As home network is innovated and enhanced, home users are exploring ways to serve and create multimedia home network where all media are stored and managed in central location and serviced to many end point home network devices such as mobile phone, tablet, laptop computer, desktop computer, network connected game console and even network connected television. For this need, Network Access Storage (NAS) is recommended. Network Access Storage should support basic network protocols for sharing via ethernet network. For better multimedia support, it can support protocols like DLNA and mobile app support for media playing from mobile device. One device that we recommend is WD My Cloud. This is very good and inexpensive home solution that can serve as home media network hard drive and provide all benefits mentioned above.
To setup home media network server with WD My Cloud, home user needs to just connect this to home network router. Then, using web based interface or from mobile device, connect to the WD My Cloud and answer few questions to setup. Once WD My Cloud is up and running this can be accessed from Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X, mobile phone and tablet such as iOS and android devices by apps. From network connected television that supports DLNA, shared media from WD My Cloud can be accessed by configuring TV input source. WD My Cloud Mirror provides double security for media files which are mostly photos and videos. This devices automatically stores two copies of everything ensuring hardware defect does not destroy the data accidentally. Since this is automatic, it provides additional peace of mind on important data while not needed to understand complex configuration of data redundancy or RAID systems.