Western Digital My Net N900 HD Router Review
Setup and Features
There's a lot to make it through here, so I'll talk through the typical setup experience and work through the plethora of available features, starting with what you see on a typical Windows 7 machine after attempting to connect to a fresh-out-of-box N900:
Once connected, browsing to the default 192.168.1.1 starts you through a setup wizard:
While setting up I noticed the N900 devices already appearing on the network:
Storage configuration is dead simple. Plug in storage, select security options...
...and the share appears beneath the MyNetN900 device. Easy:
You can configure a rather large set of advanced options. I'll hit a highlight from each of the advanced tabs, starting with WAN, which allows Dynamic DNS service configuration. At present only DynDns.org and TZO is supported, unfortunately:
For wireless there is fine grained control of both radios. I was happy to see the default speeds set to the standard configuration someone would use for getting high speeds out of their wireless network. The 2.4GHz radio should only be set to 40 MHz channel width if you have most of the local airspace to yourself (or if you don't like your neighbors):
The LAN tab lets you manually add DHCP table entries, which is handy for those wanting to avoid setting static IP's on each host:
The storage tab enables safe ejection of mounted storage devices - something I view as a necessity for the safe removal of network-connected storage.
The security tab contains MAC filtering options, parental controls, and the ability to set a DMZ host. I like how the host can be looked up directly from the DHCP table and populated by hitting the '>>' button:
Here's the advanced configuration of FasTrack Plus QoS, where users can manually add streaming protocols not already recognized by the N900:
This part I really like - online firmware updating, right from within the firmware itself. No more hunting around the manufacturer web site, downloading what might be the correct firmware for your router, and having to upload it through the router web interface. This is literally two clicks - 'Check Now', and then 'Update Now' if an update is available. You can also manually update from a locally saved file, but this would only be necessary if the router was offline...
Advanced settings also enables saving and restoring the router configuration, as well as rebooting and resetting the firmware options completely:
Whew! That was a lot. Now onto the performance testing: