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Synology MR2200ac Mesh Router Review: First WPA3-Certified Wi-Fi Router

First WPA3-Certified Wi-Fi Router

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Mesh networks have been around for quite some time. There are numerous brands out there and they all provide pretty much the same thing, WiFi Coverage.  Some do a very good job at covering large areas and some not so much. Almost all of the routers/mesh routers support multiple Security levels that protect you from the potential breaches. The most common among Security levels you will find in mesh networks is WPA2 (WiFi Protected Access). WPA2 is a security standard that encrypts data which is sent over WiFi. With the alarming and always changing hacking techniques WPA2 is becoming obsolete. The next version of the security standard was announced in June of 2018 and as you can imagine finding a mesh router that supports this latest standard is extremely difficult or I would rather say impossible. Synology is the first manufacturer to produce WPA3 certified router, MR2200ac. MR2200ac was officially announced in October of 2018 and we are pretty much the few of the lucky reviewers who got the first production units for evaluation. A big thank you goes out to Synology for providing us with worlds first WPA3 certified router.

Review Sample Provided by: Synology
Product Name: MR2200ac
Price at time of review: $ 139.99 USD
Product was given in exchange for work done to produce this review.

Packaging

Synology always thinks about packaging and recycling friendly. MR2200ac’s packaging is very simple as it comes in what looks like a recycled cardboard box. On the top of the box, there is a colorful sticker which describes the unit inside. On the back of the box, I found a small informational section for the Hardware and Package Contents.

What I thought was cool is listed general “LAB” statistical data on what you should be expecting while running under different 802.11 protocols. The reason I said “LAB” is because these numbers usually obtained in the lab environments and almost never met in the real-world applications. There isn’t much to packaging for MR2200ac. As you can see the only padding here is the plastic envelope.

MR2200ac comes with a gigabit ethernet cable, power supply, and a Quick Installation Guide.

Technical Specifications

Hardware Specifications
CPU Quad-core 717 MHz
Memory 256 MB DDR3
Antenna type 2×2 MIMO high-performance internal antenna (2.4 GHz / 5 GHz)
LAN port Gigabit (RJ-45) x 1
WAN port Gigabit (RJ-45) x 1
External Ports USB 3.0 x 1 (5V, 0.9A power output)
Button and switch WPS, Power, Reset, Wi-Fi On/Off
Appearance
Size (Height x Width x Depth) 154 mm x 199 mm x 65 mm
Weight 0.45 kg
Temperature
Operating Temperature 5°C to 40°C (40°F to 104°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 60°C (-5°F to 140°F)
Relative Humidity 5% to 95% RH
Certification
  • FCC
  • CE
  • BSMI
  • VCCI Class B
  • RCM
  • KC
  • iDA
  • TELEC
  • JATE
  • IC
Wi-Fi Certification
  • CE
  • FCC
  • NCC
  • RCM
  • iDA
  • TELEC
  • KC
  • IC
Warranty 2 Years
Others
AC Input Power Voltage 100V to 240V AC
Power Frequency 50/60 Hz, Single Phase
Power Consumption* 12.95 W (Access)
5.21 W (Idle)
Wireless
IEEE 802.11ac
  • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Simultaneous tri-band Wi-Fi
  • 5GHz-1: 867Mbps
  • 5GHz-2: 867Mbps
  • 2.4GHz: 400Mbps
IEEE 802.11ac wave 2 MU-MIMO
Wi-Fi Encryption WEP, WPA/WPA2-Personal, WPA/WPA2-Enterprise, WPA2/WPA3-Personal, WPA3-Personal/Enterprise, Wi-Fi Enhanced Open (OWE)
Wi-Fi MAC address filter Yes
Maximum MAC filters 64
Seamless roaming 802.11k/v/r standard support
Beamforming Yes
DFS Yes
Schedulable Wi-Fi Yes
Guest Network Yes
Guest Portal Yes
Customized page style Yes
Connection time limit Yes
Password Rotation Yes
WPS 2.0 (Wi-Fi Protected Setup 2.0) Yes
3G/4G Dongle & Tethering (Learn more) Yes
Maximum connected devices 90
Wi-Fi Point Yes
Primary Wi-Fi Point Yes
Network
Internet connection Dynamic IP, Static IP, PPPoE, PPTP, DS-Lite (AFTR)
3G/4G LTE dongle Yes
Android tethering Yes
iPhone tethering Yes
Note iPhone tethering only supported your Synology Router running SRM 1.2 or above
Operating mode
  • Wireless Router
  • Wireless AP
Port forwarding Setup via manual management or UPnP
Maximum port forwarding rules 64
Maximum UPnP rules 64
Port triggering Yes
Maximum port triggering rules 32
Minimum port triggering timeout 30s
Maximum port triggering timeout 3600s
DMZ
IPv6 IPv6 DHCP server / client, DS-Lite, 6in4, 6to4, 6rd, Dual-Stack, DHCPv6-PD, IPv6 Relay, FLET’s IPv6
DHCP Server/client mode, client list, MAC address reservation
Maximum DHCP reservations 500
LAN/WLAN IGMP snooping Yes
VPN
  • VPN server (WebVPN, SSL VPN, SSTP, OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP, Site-to-Site)
  • VPN client (PPTP, OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec)
  • VPN Pass-through (PPTP, IPSec, L2TP)
Policy route, Static route, Network Address Translation (NAT), PPPoE relay Yes
Maximum IPv4 static routes 100
Maximum IPv6 static routes 100
Diagnosis tools
  • Ping
  • Traceroute
Safe Access
Parental Control
User Profile 15
Network Profile 2
Customized Internet schedule Yes
Time Quota Yes
IPv4/IPv6 DNS-based web filter
  • Schedule
  • Database
  • Request to unblock
Customized allow/block list
  • Maximum blocked URLs: 100
  • Maximum allowed URLs: 100
Pause Internet Yes
Reward Yes
Security
Safe Search Bing, Google, YouTube
Threat Intelligence Database support in IPv4 & IPv6
Google Safe Browsing support in IPv4 & IPv6
Database auto update Threat Intelligence Database, Google Safe Browsing , DNS-based web filter
Traffic Control
Internet ban, device speed & priority Yes
Application layer (L7) quality of service (QoS) Yes
Maximum device rules 64
Maximum application rules per device 32
Traffic Monitor Yes
Live view Yes
Historical statistics Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Annual
Website history Yes
Application Detection Yes
Traffic Report Yes
Country auto update Yes
Schedulable Yes
Traffic analysis period Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Annual
Export formats .CSV, .HTML
VPN Plus Server
VPN Plus Server Easily create and manage secure VPN access through a web browser or client. Supports various VPN services — Site-to-Site VPN, WebVPN, SSL VPN, Remote Desktop, SSTP, OpenVPN, L2TP over IPSec, and PPTP
Maximum Client VPN Access License 10
Site-to-Site VPN Yes
Maximum Site-to-Site VPN Tunnels 4
Remote Desktop (RDP + VNC) 3
Connection List Yes
Log Yes
Report Yes
Package Center
Cloud Station Server Sync data from multiple platforms, centralizing it on the router while easily keeping historical versions of important files
Maximum Concurrent File Transfers 64
Note Cloud Station ShareSync is not supported
DNS Server Helps users find and translate domain names into IP addresses
Download Station Supported download protocols: BT/HTTP/FTP/NZB/eMule
Maximum concurrent download tasks 50
Maximum concurrent BT download tasks 20
Media Server (DLNA/UPnP®)
  • Media indexing
  • DLNA Compliance
  • PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One supported
RADIUS Server Provides centralized authentication, authorization, and accounting for wireless network access
Mobile Apps
DS router (Android/iOS)
  • First Time Installation
  • Network overview
  • Wi-Fi management
  • Wi-Fi system topology
  • Safe Access
  • Traffic Control
  • Network security (firewall, port forwarding, Internet ban)
  • Wake on LAN
  • System Update
VPN Plus (Android/iOS) Yes
DS cloud (Android/iOS) Yes
DS get (Android) Yes
DS file (Android/iOS) Yes
Management
Operating system Synology Router Manager (SRM)
Free OS upgrade Yes
Anywhere access to SRM Synology QuickConnect & Dynamic DNS (DDNS)
Security Firewall/SPI Firewall, DoS Protection, VPN Pass-through (PPTP, IPSec, L2TP), Auto block, SSL certificate, Security Advisor, two-factor authentication
Wake on LAN (WOL) Yes
WOL over QuickConnect Yes
Maximum connected devices 100
Notification Email, SMS, push service (via DS router)
SSH Yes
SNMP Yes
Configuration backup & restore Yes
User account management Yes
Printer server Maximum printer: 1
USB/SD Card File Service
File System EXT4, FAT, NTFS, HFS+
Access support
  • File explorer (via LAN only)
  • Web browsers: Chrome™, Firefox®, Internet Explorer®: 11 onwards, Safari® 11 onwards
  • Mobile device: DS file
Protocol support Windows file service (CIFS), Mac file service (AFP), FTP/FTPS, WebDAV
Apple Time Machine Yes
Shared Folder privileges Yes
Storage hibernation Yes
Environment & Packaging
Environment RoHS Compliant
Packaging Content
  • Main Unit X 1
  • AC Power Adapter X 1
  • RJ-45 LAN Cable X 1
  • Quick Installation Guide X 1

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Alex Lusakhpuryan

Alex has been part of the media scene for about 10 years now. He has formed and operated a nonprofit review company "UMLan" and after its recent closure has joined Modders-Inc. An Sr IT Systems Engineer by day and media reviewer by night, Alex brings his expertise in networking and storage aspect of the technology as well as in overall knowledge of latest technologies.

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