Synology RT2600ac WiFi Router Review: A New Market Player

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We were first introduced to Synology routers at CES 2016.  Synology’s RT1900ac router was their first crack in to wireless products.  The router was a hit however, development didn’t stop there.  After a year of improvements and adjustments, Synology released their second router; the RT2600ac. RT2600ac router is a quad stream router that offers up to 2.53Gbps of combined bandwidth. What makes this router to stand out in the crowd is its operating system. Synology calls it SRM which stands for Synology Router Management. SRM is a light weight OS that has very intuitive look with advanced features. You don’t have to be an expert to use this Wi-Fi Router as it has a simple wizard that guides you through initial set up in just few minutes.  Not only does RT2600ac have a comprehensive set up it also has a list of advanced features such as dual WAN failover/load balancing, VPN and IPS (Intrusion Detection System).

Review Sample Provided bySynology
Product Name: RT2600ac
Price at time of review$ 239.95 USD
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

Packaging

As always, Synology packaging is environmentally friendly. They stepped away from full size graphic images of a product and moved on to just stickers. Both of the stickers provide just enough information about the product to keep potential customers interested. Some features and specifications are displayed on the back of the product however I feel that with all of the advanced features that RT2600ac has to offer, more information would be preferred.

The RT2600ac supports MU-MIMO. MU-MIMO stands for Multi User – Multiple Input, Multiple Output Technology.  In a nutshell, it adds more device capacity to your wireless networks however, not necessarily more speed. MU-MIMO is part of the recently ratified 802.11 AC Wave 2 standard. An average household can have more than 10 WiFi devices connected at the same time and communication in traditional wireless networks are slower because of the signal wait times.  With MU-MIMO a router can support a larger number of concurrent connected devices than in the past.

Internal packaging is as simple as the overall packaging. RT2600ac is wrapped in the plastic/anti-static bag to protect the unit from any accidental shipping scratches. Contents of the packaging is pretty simple and included are four antennas, a power supply, CAT5 cable, RT2600ac,  and a quick installation guide. The installation guide is very straight forward with very little chance of confusion.

Technical Specifications

Hardware Specifications
CPUDual core 1.7 GHz
Hardware Layer 7 EngineYes
Memory512 MB DDR3
Antenna type4×4 MIMO Omni-directional high-gain dipole (2.4GHz / 5GHz)
LAN port
  • Gigabit (RJ-45) x 4
  • Gigabit (RJ-45) x 3 (Dual WAN)
WAN port
  • Gigabit (RJ-45) x 1
  • Gigabit (RJ-45) x 2 (Dual WAN)
External Ports
  • USB 3.0 x 1
  • USB 2.0 x 1
  • SD card reader x 1 (SDXC, SDHC)
Button and switchWPS, USB/SD eject, Power, Reset, Wi-Fi On/Off
Appearance
Size (Height x Width x Depth)77 mm x 280 mm x 169 mm (without antenna)
Weight0.7 kg
Others
AC Input Power Voltage100V to 240V AC
Power Frequency50/60 Hz, Single Phase
Power Consumption*10.80 W (Access)
7.94 W (Idle)
Temperature
Operating Temperature5°C to 40°C (40°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature-20°C to 60°C (-5°F to 140°F)
Relative Humidity5% to 95% RH
Certification
  • FCC Class B
  • CE Class B
  • BSMI Class B
Wi-Fi Certification
  • CE
  • FCC
  • NCC
  • RCM
  • iDA
Warranty2 Years
Wireless
IEEE 802.11ac
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi
  • 2.4GHz: 800Mbps
  • 5GHz: 1.73Gbps
IEEE 802.11ac wave 2
  • MU-MIMO
  • 2×2 160 MHz (contiguous 80 + 80 MHz)
  • 2×2 80 + 80 MHz (discontiguous)
BeamformingYes
DFSYes
Schedulable Wi-FiYes
WPS 2.0 (Wi-Fi Protected Setup 2.0)Yes
3G/4G mobile dongle supportYes
Maximum MAC filters64
Maximum connected devices100
Note
  • In real-world testing, at least 120 devices can be concurrently connected to RT2600ac.
  • Not all of the connected 120 devices are transmitting data, some remained idle.
  • RT2600ac supports at least 100 connected devices concurrently transmitting data.
  • The numbers above are for reference only. Actual performance and behavior may depend on network environment and settings.
Network
Internet connectionDynamic IP, Static IP, PPPoE
Port forwardingSetup via manual management or UPnP
Maximum port forwarding rules64
Maximum UPnP rules64
Port triggeringYes
Maximum port triggering rules32
Minimum port triggering timeout30s
Maximum port triggering timeout3600s
DMZYes
IPv6IPv6 DHCP server/client, IPv6 tunneling
DHCPServer/client mode, client list, MAC address reservation
Maximum DHCP reservations500
LAN/WLAN IGMP snoopingYes
VPN
  • VPN server/client (PPTP, OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec)
  • VPN pass-through (PPTP、IPSec、L2TP)
Policy route, Static route, Network Address Translation (NAT), PPPoE relayYes
Maximum IPv4 static routes100
Maximum IPv6 static routes100
Diagnosis tools
  • Ping
  • Traceroute
Management
Operating systemSynology Router Manager (SRM)
Free OS upgradeYes
Anywhere access to SRMSynology QuickConnect & Dynamic DNS (DDNS)
Operation modesWireless Router, Wireless AP
Wake on LAN (WOL)Yes
WOL over QuickConnectYes
Maximum connected devices100
NotificationEmail, SMS, push service (via DS router)
SSHYes
SNMPYes
Configuration backup & restoreYes
User account managementYes
Printer serverMaximum printer: 1
Parental Control
Customized Internet schedule
DNS-based web-filter with built-in database
Customized allow/block list
Setup by single / multiple devices
Maximum devices50
Maximum blocked URLs100
Maximum allowed URLs100
Traffic Control
Internet ban, device speed & priorityYes
Application layer (L7) quality of service (QoS)Yes
Maximum device rules64
Maximum application rules per device32
Traffic Monitor for graphical live / history statisticsYes
Security
Wi-Fi encryptionWEP, WPA/WPA2-Personal, WPA/WPA2-Enterprise
Wi-Fi MAC address filterYes
Firewall/SPI FirewallYes
DoS ProtectionYes
Auto blockYes
SSL certificateYes
Security AdvisorYes
Mobile Apps
DS cloud (Android/iOS)Yes
DS get (Android/iOS)Yes
DS file (Android/iOS)Yes
DS router (Android/iOS)
  • Network traffic overview
  • Wi-Fi management
  • Parental Control
  • Traffic Control
  • Network security (firewall, port forwarding, Internet ban)
  • Wake on LAN
VPN Plus (Android/iOS)Yes
USB/SD Card File Service
File SystemEXT4, FAT, NTFS, HFS+
Access support
  • File explorer (via LAN only)
  • Web browsers: Chrome™, Firefox®, Internet Explorer®: 8 onwards, Safari® 7 onwards, Safari (iOS® 7 onwards on iPad®), Chrome (Android 4.0 onwards on tablets)
  • Mobile device: DS file
Protocol supportWindows file service (CIFS), Mac file service (AFP), FTP/FTPS, WebDAV
Apple Time MachineYes
Shared Folder privilegesYes
Storage hibernationYes
Package Center
Cloud Station ServerSync data from multiple platforms, centralizing it on the router while easily keeping historical versions of important files.
Maximum Concurrent File Transfers128
NoteCloud Station ShareSync is not supported
DNS ServerHelps users find and translate domain names into IP addresses
Download StationSupported download protocols: BT/HTTP/FTP/NZB/eMule
Maximum concurrent download tasks50
Maximum concurrent BT download tasks20
Media Server (DLNA/UPnP®)
  • Media indexing
  • DLNA certified
  • PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One supported
RADIUS ServerProvides centralized authentication, authorization, and accounting for wireless network access
VPN Plus ServerEasily create and manage secure VPN access through a web browser or client. Supports various VPN services — WebVPN, SSL VPN, SSTP, OpenVPN, L2TP over IPSec, and PPTP.
Maximum Connections20
Intrusion Prevention (Beta)Greatly enhance the security of your router with IDS and IPS systems, designed to safeguard your network against internet threats.
Intrusion Detection System (IDS)Yes
Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)Yes
Environment & Packaging
EnvironmentRoHS Compliant
Packaging Content
  • Main Unit
  • Antenna x 4
  • AC Power Adapter
  • RJ-45 LAN Cable
  • Quick Installation Guide


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