DNS-320 beta firmware (2.02) supports Time Machine on Lion

Better late than never, D-Link released a beta firmware to address the incompatibility issue with OS X Lion. The beta firmware 2.02 B01 can be found on D-Link Forums. Both Apple Filing Protocol (AFP) and Time Machine (TM) are working as it should on the DNS-320 with Lion.

A little history about the AFP and TM issue can be found here. Basically, Lion’s AFP is using a different security mechanism, hence breaking AFP support for quite a fair bit of NAS. I put up a workaround sometime back before D-Link came up with theirs.

Give the beta firmware a shot and continue with your Time Machine backup!

41 thoughts on “DNS-320 beta firmware (2.02) supports Time Machine on Lion

  • September 20, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Hi I flashed this version and now I cannot downgrade to a lower version and it does not spin up my hdd. Can you help?

  • September 20, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Hi Helpme,

    You should contact D-Link helpdesk for support on this matter. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • September 22, 2011 at 3:27 am

    Hi shadowandy, thank you for the news. Therefore I cannot access the forum.. if you can, could you maybe provide us a link to the firmware??

  • September 22, 2011 at 4:32 am

    I just downloaded the beta and it installed just fine.
    Running OSX Lion on my MB Pro.
    Timemachine still gives me the same error on aft protocol.

    Any ideas?

  • September 22, 2011 at 4:53 am

    I just realized that I am totally blind and extremely non-patient…

    Took a look around the dns-320 setup and saw that my previous timemachine shares where gone after firmware upgrade.
    So after having configured them again I hit “backup now” and waddayouknow….

    Iยดm back in backup ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you a million for posting this tip/link.

  • September 22, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Oh my god, you will start to hate me!

    Thank you for the link, I downloaded it and installed it. But I still have the issue, as described by Morten ; though I do not understand what he means by “configuring the TM shares again”.. where do I change what exactly??

    Thank you..

  • September 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    What I had to do to get my timemachine backup up and running again was to set up new shares in the dns-320 box.
    First set up the share under network shares (for example: JohnDoe_TM).
    I also added a user (same example: JohnDoe_TM) and gave the user a password.
    The share is set with user JohnDoe_TM as read/write privileges, all other users are blocked.

    Then go back into applications/local backup/timemachine (still in the dns-320 box).
    There you link the network share you made to a timemachine share.

    Hope it helps ๐Ÿ™‚

  • September 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Hum.. as I am not used to this stuff, and I use the systems in French, I think I just miss what you exactly mean with the dns-320 “box” ? If you could explain.. sorry ๐Ÿ™‚

  • September 22, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    OK OK, I understood. I think it’s actually working. Thank you for the explanations!

  • September 23, 2011 at 12:23 am

    After updating to beta firmware 2.02b01 Time Machine works again, but the read transfer speed from has dropped down to 10 MB/s from the 30 MB/s I used to get with the 2.00 firmware. Anyone else having the same problem?

  • September 29, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Hi shadowandy,
    I know this thread is related to Lion and TM but you really seem to understand this NAS so I hope you (or others) have time to assist.

    Just picked up this NAS, have OS 10.6.8, updated the firmware to 2.02b01, using the default settings for AFP, iMac (dual core Intel), the NAS is attached to my netwrok router (Dlink 615), Mac sees the volume in Finder as a shared network drive.
    I run into problems when transferring folders – the folder is created on the NAS but the contents of the folder don’t copy over. Individual file transfer is fine.

    I’m not a linux guru but have access to one if I supply the drinks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • September 29, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Hi Mike,

    Are there sufficient disk space on the NAS? Don’t see why you can create files and not folders.

  • September 29, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Hi shadowandy,
    Yes. I have two 2TB drives in RAID 1 configuration. The folders I was attempting to copy from the Mac to the NAS totaled only 170GB. I was “signed in” to the NAS as the Admin, if that would make a difference.
    This occurs even when copying a single folder with only a few files within it.
    Strange indeed.

  • October 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Hey All. I’ve been following this thread and learning some good things. My issue is writing files to the DNS-320 from Lion 10.7.2. I installed the beta firmware and the device mounts in Lion no problem. Whenever I try to write to the drive (even a small 10kb jpg) I get the error “The Finder can’t complete the operation because some data in โ€œโ€ can ‘t be read or written. (Error code -36)”. I also have a Mac running 10.5.6 on the same network and I can write to the NAS from there no problem. I can get files from the NAS to Lion, but not put them up there. Any hints? Thanks!

  • October 23, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Anyone still have DNS-320 beta firmware (2.02) on their hard disk? It seems that D-link pulled the plug on this firmware for now. I did not realized it when I flash my DNS-320. Now its has fw 2.01 and my Time Machine not backing up again.

  • October 25, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Like Edward, I’m looking for a 2.02 firmware since D-link pulled it. Can some one share it if you still have it. Yes, I realize there are issues and there is probably a good reason it was pulled, but I don’t care…I simply want to test with it if someone can provide. Thanks.

  • October 26, 2011 at 5:49 am

    I’m also looking for this beta firmware to try it !!! Thanks a lot for your help.

  • November 10, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    about this:
    Hi Ben,

    The beta firmware can be found here (ftp://ftp.dlink.com/Multimedia/dns320/Beta/).

    What the hell? This is the previous firmware that came out in june! stop spreading this kind of crap on forums, it’s not helping anybody!

  • November 10, 2011 at 11:03 pm


    D-Link removed the 2.02 beta from their FTP. 2.02b01 supports Lion and some of us flashed to 2.02 beta and got the DNS-320 working with Lion’s new AFP requirements.

  • November 27, 2011 at 5:44 pm


    Perhaps contacting your local D-Link office might help?

  • November 27, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Already did that, but no answer yet.

  • December 10, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    for users with the p2p issue. Disable the p2p function and renable them should solve the problem. Once the function is re-enabled. Map a drive with “DNSXXX\p2p” everything should be solved

  • December 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    I found out how to do it. I had P2P Settings –> Encryption toggled to ‘Enable’. Now it’s disabled and I can see the P2P drive.

  • December 11, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Flashed my DNS-320 firmware to 2.02. Seems to be working ok.

  • December 13, 2011 at 8:34 am

    hi, will this work for DNS-323 as well? thx

  • December 13, 2011 at 9:12 am


    This firmware does not work for DNS-323

  • January 8, 2012 at 2:38 am

    I receive the message “The uploaded file was not accepted by the DNS-323. Please return to the previous page and select a valid upgrade file.” Does anyone have suggestions?

  • January 9, 2012 at 10:54 am


    The beta firmware only applies to DNS-320 and not for the DNS-323. Are you using a DNS-323 or DNS-320?

  • January 9, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    hi andy, i posted this in HWZ storage thread, but have yet to get any reply. hope you could help me with it. thanks a lot!

    i am getting very frustrated with this NAS. its really laggy/ sluggish/ slow whatever name you could think of. whenever i transfer file(s) from my imac to DNS-320, the finder window of DNS-320 will freeze with spinning ball for about 30sec before it starts to transfer. upon transferring, the transfer window would state as 8.4MB of xxMB/ GB.

    my DNS-320 is wired to asus RT-N56U router and ethernet to imac. i am on maxonline express download speed 16Mbps, upload speed 1.2Mbps. what could be the problem? i really don’t know. is it due to my internet speed? or cable provided by Dlink? or do i have to RMA my DNS-320?

    this is the speed i am getting while transferring:

  • January 13, 2012 at 8:35 am


    I suppose you are accessing the DNS-320 through smb:// instead of afp:// ?

    Several Mac users highlight (on the Internet) that they face slow access to SMB shares and they pretty much found which option to tweak (on OS X) to solve the slow speed. Maybe you can give it a shot?

  • January 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Hey andy, thanks a lot for your reply! I was accessing it through SMB previously. May i ask whats the tweak? Do you mean accessing through AFP rather than SMB? What do you suggest if the “problem” still occurs?

  • March 6, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Upgrade to 2.02 ????
    I have a question because I have never try it before so it will be nice if someone can send me a link with the steps that I have to follow or some Kind advice will be nice !!!
    Thanks !!!

  • March 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    2.02 still caries the same afp issues. That sucks. Luckily we andy’s workaround.
    Now Im using nas320+ffp as time machine backups for my mac mini(Lion) and macbook(snow leopard). I also applied andy’s sparse bundle hack so my backups won’t eat up all my has space.

    But this morning both my machines had trouble seeing the afp shares again, I have to ssh back and restart afpd and all works fine again.

  • May 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I’ve used the DNS-320 for a few days with Mac Lion OS. I’ve got timemachine working, and have set up a number of users and groups.

    I’ve had logs notifications working, and backups from remote ftp sites I operate.

    I have a satellite box which can stream video to my tv, from an windows box running the amahi home server, but the DNS-320 has failed to connect to the satellite box, which is quite irritating as this was one of the main reason for purchasing it. The sat box can use CIFS or NFS, so I had hoped one of these would have worked with the NAS-320:-(

    My big concern is the imminent new MAC OS due later this year, will the problems just get worse or will the mac compatibility be improved?

    I’m now regretting not buying a Netgear NAS. Hopefully D-Link who advertise Mac compatibility will get this sorted, as the latest 2.03 beta doesn’t seem to work fully.

    Another issue is the order in which you construct the users and the shares and groups. If after setting up the drives, you create a user for the first time then during the process your asked for a group to place the user in and similarly for a home folder or share.

    D-link in the manual list what the features/functions in the software are and how to set them up individually, but there are no exemplar tutorials on how to set it up for the average home or business user.

    There is also a diparity between instructions for accessing the DNS-320 for Windows and Mac users and linux and again I think D-Link should address this in their manuals.

    As an inexpensive product aimed at home users this product has the potential to be brilliant, but it is let down in a number of areas.

    Hopefully a update to the firmware and perhaps the manuals will sort this?

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