So WD My Net N900 Central is a Dual Band router with 1TB worth personal cloud storage- not as a near full-fledged NAS as I would have perhaps thought it would have been.
I know to a certain extent I may have put together a somewhat respectable sized write- up, but I would have called this a review if I had a good enough 5GHz dongle. This way I could do the wireless test 2.5 GHz and 5 GHz with both 20 and 40 MHz Channel bandwidth. But this is where the performance numbers stay.
Having a NAS has its flexibilities and there is NAS box that it doesn’t really take a lot of space. It all, however, depends on the cost. You spend on a good router and a NAS and then for a drive.
With 10 and 100 size data packets, the wireless test in Lan Speed Test pretty much stays the same when it comes to read and write. Since I do not know the chipset used inside and/or the tech specs of the chip and there are no other devices similar to this I can compare it with, there’s really not much to say. This is where the performance stands.
I am concerned about the Storage router becoming warm and honestly, I would have had more vents. If there was some way to switch on the fans and keep it on, that would have been great. But if the fans are temperature controlled, I would like to have some sort of control over the fan and I don’t think it spins unless it crosses 40 degrees+. Maybe the fan would be turned on only if the S.M.A.R.T. indicates caution and hence the unit turns the fan on. Do note however that I am speculating and it may not be accurate. Also, not that I am saying I have faith over the tiny 40mm fan but imagine you’re accessing HD content from 3 different devices wireless from the internal storage. It needs more ventilation. Having passive vents on the border of the top casing is simply not enough. If you’ve seen the advertised specification, the maximum operating temperature limited to 40 degrees Celsius is all the more reason this unit needs adequate ventilation, especially with a 1TB mechanical drive inside.
The actual data transfer speed, however, compared to a SATA II NAS is disappointing.