WD My Cloud EX2

HWM (Malaysia) - - FEATURE -

Shar­ing many fea­tures with its pre­de­ces­sors in the WD My Cloud se­ries of Net­work Ac­cess Stor­age (NAS) so­lu­tions, the WD My Cloud EX2 adds more than just a two-bay op­tion to the se­ries. Its per­for­mance and sim­plic­ity truly makes this NAS stands out from the crowd.

With a sleek book-like de­sign more akin to the orig­i­nal WD My Cloud rather than the more in­dus­trial-look­ing My Cloud EX4, the My Cloud EX2 has two easy-to-ac­cess, tool-less, top-load­ing hard drive bays, a gigabit LAN port, and two USB 3.0 ports at the back.

Al­though the My Cloud EX2 lacks a built-in dis­play, the fea­tures are not eas­ily missed. This is be­cause the EX2 has been de­signed to be easy to setup and main­tain. In our test­ing, we got the NAS up and run­ning out of the box within 10 min­utes.

As the NAS did not come with an in­stal­la­tion disc, you will need to point your browser to the URL that is stated on the starter guide, then down­load and run the in­stal­la­tion pro­gram. Just en­ter your par­tic­u­lars, make your se­lec­tions and the in­stal­la­tion will be done in no time. From there, you should have ac­cess to four icons on your desk­top and full con­trol over the NAS.

The WD My Cloud Dash­board re­mains one of the most user-friendly, web-based NAS graph­i­cal in­ter­faces we’ve seen. Im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion is laid out ef­fi­ciently, the menus and fea­tures are easy to un­der­stand and use, and above all it is fast.

But, that’s not all. Us­ing the web in­ter­face, you can also sched­ule the server to han­dle tasks on its own, such as down­load­ing files from var­i­ous web­sites or tor­rent sources. There is also an app store, where you can add more fea­tures and func­tion­al­i­ties to the server.

It is also ca­pa­ble of con­nect­ing to An­droid and iOS mo­bile de­vices. How­ever, we find that the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the NAS and the por­ta­ble de­vice be­ing more suited for file back­ups rather than con­tent stream­ing.

The My Cloud EX2 unit that we tested came with two 2TB WD Red hard drives pre­loaded and set up in a RAID 1 con­fig­u­ra­tion. Al­though the NAS could sup­port up to two 4TB hard drives, which would re­sult in a to­tal of 8TB of stor­age in RAID 0 con­fig­u­ra­tions, this setup is not rec­om­mended as the RAID 0 con­fig­u­ra­tion leads to high risk of data loss.

What the WD My Cloud EX2 does best above its pre­de­ces­sors and most other two-bay NAS so­lu­tions is its per­for­mance. In a RAID 1 con­fig­u­ra­tion on a Gigabit con­nec­tion, the My Cloud EX2 is ca­pa­ble of 105MB/s read and 70MB/s write speeds.

With its rel­a­tively af­ford­able price, ease of use, and ex­cel­lent per­for­mance, we would rec­om­mend the WD My Cloud EX2 as an up­grade or as a new NAS in a net­work.

There are two USB 3.0 ports ac­ces­si­ble from the back of the unit.

The WD My Cloud Dash­board is in­for­ma­tive and easy to use.

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