Western Digital (WD) has entered the wireless home networking market with the introduction of its My Net range of products, led by the N900, which uses FasTrack technology to prioritise bandwidth.
The move follows WD’s bid to transition from being recognised as a hardware manufacturer to a ‘solutions provider.’
The WD My Net N900, the flagship product, is a dual-band router that supports speeds up to 450 megabits per second on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands simultaneously. It is built with seven LAN and one WLAN Gigabit Ethernet ports, two USB ports, and antennas that are optimised for extended range. The UPnP and DLNA-certified device also has print server and media sharing capabilities.
WD has also translated its traditional forte into a premium offering, the My Net N9000 Central. The product performance is the same, although it offers integrated 1TB or 2TB internal storage. Unlike the N900, this device only has four LAN ports, and one USB port.
Both My Net N900 and N900 Central contain FasTrack technology, which is designed to automatically detect the sort of entertainment traffic accessing the network, and dedicate bandwidth to devices such as gaming consoles, media players, and smart TVs. The goal is to optimise network performance for high-demand tasks. The settings can be adjusted manually if the user prefers to do dedicate bandwidth to a certain task.
The My Net N900 is available for $349.99, with the My Net N900 Central retailing at $399.99 for the 1TB version and $499.99 for 2TB.
Other products in the My Net arsenal include the My Net N750, My Net N600, and My Net Switch, which have a retail price of $249.99, $149.99, and $99.99, respectively.
The product range will be distributed by Synnex Australia and Express Online, and will be available from July.