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2.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag. Poor 5Ghz performance. Limited set of management tools, July 31, 2012
This review is from: WD My Net N900 HD Dual Band Router Wireless N WiFi Router Accelerate HD (Personal Computers)
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See my original/full review after this... I decided to run some numbers using 4 different wireless routers using out-of-the box defaults and the following settings:

2.4 ghz
* wpa/wpa2
* 802.11 g+n
* 20/40 auto
* auto channel
* QOS off

5.8 ghz
* wpa/wpa2
* 802.11n
* 20/40 auto
* auto channel
* QOS off

I used a my workstation as a jperf server and a macbook pro as a jperf client. I ran each test 4 times. The router was about 30ft from the macbook pro with some obstructions. Everything was kept constant for all tests. Each test was 240seconds, 8 streams, with a TCP Window Size of 1024. Here are the four routers and their average performances in Kbits/sec. I used the latest firmware available as of 1/12/2013:

Netgear WNDR3700V2 DD-WRT
41,842 2.4ghz
127,843 5.8ghz

Netgear WNDR4300 Stock
71,711 2.4ghz
too many problems with 5.8ghz to test

TPLink TL-WDR4300 Stock
104,304 2.4ghz
180,629 5.8ghz

WD MyNet N900
112,314 2.4ghz
125,510 5.8ghz

As you can see the WD MyNet N900 has the best 2.4ghz performance of the bunch but the 5.8ghz performance is a letdown. I ended up using the TP-Link N750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router (TL-WDR4300) as my home router. The price is great and although it doesn't have the best GUI the performance was tops.

Original Review

The WD My Net N900 was probably released a bit too early. Hopefully some firmware updates will take care of the complaints about this Router. This is my own personal interpretation of quality of the WD My Net N900 as a product. If you don't care for or value the things that I'm going to complain about you may absolutely adore this product.

First the Good:
+ Simple GUI
+ Slick and straightforward
+ Genuine attempt to make things simple and hide unecessary (mostly) complexity. For exampe instructions on connecting with and without wps
+ 8 Gigabit ports/switch
+ Great 2.4 Ghz performance
+ Simple traffic prioritization

The Bad:
- Network key shown in plain text
- Password limited to 15 char but no warning. I entered a longer password and it took me forever to figure out why I couldn't login.
- Switching tabs without savings loses changes without prompting
- Missing basic diagnostic/monitoring - e.g. no list of connected clients in extender or router mode. Only dhcp clients listed in router mode when dhcp active. Not even in the log regardless of log level
- Can't choose from connected clients to add to mac filter unless they are dhcp clients
- No DDWRT because of ubicom platform based
- Reports of manufacturing problems that impacted 5 GHz performance (see smallnetbuilder. WD says they'll probably be fixed with a firmware update) - Please see the smallnetbuilder review
- Reports that QoS (FastTrack) doesn't just prioritize some streaming traffic as high but also prioritizes some traffic as low (such as torrents)
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Initial post: Dec 27, 2012 9:22:47 AM PST
Saboken says:
The 5Ghz band will have issues with range because higher frequency's have a hard time going through walls due to the shorter wavelength for example Shortwave radio is at a very low frequency and has a very long wave length this is why it can reach around the world I know the name Shortwave is a Oxymoron another way to think of it is when you are listening to music the low frequency base can travel through thick walls and is no directional but the high frequency's such as chimes, drum cymbals can be aimed and bounces off walls and can easily be blocked or muffled same goes with radio frequency, my WD N900 was a real pain to install in my house it wound up in a less than ideal location but I had to think about it in a way that if I could hear the router how would the sound travel and what was in between it and my 5ghz devices owning a house built in the 1800's having very hard plaster and lathe walls did not help 2.4Ghz can penetrate them much easier than the 5Ghz! but I was not going to rip it out and replace it with sheetrock just for a router. in the end I had to find a location that the router only had to get the signal through 1 wall max in my entire house and in the end I had to get a repeater to reach my basement.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2013 11:47:41 AM PST
im curious I just need for my tv Netflix and my iphone I really know nothing about routers period so is this a good choice I made purchasing this thank you

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2013 9:05:53 PM PST
Paul says:
If you're not picky and you're not actually trying to compare the performance with other routers you should be perfectly happy.
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