Western Digitals new MyNet N900 Central goes one better than the Time Capsule, as it includes both a hard disk and a full dual-band wireless router.Thats quite a bit more expensive than a Time Capsule, but of course the N900 Central also includes the router as well.
It is neatly designed not much larger than a conventional router even though it has a hard disk inside it so it?ll be easy to plug it in and set it up in a convenient corner of your front room or office. The router itself provides simultaneous 802.11n wireless networking on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, and Western Digital has developed a feature called FasTrack that allows the router to prioritise high-bandwidth tasks, such as streaming video, in order to provide the best performance.
There are four Gigabit Ethernet ports on the back of the router for wired connections, as well as a single USB port for sharing a printer or another hard disk on your network. The router can be configured through a simple web browser interface that has been designed to look like a touch-screen iPad app, so it?s easy to establish an Internet connection and then set up your own network. Our only complaint is that the PDF manual supplied with the N900 focuses more on the Windows side of things and skims over Mac-specific details such as using the N900 for Time Machine backups.