The WD My Cloud NAS turned out to be pretty versatile. The My Cloud has both desktop software and mobile apps to enhance the user experience whether you are on your mobile device or accessing the hard drive from a local computer on your home network. The software and various Aps are self-explanatory and useful. We were able to remotely connect to the NAS from outside our network via an iPhone, Android device, and PC. As you can see, the layout of the mobile application is just as simple and straightforward as the main GUI from the NAS.
The WD My Cloud is not without issues, however: The WD SmartWare backup program is only available for Windows but the rest of the features are available for both Windows and Macs. If you are an iOS user, the My Cloud NAS is fully compatible with Time Machine so that you can back up your Mac automatically and wirelessly.
Working with the WD My Cloud 2TB NAS has been a real pleasure. As a person who has a large collection of music, video and pictures, I dedicated the 2TB on this NAS for my latest images from my camera. Each one of my files average 20+ MB per file and I was really starting to feel the lack of workspace ion my PC. With the WD My Cloud, for around $179, I’m able to have a dedicated workspace for my images.
Western Digital (and others) do make a number of alternative products, such as the $114.00 WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable USB 3.0 hard drive, or the $99.00 WD My Book 2TB USB 3.0 hard drive, but neither one of these is network-ready. They do market the devices as being a great backup solution and even include a variety of backup software.
Even with the premium in price, we think you will get a better bang for your dollar with one of the three My Cloud NAS devices. For about $50 you can now access (or give others access) to 2-4TB of data with ease. We know that you could probably use DropBox or Google Drive to share, but most services are space limited coming nowhere near the 2TB mark that you can have access to.
Right now you can even get the drive for $141.30! To top things off, Western Digital ships the My Cloud 2TB NAS with a very good 2-year warranty on My Cloud drives purchased in the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, India, and Asia!
Legit Bottom Line: If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive NAS solution that gives you remote access to your files, then the conversation has to start at the Western Digital My Cloud 2TB NAS.