For your remote upload, what data rates are the connections from office to the internet (uplink) and from internet to home (downlink)?
The slowest of these two rates will determine how long it takes to transfer the data. 250GB is quite a lot of data… At 10Mbps, it would take at least seven hours [edit: oops; I forgot to convert bytes to bits. more like 56 hours…]
At home, it depends on your Ethernet port specs. If you only have Fast Ethernet (100Mbps), 11MBps is a realistic transfer rate. A gigabit Ethernet port should allow you to hit the MyCloud’s disk write limit, and you ought to get between 80 and 110 MBps, depending on model.
If you’re connecting via WiFi, again, that has a lower data rate unless you’re using very good, multi-antenna wifi-ac.
In addition to the good information cpt_paranoia posted, your computer hardware (and hard drive) will also affect the copying speed.
If you haven’t seen or read the following discussion you should, it covers some basics with respect to copying speed with the My Cloud:
One NEVER gets the full advertised speed of their networking equipment or broadband connection. There is typically some network “overhead” in addition to any hardware issues that affect/limit the speed. Typically copying anything over WiFi tends to be slower than copying over Gigabit Ethernet wire.
And while you may have a “fast” multi Megabit broadband connection that doesn’t mean the speed between your remote location and the local My Cloud will be that speed (or the speed of the download link).
What are using as a reference on your home network to determine poor local networking speed?
One can use various bench marking programs like Crystal Disk Mark (http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskMark/index-e.html) to test disk transfer speed to get an estimate of how fast they can transfer data to the My Cloud. Windows File Explorer may not give an accurate report of a drive’s transfer rate/speed.
Do a search through this subforum using the magnifying glass icon upper right as there are several threads where people have posted some My Cloud bench marking results on their local network.
What program or software are you using to upload to the My Cloud? Using the WD software to upload (be it MyCloud.com or the WD Desktop) is going to potentially introduce further transfer speed reductions.
Its important to remember that the various online speed tests are only testing the broadband speed between one location and the speed test location site. Generally they do not indicate the actual speed and network latency between your office location and your home location.
Here is a suggestion (if possible). Bring the My Cloud to the office to perform the initial backup (however you are performing that backup). Then if backing up single or small amounts of files in the future it should go much quicker when transferring remotely since you wouldn’t (I assume) be transferring all 250GB, rather just those files that have been updated or which are new.
For a static IP address, it is generally recommended to access your local network router’s administration page to which the My Cloud is connected to and assign a static IP Address to the My Cloud. Or one can access the My Cloud Dashboard and manually assign a static IP address. See the following WD support document for more information on setting a static IP address within the My Cloud.
FTP is NOT secure. Generally your username/password (and potentially any data) used to access the My Cloud FTP server would be sent unencrypted and could potentially be intercepted. FTP should only be used as a last resort for remote access.
That sounds fairly unlikely. You are fundamentally limited by the link data rate. There is a protocol overhead, but most of the protocols are pretty similar in the required overhead, so I doubt if you’d find much noticeable difference.
Bennor’s suggestion of copying the files locally to the office first, and thereafter doing regular, remote deltas is probably the most sane.