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Western Digital My Book Live Nas box

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Streaming ahead

Like most Nas boxes, the Live comes equipped with a host of media streaming functions, individual user areas and an array of backup options (including Apple’s Time Machine) all controlled through a slick web interface.

Western Digital My Book Live

In these areas I cannot fault the My Book Live. Media streaming to any UPnP/DLNA or iTunes DAAP device is flawless and configuration is simple and straightforward, using the rather well polished web interface.

Also, as any good Nas box should be, the My Book Live includes remote access functionality. However, unlike most other Nas boxes, Western Digital does not let you choose which dynamic DNS service you wish to use.

Western Digital My Book Live

Easy to configure... and knock over

In order to access your files, you must sign up for an account with MioNet, although the subscription is included in the price of the drive. However, users who run other services on their network through an existing dynamic DNS service are likely to be disappointed by this lack of basic functionality.

Verdict

Western Digital’s My Book Live isn’t as fast as it should be, is likely to fall over and will frustrate you if you want remote access with your existing services. However, it is a perfectly functional media-streamer and is fairly compact too. This makes it ideal if you just want something basic to shove in a corner to manage your music and backups without too much thought. ®

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Western Digital My Book Live

Western Digital My Book Live Nas box

Neat Nas box for users with basic needs.
Price: £140 (1TB), £180 (2TB) RRP