Western Digital provides the WD2go and WD2go Pro apps for the iOS and Android devices. Together with the WD2go remote access via website, they form the personal cloud solution for the My Book Live. In this section, we will go over the WD2go Android app features as well as the web remote access solution. The WD2go Pro app provides extra security, sharing options and Dropbox like syncing functionality. However, we will just be looking at the free basic version in this section.

Upon initial launch, the Android WD2go app asks for an activation code which needs to be generated via the web interface of the My Book Live. After this code is input, one can see the attached devices on that network (I am assuming that multiple My Book Live units on a single network will end up with the same activation code). A few taps later, one can view and navigate the shares. The WD2go app settings include a configurable cache size (for storage of downloaded content) and the ability to clear it. The app also remembers a list of recently accessed files, which can also be cleared.

The app downloads the chosen file and launches it in the linked application. I was able to get this to work without issues for both pictures and music files. Pictures had to be fully downloaded for viewing on the mobile device.

Music files were streamed without any problems. Playback was started even before the file was downloaded in full. Videos were quite picky, though. I had to install RockPlayer Lite / Doubletwist in order to stream the videos. Since there is no transcoding going on at the My Book Live end, we are severely limited with respect to the nature of the video files which can be played back.

An interesting aspect is the connectivity status reported in the web interface. A relay connection implies that the data goes through WD's data center. A direct connection is obviously better in terms of performance. It is suggested that turning on uPnP in the router could help with this.

The PC WD2go feature is set up by registering an e-mail address for remote access. Clicking on the sign-up link set via e-mail enables the registering of a WD2go account on the WD2go.com website. A Java program loads in the background upon selecting the device on the webpage. This mounts the share as a network drive on the local machine.


Western Digital's personal cloud solution is quite effective in providing access to the My Book Live over the Internet, be it from a mobile device or a remote computer. Unlike other NAS vendors who require open ports in the router / expect users to register for a dynamic DNS service, WD's model is perfect for the mainstream consumer.

Benchmarking the WD My Book Live Miscellaneous Issues and Final Words
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  • ganeshts - Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - link

    The 5400 rpm drive runs hot by itself. 7200 rpm, with passive cooling, would be a difficult proposition.

    No, the RAM is not user upgradeable.

    For a peek inside, please follow this link:

    http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/nas/nas-reviews/313...

    Didn't want to repeat the excellent teardown done by SNB :)
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  • jcbenten - Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - link

    What I need is a SBS setup to keep from booting up a PC and save on the cost of a full blown NAS. Did I miss that in the review? Reply
  • ganeshts - Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - link

    OK, this is the first time I have seen this request.

    You are in luck :) I see Squeezebox server is available for Debian (as is the perl source code). The My Book Live runs Debian Lenny and definitely has perl installed also. I would guess that it is possible to run the Squeezebox server on this. Unfortunately, I don't have any devices to test that the server actually works.

    PS: Did a little Googling, and found that it indeed works :)

    https://wp.peterweb.org/misc/squeezebox-server-on-...
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  • AncientWisdom - Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - link

    If it is, this will be perfect as I will not have to leave my desktop running while downloading (I have an abysmal 2Mbit connection) or waiting for new RSS to come in. Reply
  • ganeshts - Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - link

    First post on this page : http://community.wdc.com/t5/My-Book-Live/Torrent-C... Reply
  • Nutandbolt - Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - link

    I have been trying to fix the network drive to my computer running win xp
    The installer is not able to "discover " the drive on the network. Has anyone
    Faced similar issues ?
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  • JMSW - Thursday, May 24, 2012 - link

    "Videos were quite picky, though. I had to install RockPlayer Lite / Doubletwist in order to stream the videos. Since there is no transcoding going on at the My Book Live end, we are severely limited with respect to the nature of the video files which can be played back"

    I am just about to set my WD box up, second attempt as first box deemed faulty. I had problems with video playback as well as storing and retrieving some more obscure file types such as GP3, GP4. (which I put down to faulty box!)

    Is there just some file types / extensions that shouldn't be stored on the WD My Book Live?

    With regard to video playback are you putting RockPlayer on the WD box? Should I put something like iTunes on the WD box and stream my music through it?

    I ask, because it was my intention to stream video, music and pictures within my house to laptops, desktops and ipads as well as a yet to be bought HD TV. Outside the house I want to access all the WD box content either on my laptop or phone. Sorting file types and software out in advance will hopefully make set up a bit smoother.
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  • MumblingFumbler - Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - link

    Can't find this utility using ssh, logged in as root, on my drive. Did tester import it somehow?
    Maybe WD took it off once heat problems were reported. Anybody know how I can get it? Got my drive last week.
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