Western Digital My Net N900 Central

The Good Some thought has gone into making a good, responsive web interface. Prettier than your standard router box.

The Bad 2.4GHz performance isn't great, especially at range. Storage isn't worth the extra cost due to low warranty. Cisco, Billion and Netgear all offer twice the warranty of Western Digital.

The Bottom Line 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.

Editors' Rating
7.5 Overall

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Review

Western Digital My Net N900 Central

When Western Digital announced that it was making a router, we weren't sure quite how it would do. Sure, it had some experience with its NAS products on the networking side, but there's a little bit more involved in creating the hub for your online life.

We were sent the storage version of its router series, the My Net N900 Central — a box supporting dual-band simultaneous 802.11n with either a 1TB or 2TB hard drive inside. The hard drive means that the N900 Central gets something that many routers miss out on: a fan inside, actively cooling the unit. It's also weird to hear your router making mechanical hard drive clicking and head-parking noises, and certainly you'll have to be more gentle with this than you would with the typical router.

We should note that the hard drive isn't user serviceable, either. If it dies, you'll have to send the whole unit back for a drive replacement.

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