Replace Old WD MyCloud
WD are discontinuing support for my EX4. I’m looking for the best replacement of similar capability and price that has the longest anticipated support life (don’t want to be a ‘withdrawal of support’ victim again). Best aspects of the EX4 which I like are: RAID options, Remote access over internet. Dislikes include limited file management capability. Happy to remain WD if longevity is good (and they will be offering a discount on hardware in January). Thanks for advice….
My Cloud EX4 My Cloud CPU Marvell Kirkwood 88F6282A1 @ 2.0 GHz (single-core) Mindspeed Comcerto 2000 (M86261G-12) dual-core ARM @ 650 MHz RAM 512 MB DDR3 256 MB DDR3
Yes, this is a popular question. If you can not install OS5 on your WD NAS then they will disable internet access from January. You need to upgrade to WD PR/ EX Ultra series or change a brand.
The most popular upgrade choice is Synology and Qnap models with Realtek and Celeron processors inside. You also get new DDR4 memory and transcoding chip for remote video streaming. Qnap and Synology also have their own computer and mobile apps unlike WD (They rely on third part y such as Acronis etc).
Here are the upgrade options
DS218play / TS-230 with Realtek CPU. Good for backing up and remote access. Not as good for third party app use.
DS220+/ DS420+ / TS253D/ TS-453D. Good for first party as well as third party app use. Has no limitations on apps and functionality you can use. Fast enough to use for multi user environments and wide range of file formats.
I hope this helps.