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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

Typical Price: $69  Shop Amazon

Overview

Updated 10/15/2012 - Added link to 5 GHz retest and updated related commentary
WD has discontinued its networking product line as of early 2014.

WD has bravely entered the highly competitive consumer router arena, with its four-member My Net HD Dual-Band router family. WD sent the penultimate member of the new lineup, the N900, in for review, so let's get started.

WD My Net HD Dual-Band router lineup

One of the N900's key competitive differentiations is the seven switched Gigabit Ethernet ports arrayed across its rather broad rear panel as shown in the graphic below. Note too, the dual USB 2.0 ports for storage and printer sharing. The latter, however, requires installation of Windows-only WD Print Share software.

My Net N900 rear panel

My Net N900 rear panel

The front panel contains a WPS button and handy status/activity LEDs.

My Net N900 front panel

My Net N900 front panel

Inside

I covered the internals of the the N900 in this Inside Story article, which I've updated with corrected component information. I also took the RF shields off after testing and snapped the photo below, which clearly shows a Ubicom IP8260U processor.

WD My Net N900 inside

WD My Net N900 inside

For quick reference, here is the updated table, with comparison to the similarly-designed D-Link DIR-857.

  WD My Net N900 DIR-857
CPU Ubicom IP8260U Ubicom IP8000AU
Switch Atheros AR8327N (x2) Atheros AR8327N
RAM 256 MB 512 MB
Flash 16 MB 16 MB
2.4 GHz Radio - Atheros AR9381 single-band
3-stream 11n SoC
- 6976691A205 (manufacturer unknown)
2.4 GHz power amps (x3)
- Atheros AR9380 dual-band 3-stream 11n SoC
- Unidentified manf. power amp (x3)
5 GHz radio - Atheros AR9380 dual-band
3-stream 11n SoC
- Skyworks/SiGe SE2595L
Dual Band 802.11n Wireless LAN Front End (x3)
- Atheros AR9380 dual-band 3-stream 11n SoC
- Unidentified manf. power amp (x3)
Table 1: WD My Net N900 component summary

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