effusion_01 - Yes, I’m sure Synology may have been much easier…but Synology NASes also cost a whole lotta more. WD’s Mirror, EX2, etc. is really a poor man’s NAS with a good amount of functionality. But not every functionality you might get out of Synology out of the box. Not everyone requires the functionality to share files with anonymous users over the Net…I don’t. I did require SFTP functionality so that my very-nontechnical, Mac-using friend can come in securely to my EX2. Alas, sftp isn’t offered on WD’s prosumer NASes. So, I had to hack my EX2 to support SFTP. SFTP IS offered out of the box on Synology but is also limited…limited only to the root user. But my hack on EX2 allowed non-root users to SFTP.
So yes, WD NASes may not offer every feature that Synology offers, but it is an affordable solution for many people’s needs…but not everyone’s.