sunshinelock wrote:> Does My Cloud work with several formats at once? (i.e. backing up a Mac, Windows, Linux, Android, etc?)
And, yes, our router also is wireless, with 4 wired ports in addition. (3 are used for Voip, and other things).> What product would this “network drive” be?
Is this the same (or better than) (or worse than) (or the same as) My Cloud?
OK, first about your router, which is so important in home networking today (and if you don’t have a home network set up, you will need one for any kind of home cloud you set up, and you can back up to, Many people purchase a cloud device and hook it to a slow router and get poor results and blame their new product. Today’s home network needs “fast” meaning a gigabit speed router, with at least dual-band wireless, because mobile devices (and many computers) can use the faster 5GHz wireless band. Many computers also are gigabit speed today when wired to network as well
The number of ethernet ports is not that relevant – if you run out of ports, you purchase what is called a network switch you plug into the router ethernet port to “add more lines.” It should be the speed of the router (if router is gigabit, then switch must be, too.)
A Cloud device will work with any device that connects to the network, either wired or wirelessly. You do not connect directly to cloud device; if your devices work with internet, then they will with the cloud device.
For your last two questions, I refer you here: http://www.wdc.com/en/
Here, you will currently see the newest WD devices featured on splash page.,.
Click on Personal Cloud tab for the simpler My Cloud devices, and click on Network Attached Storage (i.e. NAS) tab for the more feature-filled products.
Have fun finding your most appropriate product.