Reviews and Problems with Western Digital my net N900
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Not for gaming entertainment
Jersey John, Staples
4 October 2013
Excerpt: Range is good. Works well as a basic router however we bought this router because our current router would disconnect frequently during gaming. In reading the product liturature I thought we would be getting a router that wassuperior for gaming. This is not the case. This router fequently disconnects under gaming condotions.
Excerpt: I have not been able to coax any speeds out of this router greater than 300Mbps with the laptop sitting 2 feet from the router. Level 2 support was no help. I was hoping for greater throughput. It seems I bought a 450+450 router but am getting only 300+300 speeds.<br /><br />Connections seem stable and range seems good.
Pros: Good range, Reliable connection, Two Usb Ports
Summary: I've only had this a couple of weeks and I had to reboot several times. Rogers network went down two days ago and it would not come back up and I had to reset to factory settings to get the internet connection to work. It's a great router when it's working. I love the 7 ports and the range. Not sure what NCIX return policy is. I have to make a decision what to do about this. Update: Since I reset to factory settings, I have not had any more crashes. Works great now.
Summary: The promise of fast track plus technology sold me on this router for $140. Unfortunately it only fulfilled half it's promise. Even when the latency is +1000ms locally, I can still stream 720p youtube videos without any buffering issues. However, I cannot say the same for gaming, fast track plus currently does nothing for gaming. In fact, if someone is streaming a video in the house, it increases the latency drastically, making it even worse for gaming!
Pros: -7 Gigabit Ethernet ports!, -Power button, -Very clean and fast web interface, -dual band 450+450, -Guest networks for both bands, -Fast track Plus works extremely well for streaming videos
Cons: -Fast track Plus does not help gaming in the least, in fact, it makes it worst since it prioritizes video streaming first making the latency even worse when someone is streaming video, -restarting the router takes quite a few minutes more than most, -only router and AP mode available on stock firmware, -signal strength is rather poor for a 450+450 router even when it's
Longer range, but unreliable, and Skype does not work at all!
J. Roman, Amazon
29 August 2012
Summary: I replaced my aging D-Link DIR-655 Extreme-N Gigabit Wireless Router with this unit. Figured we could centralize all of our pictures and videos, and if it made Netflix, Skype and other streaming media software faster, even better. The installation was not complicated, though a little awkward. I followed the instructions, for once, as I had read it was a bit different than older routers.
Summary: It set it self up nicely up to a point. Wireless printer required a call to support. That was a waste of time. In the end had to reinstall printer. Backup was a hit and miss operation until I got it working. Better know what your doing before you buy.
Summary: In the box is a yellow 6 foot Cat 5e cable to connect the router to your internet connection and a power cable with one of those annoyingly large "wall warts" that hogs two or three outlets on my battery backup. To avoid this I connected the wart with an extension cord. The front of the unit sports 5 lighted icons and one of those WPS buttons that everyone tells you not to use because the security is weak.
Summary: Cons: 1. I'm currently copying some large files from my PC to the 2 TB hard drive inside this router. Over a 1gbps connection I haven't seen over 15MBps data transfer rates (that's 120mbps). To put that in perspective, it would take almost 40 hours to fill the 2TB hard drive at this rate. 1b. update: I've also spent some time copying files via wifi. With large files I can get 3 or 4 MBps, but with lots of small files I get less than 2MBps.