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Review: Western Digital myNET N900 Wireless N Router

The Western Digital myNET N900 is a wireless N router supporting speeds of upto 900Mbps (450+450mbps), hence the 900 in the name with FasTrack+ technology which prioritizes streaming media traffic for better performance although I didn’t notice any difference between FasTrack+ being enabled and disabled. The biggest difference between the N900 and all of it’s rivals is the seven gigabit Ethernet ports in addition to two USB2 ports for external hard drives and printers.

Western Digital myNET N900

The performance is general good at the price-point; wireless performance is adequate, I get 144Mbps on my wireless N laptops which are located at least 20 feet away from the router, transferring files across the network at an average of 10.2MBps. while wired networking performance is a little disappointing, averaging less than 25MBps transfer speeds despite the gigabit Ethernet.

The FasTrack+ technology is hit or miss in my view, I’d advise people to ignore this feature when considering whether or not to buy the Western Digital N900. I could not find any difference between the FasTrack+ functionality being switched on and off. I personally have turned the feature off and haven’t noticed any drop in performance in streaming media services such as Hulu Plus and Netflix across wired and wireless computers and HD media streaming boxes like the Roku HD and PS3.

The only real gripe I have with the myNET N900 is USB connectivity with external hard disks, it works fine for the most part but about every 7 – 10 days, it will lose connectivity with the connected mass media storage. The only way to fix this issue is to reboot the device, hot unplugging and reconnecting doesn’t restore connection to the hard disk. Which kinda negates the purpose of connecting my external 2TB HDD, the disk needs to be accessible 24/7/365 to make it truly useful.

At $129.99, which I what I paid for the myNET N900 back in April, I would recommend this device as a wireless router as I haven’t had any dropouts or disconnections, but I would sit on the fence a little when it comes to using this device as a NAS or media hub because of the USB connectivity issues, but a future firmware update might fix this issue. But right now, this router can be found for as little as $68 with free shipping at Amazon.com, at that price point, it’s an absolute steal!

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