Western Digital’s My Cloud EX2 is part of their network attached storage (NAS) product range for the home, meant specifically to store and stream multimedia content.
The My Cloud EX2 carries the design cues see on other WD products, a mixture of curved front and plain looking surface for that simple and sleek look. The unit has a ventilation grille on the top, it has 4 padded feet at the base and at the back are 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x Gigabit Ethernet port and the power socket. The My Cloud EX2 works not just with Windows and Mac OS systems but it works on mobile devices too, those running Android and iOS.
Installation was a breeze, just follow the steps to download the software and follow the steps that are provided by the software and you’ll gain access to the EX2 on your network in a jiffy. While RAID 0 option is available, I wouldn’t recommend it as RAID 0 means the drives work together and losing 1 of them means a loss in all data. If RAID setup isn’t necessary, you may configure the storage to span across the drives instead so the storage space will be the total amount available. There are a number of ways you can setup and use the WD My Passport Wireless Pro since it works on PCs, tablets, smartphones and so on. To connect to the WD My Passport Wireless Pro for the very first time we connected it wirelessly from our Dell XPS 13 laptop.
Once you are done setting up the WD My Passport Wireles Pro you might think you can start using it straight away, but that isn’t the case. The My Passport Wireless comes pre-loaded with all kinds of goodies that will really help many people out. The WD My Passport Wireless Pro home screen is laid out very nicely and it is easy to figure out what is going on. The next menu would be the Wi-Fi settings, which is where you can manage and monitor your wireless information.
The admin page allows you to enable SSH and FTP access to the My Passport Wireless and you can also change your password and device name here. The hardware menu allows you to switch battery modes between performance or enhanced battery life.
The media tab allows you to take a look and tinker with the PLEX and Twonky server settings.
The support menu allows you to run system reports, register the device, perform diagnostics tests and even opt-in to an optional product improvement program. Finally there is the firmware menu that shows you what version of firmware that you are running and it also gives you the chance to check for updates and run a manual firmware image update if you already have a build downloaded and needing to be installed. Hi, could you please tell me if the Plex server can serve directly from an attached USB stick or HDD? The Wireless Pro supports pass-through internet and I showed the performance of that on Charter Spectrum digital cable TV service on page 4. You can transfer your files without using a PC , but you have to enable this option via the drive interface first. In short, once you initialize the My Passport Wireless external go to the mentioned interface and select Media option from the Navigation Icons. Theoretically you should be able to replace the drive if you want, but I won’t suggest to replace it with a SSD or removing it from the case not only because it will void the warranty of the product, but also because the drive inside could be SATA or USB native. Personal cloud access with the My Cloud app requires a My Cloud, My Book Live, My Book Live Duo or My Net N900 Central with the most recent firmware. Access to cloud services requires the My Cloud app and an active Dropbox, Google Drive or SkyDrive account. WD is trying to make personal storage easy and this product is aimed at first time NAS users. Our Windows 8 system had no issues finding the WD My Cloud EX2 on our network and we were able to run the pre-installed software on the NAS to set everything up. From there you are taken to the WD End User License Agreement (EULA) that you must accept before being able to continue. Can the files be accessed by removing a drive from the enclosure and installing it in a PC? I didn’t seen any temperature measurements from the enclosure during various operations.
Can the firmware of an installed hard-drive (WD Red or Seagate NAS drive let’s say) be updated when in this NAS?


There are lots of cloud storage services you can use: iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and more.
You may be familiar with network attached storage devices (NAS); these are (to simplify) networked hard drives, which can be complicated to set up and manage. You can also access files using the My Cloud iOS app, whether you are on your network or remotely. One of the most practical features is the ability to use this device for Time Machine backups. The device has lots of other features, such as the ability to download files directly, via HTTP, FTP, or P2P.
I’ve been playing with a similar seagate NAS (2 bay STCT100), and was disappointed but not surprised that the encryption on the low end hardware was too slow to be useful, except for backups.
Ah, but Filevault gets handled by a real CPU, and also has support on the chip to speed up encryption if the mac is recent enough. 2) I see from your other article that you backup your computer using Time Machine to 2 different drives. 3) Have you experienced any issues with maintaining and accessing a large Photos library on the NAS? 2) When you use Time Machine to back up volumes on a network device, TM creates disk images, so you can store backups of multiple devices as long as you have space.
If you’re new to this, you’ll probably be surprised or even felt short-changed when you see 2TB instead of 4TB – hold your horses! We disconnected from our home WiFi connection and connected to the WiFi connection being broadcast by the My Passport Wireless Pro. The disk needs to be initialized, Plex Media Server needs to be downloaded and installed and finally the firmware already needs an update.
For example there is a folder of how to videos that can be watched and the user manual in PDF form to teach you how to use this Wi-Fi ready storage drive. Here on the home menu you can see quickly the vitals on the most critical areas of the drive. In the screen capture above you can see that the WD My Passport Wireless Pro was connected to our PC and also our home network. This also just happens to be the location where you can restore the factory settings, which is nice if you ever what to give this device to a friend or sell it down the road. Lock the drive – This is a USB lock rather than an encrypted lock and although the drive is locked, it will be accessible with a Wi-Fi connection. If you don’t have an internet connection you can still connect to the devices wireless network and share the devices local content. Once you get there simply scroll down, switch the Import Mode to Move and after that switch the Automatic Import to On from the USB device options. If you can’t locate the EX2 on your computer or smartphone, you can download the WD My Cloud EX2 setup software.
If you want to be able to access your files from outside your home you must fill in this information as you need that account to login remotely. You can then choose to install the WD My Cloud application and create helpful shortcuts on your desktop.
Once the device is stopped I don’t know how the NAS will behave when you want to rebuild it. While these are generally easy to work with, and great for sharing files with others, you may not want to store your files on someone else’s servers.
This allows you to connect to the My Cloud EX2 remotely, from a different computer, or even from an iOS device, using Western Digital’s apps. There’s a WD My Cloud desktop app, which you can use to view, upload, and download files.
You can view and download files, email them, and send email links so others can access them without being able to see your other files (similar to the way you share a public link to a file in a Dropbox folder). My iMac is set to back up to a local disk and to the My Cloud EX 2, while my MacBook Pro backs up only to the remote disk.
When I first set it up, encryption was on by default, and, as it was taking a long time to encrypt, I didn’t want to use it right away. Makers that do talk about the insides are expensive for decent processors like seagate is, foiling my hopes of a free lunch.


I can’t speak about other brands, never having used them (at least not in more than a decade). The control panel has something that says this: Volume virtualization simplifies scalability by enabling you to map to other iSCSI targets and present them as volumes on your My Cloud system. Mirrored drives are for “security” purpose, this means your data is stored in both drives and one is still available in case the other kicks the bucket. Today, we’ll be walking through the setup procedure and showing you the software on a PC over a wireless connection. It is a secure password protected broadcast, so be sure to use the supplied password on the cover as it will work on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.
All these little things take time and it took almost 25 minutes from the time we took it out of the box for all the basic setup and updates to be completed. There is also a folder of sample media files where you will find music, videos and pictures to play around with before you put on your critical data. For example it shows we have 2TB of data free, our battery is down to 95% and that we are directly connected to the drive. WD came up with that number based on one user streaming a single 3 MBps 720p video over the 2.4 Ghz WiFi band.
By default the settings are set to copy your cards contents to a folder on your drive with the copy file transfer method.  You can change it to move all the content off if you wish and you can also setup automatic importing for both inputs. The WD My Cloud EX2 software is available for both Windows and Mac, but it should be noted WD Smartware backup program is only for Windows.
This is something you’ll want to enable if you want to use the WD My Cloud mobile app on your iOS or Android smartphone and tablet. No drive letters are mapped at this point, so if you wanted to map drive letters you need to restart your PC and then you can right click the EX2 under storage devices and map a drive letter for it. While the Mac Cloud EX2 is very user-friendly, it’s still a complex device, and there are lots of settings available in the browser configuration pages. You can also link other cloud accounts, from Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive, to this app, and transfer files from those cloud services to your personal cloud.
The My Cloud EX2 is an affordable way to add storage on a local network, have a backup disk for multiple Macs, and to have a free, personal cloud, without the limits of cloud services.
I could maybe use 2TB for backups and the other 1TB for a redundant backup of my main Documents folder. Is it necessary to partition the drive for this or can it handle maintaining different Time Machine backups on the same drive? The only software in the WD Software folder was WD Quick View, which is a utility that will discover WD network attached storage drives on the network and provide drive status information. WD says that the Wireless-AC solution should allow for the streaming of eight 8Mbps HD MP4 video streams simultaneously, which is twice as many streams as the original model. If you have more users connected or stream higher bitrate content your battery life will obviously be significantly lower.
In order to do that just click the Hardware icon on the Navigation bar to display the Hardware screen.
The first thing that you need to do is to power up the My Cloud EX2 and connect it to your network. The device’s software manages the network address translation, so all you need to do to access it remotely is connect it to a router.
Once that’s done you will see the Drive Lock field and there click the toggle button to On.
To do this you simply give it power and plug it into your wired network, which most likely means plugging it into your wireless router. The drive lock will disable the USB 3.0 ports data connection, but it will still charge the device. And I guess that the WD My Passport Wireless Pro, thanks to his battery, can supply the external HDD.



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