WD My Net AC1300 HD

The Good The Western Digital My Net AC1300 HD dual-band router offers 802.11ac support with overall decent performance. It also comes with useful entertainment and security features for home users.

The Bad The My Net AC1300 HD doesn't offer any unique features of its own or anything to make it worth the wait compared with its peers. Its performance and range could also use some improvement.

The Bottom Line The Western Digital My Net AC13900 HD is a good router but not good enough for it to stand out among the crowd of a handful 802.11ac networking devices on the market.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 6.0
  • Support 8.0
6.8 Overall

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Review

Just another 802.11ac router

The true dual-band My Net AC1300 HD router completes WD's Networking portfolio, filling in the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard slot that's been left open sinceWD entered the networking market in June, and enabling WD to rank among major networking vendors.

And that's about the biggest accomplishment of this router. In my testing, it proved to be just another 802.11ac-enabled router for the most part, rivaling a handful of its existing peers, such as the Netgear R6300, the Asus RT-AC66u, and the D-Link DIR-865L, but not offering anything else of note. The My Net AC1300 HD basically performed as expected, offering decent data rates and range. Being a high-end router, it does have a few notable features, including a well-organized user interface, comprehensive parental controls, and an effective customized QoS feature called FastTrack. But these have been available in previous models of the My Net family, such as the already-reviewed WD My Net N900 HD.

That said, if you're looking for a well-designed, high-end router that supports all existing Wi-Fi clients and is also future-proof, even at the relatively expensive price of $190, the My Net AC1300 HD makes a decent choice. Hopefully the price will come down soon as 802.11ac becomes more popular. In the meantime, you should also check out the Asus RT-AC66u or the Netgear R6300. Note that, since there are currently no 802.11ac hardware clients, for now, the My Net AC1300 HD, as well as other 802.11ac routers, is about as good as an N900 router for most situations.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $190
  • Brand Western Digital Corp.
  • Type wireless router
  • Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
  • Form Factor desktop
  • Data Transfer Rate 1300 Mbps
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