Summary: Dont install the software. Slows everything down. The software that allows access over the internet is junk. Use the built in web page. Try not to use over a wireless connection on big files.... very slow. I have mine hooked up to a 1gb router and when connected via cable its pretty fast.
Pros: Easy to use and very reliable. Quiet! Fast access and has a network connection to plug right into your router. Also has a USB for adding more storage.
Summary: I am not sure I understand the advantage of the WDAnywhere software, but once you wade through the instructions you realize you can install this without ever installing the WD software. Straightforward setup allows you to use this as a RAID 1 disc array, removing some concerns for backing up data.
Summary: This hard drive was storing thousands of family photos, some as from as far back as the late 1800s. The photo library I entrusted to this piece of junk included parents, grandparents, great-grandparents... family from around the world.
Summary: Don't bother using this storage in anything but mirrored configuration. I bought three of them, and only 1 that works properly. WD Anywhere Access is a joke. Completely pointless, unnecessarily complicated, and did I mention pointless.
Summary: This drive is simply unreliable, a bad thing for a backup drive, and would rate zero stars if such a rating was available. Within the past year, I have had to replace the drive three times (I've just requested my fourth.) The first two did not work at all and had to be returned immediately.
Summary: Suggest you pass this by. It looks like a good product, but there are some flaws. I'm not saying that WD drives are bad, but this product is. If you are thinking about a network attached drive which can be used to back up all of the PCs on your home network, and your laptop while you are away, this...
Summary: DISCLAIMER: ======================================================== I got this drive for local LAN use only. I have no interest in remote access, so none of my comments, nor my ratings apply to the ability to access this drive over the web.