I'm looking for help; what's the best way to set up the network, which synchronisation software to choose and can it be installed on the WD MyCloud?
My setup is probably quite common:
modem/router connected to internet
WD MyCloud connected to router using Ethernet
Desktop and Laptop (both running Windows 8.1) connected to router using WLAN
Android Smartphone, using WiFi as well.
There's also a Raspberry Pi, but not in use.
So I have 3 devices (desktop, laptop, smartphone) with data on them which I'd like to be synchronized and backupped, but these are exactly the 3 devices which are not always on.
Always running are router and MyCloud. It would be awesome to use the Cloud as some sort of small server for the network, but as it appears to me, on the simple version (WD MyCloud 4TB single drive), no external software can be installed.
There seem to be ways of getting some basic stuff running like Transmission, though with the risk of voiding guarantee and bricking the device.
I've been using BitTorrent Sync which is nice but in my eyes two drawbacks:
-1 both devices have to be running and on the same network to sync (and now that I have an always-on cloud sitting in the midst of all, wouldn't it be nice to make us of it at that point?)
-2 only whole folders can be synced, no way to exclude files or subfolders from it
1) use MyCloud as a mediaserver (this works easily). Easy replaceable and huge stuff like music and videos are stored there without any further backups.
2) backup important data using the existind devices. So, I'd like to have paperwork from my Desktop to be backupped to the Laptop and maybe even Smartphone to reduce risk of loss.
3) Share often-use data across the network. My C# and Java projects should be accessible from any device at any time.
Is there a way to use MyCloud as some sort of server, installing and running some useful, configurable software on it to do these network sync/backup jobs?
If not, how would you set it up? Install something like Acronis True Image on both Desktop and Laptop, and have both of them sync with the same space on MyCloud?
Any advices, hints or related stories are welcome.