Greetings MyCloudians !!!
I have joined this forum fairly recently ever since I got my first NAS - MyCloud 6 TB. Though I was pretty excited in the beginning, but the excitement begin to turn into nightmare as I spent 3 nights awake to configure the drive my way. I took help of this forum, and support from some members especially Bennor and cpt_paranoi. After a lot of permutations and combinations, I think I have had it working the way I wanted to. May not suit others, but I am posting this so that newbee like me can get something to start from.
Environment - Windows 7 desktop, 3 mobiles/tabs running Android 4.3 and above, Yamaha home theatre with WiFi ability and stream UPnP, Minix Media streamer running Android 5.5 and supports UPnP streaming. I wanted all these devices to connect to the NAS and stream files or backup as the case may be.
Windows Desktop - I installed, tried and dumped Smartware. Its no good, atleast for me. There was a lot of data on my Desktop that wanted to backup and something to keep a track of any changes in files so that it happens automatically. For this I used FreeFileSync. Its a free application which easily does the job for me. It monitors my folders and any changes, it synchronises with my NAS. So Windows desktop was taken care of.
Android Mobiles - I installed MyCloud on it but soon realised it does not meet my requirement of sync my SD Card in a scheduled manner. So I looked for a number of apps which can do it for me. I have large amount of data on my SD Card which I need to sync with my NAS regularly since I keep adding or removing files (videos, pictures, songs etc). After some research (literally) I found the app I was looking for. Its called FolderSync. I installed the Lite version and not the Pro. This does my job since I do no intend to use filters which is in Pro version only. With this app I could easily create folder pairing between Mobile and NAS folders, configure to sync over WiFi or mobile data and time of sync (schedule it). This too has worked like a breeze.
What’s Remaining? -
- Well now that I have been able to sync my folders and files from desktop and mobiles, I need to use it too. I will be trying streaming movies from it as UPnP on to my streaming devices like Yamaha Receiver and Minix streamer.
- Secondly I yet have to create accounts for family members and grant them access to specific portions of data on NAS.
- Further explore MyCloud app on mobile and see how effectively I can control NAS.
Shall keep you all posted on my developments, challenges and discoveries. Sorry for those on IOS. I have no apple in my cart.