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WD My Book Duo vs NAS comparison and features

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WD My Book Duo vs NAS comparison
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WD My Book Duo vs NAS – which one is better? The WD My Book is a DAS device, using USB 3.0. It’s designed for a direct connection to a PC/Mac. For a wireless connection is designed the My Cloud, using Ethernet, instead of USB. Usually, there could be the possibility of attaching an external DAS drive via USB to the router to use it as a DIY NAS, but it depends very much on the firmwares, the drive and especially on the router itself. It could in most cases work with a portable external drive, but the My Book is more specific in design, so even if you succeed half way through you could either way encounter problems.

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That’s why there are specific NAS devices like the My Cloud, connecting through Ethernet. They are designed to be connected in the routers and accessed over the network. And the My Book Duo and the My Cloud Mirror are just the two-bay versions of the DAS My Book and NAS My Cloud. They have more options in terms of security as to their drives could be set in RAID. Which one is better – WD My Book Duo vs NAS?

WD My Book Duo vs NAS

WD My Book Duo vs NAS

WD My Book DuoMy Cloud™ PR4100 (NAS)
TypeMassive capacity desktop
RAID storage
High-powered media server with built-in transcoding for rich
video playback with Plex.TM
Capacities• 20TB
• 16TB
• 12TB
• 8TB
• 6TB
• 4TB
• 40TB
• 32TB
• 24TB
• 16TB
• 8TB
• Unpopulated
Number of hard disks4
Interface1x USB 3.0
(compatible with USB 2.0)
• 2x USB 3.0 hub ports
(compatible with USB 2.0)
• 2x Gigabit LAN
• 3x USB 3.0 host
(compatible with USB 2.0)
Customization• Third-party apps
Features• Massive capacity storage with auto
and system backup
• RAID-0 ready out of the box
• RAID optimized WD Red™ drives
• USB 3.1 Gen 1-ready, USB 3.0
compatibility
• 2x USB 3.0 hub ports
• 256-bit AES hardware encryption and
password protection
• Includes WD Discovery™ software for
social media and cloud storage import,
backup and password protection
• Upgradable to 16 GB RAM
• Remote access by PC, Mac,
AndroidTM or iOS
• Hardware-based video
transcoding with PlexTM
Media Server
• Two power ports (DC in) for
redundant power supply
• RAID level 5, 0, 1, 10, JBOD and
Spanning
Supplied software• WD Discovery™ software for WD
Backup™,
WD Security™ and
WD Drive Utilities™
• WD SmartWare™ Pro
(25 user licenses)
• WD Access
• WD Sync
• My Cloud™ app
ColorBlackBlack
Power supplyAC power adapter includedExternal power supply
Warranty3 years• 3 years populated
• 2 years as unpopulated

My Book Live Duo vs My Cloud PRO PR4100 (NAS) vs Synology DS716+II


WESTERN DIGITAL MY BOOK LIVE DUO (MBLD)

WESTERN DIGITAL MY CLOUD PRO SERIES PR4100 (PR4100)

SYNOLOGY DISKSTATION DS716+II (DS716P2)
Launch201220162016
ClassSmall office / Home officeSmall office / Home officeSmall / Medium business
Body
Dimensions165 x 157 x 99 mm232 x 170 x 192 mm157 x 103.5 x 232 mm
Weight2.2 kg3.49 kg1.75 kg
Disks
Disk bays2 x 3.5″ SATA II4 x 3.5″ SATA III2 x 3.5″ SATA III
RAIDJBOD
RAID0
RAID1
JBOD
RAID0
RAID1
RAID10
RAID5
JBOD
RAID0
RAID1
Synology Hybrid RAID
SSD supportnonoyes
Network
LAN ports1 x Gigabit Ethernet2 x Gigabit Ethernet2 x Gigabit Ethernet
Wirelessnonoyes, with USB dongle
ProtocolsAFP
CIFS/SMB
FTP
NFS
AFP
CIFS/SMB
FTP
ISCSI
NFS
WEBDAV
AFP
CIFS/SMB
FTP
ISCSI
NFS
WEBDAV
P2P supportnoBitTorrent
eMule
BitTorrent
Media serverDLNA
UPnP
iTunes
DLNA
UPnP
iTunes
DLNA
UPnP
iTunes
Cloud backupnoAmazon S3
Dropbox
ElephantDrive
Amazon S3
Box
Dropbox
Google Drive
Microsoft OneDrive
Connectivity
USB ports1 x USB 2.03 x USB 3.03 x USB 3.0
eSATA portsnono1 x eSATA
System
CPUApplied Micro APM82181 @ 800 MHzIntel Pentium N3710 quad-core @ 1.6 GHzIntel Celeron N3160 quad-core @ 1.6 GHz
RAM256 MB4 GB DDR32 GB
Flash512 kB
Operating systemWD My Book OSWD My Cloud OSSynology DSM
Alternative OS
Power
Power supply12 V / 3 A19 V / 4.74 A12 V / 5.4 A
Consuption19.14 W / 9.5 W
Fansfanless1 x 120 mm1 x 92 mm
Noise level18 dB(A)
Features
SpecialsLCD Panel
Failover and link aggregation
Dual power ports
VMWare Ready
Failover and link aggregation
DX213/DX513 Expansion Unit
Administration
Default IPDHCPDHCPDHCP
Default usernameadminadminadmin
Default passwordadmin[blank][blank]

WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra, Synology DISKSTATION DS216 AND SYNOLOGY DISKSTATION DS116


WESTERN DIGITAL MY CLOUD EX2 ULTRA (WDBVBZ0000NCH)

SYNOLOGY DISKSTATION DS216 (DS216)

SYNOLOGY DISKSTATION DS116 (DS116)
Launch201620152016
ClassSmall office / Home officeSmall office / Home officeSmall office / Home office
Body
Dimensions165 x 157 x 99 mm165 x 108 x 233.2 mm166 x 71 x 224 mm
Weight800 g1.3 kg700 g
Disks
Disk bays2 x 3.5″ SATA III2 x 3.5″ SATA III1 x 3.5″ SATA III
RAIDJBOD
RAID0
RAID1
JBOD
RAID0
RAID1
Synology Hybrid RAID
no
SSD supportnoyesyes
Network
LAN ports1 x Gigabit Ethernet1 x Gigabit Ethernet1 x Gigabit Ethernet
Wirelessnonoyes, with USB dongle
ProtocolsAFP
CIFS/SMB
FTP
ISCSI
SFTP
WEBDAV
AFP
CIFS/SMB
FTP
ISCSI
NFS
WEBDAV
AFP
CIFS/SMB
FTP
ISCSI
NFS
WEBDAV
P2P supportBitTorrent
eMule
BitTorrent
eMule
BitTorrent
Media serverDLNA
UPnP
iTunes
DLNA
UPnP
iTunes
DLNA
UPnP
iTunes
Cloud backupAmazon S3
Dropbox
ElephantDrive
Amazon S3
Box
Dropbox
Google Drive
Microsoft OneDrive
Amazon S3
Box
Dropbox
Google Drive
Microsoft OneDrive
Connectivity
USB ports2 x USB 3.01 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 3.0
eSATA portsnonono
System
CPUMarvell Armada 385 88F6820 dual-core @ 1.3 GHzMarvell Armada 385 88F6820 dual-core @ 1.3 GHzMarvell Armada 385 88F6820 dual-core @ 1.8 GHz
RAM1 GB DDR3512 MB1 GB
Flash16 MB
Operating systemWD My Cloud OSSynology DSMSynology DSM
Alternative OS
Power
Power supply12 V / 4 A12 V / 5 A12 V / 3 A
Consuption15.48 W / 7.2 W10.68 W / 6.28 W
Fansfanless1 x 92 mm1 x 60 mm
Noise level18 dB(A)16.4 dB(A)
Features
Specials
Administration
Default IPDHCPDHCPDHCP
Default usernameadminadminadmin
Default password[blank][blank][blank]

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