Western Digital Drives Hard into Router Market with My Net Series

Paul Lilly

Hard drive maker Western Digital is branching out into the realm of wireless home networking products with the launch of its My Net family of dual-band routers. It's a logical extension for WD, which makes and sells a series of WD TV media player devices capable of tapping into home networks, though the router market is perhaps an even more crowded segment. WD's focus is on ease-of-use, and the company is also debuting its FasTrack technology that instantly sniffs out and detects entertainment traffic, which it then fast forwards to game consoles, media players, smart TVs, and other Internet connected devices.

WD's flagship router is the My Net 900 Central . It boasts a 900Mbps 'combined' transfer speed (450Mbps + 450Mbps on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, which can't actually be combined, mind you), integrated 1TB or 2TB hard drive for automatic wireless backups, 4-port switch, a USB port, printer and media sharing, range amplifier antennas, and DLNA certification.

There's also the My Net N900 , essentially the same router sans integrated storage, and with a 7-port switch instead 4. Below that is the My Net 750 (300Mbps + 450Mbps on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands), My Net N600 (300Mbps + 300Mbps), and the My Net Switch with eight GbE ports.

WD's My Net series is available today with MSRPs of $70 (My Net Switch), $80 (My Net 600), $120 (My Net N750), $180 (My Net N900), $300 (My Net N900 Central 1TB), and $350 (My Net N900 Central 2TB).

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