|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.
|Other parts of the Synology RT1900ac Review|
|2||Initial Setup and Synology Router Manager|
|2.1||Intelligent DNS-based Web-filter|
|2.2||Using as NAS|
The Synology RT1900 is a AC1900 class WiFi router capable of delivering contents wirelessly at combined speeds up to 1900 Mbps. The USB3.0 port and SD slot can be used to attach external storage devices, transforming the Synology RT1900ac into a NAS.
|Key Components of the Synology RT1900ac WiFi Router|
|Processor||BCM58622 (dual core 1GHz)|
|Switch||BCM58622 (10/100/1000 Mbps)|
Synology Router Manager – Game-changing experience
For those who are new to Synology, the SRM is a desktop-like interface that provides you with an intuitive way to manage your router.
Package Center – Adding new capabilities to your WiFi Router
Ever wished that you can add new capabilities (e.g. VPN, download manager) to your router? For those who are more technical inclined, you might have tried out dd-wrt, Open-Wrt or even find some means to optware your router. For the Synology RT1900ac, you can easily add supported applications via the Package Center.
Application Layer Quality of Service
Your sibling’s download is messing up your gaming experience? QoS features are pretty common nowadays and it is also available on the Synology RT1900ac. You can now monitor and control bandwidth consumption based on devices or individual application.
Like most of its NAS peers, the Synology RT1900ac is packed in a brown carton box. Nothing really fancy on the box except for couple of stickers and prints highlighting its features and certifications it has attained.
Inside the package, you will find the following:
- Synology RT1900ac WiFi Router
- Attachable stand
- Power adaptor
- 3 x dual-band antennas
- Ethernet patch cord
- Quick installation guide
The Synology RT1900ac
The Synology RT1900ac is matte black all around except for the glossy “Synology branding on the top face. There are three dual-band antennas and they can be rotated and angled to improve the WiFi performance. The router has got ventilation vents on its left, bottom and right face.
On the router’s right edge, there is the USB 3.0 and SD (SDXC) slot for external mass storage device, printer or supported 3G/ 4G mobile dongle.
On the front edge is the eject button for safe removal of attached external mass storage. LED indicator on it blinks orange when the router is attempting to safely remove the storage and displays a steady orange glow when it is safe to do so.
On the left edge is the WPS button and WiFi toggle switch. The WiFi toggle switch physically enables or disables the WiFi connectivity.
At the back of the router is where the Gigabit WAN port, Gigabit LAN ports, SMA connectors for antennas, power jack and power button are located.
The reset button can be found on the bottom face of the router.
Near the edge of the top face is where the LED indicators can be found – power, Internet, wireless, LAN, etc. They glow yellow and the LAN ports glows orange if it didn’t manage to negotiate Gigabit speed with the connected client.
The Synology Router Manager
For users of Synology NAS, the Synology Router Manager (SRM) will not be foreign to you as its look-and-feel is the same as DiskStation Manager. The user interface is desktop-like. In short, the SRM is intuitive way to manage the Synology RT1900ac.