The My Book Live's original feature set was trimmed down a bit to better suit its target consumer buyer. You won't find printer sharing, Windows Domain / AD support, USB drive copy or jumbo frame controls. You do get the following, however:
- SMB/CIFS network filesystems
- AFP ( for Apple Time Machine)
- NFS (only to default Public mount)
- FTP server
- Snapshot ("safepoint") backup
- SmartWare for Windows bundled client backup application, unlimited licenses
- User level permissions (no groups, no quotas)
- HTTP web administration (no HTTPS)
- iTunes and UPnP AV / DLNA server
- Email alerts (w/ built-in SMTP service for no-hassle setup)
- Remote access to shares via WD2go cloud service
- WD Photos iOS photo viewer app (requires WD 2go service)
The Duo has the same AJAX-based sliding panel interface seen last year in the single-drive Live (Figure 4). But there are a few changes for the Duo.
Figure 4: WD My Book Live Duo admin home page
First up is that PacketVideo's TwonkyMedia server has been replaced by a DLNA Media Server (Figure 5). I can't tell from the process list what exactly has taken TwonkyMedia's place. Perhaps someone with better skills can take a look and let me know. The iTunes server is still there, with the only controls being an Enable and Rescan button.
Figure 5: New media server
Of course, with two drives comes a new Storage menu (Figure 6). I plugged in a WD My Book 3.0 to the USB 2.0 port to see what would be displayed.
Figure 6: Storage menu
WD has finally replaced its clunky pay-for-most-features MioNet remote access feature with a new WD2go cloud service. I cover that separately in this SmallCloudBuilder review. If you're in a hurry, I'll just say that WD2go is a huge improvement over MioNet!
The other big addition for the Duo is its new "safepoint" backup feature. Safepoints are whole-drive snapshot backups that can be taken on-demand or scheduled. Once taken, safepoints can then be incrementally updated manually or automatically daily, weekly or monthly. Figure 7 shows that safepoint targets can be any network share. You can also store safepoints on an attached USB drive.
Figure 7: Duo Safepoint Backup
I uploaded a few hundred MB of data to the Duo's Public folder, then ran a safepoint backup to a share on my QNAP NAS. After the backup completed in a minute or so, I browsed to the safepoint folder (Figure 8) and was pleased to see that files were stored in their original format.
Figure 8: Safepiont backukp files
I've put more screenshots of the Live Duo's interface in the gallery, so feel free to browse through.
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WD MyBookLive 2TB RAID 1 on Gigabit LAN is only 4MBs Read & 2MBs Write
April 13, 2012
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Your reports of 25-50 MBs I suspect you mean 25-50Mbs bits rather than Bytes.
With the WD MyBookLive NAS 2TB at RAID 1 on my Gigabit LAN known to commonly transfer at like 600Mbs between computers I get only 17Mbs = 2 MBs write and only 33Mbs= 4MBs read.
The first WD MyBookLive NAS 2TB I got was only half these speeds and the replacement now is the speeds above. The firmware is a little different so newer firmware apparently does double the speed.
The WD MyBookLive NAS 2TB is just unbelievably and very unacceptably slow! They're advertised as "gigabit."
These are only WiFi speeds! But there's no WiFi in my setup, only hard-wired ethernet using single manufactured cables and a Gigabit switch!
Any suggestion anyone has to bring this otherwise beautiful NAS up to speed would be very much appreciated.