The only thing that’s changed of late is that WD 2 Go is now called My Cloud, to tie it to WD’s new line of network-attached storage boxes with internet linkage, also called My Cloud.Really it’s a marketing exercise, renaming the app. There’s one other difference between the My Cloud and the My Book Live: the new version strongly implies you won’t be able to access the drive remotely unless you and every other person with files on the drive head over to WD’s website and create an account. Incidentally, the My Cloud, like its predecessor, offers both SSH access and can maintain an FTP server, though both of these are disabled by default. So if the My Cloud is functionally identical to the My Book Live, have there been any changes made at all beyond the branding?
Speaking of back-ups, the My Cloud, like the Live, supports Apple’s Time Machine and Windows 8’s equivalent, File History.I’ve mentioned the renamed WD 2 Go mobile app, but a new addition is a version for Windows 8 and Mac OS X desktops.
Enterprise organisations are constantly being asked to do more work with fewer people, as the size and complexity of infrastructure and applications continue to grow unabated. There is the facility to transfer files directly between cloud storage services such as Google Drive or Dropbox and My Cloud. We've already mentioned the extensive back-up options, and as well as the option for an external drive you can also use the USB 3.0 cable to upload photos directly from your phone. Opening documents in Microsoft Office was as natural as could be, and listening to music was nothing short of superb. We're using a budget tablet and a mid-range phone to trial the Android version of the software.
We were amazed to find ourselves able to start watching a movie on a moving train, but our excitement was shortlived. The GoodWorks flawlessly with a good connection, very easy to set up, feature packed with more enhancements expected.
The Bad Performs terribly with slow connections, mobile client needs some work, requires a lot of troubleshooting if it fails. The UglyIt's not a true cloud, it'll only ever be as good remotely as your internet connection - no internet, no files. The WD My Cloud EX4 is a four-bay NAS designed for power users and small offices that builds on WD's new My Cloud platform. Unlike its smaller single-bay companion, the EX4 offers users a degree of security against data loss with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10, as well as spanning and JBOD modes. The EX4 benefits from WD's My Cloud series of mobile and desktop applications, allowing the user to access, modify, and share data on-site or remotely, while also providing the administrator with tools for remote user and energy management. As a file server, the EX4 offers a cross-platformed shared space for both Windows and Mac OS users to collaborate. The EX4 provides both a stable backup platform for machines in a cross-platform environment. Our standard StorageReview Enterprise Test Lab regimen runs the device through its paces with a battery of varying performance levels and throughput activity workloads. In our standard deviation section of the 4k test, the RAID5 SMB configuration offers the narrowest read standard deviation at just 93.16ms, while the RAID10 SMB offers the best balance. The final testing benchmark is the 128K transfer test, which aims to demonstrate the highest sequential transfer speed available.
The WD My Cloud EX4 definitely has the advantage of ease of use, simplicity, and low cost compared to other NAS solutions in its class. The EX4 does draw a degree of criticism over its performance speed, which could be a bit better compared to other similarly-designed competitor models for SOHO use.
The WD My Cloud EX4 is a solid, attractive, and easy-to-use NAS solution for homes and small offices, providing all the consumer-level bells and whistles of a larger media center unit while maintaining a modest price point. With the My Cloud Mirror configured, you can access its web-based dashboard by entering its IP address into your web browser's address bar. The My Cloud Mirror uses the same Dashboard user interface found on WD's other network storage products. The Users screen displays a list of the current users and allows the administrator to view user details, create new users, create groups and grant a user access to existing shares.
Clicking the Shares icon on the navigation bar brings up a list of shares on the My Cloud Mirror.
As the name suggests, the Storage page lets you configure the storage within the My Cloud Mirror. The number of installable apps isn't nearly as large as what you'd get with a NAS from QNAP or Synology. Please select a My Cloud Storage device from the table above to display that unit's instructions.
Once inside the Users area, select the user that is to be modified and click on the Password's Off button to disable the password on that User.
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With the My Cloud configured, you can access its web-based dashboard by entering its IP address into your web browser's address bar.
The My Cloud uses the same Dashboard user interface found on WD's other network storage products. The Users screen displays a list of the current users and allows the administrator to view user details, create new users and grant a user access to existing shares.
While lacking the advanced backup features found on the EX2 and EX4, the My Cloud lets you create a complete backup or snapshot, called a safepoint, and save it to an external location on your home network or an attached USB drive. Creating a safepoint ensures that you can easily recover your data from a specific point in time to a new WD My Cloud device in the unlikely event that your device fails. The time it takes to create a safepoint varies based on the speed of your network and the number and size of files you have stored on your My Cloud device. With Fassbender and Winslet both nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively, at the 88th Academy Awards, the Steve Jobs movie get popular. Since Blu-ray Ripper is not a frequently-used tool, many people maybe don’t have one until they need to rip Steve Jobs Blu-ray to Plex for WD My Cloud DL2100 today. Tip: To get satisfying video playback effect with Plex Media Server, you can adjust the output profile parameters such as video codec, size, bit rate, frame rate and audio codec, bit rate, sample rate and channels.
5.Once Plex has been installed on the Cloud Storage or Network Attached Storage, click on Plex Media Server and then Configure. Note: When populating, depending on how many media files are located on the chosen shares, it may take several minutes to several hours.


1.Once the media content has populated, you can view a list and select which file you would like to play. 2.When selecting a media content, click on the play button above the name of the file when hovering your mouse over the picture or black rectangle. While it’s quicker to pre-load a device or a USB Flash drive with very big files, its "cloud" capabilities are fine for grabbing fresh e-books, office documents, piccies and such. WD still offers the Live, but it’s hard to imagine it being kept around with a fresh production run after current stocks are depleted. No account, no remote connectivity, no personal cloud.This isn’t the case, I’m pleased to say. The current firmware won’t support anonymous FTP logins - you’ll have to use one of the user accounts on the drive. I’ve already mentioned the dual-core processor - the Live has a lesser chip that’s less power efficient, though what difference that makes in practice we’ll only see with time. I’m not sure why you really need an application for a desktop OS, since, surely, you’ll be accessing the My Cloud’s files directly through the file system.
This guide is intended for companies, organisations, and IT professionals who are looking for a network and application monitoring tool that provides a holistic view of application performance, including performance monitoring, from the end user perspective. A lot of this is down to the dual-core processor, which is a noticeable improvement over single core devices. Once the relevant folders are mapped it really does feel like an extension of your existing storage, which is what a NAS should be. While we are given several options to render videos, music comes from an underpowered player with very few features and even the odd glitch. The performance of the app vastly improves in a WiFi setting, and the option to download media instead of streaming is certainly reassuring. With a full array of applications and easy-setup design, the My Cloud EX4 offers a feature-rich, stable, and secure network storage solution of up to 16TB. The unit also comes in a variety of prepackaged models, utilizing WD Red HDDs: 8TB, 12, and 16TB. The front of the unit features a central LCD status screen in cool blue, centered on a strip of glossy black finish. The calm, dark interface speaks to next-generation design and simplicity, presenting the user with valuable information without the risk of clutter or aesthetic overload. My Cloud also supports email and mobile alerts, keeping the user or administrator up-to-date on the system's status and performance. Integrated Microsoft Active Directory support allows the administrator to easily setup and maintain user accounts and permissions. Windows users can take advantage of WD SmartWare Pro (with the 10 included user licenses) to schedule and manage system backups, while Apple users enjoy native Time Machine support.
It should be noted that the models shipped with WD Red HDDs come already preconfigured for RAID 5. The clear performer for write activity is the RAID 10 configuration in both SMB and iSCSI, pulling 645 and 371 IOPS respectively. In the first mixed profile test, the RAID10 iSCSI configuration is the clear performer, while the SMB configurations remain largely indistinguishable from one another in terms of performance. In general, the RAID10 drives offer the lowest deviation (with SMB consistently the lowest), while both RAID5 configurations jockey for the highest position.
Here, the differences in write activity throughput between RAID 5 and RAID 10 are slim enough to be inconsequential. In all cases the SMB configurations outperformed iSCSI, with RAID 10 SMB sacrificing the lead in read speed for a clear advantage in write ability. For home users, getting a quality storage solution set up on a network should only take a few minutes after unboxing the unit, and in minutes everyone in your household can be set up with cloud storage accessible from anywhere (though if you go for the driveless model, you will also need to set up your drives and RAID configuration yourself beforehand).
That being said, the My Cloud EX4's price point and quality of life features more than make up for any possible performance shortfalls. The first thing you will probably want to do is login as the default admin account and set a password as it is blank by default. By clicking on the icons you can manage the devices' users, shares, cloud access, backups, storage and apps. By clicking the Backups icon, the device can be configured to backup to and from a USB device or another server. From here, you can use your installed apps, add new ones or remove those that you no longer use. However, there are a number of well known ones including phpBB, WordPress and Joomla, which, if you really needed to, would let you host a website and forum on the My Cloud Mirror.
By clicking on the icons you can manage the devices' users, shares, cloud access and safepoints. For a given amount of total data, fewer larger files replicate quicker than many smaller files. From the list of available Apps for the unit, scroll down and select Plex by checking the check-box to the left of it, then click on Install. After login in to your account, you should see either several media files if the account was set up previously set up or no media files if recently created.
Click on Browse For Media Folder to select the folder in which the media content is located.
Here is where the default (such as the Public, Smartware, and TimeMachineBackup shares) and the created shares are located. You can add another share location by clicking on Browse For Media Folder again and selecting the share. My Cloud does exactly the same job as the Live but, according to WD’s way of thinking, is more appositely named.So yes, My Cloud provides all the features that My Book Live does. You can see shares you don’t have access rights to, but attempts open them are blocked.SSH-ing into the box as root reveals the My Cloud runs Debian running on an ARMv7 chip.
That said, as the mobile version can show your Dropbox, SkyDrive and now Google Drive files too, it’s a handy way of moving files from one to another.Backups and the ability to copy particularly important files to the cloud may be reassuring to some folk because the My Cloud contains but a single drive - and a not readily removable one at that. We hope that once Android 4.4 KitKat becomes more mature we'll see some deep integration, but for now, the WD mobile app acquits itself more than adequately. We hope WD will fix this in a software update because watching the first 15 minutes of a film three times can get a bit grating.


Building on the design philosophy of its smaller sister, the EX4 retains the My Cloud's ease of use while offering an expansion of up to 4 total bays, a dual power supply, and additional data management features. Additionally, WD offer a drive-less package for those who wish to operate their own drives (WD or otherwise), or add them a la carte as storage needs grow. Dominating the left portion of the screen is a simple view of remaining free capacity on the NAS, while the right panel provides a quick glance at system diagnostics and firmware version.
The EX4 is also a powerful iTunes server, allowing the user to easily manage and utilize a large music library.
The administrator is not only able to determine folder access, but also cap the maximum amount of storage users on the system are permitted to access. For read performance, the difference between RAID 5 and RAID 10 in SMB is negligible, while RAID 5 iSCSI solidly outperforms RAID 10 at 321 IOPS. While the RAID5 iSCSI offers slightly better average read latency, write latency skyrockets in comparison; meanwhile, the RAID10 SMB configuration offers both the best write latency and the worst read latency of the bunch. In general, maximum read latency across all configurations is largely equal, while the max latency for both iSCSI drives skyrockets over the SMB counterparts. The story is similar for read activity, though using SMB the RAID 5 offers slightly better IOPS than its RAID 10 counterpart at 5156 IOPS. In iSCSI configuration, both RAID 10 and RAID 5 configurations were functionally identical. Along with the available capacity, you can view the health, firmware version and system activity.
By default, there are apps for HTTP, FTP and P2P (torrent) downloads as well as a web file viewer.
For assistance accessing the Dashboard, please see Answer ID 10420: How to access the Dashboard on a My Cloud. Along with the available capacity, you can view the firmware version and overall health of the system. You can also enable media serving which lets you stream media stored in this share to other devices.
They include a record of users, data, and shares on your device; any backups created using WD SmartWare, Apple Time Machine, Windows 7 Backup, or Windows 8 File History, and any associated device configuration details.
Once you've selected the target device or share, you need to enter a name for the safepoint.
To add media files to the account, click on the + icon towards the left (next to the name of the drive). Once finished, click on Add Library and the Plex media server will start to populate the media content. WD is promising to ship a 4TB dual-drive version next month but so far is not saying whether this will feature RAID support for disk mirroring. It’s pot luck then, which one you get.The Reg VerdictLike the My Book Live before it, WD’s My Cloud is a fine network storage unit for folks look for a basic multi-user file access system. Thankfully most of the functionality is available in the main UI, so for us, it worked straight out of the box. WD aims to make the EX4 a performer as well, with a 2.0GHz processor, 512MB onboard memory, and dual Ethernet ports (which provide link aggregation, allowing for transfer increase and redundancy). The drive bays themselves offer a sleek toolless design and allow fast hot swapping, making installation and expansion a snap.
Immediately below are four blue LED status lights, each assigned to one of the four drive bays. Simple indicators for network activity, resource monitoring, cloud devices, user accounts, and active applications line the bottom of the dashboard, while a ribbon at the top provides easy access to more advanced utilities and applications.
The EX4 can also function as a full-featured FTP server, allowing the administrator to create and monitor FTP accounts and access permissions, throttle bandwidth, manage IP blocking, and take advantage of FXP. For added security, the EX4 offers the administrator the ability to password encrypt entire volumes, allowing for controlled access. You can also enter a brief description and set it so that the safepoint is automatically updated on a schedule. After you get the Steve Jobs Blu-ray disc, you may want to backup it to My Cloud DL2100 so that you can stream Steve Jobs movie with Plex on HD TV. Now, WD will undoubtedly write in to tell me My Cloud does do more, but the only noteworthy differences are a UI refresh and a new desktop app. The crucial point, for me, is that you don’t have to sign up for anything.Access all areasFortunately, the same mechanism is also made available on the My Cloud. Its predecessor contained a single-core part clocked to 800MHz.When you enable SSH, the My Cloud UI provides a generic root password. There’s no facility for this in the UI, so you need to cp files and folders after SSH-ing into the box.You can also back up the My Cloud’s contents to a USB-connected drive - the Live could only back up to another Live - and set this to be updated automatically after the initial back-up to a schedule you determine. Mind you, since WD is shipping 4TB HDDs now, it’s plausible this bigger capacity My Cloud will contain two of them, mirrored, for an overall effective capacity of 4TB.
Below the control panel are the four tool-less, hot-swappable bays themselves (which, depending on model, are empty or come with WD Red HDDs).
The unit also features a P2P BitTorrent server and HTTP download support, allowing the user to download files from the internet directly to the NAS. The former is visually more attractive that the previous one, but there’s no functional difference.
WD calls these back-ups “Safepoints” but they’re file-level copies so you can drill down through the directory structure to access specific files if you need to.
There’s no on-board Torrent client or other useful accessories, but with SSH access a savvy user can install them. WD touts the minimal effort required to change drives with the EX4: it really is just a matter of pulling a latch and out pops the drive.
But they’re not likely to be impressed with the lack of RAID support, or how WD makes it hard to upgrade the HDD.For less demanding users though, the My Cloud is a good, reasonably priced uncomplicated NAS box with easy over-the-internet remote access.



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