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Thursday, June 14, 2012
WD Enters The Router Market


Western Digital today unveilled its first line of wireless home networking products, designed to accelerate movies, video and gaming across the house.

The company announced its My Net family of home networking products, which feature the 'FasTrack' technology that instantly detects entertainment traffic on the network and fast-forwards it to gaming consoles, media players, smart TVs, tablets, smartphones, computers and other Wi-Fi connected devices. FasTrack optimization technology automatically prioritizes Internet favorites like Netflix, Hulu Plus, VUDU, YouTube, Xbox LIVE, Skype and others, to stream in up to Full-HD 1080p quality.

"Our successes in creating Connected Home solutions with our WD TV media players and personal cloud products have given us valuable insights into the network-overload problems of home wireless users, and entering the wireless home networking market offers WD an exciting opportunity to strengthen our Connected Home offerings that are aimed at enhancing the home entertainment experience for consumers," said Jim Welsh, executive vice president for WD's branded products and consumer electronics groups.

My Net family includes HD dual-band wireless N routers feature a user interface and quick setup from wireless or wired devices such as iPads and other mobile devices, as well as PCs and Mac computers. The included My Net Dashboard makes it easy for users to customize, monitor or change the settings of the network, including setting parental controls, Internet security, guest network access, network name and password, printer and scanner settings, and mapping storage drives, all in one view.

Part of the My Net family, My Net N900 Central is WD's all-in-one N900 router with an integrated 1 TB or 2 TB internal hard drive for backups. Remote access to My Net N900 Central is available on any computer through www.WD2go.com and with WD mobile apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Android smartphones and tablets.

In addition, users can rely on My Net N900 Central for automatic wireless backup with the included WD SmartWare software for Windows, while Mac users can utilize all the features of Apple Time Machine backup software. Additionally, any WD external hard drive with SmartWare software can connect directly to a My Net router to wirelessly backup all PC computers in the home.

WD's My Net family of devices include:

My Net N900 Central - The My Net N900 Central HD dual-band wireless-N storage router provides accelerated HD streaming plus integrated storage for wireless backup and remote access. It features the FasTrack Plus optimization technology,

The router features fast wireless performance with speeds up to 900 Mbps (450 + 450 Mbps on the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands combined), as well as integrated 1 TB or 2 TB internal storage for automatic wireless backup. It also includes 4 LAN and 1 WLAN Gigabit Ethernet ports for up to 10/100/1000 Mbps wired speeds, 1 USB port for additional storage, printer and media share server use, and range amplifier antennas for extended range. Additionally, My Net N900 Central is Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) and Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified for easy detection and connection of Wi-Fi devices.

My Net N900 - The My Net N900 HD dual-band router also takes advantage of the FasTrack Plus technology and features high wireless performance with speeds up to 900 Mbps (450 + 450 Mbps on the 2.4 and 5 Ghz bands combined). It also includes 7 LAN and 1 WLAN Gigabit Ethernet ports for up to 10/100/1000 Mbps wired speeds, 2 USB ports for additional storage, printer and media share server use, and range amplifier antennas for extended range. Additionally, My Net N900 is UPnP and DLNA certified.

My Net N750 - The My Net N750 HD dual-band router is optimized to deliver multiple simultaneous HD media streams on the network powered by WD's FasTrack technology. The router provides a combined data rate of up to 750 Mbps (300 + 450 Mbps) and features 5 Gigabit Ethernet ports and 2 USB ports.

My Net N600 - The My Net N600 HD dual-band router is ideal for simple and fast web surfing and entertainment streaming with FasTrack technology. The router provides a combined data rate of up to 600 Mbps (300 + 300 Mbps) and features 5 Fast Ethernet ports with 1 USB port.

My Net Switch - My Net Switch is an 8-Port Gigabit home entertainment switch, ideal for instantly expanding your wired connections with fast Gigabit Ethernet up to 10/100/1000 Mbps.

My Net N900 (MSRP $180), My Net N750 (MSRP $120), My Net N600 (MSRP $80) and My Net Switch (MSRP $70)will be available June 14 at select U.S. retailers and online at wdstore.com. My Net N900 Central (1TB version - MSRP $300, 2TB version - MSRP $350) will be available next quarter.

Wireless Routers
My Net N600 My Net N750 My Net N900 My Net N900 Central
  Fast HD streaming with simple setup. Seamless HD streaming for watching movies on multiple devices. Smart HD streaming for accelerated video to all your Wi-Fi devices. Smart HD streaming for accelerated video plus internal storage for wireless backup.
Simultaneous Dual-Band
Wi-Fi Speed
Up to 300+300 Mbps Up to 300+450 Mbps Up to 450+450 Mbps Up to 450+450 Mbps
Range Good Better Best Best
Accelerated
HD Streaming
FasTrack FasTrack FasTrack Plus FasTrack Plus
Ethernet Ports 4 Fast Ethernet 4 Gigabit Ethernet 7 Gigabit Ethernet 4 Gigabit Ethernet
USB Ports 1 2 2 1
Advanced QoS
(Quality of Service)
Yes
IPv6 Yes
UPnP Certified Certified Certified Certified
DLNA Compatible Compatible Certified Certified
WPA/WPA2 Security Yes
Internal Storage No Yes
Wireless Backup No Yes
Remote Access Apps No Yes


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