A few weeks ago I witnessed a technology demo by Western Digital. I arrived expecting to see something storage related, but what I saw was completely different - a new line of routers!
While all models have USB 2.0 connectivity for storage devices, the top tier will be available with an integrated 1TB or 2TB 2.5" Hard Disk that can be used for NAS and local backup duties.FasTrack:
Until this point the My Net N900 router has appeared to be a nice high-end home router with a great feature set, but still very similar to the competition. Here's where we get to the true break-out feature of the My Net series - FasTrack. This technology was developed in-house by Western Digital and is a form of very advanced QoS. This tech prioritizes streaming services such as Skype, Netflix, Hulu Plus, VUDU, YouTube, and Xbox LIVE over any other traffic. The My Net router makes itself aware of the upstream and downstream caps present on the connected modem and ensures those streaming services always have full bandwidth by actively stepping in and limiting bandwidth allocated to everything else. Western Digital did a side-by-side demo of this for me last month, and I took a couple of pics of the tools they were using to add 'extra' bandwidth to a system attempting to stream an episode of The Office in HD via Netflix.
Read the full article with complete set of photos and screenshots at PC Perspective.