The Good The Western Digital My Net N900 HD dual-band router offers a fresh approach to wireless routers with seven Gigabit LAN ports and an effective FastTrack Plus QoS feature. The router's 5Ghz band and its storage feature also performed very well.
The Bad The My Net N900's 2.4Ghz band could use improvement. The router doesn't support 802.11ac, nor does it have an easy way for users to access its connected USB external drive over the Internet.
The Bottom Line 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.
Western Digital My Net N900 HD dual-band router
Western Digital, one of the biggest hard-drive makers, officially entered the realm of networking today with a family of five wireless routers, with the My Net N900 HD being the top tier. This totally new router offers something its peers have never done before: seven Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports.
As a wireless router, the new My Net N900 offers a dual 450Mbps Wireless-N data rate -- on both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. It doesn't come with 802.11ac, however. To make up for that, it comes with powerful QoS (Quality of Service) features that automatically detect and prioritize the Internet bandwidth based on the type of traffic. The router also offers two USB 2.0 ports to host external hard drives. What I liked the most about the router, though, is its very responsive and well-organized Web interface that is very mobile-browser-friendly.
In my testing, the My Net N900 offered fast speed and long range on the 5Ghz band. Its 2.4Ghz band, however, it could use a big improvement both in terms of data rates and stability. At a suggested price of $180, the My Net N900 is still worth the investment. Future firmware releases will make it an even better networking device.