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I've mentioned this a few times but not posted so here it is. Currently OOS at Amazon I've had an order in for a few weeks and its due mid/late April. Not 100% sure this can be used with a Mac so fingers crossed. Free p+p obviously.

Cute demo http://www.wdc.com/en/flash/MyBookWorldDemo.asp

WD description
Add this unique remote-access storage system to your wired or wireless network and youll have a surprisingly simple and secure way to access and share data and photos, at home, in the office, and anywhere in the world--even when your local computer is off.

Product Features
WD Anywhere Access - This storage system and all the files on it are always accessible when you need them, even when your local computer is turned off.

Easy to set up, easy to use - Network setup is a breeze with our unique, powerful remote access software.

Data OnHand - From any PC, use Windows Explorer to securely browse through folders on My Book World Edition. Open, edit and save files as though they are right there with you.

Gigabit Ethernet Connection - High-performance 1000/100/10 compatible Ethernet connection.

EMC® Retrospect® Express backup software - Easy-to-use software for scheduled or on-demand file backup.

UPnP enabled - Makes network configuration easy and convenient.

Capacity gauge - See at a glance how much space is available on your storage system.

Quiet and cool - An efficient convection cooling system and a thermostatically controlled fan keep this unit reliably cool and remarkably quiet.
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#1
To be honest when Amazon say 4-6 weeks I would treat that with suspicion!
#2
A couple of interesting comments on the WDC support forums here http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=1522&p_created=1172602981&p_sid=VqRr7dxi&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9NDUwJnBfcHJvZHM9JnBfY2F0cz0mcF9wdj0mcF9jdj0mcF9zZWFyY2hfdHlwZT1zZWFyY2hfZm5sJnBfcGFnZT0xJnBfc2VhcmNoX3RleHQ9ZGVsYXllZCB3cml0ZSBlcnJvciBteWJvb2s

precis -

[FONT=Arial, Verdana, Helvetica][FONT=Arial, Verdana, Helvetica][SIZE=2][COLOR=midnightblue]Just a few points...

Remote file transfers to and from a WD My Book World Edition hard drive are limited to files under 1 GB through WD Anywhere Access. You will not be able to transfer a file larger than 1 GB to the WD My Book World Edition hard drive from a remote computer using WD Anywhere Access.


When connecting and accessing a USB hard drive formatted as FAT32 connected to the WD My Book World Edition hard drive, WD Anywhere Access will translate all files to a Hidden attribute. To resolve this issue, you can view the properties of the files or folders and un-select the Hidden attribute.


External USB hard drives that are formatted as NTFS connected to the WD My Book World Edition hard drive are read only.


WD Anywhere Access will not open a share with more than 1000 files or folders on a WD My Book World Edition hard drive as detailed in Answer ID 1517.


Hidden or Read Only file attributes are not preserved when transferring files from a computer system to the WD My Book World Edition hard drive through WD Anywhere Access.


Files created or copied to the WD My Book World Edition hard drive through WD Anywhere Access are only visible on the local computer system if WD Anywhere Access is running and the user is signed in.


[COLOR=Black][FONT=Verdana]Though it appears you don't have to load the [/FONT]supplied software to achieve the functionality.[/COLOR]
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#3
I'll add one also for Tenex:

[COLOR=blue]WD Anywhere Access is not compatible with Macintosh computers.[/COLOR]
#4
Thats the software that gets criticised on the WD forum if it can be set up without using it then I'll be happy.
#5
I can't see why it couldn't be used without software. According to their User Guide, this drive supports CIFS. So in theory, you should be able to access files from non-Windows devices, such as Linux PCs, Xbox, PS2 and network players that support such feature. If Mac support CIFS/SMB then it could access it too.
The only problem is that Amazon got no stock (their '4 to 6 weeks' basically mean 'no stock and we got no clue when it'll be available'). And it is not just Amazon, but anybody else too.
#6
It's not even available from Western Digital's WD Store either... If you check any other product in the range, it will show you a price and the possibility to add it to your shopping cart. Not for this one...

Shame really, I was looking for a networked HDD that could also handle an additional USB drive as I've already got one. This one did fit my bill...
#7
How about Linkstation 400GB? It got less space but there is UPnP server built-in.
#8
Anyone know of a decent one of these that is also I wireless router that works with a cable modem?
#9
I think Asus is making one of these but apart from them you'll be struggling to find anything else.
#11
This is not a router, just AP bridge.
#12
Thanks guys, seen the ASUS one and found one by freecom, be good to have one less thing to plug in (powerwise), hopefully they will become more common
#13
If you plugged this straight into the gigabit ethernet on a computer, would it simply act as a normal external HD, but with the increased speed of gigabit ethernet over USB2 or FW400?

Cheers.
#14
Jackus -
If you used a crossover network cable or connected via a gigabit switch, i'm sure you'd get gigabit speed between PC and NAS.

this looks a nice piece of gear.
#15
Kommunist
This is not a router, just AP bridge.


Not according to the specs, it is a 2.5" hdd enclosure with a wifi bridge built in. Plus it has host usb to hook up an external hd or a printer. Seems pretty neat although I couldn't vouch for the brand. Shame it is 2.5" though...
#16
That's what I said. It got no routing capabilities, just bridge.
#17
bornagainst
Jackus -
If you used a crossover network cable or connected via a gigabit switch, i'm sure you'd get gigabit speed between PC and NAS.

this looks a nice piece of gear.


Cheers!
#18
Kommunist
How about Linkstation 400GB? It got less space but there is UPnP server built-in.

Yeah that sounds rather good as well but as you mentioned the Western Digital one has 500GB instead of 300GB (even though the name says 400GB???) and for a better price. It seemed to me that the WD was also UPnP, but I'm not so sure anymore. I also wonder whether the additional drives HAVE to be Linkstations (mine's a Toshiba instead).

Will have a look into that over the weekend, thanks for the link!
#19
At last after all this time an email today to say its on the way.

Ordered on 12th March!
#20
Now only £119.99
#21
Both the Pro and NAS 500Gb are ~£120 now so the decision is getting worse... and Amazon still haven't shipped the back order! What a dilemma, which to buy?
#22
Does anyone have a photo of the rear of this device, showing the inputs/outputs etc ?
#23
Amazon does?

Nope! check the URL in the first post or the WDC website.
#24
Here:

http://www.wdc.com/global/images/products/bck/wdfMyBook_World_1N.jpg

Note there is no USB connection for PC.
#25
I think there is a USB connection in that picture its top hole IMO :whistling:
#26
nickmoul
I think there is a USB connection in that picture its top hole IMO :whistling:
It is Host USB, not slave.
#27
So could further drives be plugged into this one?
#28
Kommunist: if I simply plugged this into my Linksys router and avoided any WD software could I access this drive securely from a remote location? I really want to buy this but don't know how to set it up with a Mac and obviously want to secure it.
#29
Thanks for the pic Kommunist

I'm not sure if this device is what I'm looking for... bit confused as to what it does and whether it would work with my wireless router (Netgear DG834G)
#30
Nice one
#31
Tenex

So could further drives be plugged into this one?

Yes

if I simply plugged this into my Linksys router and avoided any WD software could I access this drive securely from a remote location?

If 'remote location' means your local network (inside of house or office) then yes. Otherwise, you'll need to install some server software on your PC (not necessarily from WD).


kowalski
bit confused as to what it does and whether it would work with my wireless router (Netgear DG834G)

Plug it in, configure it properly and it should work. But you'll have to use cable connection, of course :)
#32
Kommunist
Tenex


Yes


If 'remote location' means your local network (inside of house or office) then yes. Otherwise, you'll need to install some server software on your PC (not necessarily from WD).
It will be plugged in at home but I'd like to access it from elsewhere, any suggestions as to the software I should look for?

Attaching further drives would be really useful! Thanks
#33
t will be plugged in at home but I'd like to access it from elsewhere, any suggestions as to the software I should look for?

You should either use WD software (Anywhere Access) on your remote PC or to install FTP or HTTP server on some PC inside of your network.
#34
whats the speed difference read/write 100/10 vs USB 2.0 if you dont have a gigabit network card in your pc?
#35
I think you should realistically expect 5-6MBps when using 100Mbps network.
#36
[SIZE=2]how would (if you could) wire this to the xbox 360 for streaming WMVs?[/SIZE]
#37
Kommunist
You should either use WD software (Anywhere Access) on your remote PC or to install FTP or HTTP server on some PC inside of your network.

Thanks I'll have to look for Mac equivalents.

Have you any idea if this drive could be used for video editing? I'm using 2 firewire My Books at the moment and wondered if the NAS would also be viable or too slow?
#38
jklondon

[SIZE=2]how would (if you could) wire this to the xbox 360 for streaming WMVs?[/SIZE]

You'll need to run some sort of server on PC for this. Probably TVersity or similar.

Tenex

Have you any idea if this drive could be used for video editing? I'm using 2 firewire My Books at the moment and wondered if the NAS would also be viable or too slow?

Well... the DV stream is 25Mbps, so it should work without dropped frames. But I don't think it is a good idea as it is much slower than Firewire or USB drive. It got Gigabit network, but in reality no budget NAS devices can match USB for speed.
#39
Kommunist
Now only £119.99


Wow thanks for that, another Amazon price guarantee on the way....

I'm having a nightmare with it, I can't access it with their software through my Trend PC-Cillin 2006 firewall, its fine in network places and with their software and firewall off but not on.

I even allowed outbound on the following in trend (per faq):

MioNet.exe located in C:\Program Files\MioNet\jvm\bin\
MioNetManager.exe located in C:\Program Files\MioNet\
ServiceStatusGui.exe located in C:\Program Files\MioNet\

but still nothing.
#40
I am just curious - why do you need their software at all? If you can access it via Network Places, then there is no need for Mionet?

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