WD My Net N900 Central

The Good The Western Digital My Net N900 Central dual-band router offers a great combination of fast Wi-Fi speed, a nice networking feature set, and useful network storage.

The Bad The My Net N900 Central's internal hard drive can't be replaced, and the router doesn't support the new 802.11ac standard.

The Bottom Line The Western Digital My Net N900 Central makes an excellent all-in-one wireless and network storage option for home and mobile users.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 8.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Support 8.0
8.3 Overall

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Support
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Review

WD My Net N900 Central

Editors' note: This review was updated on July 20, 2012, to add information about the router's support for Time Machine.

The My Net N900 Central is almost identical to the previously reviewed My Net N900 HD with two exceptions: the new router has only four LAN ports and one USB port (the HD has seven LAN ports and two USB ports) and comes with built-in storage (the HD has none). This means the two routers are basically the same in terms of networking, but the Central offers much more in terms of storage features, including the capability to stream media over the Internet to mobile devices.

As a wireless router, the My Net N900 Central is a true dual-band N900 router with a top 450Mbps speed of Wireless-N on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands. It comes with a powerful QoS (Quality of Service) feature that automatically detects and prioritizes Internet bandwidth based on the type of traffic. In my testing, the My Net N900 Central offered fast Wi-Fi speeds, stable signals, and a long range. The router's network storage performance was also decent among similarly configured routers.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $300
  • Brand Western Digital Corp.
  • Type wireless router
  • Data Link Protocol Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
  • Form Factor desktop
  • Data Transfer Rate 450 Mbps
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