What can you con­nect to your drive?

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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.

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