Synology RT1900ac Review – Intelligent DNS-based Web-filter (-)


    October 25th, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Posted in Life

    Devices accessing blocked sites will see this page instead.

    Devices accessing blocked sites will see this page instead.

    Under Parental Control, there is a web-filter feature that blocks access to websites base on the their content categories (i.e. adult, gambling, drugs). For each of the device, you can choose either basic, protected or custom filter. Only one custom filter can be configured.

     

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    Synology DiskStation DS215+ Review – Introduction (-)


    October 24th, 2015 | Tags: , , , | Posted in Tech, Reviews

    The Synology DiskStation DS215+. Annapurna SoC powered high performance 2-bay NAS.

    The Synology DiskStation DS215+. Annapurna SoC powered high performance 2-bay NAS.

    Review At A Glance
    Product Synology DiskStation DS215+ [product link]
    Summary High performance, full fledge 2-bay NAS for home and small businesses. For home, the comprehensive multimedia capabilities will be a hit. For businesses, the hardware encryption engine and dual LAN support ensures speedy encrypted file transfers and failover support.
    Pros + 2 LAN ports supporting failover and link aggregation for small businesses & homes
    + Hardware encryption engine for faster encrypted transfers
    + Hot-swappable support like in higher end NAS
    Cons - Considered to be one of the more expensive models in the 2-bay league but you get higher performance out of this (DS215j is almost 50% cheaper!)
    SRP S$573.00 (at time of post)

     

    The Synology DiskStation DS215+ is announced at 2015 CeBIT to be the successor to the DS214+. It is a Annapurna SoC powered high performance 2-bay NAS and the ideal (starting) model for both home users and small and medium businesses looking for means to centralise and protect their data.

    The Synology DS215+ will be replacing my parents’ D-Link DNS-320. It will serve as a backup storage for their devices, multimedia centre and off-site data backup for my DS1515+.

     

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    Synology RT1900ac Review – Using as NAS (7)


    October 18th, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , | Posted in Tech, Reviews

    The USB3.0 port and SD card slot at the side of the Synology RT1900ac.

    The USB3.0 port and SD card slot at the side of the Synology RT1900ac.

    Nowadays, most consumer WiFi router is equipped with USB 2.0/3.0 port and offers the capability to share the attached storage out onto the network. Effectively turning it into a basic network attached storage (NAS). Notice that I mentioned “Basic” as they often have limited configuration options.

    I would expect Synology, with its vast experience in the NAS business, to excel in this department. So let’s take a look at the NAS feature of the Synology RT1900ac.

     

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    Synology RT1900ac Review – Initial Setup and Synology Router Manager (-)


    October 13th, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , | Posted in Tech, Reviews

    The menu tray for built-in apps and apps installed via the Package Center.

    The menu tray for built-in apps and apps installed via the Package Center.

    The Synology Router Manager is a desktop-like interface and it provides an intuitive way to manage the Synology RT1900ac. Compared to other routers (from other vendors), the user interface is refreshing and potentially a game changer. Applications or new capabilities can be added to the router via the included Package Center effortlessly.

     

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    Synology RT1900ac Review – Speed Test (7)


    October 13th, 2015 | Tags: , , , , | Posted in Tech, Reviews

    Synology RT1900ac: Your network, smart and swift.

    Synology RT1900ac: Your network, smart and swift.

    The Synology RT1900ac WiFi router is a AC1900 class router that is capable of delivering WiFI speeds of up to 1900 Mbps. This comprise of 600 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz spectrum and 1300 Mbps on the 5 GHz spectrum. In this review, the Synology RT1900ac is subjected to a series of speed tests to see how it performs in real-world scenario.

     

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    Synology RT1900ac Review – Introduction (4)


    October 13th, 2015 | Tags: , , , | Posted in Tech, Reviews

    Synology RT1900ac: Your network, smart and swift.

    Synology RT1900ac: Your network, smart and swift.

    Review At A Glance
    Product Synology RT1900ac WiFi Router [product link]
    Summary A smart router with a decently powerful core with speedy WiFi that meets the needs for most households.
    Pros + Intuitive user interface
    + Ability to add new features via Package Center
    + Good WiFi performance on 5 GHz spectrum
    + Low cost compact server (VPN, DNS, etc.)
    Cons – SRM doesn't really work on mobile web browsers (therefore there is the DS Router app)
    - Moderate 5 GHz wireless range
    SRP S$235 (at time of post)

     

    The Synology RT1900ac WiFi router was announced on 1st October 2015 and first-wave launch markets (including Singapore) will got it on 6th October 2015. The Synology RT1900ac is powered by Synology Router Manager (SRM) operating system which is an intuitive desktop-like interface for users to manage the network and wireless settings.

     

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