Internet radio stations under the music option, while Internet radio stations were only available after signing up for service from the Online Zone option with the D-Link server.

The only complaint I had about using alternate servers was when I changed from one server to another. Usually with these boxes a top-level menu is presented from which the user can select from a menu of servers, but with the DSM-520, changing servers required going back into the setup menu, searching for servers, selecting a server and then saving the preferences. But this was a minor issue because most people don't often change servers.

Wi-Fi System Tools
Check out our Wi-Fi System Charts, Ranker and Finder!

Support Us!

If you like what we do and want to thank us, just buy something on Amazon. We'll get a small commission on anything you buy. Thanks!

Over In The Forums

had a share problem but figured it out. all better now.wish there was a way to delete this post
Before anyone says "what could you need 10GbE for anyway", I will say that I do not need 10GbE, but I do need more than 1GbE. So, I am looking for opt...
I’m not sure if this is the correct forum so, mods, please move if needed. My situation is that we about to get the NBN FTTN / VDSL2+ via iiNet and I’...
I have always used RDP to remotely connect to an internal machine at my home 192.168.1.3 using OpenVPN remotely, but recently I have not been able to ...
I have an RT-86U and because of various reasons ended up starting to use Merlin on it. Works ok'ish but lately I haven't been able to add anymore DHCP...

Don't Miss These

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3