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on January 11, 2015
This piece of equipment is junk. Do not buy.
I purchased this to connect my PS4 and Apple TV to my router using wireless AC. I have the top-of-the-line Asus RT-AC87R (same as RT-C87U) with 4x4 MIMO with max throughput of 1734 Mbps on the 5 GHz band. With this device, my PS4 online connection lags and hiccups constantly, to the point where the game is unplayable. The network tests on the PS4 produced inconsistent speeds. I ended up switching back to the PS4's built-in 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi and everything is great. Obviously 2.4 GHz has better range than 5 GHz, but the WD My Net bridge was only placed 15 FT from the router, with one wall in between.
Since the interface is lacking on this device, there was not much troubleshooting I could do on the device itself. I put it to the test, and placed it on my coffee table, which is about 5 feet further from the router than my PS4. I disabled the laptop's Wi-Fi, plugged it into my laptop with a CAT7 ethernet cable, and ran a ping test at pingtest.net. It produced 1% packet loss, 95ms ping, and 67ms of jitter, thoroughly explaining my poor online gameplay. I then removed power from the WD My Net bridge, and reconnected my laptop to the 802.11n 5 GHz band and re-ran the test, this time with 0% packet loss, 32ms ping, 3ms of jitter... much better.
So, in conclusion, I am getting a better connection with Wireless-N 802.11n on my MacBook pro with a 450 Mbps connection to the router than I was with the WD My Net connected to Wireless-AC and acting as a bridge. Since these tests were both done on 5 GHz, range should not be an issue, especially since 802.11ac is supposed to have better range.