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WD My Net N900 Central Review
29 January 2013
Summary: Final Thoughts
The WD MyNet N900 Central is unit worth considering, especially for users who do not already have a network storage solution in their house or small office. 2 TB is a considerable backup space for most users, and the unit’s ability to serve up to DLNA-certified players such as the Playstation 3 and some Roku devices is definitely a selling point to the media playback crowd.
Summary: Overall, the Western Digital My Net N900 is a good buy for those intimidated by the term "Network Attached Storage," "Router," or both. Setting up the N900 was smoother than the Seagate or the Iomega, and we had no problems configuring the router, cloud access and apps. While those looking for a more robust solution would do better with the Iomega StorCenter ix2-dl, the N900 is ideal for those seeking a simple backup solution with a router, to boot.
Pros: Easy to configure, Mobile apps worked smoothly, Combo router and storage
Excerpt: Western Digital is not a name typically associated with networking and routers. If you look at their product line over the last few years it makes sense though. The Western Digital MY NET routers should make a fine accompaniment to their Powerline AV Storage, and WD TV Live.
Excerpt: The days of needing a router just to catch up on captioned cat photos have long since gone the way of the beeper. Today, everything from video calling and media streaming, to automatic “cloud” backups and farming gold in mythical lands is funneled through home broadband — not just on desktops or laptops, but on TVs, smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles as well.
Excerpt: We were surprised when we heard that Western Digital, which is largely known for its storage and multimedia devices, recently entered the networking segment. The brand has recently launched a range of wireless networking routers and we had a hands on with the MyNet N900 HD dual-band router. Let’s see what it has in store for you.
Excerpt: Quick! What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Western Digital? If you're like most people, you immediately thought of hard drives and other storage products, which have been WD's bread and butter for several decades now. But the times, they are a changin', and in case you haven't noticed, Western Digital is no longer content to simply take residence in your PC.
Pros: Dual-band radios (2.4GHz and 5GHz), FasTrack technology prioritizes streaming media and game content, Easy to configure, Solid performance from short distances, USB drive and printer sharing
Cons: Signal strength is average, Can't mount the router vertically
Summary: Western Digital's first foray into networked devices is a good effort. The My Net N900 HD Dual-Band Router's intuitive setup and diagnostic options will be valuable for Wi-Fi novices and power users alike, as will the plethora of Ethernet and USB ports. However, gamers and those looking for the highest performance should look toward such alternatives as the Netgear N900 or the Buffalo AirStation AC1300/N900 Gigabit Dual Band WZR-D1800H.
Pros: Brilliant setup, Quick access to advanced features, Seven LAN ports
Cons: Not as fast as competing routers, Connecting took a bit longer than usual