WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra
YOUR PRIVATE CLOUD
Network Attached Storage (NAS) are becoming more popular nowadays. With multiple users at home having their own laptops and PCs, NAS units offer seamless sharing and availability of files to multiple people at once. WD has added a new NAS to their already bustling lineup, the WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra.
The EX2 Ultra comes in four models: diskless, 4TB, 8TB, or 12TB. For this particular review, we will be taking a look at the 8TB version. All these configurations come using WD Red NAS drives.
All versions of the EX2 Ultra come with a Marvell ARMADA 385 dual-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz and 1GB of RAM to ensure maximum performance. The front of the device is equipped with three LED status lights for power/connectivity, and drive bays 1 and 2. In order to dissipate heat from the drives, the top and bottom of the device are ventilated. Meanwhile, one Ethernet port, two USB 3.1 Gen1 ports, and the reset button are located at the back.
The NAS comes with two hot swap-capable, tray-less drive bays that supports two 3.5-inch hard drives. Like most of WD’s My Cloud series NAS units, the GUI can be accessed by typing the NAS’ IP address in your browser. Alternatively, if you can see the NAS on your network, just click the network location, and you will be automatically redirected to the browser GUI.
Our unit came with two 4TB drives running in RAID 1. This means that you will only get 4TB of storage, since the second drive acts as a mirror of the other in case one of the drives fails. You can also set the EX2 Ultra as JBOD (Just a Bunch of Disks) or Spanning for maximum storage capacity, or run at RAID 0 for maximum speed.
WD’s My Cloud browser GUI is incredibly user-friendly. For basic users, you will only need to set up its IP address to ensure there are no IP address conflicts in your network, and you’re good to go. For more advanced users, you can manage folders through the GUI, plus configure USB, Remote, Internal, Cloud, and Camera Backups. You can even set your NAS for HTTP, FTP, and P2P downloads.
The speed of the NAS is only as fast as the router it’s connected to. In order to test the speed of the My Cloud EX2 Ultra, we connected it to a Gigabit-capable router and ran several read/write tests. Based on our tests, the read we got was 111.9MB/s, while it got a 107.2MB/s on our write tests. Aside from read/write tests, we copied a 4GB ISO file to the device, wherein it got a result of 62MB/s.
For power users, two bays might not be enough, but for private use within your family and perhaps a small business, the WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra delivers just the right capacity and speed.