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WD My Net N900 5 GHz Retest

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My Net N900 HD Dual-Band Router
At a glance
ProductWestern Digital WDBWVK0000NSL-HESN My Net N900 HD Dual-Band Router   [Website]
SummaryUbicom-based "N900" router with Atheros radios, seven Gigabit LAN ports, USB printer and file sharing.
Pros- High routing throughput
- Produced the highest wireless throughput seen yet
- 20+ MB/s NTFS filecopy write/read
Cons- Better wireless throughput uplink vs. down

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Overview

WD has discontinued its networking product line as of early 2014.

In our original My Net N900 review, I found a manufacturing problem in my review sample that caused very poor 5 GHz performance. WD said that the problem was confined only to early product that was sent to reviewers and not to stores. But it took WD until just last week to send a new sample for retest.

I reran the 5 GHz tests only and updated the relevant Router Charts wireless benchmarks, replacing the previous data. The summary and analysis with the new 5 GHz data follows. The short story is that the router is capable of very high uplink throughput in 5 GHz, but downlink performance isn't as strong, especially as signal levels drop.

Wireless Performance Overview

The retest Benchmark Summary is shown below. The overall average difference between two and three stream operation still isn't that striking because three-stream N can only provide significantly higher throughput under very strong signal conditions (same room or next-room).

N900 benchmark summary
N900 benchmark summary

So that you don't have to flip back and forth between the Benchmark summary in the original review, I've compiled the two sets of results into Table 1 and calculated the difference between them. It's obvious that the two-stream average results are all better and the three-stream all worse.

Test Group Retest Original % Difference
2 stream 20 MHz Dn 32.3 25.9 +25
2 stream 20 MHz Up 50.5 35.6 +42
2 stream 20 MHz Up/Dn 85.9 62 +39
2 stream 40 MHz Dn 40.5 35.8 +13
2 stream 40 MHz Up 63 40.2 +57
2 stream 40 MHz Up/Dn 108.5 86.2 +26
3 stream 20 MHz Dn 40.1 55.7 -28
3 stream 20 MHz Up 61.9 81.4 -24
3 stream 20 MHz Up/Dn 92.8 100.1 -7
3 stream 40 MHz Dn 46.3 65.3 -29
3 stream 40 MHz Up 73.7 126.3 -42
3 stream 40 MHz Up/Dn 116.1 120.5 -4
Table 1: Retest and Original 5 GHz Benchmark Summary results

Table 2 summarizes the highest wireless throughput measured out of all locations in the original test runs.

Test Group Max Dn (Mbps) Max Up (Mbps) Dn/Up (Mbps)
5 GHz, 2 stream, 20 MHz 41 51 62
5 GHz, 3 stream, 20 MHz 78 93 100
5 GHz, 2 stream, 40 MHz 58 70 86
5 GHz, 3 stream, 40 MHz 98 167 120
Table 2: Highest 5 GHz Throughput, original test

Table 3 summarizes the highest wireless throughput measured out of all locations in the retest.

Test Group Max Dn (Mbps) Max Up (Mbps) Dn/Up (Mbps)
5 GHz, 2 stream, 20 MHz 56 90 86
5 GHz, 3 stream, 20 MHz 58 103 93
5 GHz, 2 stream, 40 MHz 66 128 108
5 GHz, 3 stream, 40 MHz 61 139 116
Table 3: Highest 5 GHz Throughput, retest

Comparing Tables 2 and 3 shows the same pattern as Table 1, i.e. performance improved for two-stream, but decreased for three-stream, with only a few exceptions.

The overall good news, however, is that I was able to run tests in Location A, C and D in all modes and with both the two and three stream test clients. And I didn't have any of the random disconnects I experienced with the original test sample.




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Great 8 port AP. Bad router

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3.0
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Reviewed by Brett
February 12, 2014
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This router had significant issues with its WAN to LAN performance. I have high speed, cable internet that uses a DOCSIS 3.0 modem. This router could not hold an internet connection. Fast when it worked but that was only about half of the time. Client PCs would stop connecting when you tried to open multiple browser windows or tabs. Didn't matter whether they were wired or wireless. Reboot of the router and modem would resolve it for 2 minutes or 2 hours, you just never knew.

I initially loved this router for its interface and 8 Gigabit ports. It handled switching duties like a champion and even when the internet wasn't working, the LAN was fast and responsive. For this reason, . I spent a month trying to get it to work. My original plan was to use it as a wired router and connect with a TP-Link Archer C7 via Cat6 and run the wireless from the C7 since it had better range and supported AC1300 on the 5GHz band. When I ran into issues, I tried the MyNet900 WiFi with the C7 as basically a switch but the results were the same. Replacing the C7 with a NetGear switch did no better. I had an endless series of firmware swaps, restoring of defaults, messing with QOS settings, replacing cables and even replaced the leased modem with one I purchased at OfficeMax.

Yesterday, I gave up. Picked up an 8 port D-Link switch, reconfigured some coax so that my modem could work upstairs with the TP-Link router and just ran the coax down the switch. The network is working great without the MyNet.

Luckily, the MyNet has a simple setting that changes the router to an access point. Since I have never had a problem with LAN function, I think I'll run a cable from my home to the detached garage and use it as an access point for the backyard. A job that I'll bet it performs perfectly.

 

The router has major stability issues

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Reviewed by Serge
August 06, 2013
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I've been a user of WD My Net N900 for the last 2 months and cannot said it's been a smooth ride. Got my first router with stock 1.0 firmware. There're lots of complains from users on WD community site. Major stability issues with WIFI, router locks up. WD is trying to fix it with new firmware releases but even with the latest 1.07.16 it's still not near the reliability of its competitors.

Thx, Serge.

 

Brilliantly fast gigabit router throughput plus fast/reliable wifi performance

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Reviewed by Bob G
October 18, 2012
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Since mid-August (firmware v1.04.08), the WD N900 has performed brilliantly fast as our household router using all 7 built-in gigabit LAN ports simultaneously. Even when using just one device, the router throughput is far more responsive than was the case with the Linksys v4200b that we replaced. Our newly constructed home was spec'd and built for gigabit LAN with CAT6 cable, connectors, and patch panels throughout. Tim's measured simultaneous LAN routing performance of the WD N900 complements the investment we already made for gigabit infrastructure.

WiFi performance has been faultless for 2 months now, not a single drop-out or noticeable speed throttling problem. We did set the FastTrack Plus QOS uplink speed to "9999999" is Tim did, and we have not changed it from that setting even with subsequent firmware updates. Anecdotally, the WD N900's hardware acceleration does seem to provide a noticeable speed boost when using WiFi as seen on website page-loading.

We are completely satisfied with our WD N900 and the value it provides, first for outstanding gigabit LAN throughput, and for fast/reliable wifi performance.

 
 

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