What can you connect to your drive?
All six drives are configured to give you access from outside your local network while you’re out and about. All of them provide convenient apps for accessing through your mobile devices, and most also allow you to connect remotely for administration and other purposes, such as streaming your media.
They’re also equipped with USB ports, allowing you to plug in external devices. These include USB drives for copying data to the NAS drive or acting as additional storage or to back it up. Most also support USB printers, allowing you to share one directly to your network – the only exception here is the My Cloud Mirror. The most flexible drives in this area are the Zyxel and ReadyNAS, each offering three USB ports (one front, two back). However, only the Zyxel offers three full-speed USB 3.0 ports, and its memory card reader offers an additional option not found elsewhere. At the other end of the scale, the LinkStation offers a solitary USB 2.0 port, again highlighting the drive’s lack of advanced features.