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Firmware and Web-Interface

The DSM-G600 turned to be an interesting device not only from the hardware aspect. The software section of this device is no less interesting, not only for ordinary users but also for enthusiasts. We mean alternative firmware versions, of course. There is a very informative English-language resource entirely dedicated to the DSM-G600 and DNS-323. It is located at http://dsmg600.info and offers a detailed description of the device as well as lots of information about using it. The main value of the resource is in its forum and various howtos, from the installation of a console to the writing of your own firmware. There are also enthusiasts’ catalogues containing modified firmware and various packages for extending the functionality of the DSM-G600. In other words, this resource is the way you should go if you want to see what your DSM-G600 can do.

Notwithstanding what we’ve written above, the official firmware of the device is the main one. Not all users employ alternative versions of firmware even if such exist, and alternative firmware is often installed as a means to get rid of the problems with the official firmware. Before describing it, we want to mention the problems the DSM-G600 had during its market life. Besides various small defects every complex device has, the DSM-G600 had one big problem that brought its popularity down significantly in countries with non-Latin alphabets. Being a home NAS device, the DSM-G600 has to play the function of a network UPnP media-server. If the media server does not support characters other than the Latin ones, a filename in Cyrillic letters or Chinese hieroglyphs, for example, won’t be displayed correctly, which is inconvenient for the user. That’s what you had with the DSM-G600 and it took the manufacturer quite a long time to issue an official solution of that problem. It only appeared in firmware version 1.02. To enable support for non-Latin characters, you have to perform quite non-trivial actions. Besides the firmware itself you need the EasySearch program version 2.9 or higher. We want to say a couple of words about that program here.

EasySearch is free software distributed by D-Link. You can find it on CDs included with some products from the company or download the latest version from the D-Link website. The point of the program is in searching the available LAN segment for D-Link devices and notifying the user about any devices found. You can try to enter any of the found devices right from the EasySearch window, but you’ll have to set them up from the browser. For the DSM-G600 this program is additionally useful as it allows to map the installed HDDs and set up support for exotic character sets.

To solve the problem with the display of non-Latin filenames you should update the device’s firmware to version 1.02 and download the latest version of EasySearch (it doesn’t require installation). The European 1.02 version (1.02eu) does not support the change of the character set, according to EasySearch, while the American version supports it. When everything is ready, you press the Language button in EasySearch and select the necessary character set which will be used after reboot. But talking about Cyrillic letters, for example, the problem is not solved completely. EasySearch sets codepage 866, which is the DOS encoding, and files created in Windows won’t be readable as they have a different encoding (1251).

Now let’s look at the web-interface of firmware 1.02. Like the exterior design of the DSM-G600, this interface is alike to the one you can see in many other old devices from D-Link with differences due to the specifics of the particular device. Here, the difference is the configuration of the menu. The interface is a page designed in a uniform style and divided into four sections. The heading of the page shows the name of the device and its brief description. Below is a string of tabs each of which corresponds to a specific group of parameters. The open tab has two parts: there is a list of pages with settings on the left while the selected page is shown on the right. We have reviewed quite a lot of D-Link devices, so this interface seems familiar and quite practical.

There are five tabs in the menu of the web-interface, three of which contain settings. The other two are for reference.

 
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