Western Digital today unveilled its first line of wireless home networking products, designed to accelerate movies, video and gaming across the house.
The company announced its My Net family of home networking products, which feature the 'FasTrack' technology that instantly detects entertainment traffic on the network and fast-forwards it to gaming consoles, media players, smart TVs, tablets, smartphones, computers and other Wi-Fi connected devices. FasTrack optimization technology automatically prioritizes Internet favorites like Netflix, Hulu Plus, VUDU, YouTube, Xbox LIVE, Skype and others, to stream in up to Full-HD 1080p quality.
"Our successes in creating Connected Home solutions with our WD TV media players and personal cloud products have given us valuable insights into the network-overload problems of home wireless users, and entering the wireless home networking market offers WD an exciting opportunity to strengthen our Connected Home offerings that are aimed at enhancing the home entertainment experience for consumers," said Jim Welsh, executive vice president for WD's branded products and consumer electronics groups.
My Net family includes HD dual-band wireless N routers feature a user interface and quick setup from wireless or wired devices such as iPads and other mobile devices, as well as PCs and Mac computers. The included My Net Dashboard makes it easy for users to customize, monitor or change the settings of the network, including setting parental controls, Internet security, guest network access, network name and password, printer and scanner settings, and mapping storage drives, all in one view.
Part of the My Net family, My Net N900 Central is WD's all-in-one N900 router with an integrated 1 TB or 2 TB internal hard drive for backups. Remote access to My Net N900 Central is available on any computer through www.WD2go.com and with WD mobile apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Android smartphones and tablets.
In addition, users can rely on My Net N900 Central for automatic wireless backup with the included WD SmartWare software for Windows, while Mac users can utilize all the features of Apple Time Machine backup software. Additionally, any WD external hard drive with SmartWare software can connect directly to a My Net router to wirelessly backup all PC computers in the home.