When buying a tablet or smartphone, we automatically become users of cloud technologies - after all, many services for these devices are made on a cloud basis. Users of laptops and desktops also did not avoid common cloud involvement and often store data in public online storages such as Yandex Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive or other similar services.
It is convenient, you can not argue. By storing data in the clouds, we get more freedom, become independent of a particular computer, tablet or smartphone, we can access information from different devices, without being tied to a specific place and gadget - the files are accessible via the Internet from anywhere in the world. Where it is, of course, this very Internet.
I have been actively using cloud services for a long time and have accounts on various of them, where I store files and documents that I want to share or to which remote access is required. This is necessary both for work and for personal purposes - we often change music, photos, movies, books with friends and family.
And everything is good, but there are some inconveniences in these services.
- One of them - space restriction. After all, cloud providers provide a small free storage capacity of several gigabytes, and everything that is above is provided for a limited time, with the need to systematically pay for the extension of the period of use.
- The second minus is that rights and obligations of the parties in this interaction are little regulated. Consumers have to agree to use the service on the terms of a cloud provider, risking both the safety of files and possible data leakage.
- There is one more limitation, very significant. When storing files in cloud services Access to files is only possible with an Internet connection., and if the Internet is not, then there is no access to the files.
These drawbacks are resolved using WD's My Cloud local cloud storage. The device allows you to settle a personal cloud at home and no longer depend on the disadvantages of public clouds, using only their merits, if necessary.
I recently received My Cloud WD as a gift and want to share my impressions. I will note right away that he had even more advantages and practical benefits than I expected.
The device is a small block with a size of about 170 × 140 × 50 mm - about a book, weighs about a kilogram and looks quite stylish. The kit includes a My Cloud drive, power supply, Ethernet cable, a document with warranty terms and a booklet on getting started. True, the power supply has a connector in three terminals, and it took the purchase of an adapter to connect.
The storage capacity is 2 TB, which is more than enough for me, my family and a couple of friends to whom I gave access to the cloud. The device is compatible with operating systems for PC and for MacOS.
On the front panel is a LED indicator that informs about the current mode of operation. On the rear panel are located: USB 3.0 port, Ethernet port, power supply socket, Kensington lock and Reset button.
It is connected simply: we plug in the power supply unit, and connect the network cable to the Wi Fi router. It works completely silently.
After connecting the device automatically receives the address from the router, it is visible under the name wdmycloud, and the data is available on the local network immediately without any settings. The huge advantage of this repository is that you get access to your files from home, even in the absence of the Internet.
To fully use the functions of the device and access to the settings, registration and account creation is required on the service website. The process is simple: you just need to specify the name, surname and e-mail address, open the sent link to confirm the e-mail address and come up with a password, which must necessarily include uppercase, lowercase letters and numbers.
The installation of programs for controlling the device does not present any particular difficulties, maintenance is conducted in Russian. When you first start the application itself will determine the drive on the web and offer to set up an account.
Although in fairness it should be noted that I was busy with the installations for a long time, I met with various minor obstacles related to the features of my computer. However, now we don’t even remember what the problems were, because I managed to solve them all without external assistance.
It is worth noting that the device requires the installation of a Java plug-in on the computer. With him, too, had to tinker. But in general, the process was normal. I will not describe all menu items in the work panel; everything is logical and intuitive. And for those who have difficulties, there is an excellent user manual in Russian.
After installing and configuring the device, I prescribed access to family members - husband and sons. My children are already adults and live far away from us with their families. They set up their computers and tablets by downloading the free My Cloud app. All popular browser versions can be used to access data, including FireFox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari.
We love to share photos, we recommend each other favorite movies, books. Access to such shared storage is extremely convenient. Files that we share with each other are uploaded to the public folder, to the sections “Library”, “Photo”, “Music”, “Video”. Personal files each of us pours into his personal folder.
There are several ways to work with uploading files to the cloud. I like the quick way to work through the Run window. Call the window by pressing Windows + R, enter the command " WDMyCloud" and get the interface for any file manipulations.
You can connect to the cloud via Wi-Fi and watch the information on a smartphone, tablet, and even a TV with Smart TV. With the My Cloud application installed on tablets and smartphones, access to the storage via the Internet is available at any time from any location. The application allows you to download or watch any files from your mobile device, as well as synchronize them with popular file storages, such as Dropbox and Google Drive.
The device can also be used to back up content or archive data — all or selected file categories. I have not used this opportunity yet, but I think that in time I will get to it. More advanced users and IT specialists will find other ways to use this device. What I have described is quite enough for me.
So let's summarize.
My Cloud Personal Cloud - a simple and practical solution to the problems of storing large amounts of information with the ability to control access. It is easy to master it, it works silently, allows you to download and read files from anywhere in the world.
The device costs according to Yandex Market from 9,900 to 11,690 rubles. Expensive? And let's see the same Dropbox fare. For storage volume of 1TB you will have to pay $ 9.99 per month, or $ 99 annually. By simple calculations, we see that the home cloud will pay off in less than 2 years. At the same time the storage volume is twice as large.
Home cloud will be a great helper for people who have a large number of photos and movies; who works on trips and should have access to documents and files from different places or just likes to travel and promptly drop photos from their mobile devices to the home cloud storage.
To complete the picture, I asked the impression of using such a device from a colleague who has been actively using it for quite some time. The answer was short - “very convenient.” After reading reviews on forums and markets, I was not disappointed, there were almost no negative ones. True, several times I met complaints about the low download speed. But she hasn't noticed it yet, everything works quickly for me. I really like my cloud. Honestly can recommend.