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How to configure the D-Link DNS-340L FTPES server

In addition to the FTP server that incorporates the NAS server, we also have the possibility of logging in through FTPES (Explicit), in such a way that we will use the TLS protocol under the same port 21 for data transfer in encrypted form. We must warn that the transfer through the FTPES server has a limit of about 11MB / s since it encrypts and decrypts the information on the fly, and therefore the CPU has an extra workload.

The first thing we have to do is go to «Administration / Account Management»To create a new user with permissions to use the FTP server, and therefore also the FTPES.

Once we have clicked on «Create» to create a new user, we must follow the wizard to assign a specific folder or a whole volume, we must also mark the FTP option to be able to access with FTPES. We can also assign a disk quota to prevent users from filling the internal disk with files without permission from the system administrator.

At the end of the wizard we will be shown a summary of all the changes we have made. Next we must go to the section «Administration / Application Administration / FTP Server»To activate the FTP server and configure different parameters such as the port, the maximum number of concurrent users and even limit the speed of uploading and downloading files. Another option that we will have available is the FXP to transfer files between remote FTP servers, in such a way that the files do not have to go through our PC.

He FTPES server is enabled by default with the FTP server, though D-Link gives us the option to accept only FTPES connections to ensure that the data always travels encrypted and that no malicious user takes over our access credentials and the transferred files.

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If we use Filezilla and in the address bar we put: ftpes: // IP with the username, password and port, we will see that we have effectively logged into our D-Link FTPES server (previously we must accept the server’s certificate that we will appear as a pop-up window):

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We recommend you visit our tutorial on how troubleshoot FTP and FTPES connection problems.

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How to configure a RAID on the D-Link DNS-340L

This NAS server allows you to configure the hard drives in various ways, the first of which is the “standard” mode, that is, we will have the two separate hard drives as totally independent units and that each of them will have the size of its own hard drive. If disk 1 is 500GB and disk 2 is 1TB, they will have it separately and no capacity will be lost. There will be one drive for each disc inserted.

He JBOD mode for its part, it allows the hard disks to be “joined” to form a single unit, there is no data duplication but the system converts the two hard disk units into one, adding the maximum capacities of both hard disks. In this way, if we insert one, two or more discs, we will see everything as a single unit.

He RAID 0 mode or also known as Data Striping, this mode allows data to be distributed evenly between two or more disks. There is no parity information so we will not have redundancy. In this mode, if we have a 500GB hard drive and a 1TB hard drive, the maximum RAID0 capacity will be 1TB (500GB of one and 500GB of the other). This mode is recommended to achieve higher read and write speed rates since both hard drives work together. With this mode we can configure 2 hard drives.

He RAID 1 mode Also known as Mirroring, it allows data to be duplicated on both hard drives, so that if a hard drive has a mechanical failure, it can be replaced by another and the information can be restored without data loss. This mode is recommended to protect your most important data. With this mode we can configure 2 hard drives.

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Depending on the number of hard drives inserted in the D-Link DNS-340L NAS server, we will have more or less RAID options. If we introduce one or two disks, the available options that we will have will be those that we have talked about previously, however if we introduce a total of 4 hard disks, we can configure the NAS in the following modes:

He RAID 5 modeIt is a distributed mode and with parity, it allows data to be distributed among several hard drives and also incorporates parity information, if a hard drive fails we can regenerate the information thanks to the information stored on the other drives, if two drives fail we will lose all the information.

Raid5The last mode available on this NAS is RAID 10 mode, this mode allows creating a RAID 0 out of two RAID 1s, in such a way that for each RAID 1 created a disk may fail and we can recover the information, if two disks of the same RAID 1 fail then we will lose all the information.

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To configure different RAID levels in the D-Link DNS-340L we have two options, run the NAS installation wizard for Windows if it is a first installation, or do it through the NAS server’s own firmware. In case you have not created any RAID in the first configuration, we can go to the NAS administration, in «Administration / Disk Administration ». Once we are in this menu we click on «RAID Type Definition and Re-Format«.

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This process will format the disks so we will lose all the information inside.

Once we click there, we must follow the configuration wizard provided by the D-Link firmware. It will first show us the hard drives inserted in the NAS with their capacity, then it will give us to choose what type of RAID we are going to select, in our case we are going to select RAID 1 for data duplication.

Once selected, we can choose what size we want to reserve for RAID 1 and what size we want for an additional space in JBOD format. In our case we select the full capacity of the smallest hard disk (in this case the size is the same in both), then it will give us the option to rebuild the RAID 1 automatically if a hard disk fails and we replace it . It is advisable to select this option to fully protect our data in the event of a disk failure. The following option allows us to encrypt the content of the discs, in case, in case of physical theft, they cannot read our data.

Once we have carried out these steps, we only need to format the volumes and after waiting a few minutes we will have our RAID created.

Once the process is finished we will have a summary of the changes and the new RAID system will be reflected in the disk management:

So far we have arrived with our manual on how to configure a RAID on the D-Link server. We recommend visit our D-Link manufacturer page where you will find more analysis of the manufacturer. You can also access the D-Link area where you will find configuration manuals for your equipment.

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Manual to configure the Samba server in D-Link DNS-340L

In order to use the Samba server of the NAS, the first thing we must do is create a user with permissions on the disk to be able to read and write, this user will be created as an administrator since he will have permissions on the entire volume and not on certain folders.

The first thing we have to do is go to «Administration / Account Management«:

In the tab on the left where it indicates «Users / Groups»Is where we will have to click for next Create a new user.

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Once we have clicked on «Create» a simple wizard will appear where we must enter the new credentials of the user (user and password) as well as their permissions (volume with read or read and write permissions) and also set a maximum disk quota . In this wizard we will also have the possibility of adding a user who can use the FTP server, we select this option so that the user can access the files through Samba or FTP.

Once we have finished, the wizard will show us a summary and take us to the previous user screen.

If we want to allow only certain folders, we must go to “Shared Network” where we will create the different permissions for folders and users.

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We must click on «New» and then a wizard will appear where we select the folders and also the users with the different permissions that we want them to have (read or read and write). We will also have the option to deny users or groups access to certain folders. Finally, we can enable these folders also to have these same permissions but through the FTP protocol in addition to Samba.

When we have applied the permissions, if we go back to “User and groups” we will see the new permissions that we have added to the different users, and from here we can also edit them.

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Once we have carried out all these steps, we can easily access our Samba server through the local network or by running “\ IP_SERVIDOR” from the “Run” menu in Windows.

We recommend visit our D-Link manufacturer page where you will find more analysis of the manufacturer such as the D-Link DNS-327L which is a NAS with 2 bays. You can also access the D-Link area where you will find configuration manuals for your equipment.

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How to configure DLNA media server on the D-Link DNS-340L

Thanks to this server, we will be able to organize different content by folders to later reproduce it on the home local network, all without the need to have the content on the device itself, but rather we will reproduce it via cable, Wi-Fi or PLC devices. Taking into account that this NAS has 4 bays, we can store a large amount of content to play it on demand.

The first thing we have to do to configure the DLNA media server is go to «Administration / Application Administration / Media Server«, Once in this area we must enable the UPnP AV server and also add a folder path where we have all our multimedia content or are going to put multimedia content.

Once we click on «Add» we must follow the wizard, first we have to select the folder with the multimedia content to later add the selected folders to the NAS multimedia library and be able to play the content on the different devices.

Once we are done, click on apply and the NAS will automatically add all the multimedia files in the folder to the multimedia library:

d-link_dns-340l_multimedia_server_dlna_4Once the process is finished, we will be shown which folders we are adding to said multimedia library, being able to add more or remove those that we have already incorporated.

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So far we have come with this manual for configuring the DLNA media server on the D-Link DNS-340L. We recommend visit our D-Link manufacturer page where you will find more analysis of the manufacturer. You can also access the D-Link area where you will find configuration manuals for your equipment.