Western Digital has unveiled its first line of wireless home networking products, designed specifically to accelerate movies, video and gaming.
With the My Net family of powerful and easy-to-use home networking products, WD debuts its FasTrack technology that 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, says Jim Welsh, executive vice president for WD’s branded products and consumer electronics groups.
WD’s exclusive FasTrack optimization technology intelligently and automatically prioritizes Internet favorites like Netflix, Hulu Plus, VUDU, YouTube, Xbox LIVE, Skype and others, to create a smooth streaming experience in up to Full-HD 1080p quality. By using real-time analysis to maximize bandwidth for entertainment services, My Net routers provide a premium entertainment experience on any screen in the home that’s connected to the router, Welsh says.
The streamlined router setup is designed to make it easy for novice users to be up and running in minutes, while also providing all the customization tools expert users crave. The included My Net Dashboard helps users 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.
In addition to getting a home entertainment experience with My Net routers, customers can centralize storage and backup for all the computers in their home, as well as create a personal cloud for their digital media and remotely access those files anytime, anywhere. Part of the My Net family, My Net N900 Central is WD’s all-in-one N900 router with an integrated 1TB or 2TB internal hard drive. Remote access to My Net N900 Central is available on any computer through http://www.WD2go.com and with WD mobile apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Android smartphones and tablets.
What’s more, 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 computers in the home.
My Net N900, My Net N750, My Net N600 and My Net Switch is available June at select U.S. retailers and online at wdstore.com. My Net N900 Central will be available next quarter. Pricing ranges from US$69.99 to $349.99.