Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WDBWNJ0000NBL
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QA issue, but easy to resolve
John Y., Newegg
26 September 2013
Pros: Lots of config options, guest networks N/AC mix
Cons: only 24 MAC entries if you choose to filter users, reports of DOA may be due the router reverting to firmware recovery mode. Mine arrived with those symptoms no IP thru DHCP and power light just blinked. manually set IP to 192.168.1.2 and was able to access router page/ upload a .bin firmware but less technical folks will think it's bricked.
Cons: 1st one i received the usb ports didnt work. WD over night the RMA and paid for the return. the RMA was DOA so the RMA another one the 3rd one worked great, as for the 2 I sent back the wanted them for diagnosis to see what happen to them. They gave the best customer service I have seen. Every now and then this thing acts up and i end up having to reboot it kind of annoying but eh.
Cons: Plugged in the router and all I get is a blue power blinking light. It doesn't take a genius to configure a router, but this one is not working. I currently have CHARTER cable and all previous routers work with in seconds. I'm returning the product to newegg.
Summary: I bought a WD Elements 2D hard drive to use as external storage with this router. It doesn't work. The router can't recognize it. In fact, the router freezes when I plug in the hard drive. I wish I had read the other reviews here. No where in the documentation for the My Net AC1300 does it say that there are any restrictions on what external storage may be used. I called customer support. They said to reformat the hard drive and try again. So I did.
Pros: Set up was easy. The user interface for the router is very user friendly. I get better reception with this than with my old router. It's fast most of the time. (See Cons below)
Cons: About once or twice a week this wi-fi router just slows to a crawl. The only way to get it to work correctly again is to reboot it. So I have become much more of an expert on the user interface to this router than I ever wanted to be. There are no diagnostics available to figure out what might actually be slowing things down or causing a problem.
Excerpt: I bought this router because my wife has to work at home some evenings, logging in to her office network. Things locked up frequently, and we were not sure whether it was her (older) work laptop, the remote gateway/software, or our dual-band n-series D-Link router. Fortunately, she hasn't had much of this work in the past couple of weeks, so it's hard to say whether that problem was resolved by the WD router.
Cons: 5 Ghz Band Invisible, Attached Hdd Is Slow, Desk Mount Only, Manual Needed For Setup, Manual Not On Setup Disk, Worthless Setup Wizard
Pros: This is the first non- hard drive product I’ve had from Western Digital and it’s a router with the new 802.11 standard: AC. The router is capable of ridiculous speed. You will be hard pressed to max this router out with an Internet connection in the US. It’s rated at 1300Mbps via 802.11AC and 450Mbps via 802.11n. It is a dual band router, so you can increase the overall network bandwidth by using both. While it can do 1300Mbps, that’s the theoretical speed. Realistic ...
Cons: Now, this is an amazing router, but it has faults. Such as, it does cost quite a bit, but you are also getting a lot, so not a huge negative. There is no external antenna option, so for anyone looking to upgrading the antenna is basically out of luck. Not sure if it’s possible if you removed the casing and modded it, but for most people, you cannot upgrade the antenna, however it is one of the better ones I’ve seen. Another down side to this router, is it is fairly la...
Pros: Great packaging, nice box, and super easy setup. Easiest router I've ever used. Very sleek user interface, easy to find anything one could possibly need for configuration of a router (from the simple stuff to the advanced).
Cons: The signal strengths seemed to dip in comparison to some of my cheaper routers. Where I might have 5 full bars with a cheap router of another brand, I only had 4 with this. However, I didn't notice any different ranges between the 2.4GHz and the 5GHz bands (as mentioned by a previous reviewer), but I still had to knock a bar for the loss of signal. With a higher priced router such as this you would think "WiFi range" would be the least of your problems.
Summary: The built-in help was almost non-existent in this router. I had to Google new features that I was not familiar with. The only instructions included with the unit was a quick setup sheet. The downloaded user manual was very graphical, but not very detailed. I did not see a user manual on the provided CD. I see a potential Catch-22 situation here, if you can't get online to download the full user manual. . .
Pros: I tested the Western Digital "My Net AC1300" dual-band router. I went by the NewEgg item SKU number (N82E16833146008), which describes it incorrectly as an AC1750 model router. hopefully somebody at NewEgg can fix this.
Cons: WIFI reception in my attached garage shop (a tough area) was very good on the low-band (4 out of 5 bars) and only fair (1-2 bars) on the 5 GHz high-band. I thought for the price of this router it should have performed better on the high-band. This is where externally mounted antennas might have made a difference. I have never been a big fan of internal router antennas. With external antennas you can unscrew them and install all sorts of high-gain, directional antennas...