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My Cloud EX2
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ProductWestern Digital My Cloud EX2 (WDBVKW0040JCH)   [Website]
SummaryTwo-drive home NAS with personal cloud, media serving & business features
Pros• USB 3.0 & Gigabit ports
• Easy remote access without port forwarding
• 10 licenses for Smartware Pro backup software
• Apple Time Machine backup
Cons• Can't schedule attached backups
• No logging
• Lower read performance vs. other similar class products

Typical Price: $520  Buy From Amazon

Introduction

Western Digital is continuing to expand its WD My Cloud line of "personal cloud" NASes. Last fall, they introduced the single drive WD My Cloud and Tim reviewed the four bay WD My Cloud EX4 in December. This week, Western Digital is rounding out the product line with the dual-drive My Cloud EX2. The EX2 features an upgraded processor, which helped earn it a higher position on the NAS Ranker than its larger EX4 sibling.

Our review unit, a 4TB My Cloud EX2, lists for $369.99. The EX2 will also be available with three additional configurations: diskless (BYOD) @ $199.99; 6 TB at $469.99 and 8 TB at $569.99.

For SKUs that ship with storage, WD uses its"Red" series of NAS-optimized hard drives. For the diskless model, WD has a fairly short drive compatability list.

Though the EX4 has an LCD status display, the EX2 relies on multi-colored LEDs to provide status. The front panel has only three indicators: Power and one indicator for each drive. The chart below summarizes the LED behavior.

WD My Cloud EX2 front panel status indicator chart

WD My Cloud EX2 front panel status indicator chart

The callout image below shows the EX2's rear panel.

WD My Cloud EX2 rear panel callout

WD My Cloud EX 2rear panel callout

As with the other My Cloud products, the Ethernet port on the EX2 has both an activity indicator as well as a multi-color LED to indicate link speed. The indicators are summarized in the table below:

WD My Cloud EX2 Ethernet LED indicators

WD My Cloud EX2 Ethernet LED indicators

If you need to install or replace one or more drives, they install from the top. All you need is a Phillips screwdriver to add / remove plastic pull-tabs on each drive. The drives just slip into the drive bay - no tray is needed. The drives are held in place by a simple hold-down bracket.

WD My Cloud EX2 drive insertion

WD My Cloud EX2 drive insertion

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