CES 2014: PEPCOM Tidbits: Western Digital and Linksys

Subject: Storage, Shows and Expos | January 8, 2014 - 01:20 AM |
Tagged: western digital, wdc, WD, router, linksys, CES 2014, CES, 802.11ac

Western Digital:

Last night at the PEPCOM Digital Experience, we swung by Western Digital's booth. While there are no new launches at CES, it's always nice to see the full spread all laid out on display:

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4TB Green and Black, 1TB Blue, Ultra Slim drives, and of course the Black2.

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The other table shifts to backup and external storage, scaling up through the My Cloud to the larger EX4.

Linksys:

My eye was also caught by the behemoth of a router that is the Linksys WRT1900AC!

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This beast is way more than an evolution on the old WRT54G. While there are four antennas, the dual band Marvell radios are only 3x3 capable. They can, however, choose among the four antennas to achieve the best possible throughput. The '1900' rating comes from 1300Mbps (5GHz) + 600Mbps (2.4GHz). This router will be Open-WRT capable out of the box, so you can expect the folks like DD-WRT and Tomato to have usable firmware built very shortly after launch, which is expected sometime around April of this year. Let's check out the ports:

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Not only is there USB3, but we also have eSATA for even faster connectivity. Throughput to connected storage should be stellar as the on-board CPU will be a 1.2 GHz dual core ARM. Radios and CPU will be cooled by a built-in fan, and Linksys also noted they will be launching an 8 port Gigabit switch in a matching (and stackable) form factor. Open source firmware buff tech note: 128MB Flash, 256MB RAM. MSRP: $299.

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January 8, 2014 | 04:34 AM - Posted by D1RTYD1Z619

I wish someone would make a wireless router with more than four gig ports on it. I had to order a WD n900 just to fit my needs, not to mention it doesn't have stellar reviews.

January 8, 2014 | 04:48 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The WD 900 only has 4 gig port too?
If you need more than 4 then you buy a switch.

January 21, 2014 | 03:36 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Just plug a gigabit switch into one of your favorite routers ethernet LAN ports.They are available in 5,8,16,24 etc port versions. Easy peasy.

January 8, 2014 | 05:09 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I like the dedicated Power Switch on the back.

January 15, 2014 | 10:13 PM - Posted by aselwyn1

western digital has routers with more then 4 ports

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