Best known for its network-attached storage (NAS) product line, Synology has entered the router market with its Router RT1900ac, and it’s an impressive debut. This reasonably priced dual-band model delivered speedy performance in our throughput tests and is equipped with a nice selection of I/O ports and robust management features.
The RT1900ac is equipped with a 1GHz dual-core CPU and uses three removable/adjustable antennas for 3×3 data streaming. It’s a dual-band router capable of maximum data rates of 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 1,300Mbps on the 5GHz band. The router measures 2.5 by 8.1 by 6.2 inches (HWD) and uses a matte-black cabinet with two legs that raise the rear of the device up by around 1.5 inches.
You can remove the legs to have the router sit flush or hang it on a wall using the two mounting holes on the bottom. There are eight LED indicators on the front edge for power, as well as the 2.4GHz and 5GHz radio bands, WAN (Internet), and wired Ethernet connectivity (one for each port).
The rear of the router has four Gigabit Ethernet ports, a WAN port, a Power jack, and a Power switch. An SD card slot and a USB 3.0 port are located on the right side, and the left side holds a WPS button and a Wi-Fi On/Off switch.
The RT1900ac is managed using a Web-based console dubbed SRM (Synology Router Manager). It has a Windows desktop look and feel, and consists of a Network Center, a Package Center, and an SRM Help Center. The Network Center is where you go to manage the router’s numerous settings.
They include a Status screen that displays basic Internet and Wi-Fi settings, upload and download averages by device, and CPU usage. In the Wireless page, you can assign a security level for each band (WPA Personal, WPA/WPA2 Personal, WPA2 Enterprise, and WPA/WPA2 Enterprise), rename the SSID, configure guest networks, and set up MAC filters.
The Internet page lets you choose a connection type and configure DNS and VPN settings, as well as ISP settings for VoIP and IPTV applications. This page buy cipro with no prescription also offers Port Forwarding, Port Triggering, DMZ, and IPv6 Tunneling settings. Local Network settings allow you to view and configure DHCP server settings, view client information, and set up DHCP reservations, while the Parental Control setting lets you create access schedules and set up Web filters.
The Traffic Control screen is where you go to set up QoS bandwidth priorities and view upload and download charts, and the Security screen offers Denial of Service (DoS) protection, VPN Passthrough and Firewall settings, and IP address blocking. Other settings let you choose a mode (router, access point, or bridge) and configure email, SMS, and push notifications to help you deal with network issues. The Synology DS Router mobile app for iOS and Android lets you manage the RT1900ac using your smartphone, but it’s limited to Parental Control, Security, and Traffic Control settings.
The latest crop of routers are relatively easy to install and configure, and the RT1900ac follows the trend. After plugging it in and connecting it to my WAN cable, I launched the SRM console by entering 192.168.1.1 in my browser address bar. I then launched the Setup Wizard and followed the on-screen instructions to configure Internet and Wireless settings and to choose an operating mode. The entire process took less than five minutes.
The RT1900ac turned in impressive scores in most of our throughput tests. Its 2.4GHz close-proximity (same-room) throughput speed of 95.9Mbps surpassed many other routers on the market. The RT1900ac’s 5GHz throughput performance was very good. It delivered 479Mbps on the close-proximity test and 231Mbps on the 30-foot range test.
We tested read and write file-transfer performance using a USB drive containing a 1.5GB folder consisting of photo, music, document, and video files. The RT1900ac had a write speed of 38.5MBps. The RT1900ac is Synology’s first router, and it’s a good one.
Not only is it reasonably priced, but it is equipped with a nice selection of I/O ports and a boatload of management settings. More importantly, it provides speedy throughput, especially on the 5GHz band. Its file-transfer performance in our tests was merely average, however.