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Western Digital My Cloud 2TB review

Alan Lu
25 Jan 2014
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
114
inc VAT

Not many features, but it’s easy to set up remote access to your files

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Specifications

1 disk bays, 2TB storage supplied, 1x 10/100/1000Mbit/s Ethernet ports

The Western Digital My Cloud is a NAS with a single 2TB hard disk, and is designed for those who simply want to access files over their network or remotely over the internet.

Setting up the My Cloud is simple. You type its IP address into a web browser, create a user name and password and then access the My Cloud’s clear and logically organised web interface. It’s worth noting that you must be connected to the internet the first time you use it or you won’t be able to set it up.

Western Digital My Cloud 2TB

Once configured, you can use the My Cloud on your local network whether your internet connection is working or not. Impressively, the remote access feature didn’t need any configuration on our part. It just worked; we didn’t have to fiddle with the port forwarding or Dynamic DNS settings on our router.

Unlike other NAS devices, you won’t find lots of extra features on the My Cloud, such as a BitTorrent server, web server or even the option for organising users into groups for easier administration. The features that are present tend to be basic.

We had no problems sharing files and the contents of a USB drive plugged into the My Cloud’s sole USB3 port, or streaming music and high-definition video over our local network. Remotely accessing files proved to be more problematic, as this is dependent on the My Cloud being connected to a broadband connection with a fast upload speed.

Attempting to stream both high and standard definition videos via a home ADSL connection with a 1Mbit/s upload speed resulted in juddering video and long, frequent pauses for buffering. However, you should have no problem remotely accessing less bandwidth intensive files such as documents, MP3s and photos.

Western Digital My Cloud 2TB

Oddly, there’s no remote web interface. Instead you must download an app, which is available for iOS, Android, Mac and Windows. The apps work well enough but are basic. You can only view files in list view, none of them have a search feature and only the mobile apps can connect to Dropbox, Google Drive and Skydrive. You can copy files stored on the My Cloud to those services, but not vice versa.

The My Cloud’s performance when copying large files wasn’t bad, but its small file performance was very slow, even for a NAS.

The WD My Cloud isn’t the NAS for you if you need lots of features. If file sharing and remote access as your prime concerns, The My Cloud’s a good choice because it’s simple to set up and use.

Basic Specifications

Price£114
Rating****

Storage

Capacity2TB
Formatted capacity1876GB
Price per gigabyte£0.06
InterfaceSATA3
3.5in drive bays1
Free 3.5in drive bays0
RAID modesN/A

Interface

Ethernet ports1
USB direct access ports (front/rear)0/0
Other USB ports (front/rear)0/1
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Other portsnone

Networking

Ethernet connection speed10/100/1000Mbit/s
Universal Plug and Play supportyes
UPnP media serveryes
iTunesyes
Print serveryes
USB disk serveryes
Web serverno
FTP serveryes
Protocols supportedTCP/IP, SMB/CIFS, AFP, FTP

Miscellaneous

Size171x49x139mm
Weight1.0kg
Vertical positioningyes
Ethernet cable includedyes
Additional featuresremote access
Power consumption active10W

Buying Information

Price£114
Warrantytwo year RTB
Supplierhttp://www.morecomputers.com
Detailswww.wdc.com

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