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Software Configuration

To configure the DNS-120, you can use the D-Link Easy Search Utility, a program that ships on the DNS-120 CD-ROM (see Figure 4).

Figure 4

Figure 4 Launching the D-Link Easy Search Utility from the installation CD.

By default, the DNS-120 tries to configure itself with a static IP address of If this IP address doesn't fall into the range of addresses for your existing network, you may need to perform additional IP configuration (beyond the scope of this article). I had problems with the Easy Search Utility detecting my DNS-120 device at first. To get things working, I performed a firmware update of the device and downloaded the newest version of the Easy Search Utility from the D-Link web site. After that, installation was pretty flawless.

When the Easy Search Utility is launched, it should show the DNS-120 listed in the adapter section, as shown in Figure 5. Note: The screen shows DNS-G120; the search utility works for the DNS-120 as well as the DNS-G120. The DNS-G120 is a cousin of the DNS-120; rather than a wired unit like the DNS-120, the DNS-G120 is a wireless unit.

Figure 5

Figure 5 The Easy Search Utility discovering the DNS-120 adapter.

Double-click the DNS-120 adapter entry in the Adapter section of the dialog box to populate an entry in the Link Info section, as shown in Figure 6.

Figure 6

Figure 6 The Easy Search Utility discovering an attached USB thumb drive.

In this example, I was shown a link name for the SanDisk USB thumb drive that I attached to the network storage adapter.

After you click the link, you can choose a network drive letter for the drive. For demonstration purposes, I chose J: as my USB thumb drive's network drive letter (see Figure 7).

Figure 7

Figure 7 Assigning a network drive letter to the USB drive.

After selecting a drive letter, click the Connect button. You should receive a notification that the drive was successfully mapped, as shown in Figure 8.

Figure 8

Figure 8 Notification of a successfully mapped drive.

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