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Pros: -Easy setup
-Nice design (sleek and nice appearance)
-Compatible with multiple OS (I have tested with Android, iOS, Windows 7, and Windows 8)
-Great read speeds
-Good Write speeds
-Great media server
-Comes with 2 2TB WD Red Drives
-Included HDDs come set up in RAID 1
-Has 2 USB 3.0 ports for further expansion
-A lot of online explanations of what to do if you get stuck
-There are several free apps to use on it
-Allows for multiple users with different levels of access
-Very easy to get to and replace hard drives
This device is exactly what I have been looking for. Not only does it do an amazing job keeping a backup of all of the important files for work/school (and allow us to access them anywhere on the cloud), but it is great for allowing us to access our entire media library from anywhere over the cloud. The desktop and the mobile apps seem pretty good, has a built in media player in the mobile app for streaming music and has a pretty simple file navigation system. You can also download any files or music from the cloud to your device if you need to do more than just view or listen to them.
During setup, I did get stuck a time or two, but luckily there were a lot of online tutorials on the WD website for setting everything up. I am also happy that I can setup a group for my wife and I to have access with full access to everything on it, I can set up a group for friends that I want to share files with that only have access to that, and I could even set up another group for our children with access to just the media. The groups and users seem very easy to set up and manage.
There is even a whole range of Apps that you can download and install for free that would add to the functionality of the My Cloud EX2. Just a quick look shows apps for P2P file sharing, multimedia streaming, CMS and web design, forum software, a BitTorrent client, and several other things.
Cons: -Can be complicated to setup
-Backing up from a computer to the My Cloud requires separate software from the WD My Cloud. (WD SmartWare)
During setup, I got stuck several times. First was when I was trying to setup and automatic backup from my computer to the My Cloud device. I couldn’t find anything in the WD My Cloud software… and it turned out to be because it wasn’t there. I ended up looking on the WD website and found that it requires different software to set that up. I needed to download WD SmartWare. Once I had that is was very easy to get going and pretty self-explanatory.
Overall Review: I have never had a NAS system with this many features. Which did lead to some slight complications and confusion for me during setup, but they were easily resolved by looking on the WD website, it is very easy to look for solutions if you happen to get stuck. I am very impressed with the number of things I can do with this system.
This is exactly what I have been looking for. It is great for backing up important business files for my wife’s small business, making files available anywhere on our own personal cloud, and can easily store all of our music (and even stream it straight to itunes on computers/phones). The case is even immune to my cat! After inspecting the new device on my desk he decided it was too amazing to even try attacking it. Simply incredible.
Pros: Setting up the drive is extremely simple, I was not able to connect via the \\wdmycloud address in the address bar. A simple scan of the network will show the IP address of the drive, which will lead you right to the interface for configuration. (I am wireless for my internet connection, a local switch for all of my network drives on gigabit).
Creating new users as well as assigning them permissions is a simple click through the configuration pages. After adding a new user, you are able to assign them a onetime use code to validate their device. The code will remain active for 48 hours, or until it is redeemed by a device. This process is the same for the desktop as well as mobile devices.
The Mycloud EX2 Supports Raid, this is fantastic if you would like to have a reliable instant backup. The only downfall to this, would be of course, if the devices were to get destroyed from a natural disaster, the files would not be available. WD has thought about this with their easily configurable backup utilities. The USB ports on the back are not for accessing via computer, they are for additional storage devices. If you’d like to make a backup of a drive, you can easily copy it from the device onto the cloud drive. Or you can back up the NAS to a USB device in the same spot. These are what western digital calls ‘save points’. Make sure you are using the software from the drive and not your operating system, this way it will make the operation much FASTER.
In addition to these backups, you can configure the device to automatically download backups from your website on a recurring basis. The options will allow for daily, weekly, or monthly configurations.
Streaming the media is as simple as going into the settings, under media enable the media streaming function, and the device will automatically search for pictures and videos to share. If a device such as a Smart TV is on the network, it should find the media without any troubles.
The best part about this drive, you do not have to worry about a monthly subscription fee.
Cons: Limited by Gigabit connection. Transfer speeds on large, or a lot of small files will become cumbersome and time consuming.
Unlike other cloud platforms, the software does not write to your local drive, then to the web for backup. If you’d like to have this back up your local machine to the cloud drive, simply get some other third party software to do this free.
Overall Review: I’m used to the older WD MyBookWorld product. I am not comparing all aspects of this drive to the 1TB MyBookWorld, however I see an obvious increase in reliability, and configurability compared to this product. If you’re using one of the older WD NAS drives, I highly recommend updating to one of the MyCloud devices. The new configuration is very seamless and much easier for the novice to understand.
There was a firmware update available right after opening – easy to install and update the drive from the interface. Took about 3-5 minutes to complete the firmware update and reboot. No manual file selection etc, the process was automated and guided through very easy.
There is a bunch of utilities that will allow you to run a systems diagnostic test, system restore, a disk scan and much more.
I did not play around with the FTP configuration on this device, I have a separate ftp server setup which can’t be brought offline for testing.
After being in operation doing a rather lengthy file transfer from the network, the drives are fairly hot to touch. The enclosure stays reasonably cool, I would not keep it in direct sunlight, and this may cause some additional heating to occur.
Pros: Feature Rich
Supports, FTP, AFP, NFS, WebDAV, LLTD, SNMP, SSH, and Dynamic DNS.
Works well with OSX 10.9.2
Works with TimeMachine
Lots of useful config options
Two USB 3.0 ports
Cons: Doesn't play well with all browsers, Firefox being one.
Overall Review: So far this has been a great, feature rich NAS drive. Ideally this would be great for a home office or small office environment.
I have had no trouble with Windows 7 or OSX 10.9.2 connecting to the drive or backing up via time machine. The one issue I have is the web interface dose not play nicely with Firefox, some items are unable to be selected. Specifically under settings while in Firefox I was unable to select between General, Network, Media, Utilities, Notifications, and Firmware Update tabs to change settings for the device. This is not an issue under Safari or Internet Explorer.
I really like this product despite the small difficulty I experienced.
Pros: I am a computer tech and love geeking out. I thought about building a SAN/NAS with a desktop computer but I have three young girls so I don't have time. When I saw this two disk NAS device with cloud access I knew that was what what I needed. It is also a reputable brand that I trust. Since I work in the IT industry data integrity is our job and patching software can be a difficult process. This NAS has simple backup processes and simple firmware patches from WD.
I installed two unmatched 500 GB hard drives I already owned and the device worked flawlessly. Simple drive installation and setup. I choose RAID 1 for data redundancy (default mode).
I installed the Dropbox App and it has worked perfectly.
I installed the WD Smartware software on my laptop to backup my family pictures and it has worked well. it seems like it is a little slow but it doesn't really matter since it rums in the background.
I could not resist upgrading the disk space since I am so impressed with the NAS device! I just purchased two HGST 4TB NAS drives. Can't wait to install and have redundant 4TB of disk space!
Cons: It doesn't clean my house.
Pros: IT'S WORKING AGAIN!
Cons: Still a little worried about the vapor lock incident. Had to basically rebuild raid array and reset NAS to factory defaults after only a couple of months use..
Overall Review: Had trouble getting in touch with WD support due to time difference and my work schedule. Finally got with level 2 support (Matthew G). He's my hero. Very knowledgeable and patient. Tried one fix that helped a little. The second call from him did the trick. All devices are firing on all cylinders.
Thanks again Matthew!
Pros: Very easy setup, web interface is very easy to use. Runs nicely and fast.
Cons: None so far
Overall Review: The setup is very easy. It is preconfigured with RAID 1, so you can change your configuration to RAID 0 if you desire the space and speed over the redundancy.
Pros: 1. Cheap
2. Small device
3. Easy to install HD's
4. Fairly intuitive GUI
5. Can backup to Cloud using Amzn S3 or ElephantDrive.
Cons: 1. Lackluster network performance
2. Quick setup instructions didn't quite jive with what the drive does during setup.
2. Something is taking up about 300GB of space on the device.....It's 900+ GB with two 1TB RAID1 drives installed and I only have little over 200GB of data on it, but it only shows a little over 500GB free. Tech support didn't respond to my request.
2. Almost non-existent tech support (my last two support requests were never acknowledged)
3. Couldn't get Amzn S3 backup to work right. It would never finish a backup. And since tech support is non-existent, I gave up. I'll figure out something else. Oh, and ElephantDrive is too expensive.
Overall Review: It's performing it's primary job of acting as a file server for my home network just fine.
I doubt I'll ever use any of the streaming functions.
Pros: Compact and quiet, easy to setup and get running, price.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: First one we ordered was DOA. Newegg promptly sent us a replacement without a hassle. Second one works flawlessly.