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Western Digital might be better known for its hard drives, but in recent years, the company has been branching out into networking gear. The recently launched My Net series of routers is the company's latest networking attempt to deliver the same quality experience storage that users have experienced for years, and the N750 sits right in the middle of the router pack.
As the price shows, it's a bare-boned router, lacking any form of internet connectivity or the newer 802.11ac standard, but it's still a bargain considering the dual band compatibility. Let's see if the budget price has forced a compromise in performance or features.
Specs at a glance
|Wireless protocols||802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz) & 802.11a/n (5GHz)|
|Highest wireless security||WPA2|
|Ethernet ports||4 + WAN|
|USB print sharing/storage||2x for storage, printer|
|Accessories||Ethernet cable, power supply, driver disk|
Compared to some of the 802.11ac juggernauts, the N750 is nice and small, with approximately 60 per cent of the footprint of the bigger beasts. Unlike some designer routers, which appear designed for display in the Museum of Contemporary Art, the N750 looks like your average, everyday router. It's not quite as plain as the likes of Billion's range, but it's also not an abstract art piece like Netgear's D6300.
The usual diagnostic lights adorn the front, while a bank of I/O ports cover the rear. Wired access is taken care of by four gigabit Ethernet connections alongside a WAN port. External printers and storage can be mounted at the same time thanks to the twin USB ports, and the inclusion of two is a nice addition at this price point. Surprisingly, there aren't any external antennas, with everything tucked away inside the small case.
The N750 features a simple, well designed interface.
(Screenshot by Bennett Ring/CNET Australia)
UI and features
WD is another company to insist upon the installation of software to access the router, but are good enough to also list the default IP in the small amount of documentation. Heading into the interface via Chrome reveals a well-designed series of screens. There are probably less than a dozen in total, far fewer than the likes of the Billion 7800NXL, limiting the user to some of the more basic networking duties.