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CNET editors choose the best 802.11ac networking devices, including wireless routers.
With a wealth of features, an excellent user experience and very respectable performance, the low price is a pleasant surprise. Throw in a lengthy warranty and this is a fantastic router built for today’s devices.
Typical price: $99.00
If you need to stack your NAS, the Red drive makes a good choice — good speeds, quiet operation and some intelligent technology make it the go-to drive.
Typical price: $210.00
Western Digital's Velociraptor is still the king of mechanical hard drives. But in the face of ever-dropping SSD prices, it finds itself at a time of decreasing relevancy.
Typical price: $309.00
Western Digital is off to a good start with its routers; it has a well-designed, usable interface, attractive aesthetics and a decent feature set. The 2.4GHz performance needs improvement, though, and the one-year warranty and non-user-serviceable hard drive hurts.
Typical price: $399.00
Western Digital's MyBook Live Duo is a good entry point into the world of NAS. The lack of active cooling is a concern, though — make sure that it's in a position where it can vent its heat easily.
Typical price: $499.00
The Western Digital My Net N900 HD is a whole new kind of Wireless-N router. At release, the router is a decent investment for home users but will need better firmware to work at its full potential.
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If you need a FireWire 800 drive, the My Book Studio gives a good amount of grunt, and is about as Maccy as one can Mac. Now we just need to wait for Apple to pick up USB 3.0, and we can forget about all these disparate interfaces.
Typical price: $229.00
Usually external hard drives are much of a muchness, but if you want USB 3.0 speed and a better warranty, then in this case we'd go with Seagate instead.
Typical price: $79.00
Should you buy an AV-specific USB 2.0 external hard drive? In a word, no.
Typical price: $119.00
The Western Digital MyBook Live is a fast, plug-and-play, simple-to-use home NAS server that unfortunately lacks features and has a subpar remote-access solution.
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