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The best cloud HDD yet,
This review is from: WD 2TB My Cloud Personal Cloud Storage - NAS (Personal Computers)
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First, a little explanation of what this device does and does not do.
This is not a USB Hard Drive. It has a USB connection, but this is only to plug in other drives to expand the storage.
WDs My Cloud does, however, contain a typical Hard Drive, mine comes with 2TB but you can buy it with different storage options. This is accessed via an ethernet cable to your router, then via WIFI from any device through that. Think of it as a fully wireless solution to storage.
Connecting up the device is easy, despite the terrible user guide, just plug in the included Ethernet cable to the router and then the power lead and it's all done. From here you'll need to set up the software side of things and this is where things can get a little more tricky.
The PC/Mac software is the easiest initial route as this makes it fairly easy to set all the options for access up. This software also guides you through the whole process and helps you understand how to set shares for people (basically, who can access what content). Shares are divided in to Public, which anyone logged in can see, and every other folder, which can have its own specific access for each user. It's really comprehensive in who can access what and I really loved this.
You can also access the settings on an iPad/iPhone through an app or on Android through the internet. I had a go at setting up the device again on an iPad and it works well, though not as easily as with a PC. The app is very straight forward, however, when it comes to accessing the device.
Previous internet (NAS) drives I've owned have been a fiddle to get working remotely and have been very slow in uploading and downloading data. The WD My Cloud surprised me with the speed in which it can handle data (though I do have a 35Mbps+ connection) even remotely. I used 3G to access video, photos and music stored on the device from another town and had no problems doing so. The App logged me on and provided me with access to all my content.
In fact, the only downside to me is the constant flickering light from the device and my uncertainty as to how much electricity this is using when left on all day. Not a major issue as long as you're not overly worried about such things.
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Initial post: 16 Jan 2014 06:40:04 GMT
Posted on 10 Feb 2014 21:13:15 GMT
Jez Fawcett says:
Do I have to have a PC or laptop? If I only have an ipad will I still be able to set up?
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Feb 2014 10:55:12 GMT
Paul B says:
Yes, you can set this up on iPad or Android tablet without a PC and it will work through TVs and other devices. You can add and remove folders, too. This site tells you all you need to know: http://setup.wd2go.com/?mod=howTo&device=
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2014 13:25:53 GMT
If you record a series on Ipad from Skygo is it possible to transfer it to my cloud.
Posted on 14 Apr 2014 13:14:27 BDT
What speeds are you getting when using this drive on your local network (both upload and download)? Can you set the device up on any PC without downloading WD software if you do not need any cloud features, just a regular NAS? My main usage of the drive would be to store backups and movies/music/pics would be downloaded straight to the drive and later watched via DNLA on smart TV.
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