You have the option of setting up the World Edition either for remote access, or as a traditional NAS. To set it up as a traditional NAS, you just enter “mybookworld” into your browser’s address bar. This takes you to the “Shared Storage Manager” web-based admin page for the NAS. Upon first access, you are prompted to run a simple setup wizard that prompts you to change the admin password and set the time/time zone. By default, the public share is available to all users.
Figure 5: My Book World Edition Shared Storage Manager Interface
The user interface is quite simple with only four tabs—only three of which contain any configurable items. The home tab, shown above in Figure 5, summarizes the options for each tab. The configuration options are quite limited. You can create, delete, or rename shares, and create users (Figure 6). You can assign rights to users for each share, but the World Edition doesn’t support group rights.
Management is likewise sparse. You can’t set drive idle times, nor is there any provision for logging or email notification of system errors. It was designed to be simple, and to that end, it achieves its goal.
Figure 6: File Sharing Permission setup on the My Book World Edition
The key selling point of the World Edition NAS is remote access. When you insert the supplied CD, you are prompted to install WD Anywhere Access. As mentioned, Western Digital recently acquired Mionet, and WD Anywhere Access is essentially Mionet with a WD skin (Figure 7). As part of the installation procedure, you create an account on Mionet with the computer used to install the software. Once the account has been created, you can access the World Edition NAS either through a web browser or through the Mionet interface.
Figure 7: My Book World Edition includes a 30 free trial to Mionet’s premium services
The World Edition NAS is supplied with a license for only basic remote access. If you really want to leverage remote access as well as remote control, you’ll need to subscribe to Mionet. For $49.95/year, you can license up to five computers. Each computer running the Mionet software and logged into your Mionet account will have complete access to the local resources on all of the other logged in computers.
For example, in my tests, I installed Mionet on three computers. Each of my two notebooks’ disks is partitioned into two drives. With Mionet running on each of my two notebooks, their two drives each appeared as mapped drive letters on the third computer. Similarly, the World Edition NAS appears as a drive letter with each of the shares appearing as a folder. It’s important to note that only local resources, including attached USB drives, are available via Mionet. Mapped network drives are not available via Mionet.
In addition to having access to local drives of computers in your Mionet network, you can also share folders with non-Mionet members, share your webcam, or have remote control of any of your licensed computers. The remote control feature is very similar to remote control offered by products such as GoToMyPC or LogMeIn. However, each of these remote control subscription services is more robust than the remote control offered by Mionet. Mionet’s remote control lacks support for remote printing, and you can’t transfer files from within the remote control interface.