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Synology RT2600ac WiFi Router Review: A New Market Player

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Synology RT2600ac WiFi Router Review: A New Market Player 802.11ac, Dual WAN, Gigabit LAN, Home Wi-Fi devices, RT2600ac, SRM 1.1, Synology 1

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.


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
CPU Dual core 1.7 GHz
Hardware Layer 7 Engine Yes
Memory 512 MB DDR3
Antenna type 4×4 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 switch WPS, USB/SD eject, Power, Reset, Wi-Fi On/Off
Size (Height x Width x Depth) 77 mm x 280 mm x 169 mm (without antenna)
Weight 0.7 kg
AC Input Power Voltage 100V to 240V AC
Power Frequency 50/60 Hz, Single Phase
Power Consumption* 10.80 W (Access)
7.94 W (Idle)
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
  • FCC Class B
  • CE Class B
  • BSMI Class B
Wi-Fi Certification
  • CE
  • FCC
  • NCC
  • RCM
  • iDA
Warranty 2 Years
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
  • 2×2 160 MHz (contiguous 80 + 80 MHz)
  • 2×2 80 + 80 MHz (discontiguous)
Beamforming Yes
Schedulable Wi-Fi Yes
WPS 2.0 (Wi-Fi Protected Setup 2.0) Yes
3G/4G mobile dongle support Yes
Maximum MAC filters 64
Maximum connected devices 100
  • 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.
Internet connection Dynamic IP, Static IP, PPPoE
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
IPv6 IPv6 DHCP server/client, IPv6 tunneling
DHCP Server/client mode, client list, MAC address reservation
Maximum DHCP reservations 500
LAN/WLAN IGMP snooping Yes
  • VPN server/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
Operating system Synology Router Manager (SRM)
Free OS upgrade Yes
Anywhere access to SRM Synology QuickConnect & Dynamic DNS (DDNS)
Operation modes Wireless Router, Wireless AP
Wake on LAN (WOL) Yes
WOL over QuickConnect Yes
Maximum connected devices 100
Notification Email, SMS, push service (via DS router)
Configuration backup & restore Yes
User account management Yes
Printer server Maximum 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 devices 50
Maximum blocked URLs 100
Maximum allowed URLs 100
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 for graphical live / history statistics Yes
Wi-Fi encryption WEP, WPA/WPA2-Personal, WPA/WPA2-Enterprise
Wi-Fi MAC address filter Yes
Firewall/SPI Firewall Yes
DoS Protection Yes
Auto block Yes
SSL certificate Yes
Security Advisor Yes
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 System EXT4, 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 support Windows file service (CIFS), Mac file service (AFP), FTP/FTPS, WebDAV
Apple Time Machine Yes
Shared Folder privileges Yes
Storage hibernation 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 128
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 certified
  • PS3/PS4/Xbox 360/Xbox One supported
RADIUS Server Provides centralized authentication, authorization, and accounting for wireless network access
VPN Plus Server Easily 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 Connections 20
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
Environment RoHS Compliant
Packaging Content
  • Main Unit
  • Antenna x 4
  • AC Power Adapter
  • RJ-45 LAN Cable
  • Quick Installation Guide
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