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Western Digital gets into the networking business with My Net routers

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Thu Jun 14 2012, 15:01
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STORAGE VENDOR Western Digital has gone into the networking business by announcing its My Net range of wireless routers and switches.

Western Digital has been diversifying from its traditional core business of hard drives, with its WD TV range of media streamers proving to be popular. Now the firm has announced its My Net range of wireless routers and switches that it claims is optimised to find and stream media.

Western Digital's My Net products range from the My Net 8-port gigabit Ethernet switch to the My Net N900 Central dual-band 802.11n WiFi router with a 2TB hard drive built in. Although the firm's switch is a run-of-the-mill gigabit Ethernet switch, its wireless routers support universal plug and play and DLNA for content discovery.

While Western Digital's wireless routers are nothing new, the My Net N900 Central units that feature either 1TB or 2TB hard drives make an interesting case, as the firm says the router can work like a network attached storage (NAS) file server.

The company has not released UK pricing for its My Net range of products, though its US pricing starts at $80 for the My Net N600, going up to $350 for the 2TB My Net N900 Central. µ

 

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