Most of these companies offer a set amount of storage space for free, and have yearly plans for folks who need more. I do love the convenience of dropbox, but I've had them block access to a file they thought was pirated once.
They simply do not have any knowledge of the keys, they don't even know the names of the files. The WD My Cloud comes equipped with a Gigabit Ethernet port, USB 3.0 for easy storage extension, and has an intuitive interface that is incredibly easy to set up.
The units are passively cooled, which makes the venting around the top, back and bottom a required feature so the drive inside can easily shed its heat.
Overall the WD My Cloud is a very sleek, shiny, quiet and sturdy device, which is somewhat ironic since it will most likely live in the basement or wherever the Internet comes into a house.
If a user wants to give someone access to their My Cloud all the user has to do is create a user account for that person on the NAS, generate an access code, and give that code to the person. WD includes a feature called Safepoint in the My Cloud admin, which can create snapshots of the My Cloud to protect against drive failure, something that always worries us with single-drive configurations. The iPad app is essentially the same as the iPhone, the only difference being the far right pane for viewing a photo. Performance on a device like this is somewhat difficult to measure in terms of practical performance in the real world because there are so many network factors at play, like Internet speeds for mobile devices that may be accessing the NAS. The WD My Cloud is a slick looking powerful personal cloud device (NAS) that anyone can use. Sure, you know you get Gigabytes of space, and great looking apps, but what exactly do they do, and how do they work?
The amount is different from service to service, so be sure to read those terms before you sign up for one.
Inside this Dropbox folder are all the other folders and files you've placed in the cloud, and they stay synchronized -- change a file on your computer and it uploads the changes to your cloud account, and those changes are available from anywhere.
We don't normally have tons of free space to sync everything, so it's a bit more selective. He was giving out free ebook copies (in plain .PDF format) of his book to people that posted in. It also features free and easy-to-use applications so users can upload, access and share from anywhere using a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone. The enclosure has a shiny white plastic shell, with a matte branding inlay that wraps around from the front to right side. The drive is meant to be used vertically, with four rubber feet on the bottom to prevent slipping on a flat surface.


Simply connect its power source and network port to a router and you’ve completed the physical setup. It took us 3 minutes from plugging in to the My Cloud being running and accessible on the network. They then download and run the My Cloud mobile app (available for Android and iOS) and enter the code. Via the USB port or other networked drive, users can very simply set up a Safepoint job that runs on a schedule.
It automatically establishes its network and relay settings to make outside access simple and turns on popular features like iTunes and DLNA servers for streaming music and video content and Time Machine for Mac backups. This extra feature is very handy when you need to go through images quickly and clearly takes advantage of the additional viewing space on the tablet. Each platform has a WD My Cloud application that provides easy access to the files on the NAS. To measure top end performance to and from the WD My Cloud, we transferred large movie files to and from the unit to gauge read and write speeds from our 1GbE office network. We found the My Cloud slowed under the heaviest loads but remained available, which is good. They aren't just old Windows machines sitting in a basement somewhere, they are dedicated places designed to hold lots and lots of data. This storage is yours, to put any files you want there, so you can get to them from any Internet connected device anywhere on Earth. You can also share these files or folders with other users of the same service, which means someone can make a change to a file and it will sync to their cloud account, through Dropbox, and into the shared folder on my computer.
The data about each folder and file in your online account is sent to your phone when you start up the app, and you can see everything that's there without having to download it all.
If something happens, and I end up losing my smartphone while I'm out somewhere, I can still have access to them from any computer with a web browser. As I was on my work computer I got a copy and loaded it to dropbox so I could load it on my tablet that evening. Even the inlay has a slick look on the side, along with the drive access indicator light on the front. The back of the unit has the USB port, power port, Ethernet port, and Kensington lock slot.
All of the same features are here including the ability to email links to any of the files to friends and family.
In practical terms, the My Cloud could support 2-3 highly active users who are reading and writing to the device, which is likely more than what is required.


Its performance is in line with expectations meaning the My Cloud will easily support the needs of today's modern family.
They routinely make backups, and have excellent uptime -- your data is going to be there when you need it to be there. You can do this at the company's website, or more importantly for this conversation, through a program on your smartphone or computer.
That makes collaboration pretty easy, and we share folders and files a lot here at Smartphone Experts (You should see Bla1ze's lolcat pictures!). When you need a file, you can choose to download it to your phone's memory somewhere and access it through your phone.
My wife likes to keep her shopping list in a shared folder, and either of us can add something to it from anywhere. When I went to load it a few hours later, dropbox just froze and threw up a vague warning about IP content.
User rights are also established in the admin, by default it creates a public folder, or share, for each user.
We connected a My Passport 1TB drive via the USB port and the My Cloud found it and started backing up with no issues. On the Mac the My Cloud shows up in Finder as a drive, just like the internal drive in a Mac, which makes interacting with the My Cloud in that way very simple.
Of course we don't love that its single-bay, but at least they offer a Safepoint backup solution and larger units are en route.
They also use things like SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) and AES-256 encryption to make sure nobody can peek at your files without your login credentials. WD hits a lot of key points with the My Cloud with usability and tie ins to today's popular cloud service amongst the highlights. I think just about anyone would find these services useful, and if you aren't using them yet you should give them a try.
The My Cloud line is certainly primed to grab substantial market share in what is currently a growing yet fragmented slice of the NAS market.
Things like file encryption and obfuscation are best left for another day, so we're not going to discuss that type of security -- just don't do anything illegal, OK? Links to Android apps for the three mentioned in this post are below, give one of them a shot!



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