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WD MyCloud EX2 Two-Bay Consumer Cloud Storage Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Enclosures/Externals in Storage | Posted: Apr 17, 2014 2:06 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: Western Digital

Test System Setup and NAS Management

 

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Our Consumer NAS test 'system' is setup similar to what you have at home. Here we have the GIGABYTE Z77X UP5 TH motherboard housing an Intel Core i5 3570K with 16GB of RAM supporting. Our Operating System of choice is Windows 8 x64 Enterprise, with all available updates and patches installed, on a Corsair Neutron 256GB SSD.

 

On the networking side, we utilized the Intel PRO1000 PT Server Adapter with a direct connection to each NAS appliance. This eliminates the need for a switch, and eliminates any bottlenecks that may occur.

 

 

NAS Management

 

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Upon launching the web GUI, you get the sense that the interface is rather elegant.

 

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After initial setup, the interface lands here. In this menu, you can get the overall scope of how your EX2 is doing with drive health and capacity listed next to firmware status.

 

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On the shares tab, you can setup additional folders to store your data. Here you can see there are three predefined folders for use with Time Machine, Smartware, and public sharing.

 

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Over on the backups tab, the option to setup USB transfers is available. You can also setup NAS to NAS transfers and online backups as well.

 

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Looking at the Storage tab, you will see we have the option to setup the RAID mode though the unit is configured from the factory for redundancy. You can also setup and use iSCSI, a feature not commonly found on two-bay appliances.

 

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The settings menu allows you to change the network name of the EX2 alongside the time and date settings. Further down, we have Cloud settings and Energy saving options.

 

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Over on the networking tab, you will find options to enable and disable services along with changing the workgroup name.

 

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The Utilities menu allows you to manage your NAS by formatting or scanning your drives, mounting ISOs to work from, and restoring your NAS.

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