WD My Cloud DL4100 4-Bay SMB NAS
Often times we get NAS products in for review that look like a UFO with LEDs blinking all over the place and displays that make cell phones jealous. Business users don't want or need those distractions - I mean, features. The DL4100 is clean shaven, a NAS that fits well in an office environment and has the powerful features to back up the role.
The one touch copy function allows users to plug in a device like a cell phone, tablet, thumb drive or even a Go Pro to back up the data on the storage. Users can even assign jobs through the software interface that recognizes the different devices for isolation in the NAS folder structure.
This unit has a display so users can quickly check the status of the system. Information like IP addresses, storage space and more are flipped through with the button system on the front.
Western Digital built a tool-free system for the drives. This makes replacing disks much easier should you upgrade to larger disks.
The tool-free design is the best disk systems we've seen on a NAS to date. Not only does the system made inserting drives easier, but the system also offers vibration isolation from the other drives and the NAS. The drives won't make your desk vibrate.
Our sample shipped with WD Red 6TB HDDs.
We also found vibration absorbing feet on the bottom of the NAS that further reduce vibrations from transferring to a desk or shelf.
The back of the NAS features a large but low RPM fan to keep the hard drives and other system components cool. In testing, we couldn't hear the system from just a few feet away.
The system comes with two Ethernet ports for redundancy or NIC teaming. The system also has redundant power if you want to invest in it.
A recessed reset button at the top allows users to reset a limited number of settings. Two additional USB ports also expand the functions of the system.
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