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WD debuts range extender for in-home Wi-Fi

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 3:03pm
Brian Santo

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WD's My Net Wi-Fi Range ExtenderWestern Digital subsidiary WD has introduced a Wi-Fi range extender, a small box designed to forward Wi-Fi signals into wireless dead spots in home installation.

The My Net Wi-Fi Range Extender is a dual-band device with a 3 x 3 multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) antenna array design.

The company said the range extender is compatible with all Wi-Fi-certified routers and gateways, as well as all wireless Wi-Fi standards, from 802.11a to 802.11ac.

Most Wi-Fi routers currently installed use a 2 x 2 antenna design. The newest routers now hitting the market that are based on the latest version of Wi-Fi, 802.11ac, all come with at least a 3 x 3 array.

"Today's home is filled with multiple Wi-Fi-connected devices simultaneously streaming movies, music and TV shows on services such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu and others," noted Scott Vouri, general manager for WD's connected life solutions group. "The My Net Wi-Fi Range Extender provides faster speeds at greater distances, enabling HD streaming to the outermost areas of the home."

The range extender also features a Gigabit Ethernet port.

WD’s My Net Wi-Fi Range Extender is available now at U.S. retailers and online and carries a suggested price of $89.99.

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