by Josh Linden

WD Enters Home Networking with My Net Wireless Routers

Western Digital has announced My Net, its first line of wireless home networking products. My Net features new WD FasTrack technology that uses real-time analysis to identify and prioritize bandwidth for entertainment services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, VUDU, YouTube, Xbox LIVE, and Skype. The top-of-the-line My Net N900 Central will also feature an integrated 1 TB or 2 TB internal hard drive to help users centralize storage and backup for all the computers in their home, which they can remotely access as a personal cloud server.

According to Nielsen and NM Incite’s recent U.S. Digital Consumer Report, data from the fourth quarter of 2011 shows that 33 percent of consumers streamed a movie or TV show through a subscription service like Netflix or Hulu Plus. Internet video services, multi-player online gaming sites, and live video chat services, combined with the explosive diversification wifi-connected devices in the home have created an opportunity for WD to diversify its consumer products portfolio by entering into home networking.

WD’s My Net Dashboard is designed to make it simpler for users to customize, monitor or change network settings including parental controls, security, guest access, printer and scanner settings, and mapping storage drives. Any WD external hard drive with SmartWare software can connect directly to a My Net router to wirelessly backup each computer in the home. Remote access to My Net N900 Central will be available on any computer through the WD2go.com service and with WD mobile apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Android smartphones and tablets.

My Net Family Overview

  • The My Net N900 Central router offers accelerated streaming with integrated storage for wireless backup and remote access. It features wireless performance of up to 900 Mbps (450 + 450 Mbps on the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands combined) and integrated 1TB or 2TB internal storage for automatic wireless backup. My Net N900 Central includes 4 LAN and 1 WLAN Gigabit Ethernet ports for up to 10/100/1000 Mbps wired speeds, 1 USB port for additional storage, printer and media share features, and range amplifier antennas for extended range. My Net N900 Central is Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) and Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified for easy detection and connection of other Wi-Fi devices.
  • The My Net N900 router features wireless performance up to 900 Mbps (450 + 450 Mbps on the 2.4 and 5 Ghz bands combined) and includes 7 LAN and 1 WLAN Gigabit Ethernet ports for up to 10/100/1000 Mbps wired speeds, 2 USB ports for additional storage, printer and media share server use, and range amplifier antennas for extended range. My Net N900 is UPnP and DLNA certified.
  • The My Net N750 offers a combined data rate of up to 750 Mbps (300 + 450 Mbps) and features 5 Gigabit Ethernet ports and 2 USB ports.
  • The My Net N600 offers a combined data rate of up to 600 Mbps (300 + 300 Mbps) and features 5 Fast Ethernet ports with 1 USB port.
  • The My Net Switch is an 8-Port Gigabit home entertainment switch for expanding wired connectivity at 10/100/1000 Mbps speeds.

Availability
My Net N900, My Net N750, My Net N600, and My Net Switch are available today at U.S. retailers. My Net N900 Central will be available next quarter.

MSRP Pricing: My Net Switch $69.99, My Net N600 $79.99, My Net N750 $119.99, My Net N900 $179.99, My Net N900 Central (1TB) $299.99, My Net N900 Central (2TB) $349.99

Update - WD My Net N900 Review Posted

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