WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra 2-Bay Personal Cloud Storage Server (Diskless)

WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra 2-Bay Personal Cloud Storage Server (Diskless)

WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra 2-Bay Personal Cloud Storage Server (Diskless)

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Product Highlights

  • 2 x 3.5" Hard Drive Bays
  • 1.3 GHz Processor
  • 1 GB DDR3 RAM
  • RAID 0, 1, JBOD & Spanning Modes
  • Integrated FTP & WebDAV Server
  • iSCSI Target and Initiator
  • Microsoft Active Directory Support
  • Jumbo Frame Support
  • Milestone Arcus Surveillance Software
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WD EX2 Ultra overview

  • 1Description

With a 1.3 GHz Marvell ARMADA dual-core processor, the diskless My Cloud EX2 Ultra 2-Bay Personal Cloud Storage Server from WD has the processing power necessary to manage and distribute files across a variety of platforms. Accompanying the enhanced dual-core processor is 1GB of DDR3 RAM to ensure multiple tasks can be carried out without causing the system to lag. The diskless My Cloud EX2 Ultra comes with no drives giving you the freedom to pick the right drives to suit your storage needs. The drives you choose can be configured RAID 0 for enhanced performance, RAID 1 for redundancy, JBOD, or spanning to suit your specific storage needs.

Once configured, WD offers a variety of features to make it easier to manage and stream your content directly from the My Cloud EX2 Ultra. With the My Cloud app and MyCloud.com, users can access and manage files from virtually anywhere via a computer, Android, or iOS device. WD Sync simplifies the process of syncing media across different devices to ensure data is constantly backed up. The EX2 Ultra can even stream content to mobile devices, game consoles, and more as it supports the Plex Media Server application. The capabilities of this storage server don't stop there thanks to third-party app support complete with a full suite of applications to suit the needs of a wide variety of users. This My Cloud EX2 includes an Ethernet cable, a power adapter, and Milestone Arcus Surveillance software with unlimited camera licenses.

Updated for High-Performance
The WD EX2 Ultra has been upgraded with the powerful Marvell ARMADA 385 1.3 GHz dual-core processor. You'll get enhanced transfer rates for high performance and lag-free streaming. You'll also be treated to 1 GB of DDR3 memory, allowing you to multitask with ease.
Centralized Storage for Anywhere Access
Keep your photos, videos, music and documents safe in a single place, and with MyCloud.com or the My Cloud app, you can access or share from anywhere.
Sync Your Content Across All of Your Computers
With WD Sync, you can automatically synchronize your media and files across your computers and your My Cloud device, so you can be confident your content is always up to date and accessible with all your devices.
Simplified File and Folder Sharing
Easily create a single place to store and share all your photos, videos and music with friends and family. Whether you're on a shoot, or editing at home, you can save your creations at full fidelity and share with your entire network without missing a beat.
Enhanced Data Protection
With WD SmartWare Pro, PC users can customize when and where their content is saved, while Mac users have full access to Apple Time Machine for personalized backup. You can even automatically back up your data to a separate My Cloud NAS device, or any supported cloud service like Amazon S3, ElephantDrive or Acronis. Combined with 256 AES volume encryption, you can securely store files across your entire network, regardless of OS.
Multiple RAID Options
My Cloud EX2 Ultra features a variety of RAID settings, so you can customize your system with the configuration that's best for you. Options include RAID 0 for enhanced performance, RAID 1 for mirrored data protection, as well as JBOD and spanning support for non-RAID configurations.
Smooth Media Streaming
With the 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, you'll have ultra-fast transfer rates for lag-free streaming. Combined with the Plex Media Server, your HD content will be organized and prepared for streaming to your PC, mobile device, game console, or other certified media player.
Simple to Install, Easy to Manage
With a tray-less bay design, installation is effortless and tool free. Once installed, the My Cloud EX2 Ultra features an intuitive dashboard, so you can create user accounts, customize features, and monitor storage with ease. And with MyCloud.com remote access, or the My Cloud mobile app, you can access your media and manage users from any device.
Keep an Eye on Your Home, Wherever You're At
The WD EX2 Ultra comes equipped with Milestone ARCUS Surveillance software, delivering a powerful surveillance system for your home. Compatible with thousands of cameras, with support for up to 12 connected cameras and two free camera licenses included, this NAS is the perfect surveillance solution to keep watch on what matters to you most.
Third-Party App Support
My Cloud EX2 Ultra supports a full suite of popular applications for a personalized experience. Use apps like Plex, Milestone Arcus Surveillance, Dropbox, WordPress, and more to customize your NAS to meet your specific needs.
Powered by My Cloud OS 3
WD's My Cloud OS 3 comes with a variety of tools and apps, so you'll have complete control of the media that matters most. Create a custom folder to share your favorite content with family and friends. Automatically synchronize your data between all your computers and make sure your content is always up to date. Easily transfer content between your NAS and a supported cloud service like Dropbox, OneDrive, or Google Drive.
Plex Media Server
Plex Media Server is used to host the content and plugins that are then streamed to Plex big screen apps (including Plex Home Theater) and Plex mobile apps, either on the same machine, the same local area network, or over the Internet. In addition to the platforms supported by the front end, the server is available for FreeBSD, Linux and nine different NAS devices. Plex Media Server can be configured to index content in any directory on the machine it is run on, as well as to automatically acquire content from such sources as Aperture, iPhoto, and iTunes. Content may be transcoded by the server before it is streamed, in order to reduce bandwidth requirements or for compatibility with the device being streamed to.

Plex Media Server allows extensibility through the addition of plug-ins. Many such plug-ins are available through the built-in Plex Online digital distribution service. This service can be used directly within Plex Home Theater or Plex Media Center's GUI.

Plex uses the metadata from several free open-source online libraries to automatically find all artwork, media descriptions, and theme music for the entire library.
Advanced Features
• Dual USB 3.0 expansion ports
• Energy-saving options
• Integrated FTP and WebDAV server
• Integrated SSH Secure Shell
• IPv4 and IPv6
• iSCSI target and initiator
• Jumbo frame support
• Microsoft Active Directory support
• Real-time resource monitor
• SNMPUPS support (USB and network)
UPC: 718037843704
In the Box
WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra 2-Bay Personal Cloud Storage Server (Diskless)
  • Ethernet Cable
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Milestone Arcus Surveillance with Unlimited Camera Licenses
  • Limited 2-Year Manufacturer Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    WD EX2 Ultra specs

    General
    Number of Bays 2 x 3.5"
    Media Card Slots None
    Connections 1 x RJ45 (Gigabit Ethernet)
    2 x USB Type-A (USB 3.1 Gen 1)
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    Total Raw Capacity None
    Type None
    Flash Memory None
    Computing
    Processor Marvell ARMADA 385 Dual-Core
    Clock Speed Base: 1.3GHz
    Total Installed Memory 1 GB DDR3
    Software
    OS Compatibility Windows Vista
    Windows 7
    Windows 8
    Windows 10
    macOS 10.8
    macOS 10.9
    macOS 10.10
    macOS 10.11
    Supported Browsers Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari
    Electrical
    AC Input Power 100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
    Security
    Environmental
    Operating Temperature 41 to 95°F / 5 to 35°C
    Storage Temperature -4 to 149°F / -20 to 65°C
    Physical
    Dimensions 6.8 x 6.1 x 3.9" / 17.1 x 15.5 x 9.9 cm
    Weight 5.0 lb / 2.3 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.0 x 9.3 x 6.1"

    WD EX2 Ultra reviews

    My Cloud EX2 Ultra 2-Bay Personal Cloud Storage Server (Diskless) is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from build your own multi-geo private cloud! i bought two of these to put at my 2 homes. i use the resilio sync app that you can install to keep them synchronized. so whichever house i'm at, can use my local storage and it's updated on the other side. the systems are super quiet, low power, and support at-rest encryption, so if they are stolen, i don't have to worry about my data. there is an option to automatically mount the encrypted drive at boot up - i don't know why you would do that, it seems to defeat the purpose.
    Date published: 2016-12-16
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from No way to shut it off The thing was designed by amateurs, and documentation written by engineers (I'm an Electronic Engineer so I can say that). 1. No way to turn the thing off. You have to pull the plug! 2. USB ports are for adding external hard drives, not for connecting to your computer. 3. It works on some internal background processes that impede the user experience i.e. slow response and slow file transfers. 4. Documentation needs a good technical writer to go through it and make it understandable. It needs wiring diagrams and examples on how it can be configured. I just put in my RMA request.
    Date published: 2016-12-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The cheap and good solution I found Very successful, I put in my house and I do backups in an excellent way,
    Date published: 2017-06-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good,meets all requirements for a consumer/home office NAS Good NAS Server.� �Has all the features that you would expect from a home office NAS.�� Good Media Server� Ability to access remotely and easily within network Good backup and sync capabilities� Faster Transfers (depending on the drives used)
    Date published: 2018-03-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well designed personal NAS Easy to setup from out of the box. Quiet operation. Beautiful design. Very easy to pop the HDDs into the enclosure. My Cloud OS setup and UX is very good. Overall a great product by WD. I would recommend this.
    Date published: 2018-07-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good home RAID storage solution I have full confidence in the long term performance and reliability of the WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra Server which I equipped with two 4 TB WD Red HDDs. It is compact, unobtrusive, and quiet. It functions as the repository of DSLR RAW and JPEG files and leaves my PC's built in HDD available for non-photography files. As installed, it also provides the added redundancy benefit of RAID 1. As I write this, it is up, running, and configured exactly as I had planned prior to purchase. Please take my 4 star rating with a grain of salt since I deducted a star for it's less than intuitive setup process which is perhaps more on me than WD. Installing the HDDs is so simple an adult can do it and so is the initialization process of the unit itself. Establishing a "share", accessing it on your Wi-Fi network, mounting the unit as a drive on your PC, transferring files to it, and then accessing those files are all functions that ultimately are not especially hard to accomplish, but for which instructions are not clear or straightforward. By contrast, once I set up a user account (part of the very easy initialization process), I almost immediately received an email on my smartphone with an embedded link to click if I wanted to remotely upload or access content when mobile. Performing my listed basic setup functions should be so easy. WD provides a URL that purports to take you to a web browser-based setup process, but which did not work for me. In fact, rather than take you to a WD setup page, it takes you to a general Google search results page, not the WD setup process described. Based on the description in the detailed user manual, that would have addressed most or all the items I had difficulty with. For various reasons, I did not call WD Support, which might also have sped up the process. Recapping, I'm pleased with the unit now that I've overcome setup and configuration issues, and look forward to long and trouble free performance.
    Date published: 2018-10-08
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