Like every other website on the planet, SmallNetBuilder uses cookies. Our cookies track login status, but we only allow admins to log in anyway, so those don't apply to you. Any other cookies you pick up during your visit come from advertisers, which we don't control.
If you continue to use the site, you agree to tolerate our use of cookies. Thank you!

Wi-Fi Router Charts

Click for Wi-Fi Router Charts

Mesh System Charts

Click for Wi-Fi Mesh System Charts

Apps - In Use

Remote media access seems to be high on the list of things people like to do with private clouds...or at least the folks making these products think so. So I tried playing/viewing music, video and image files using the iPad and Android apps. As near as I could tell, the two apps have the same look, feel and functions. The main difference is that the Android app throws up a selection of different players for each media type. The iPad app, just opens the file...if it can.

In Figure 5, I browsed to a music file and played it on the iPad app. Nothing fancy here, no album art or spiffy graphics.

iPad app playing music

Figure 5: iPad app playing music

Figure 6 shows the same file played on the Android app using the native music player.

Android app playing music

Figure 6: Android app playing music file

Figure 7 shows a 720p Quicktime file playing. The iPad was connected to an otherwise idle 802.11n network with a strong signal, so I didn't experience any glitches. Once the WD 2go cloud establishes the connection, traffic appears to flow directly between the WD NAS and file-access device. Unlike Pogoplug, there are no trancoding options offered.

iPad app playing Quicktime video

Figure 7: iPad app playing Quicktime video

Figure 8 shows what viewing a JPG image looks like. The iPad app offers a no-frills viewer with no slideshow features. Oddly, the Android app does include a slideshow feature. It lets you control page timing and transitions, however.

iPad app viewing picture

Figure 8: iPad app viewing picture

WD Photos

If you want fancier picture viewing features on iOS, you need to download the WD Photos app. Figure 9 shows the fancier interface with different sorting options plus search and date filter features for navigating large photo collections.

WD Photos iPad app viewing picture

Figure 9: WD Photos iPad app viewing picture

When viewing a photo, share options include email, assigning to a Contact, adding to the Camera Roll and uploading to Facebook. Slideshow settings include timing and four transition types.

If you want to upload a photo, you tap the little camera icon highlighted in Figure 10.

WD Photos picture upload icon

Figure 10: WD Photos picture upload icon

Tapping the icon presents options of taking a photo/video before uploading or choosing from your iPad store. Figure 11 shows upload file selection with two files selected.

WD Photos picture upload file selection

Figure 11: WD Photos picture upload file selection

I didn't like that you were forced to enable Location Services in order to upload pictures. It's nobody's business where my photos are taken. Especially when I pay for a private cloud.

Support Us!

If you like what we do and want to thank us, just buy something on Amazon. We'll get a small commission on anything you buy. Thanks!

Don't Miss These

  • 1
  • 2