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Western Digital My Net N900 Central review

Gordon Kelly



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Our Score:



  • Excellent 5GHz 802.11n performance
  • Integrated storage offers simple NAS functionality
  • Simple remote access to media content


  • Weak 2.4GHz 802.11n performance
  • Cheap build materials
  • Too expensive for a router lacking 802.11ac

Key Features

  • 3x3 dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz antenna
  • Integrated HDD
  • Basic NAS functionality
  • FasTrack Media Streaming Prioritisation
  • 4x Ethernet ports, 1x USB
  • Manufacturer: Western Digital
  • Review Price: £249.00


D-Link, Cisco/Linksys, Buffalo, Netgear, DrayTek, Billion, Solwise… the major players in the networking space have been the same for years. So why is a hard drive maker getting involved? The answer lies in looking beneath the surface…

Western Digital My Net N900 Central Features

The 'My Net N900 Central' is the flagship in Western Digital's first router range and its ace in the hole is a WD speciality: storage. Yes it suddenly all makes sense because the Central is part router, part NAS and it comes in two size options 1TB and 2TB. Sell a router and WD sells a hard drive at the same time.

This is no cheap sales grab though because, much like the original WDTV, Western Digital has thought carefully about this product before launching it. As such a number of expected boxes are checked: simultaneous dual band 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11n wireless connectivity (rated at up to 450Mbit each, hence the 'N900' name), four Ethernet ports and USB for connecting a printer or even more additional storage.

In addition the internal hard drive offers automatic backup for any computer connected to the network and an extra party trick is 'FasTrack' - WD's proprietary prioritising technology which aims to distribute bandwidth to entertainment needs such as streaming of audio, video or online gaming. Taking this a step further WD has created WD 2go, a 'personal Cloud', which gives Macs, PCs and smartphones (Android and iOS via WD 2go apps) access to the Central's HDD multimedia content from any location with an Internet connection.

It is worth noting this isn't a full blown rival to the Cloud Connect and mydlink platforms recently launched by Cisco and D-Link which also let you adjust your settings remotely, but on paper it should offer enough to keep media junkies happy. Less exciting, but just as important are the inclusion of IPv6 compatibility, WPS and WPA2 security, guest access and parental controls.

Western Digital My Net N900 Central Design

Given the HDD it is no surprise the Central is larger than your average router. It is relatively thin at 32mm, but the 244 x 170mm footprint is significant since it is only designed to sit flat meaning you'll need to find desk space roughly similar to an 11-inch laptop.

For all its bulk we must admit the Central could be better looking too. We've seen some fairly radical tubular and glass router designs in the last 12 months, but the Central is a large, plastic, curved rectangle that feels cheap in hand. Build quality is reasonable and it doesn't feel fragile, but we'd like to see more premium materials in successive generations.


October 4, 2012, 11:13 pm

Definitely the future - just not a very accomplished version of it


January 25, 2013, 12:03 am

This thing sucks. I have had one for about 3 months. I have to restart it at least once a week. Ditched it and got a different brand. One that works.


August 11, 2013, 8:48 pm

Not a lot of point in having remote access software if the wretched thing keeps dropping out and here is nobody at home to restart it Seems to be terminal this latest time . Four months old!


August 25, 2013, 11:46 pm

Was indeed terminal, probably down to overheating! Rather worrying in a device that is designed to be left on and unattended. I will not be replacing with a like to like that's for sure even though price has fallen by 25% or therabouts.


September 26, 2013, 12:19 am

No matter what the box says, no matter what other reviews say the software for the WD N900C that is included is NOT Mac compatible. Using Time Machine instead of the supplied software is very undependable, tends to lock up TM and is a PITA.

Alex-iPAd fan

October 4, 2013, 11:51 pm

It does not have the ability to upload files from iPad, just photos. I tried and I look many ways to do it, and nothing, so don't waste your many if you work with ipads

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