WD ships 802.11ac My Net router and media bridge

WD announces the availability of its 802.11ac router and media bridge.

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The new My Net 802.11ac router and media bridge from WD.
The new My Net 802.11ac router and media bridge from WD. WD

WD today announced the availability of its 802.11ac Wi-Fi products, including a new router and a media bridge.

WD, one of the largest hard-drive makers in the world,jumped into home networking just recently with the My Net router family, which includes the already reviewed My Net N900 HD and My Net N900 Central. The two new devices announced today complete the company's Wi-Fi portfolio by adding support for the latest 802.11ac standard.

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The two new products include a 802.11ac router, the My Net AC1300 HD Dual-Band router, and a 802.1ac-compatible media bridge, the My Net AC Bridge. The media bridge helps users to experience the new 802.11ac since there are currently no hardware clients that support this new Wi-Fi standard. It can add up to four Ethernet-ready devices, such as game consoles, computers, printers, and so on, to the Wi-Fi network created by the My Net AC1300 router, or any other compatible routers.

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Similar to other 802.11ac routers on the market, such as the Asus RT-AC66u or the Netgear R6300, the new My Net AC1300 is a true dual-band router and supports all existing Wi-Fi devices. When coupled with 802.11ac clients, it's able to offers the wireless speed up to 1300Mbps (or 1.3Gbps). When working with the popular wireless-N clients, it offers the Wi-Fi speed up to 450Mbps on each of its 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz frequency band, at the same time.

WD says the new router also supports a customized QoS feature called FastTrack, available in previous select My Net routers, which automatically prioritizes traffic for entertainment services, such as Netflix, YouTube, or online gaming. It's also a Gigabit router, providing fast networking for wired clients, and offers many features for home users.

The My Net AC1300 Router and My Net AC Bridge are available now and are slated to cost $190 and $150, respectively. Check back soon for their reviews.