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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
CPUQuad-core 717 MHz
Memory256 MB DDR3
Antenna type2×2 MIMO high-performance internal antenna (2.4 GHz / 5 GHz)
LAN portGigabit (RJ-45) x 1
WAN portGigabit (RJ-45) x 1
External PortsUSB 3.0 x 1 (5V, 0.9A power output)
Button and switchWPS, Power, Reset, Wi-Fi On/Off
Appearance
Size (Height x Width x Depth)154 mm x 199 mm x 65 mm
Weight0.45 kg
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
  • CE
  • BSMI
  • VCCI Class B
  • RCM
  • KC
  • iDA
  • TELEC
  • JATE
  • IC
Wi-Fi Certification
  • CE
  • FCC
  • NCC
  • RCM
  • iDA
  • TELEC
  • KC
  • IC
Warranty2 Years
Others
AC Input Power Voltage100V to 240V AC
Power Frequency50/60 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 2MU-MIMO
Wi-Fi EncryptionWEP, WPA/WPA2-Personal, WPA/WPA2-Enterprise, WPA2/WPA3-Personal, WPA3-Personal/Enterprise, Wi-Fi Enhanced Open (OWE)
Wi-Fi MAC address filterYes
Maximum MAC filters64
Seamless roaming802.11k/v/r standard support
BeamformingYes
DFSYes
Schedulable Wi-FiYes
Guest NetworkYes
Guest PortalYes
Customized page styleYes
Connection time limitYes
Password RotationYes
WPS 2.0 (Wi-Fi Protected Setup 2.0)Yes
3G/4G Dongle & Tethering (Learn more)Yes
Maximum connected devices90
Wi-Fi PointYes
Primary Wi-Fi PointYes
Network
Internet connectionDynamic IP, Static IP, PPPoE, PPTP, DS-Lite (AFTR)
3G/4G LTE dongleYes
Android tetheringYes
iPhone tetheringYes
NoteiPhone tethering only supported your Synology Router running SRM 1.2 or above
Operating mode
  • Wireless Router
  • Wireless AP
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
DMZ
IPv6IPv6 DHCP server / client, DS-Lite, 6in4, 6to4, 6rd, Dual-Stack, DHCPv6-PD, IPv6 Relay, FLET’s IPv6
DHCPServer/client mode, client list, MAC address reservation
Maximum DHCP reservations500
LAN/WLAN IGMP snoopingYes
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 relayYes
Maximum IPv4 static routes100
Maximum IPv6 static routes100
Diagnosis tools
  • Ping
  • Traceroute
Safe Access
Parental Control
User Profile15
Network Profile2
Customized Internet scheduleYes
Time QuotaYes
IPv4/IPv6 DNS-based web filter
  • Schedule
  • Database
  • Request to unblock
Customized allow/block list
  • Maximum blocked URLs: 100
  • Maximum allowed URLs: 100
Pause InternetYes
RewardYes
Security
Safe SearchBing, Google, YouTube
Threat Intelligence Databasesupport in IPv4 & IPv6
Google Safe Browsingsupport in IPv4 & IPv6
Database auto updateThreat Intelligence Database, Google Safe Browsing , DNS-based web filter
Traffic Control
Internet ban, device speed & priorityYes
Application layer (L7) quality of service (QoS)Yes
Maximum device rules64
Maximum application rules per device32
Traffic MonitorYes
Live viewYes
Historical statisticsDaily, Weekly, Monthly, Annual
Website historyYes
Application DetectionYes
Traffic ReportYes
Country auto updateYes
SchedulableYes
Traffic analysis periodDaily, Weekly, Monthly, Annual
Export formats.CSV, .HTML
VPN Plus Server
VPN Plus ServerEasily 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 License10
Site-to-Site VPNYes
Maximum Site-to-Site VPN Tunnels4
Remote Desktop (RDP + VNC)3
Connection ListYes
LogYes
ReportYes
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 Transfers64
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 Compliance
  • PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One supported
RADIUS ServerProvides 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 systemSynology Router Manager (SRM)
Free OS upgradeYes
Anywhere access to SRMSynology QuickConnect & Dynamic DNS (DDNS)
SecurityFirewall/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 QuickConnectYes
Maximum connected devices100
NotificationEmail, SMS, push service (via DS router)
SSHYes
SNMPYes
Configuration backup & restoreYes
User account managementYes
Printer serverMaximum printer: 1
USB/SD Card File Service
File SystemEXT4, 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 supportWindows file service (CIFS), Mac file service (AFP), FTP/FTPS, WebDAV
Apple Time MachineYes
Shared Folder privilegesYes
Storage hibernationYes
Environment & Packaging
EnvironmentRoHS 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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