I attended a special event in San Francisco earlier this month, but now I can finally talk about it. They say that their family of HD dual-band routers (up to 802.11n) are better than the rest for several reasons. They’re easy to use for people who want simplicity, but there are just as many advanced options in there for people who prefer to have more control. There’s also a feature called FasTrack and FasTrack Plus that allows for the automatic prioritization of sessions that are more time-sensitive.
What this means is that if the router detects that you are streaming a video on your tablet while casually browsing the web on a computer, the tablet bandwidth gets priority so that the video stream remains smooth. In the context of Netflix, where the video downgrades to SD if it detects the connection is poorer, the Western Digital My Net family will bolster that connection and allow you to continue enjoying the HD stream instead. The same can be said about online gaming.
There are four main products in the new family, starting with the My Net N600 on the low end at $69.99 MSRP. These ramp up to the My Net N900 ($179.99 MSRP) with its seven gigabit ports and dual 450Mbps connections. The MyNet N900 Central adds internal storage with your choice of 1TB or 2TB at $299.99 and $349.99, respectively. The internal storage is great for Time Machine and other automatic backup functions, as well as cloud storage with remote access.
I hope to get my hands on one of these routers very soon so that I can provide you with a more in-depth review. In the meantime, check out the press release and photo gallery below. All Western Digital My Net HD routers, with the exception of the My Net N900 Central which ships in the next quarter, are shipping to retailers as of today.