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D-Link Network Video Recorder DNR-322L review

Is a dedicated network video recorder worth the money?

Our Verdict

For

  • Easy to use
  • Can record from up to 9 cameras

Against

  • No additional NAS features
  • Not easy to use as standard NAS drive
  • No drives installed
  • Price

The D-Link Network Video Recorder DNR-322L is a NAS (network attached storage) device specifically for recording network video.

Although it works with other brands, it's best used with D-Link's own cameras (like the DCS-942L) via the mydlink service.

The DNR-322L doesn't come with a hard drive installed, though it supports two SATA hard drives that can be configured for RAID 0 or RAID 1. If you already have a drive you want to use, make sure you back up any files on it, as the installation process includes an option to format the drive. This can be skipped, but it's best to play it safe.

The main reason for choosing this over a standard NAS drive is ease of use, and the DNR-322L doesn't disappoint. Installation was quick and straightforward, and the device soon found our network cameras.

The browser interface will be familiar to anyone with a D-Link network camera. We could easily switch between cameras and toggle recording of their live streams. You can play recorded footage through the web interface, and choose a recording by camera, and the date and time it was taken.

The interface didn't work in Chrome - we had to fire up Internet Explorer. The major question here is: why would you buy this when a standard, cheaper NAS drive would do the job, and come with extra functionality?

There are no media servers or torrent clients with the DNR-322L, and it can't be easily mounted as a network drive.

In the end, the only thing going for it is its simplicity. It's certainly easy to set up and use, but if you have any networking experience you'd be better off getting a standard NAS drive like the Iomega StorCenter ix2-200.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeVideo Surveillance Station
EthernetYes
Connectivity TechnologyWired
Brand NameD-Link
FeaturesNetwork Video Recorder
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
USBYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Height178.5 mm
Width115 mm
Depth146.4 mm
ManufacturerD-Link Systems, Inc
Product ModelDNR-322L
Product NameDNR-322L mydlink Network Video Recorder
Product Linemydlink
Video FormatsMPEG-4, Motion JPEG, H.264
Manufacturer Part NumberDNR-322L
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.dlink.co.uk
Marketing InformationThe mydlink™ Network Video Recorder is a standalone storage device that can record video simultaneously from up to nine network cameras without requiring users to turn on their PC. This device not only supports mydlink™ cameras but can be used to record footage from a range of D Link business cameras, which makes it an ideal DIY security solution for both homes and small businesses.

With mydlink technology, the DNR-322L can be accessed remotely via a web browser from any computer connected to the Internet, just by logging into your mydlink™ account. Once connected, you can watch live video from any of your cameras, or playback recorded footage with the intuitive on-screen controls. With no set up fees or subscription costs, home and business users have the most flexible way to ensure their properties are secure.

Package Contents
  • DNR-322L mydlink Network Video Recorder
  • Power Adapter
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • Power Cable Holder
  • CD-ROM (Software, Product Documentation)
Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)875 g