Synology Router RT2600ac Review


The Synology RT2600ac wireless Gigabit router is the latest addition to Synology’s router family. It is the successor to the RT1900ac. At the core of the RT2600ac is the Synology Router Manager (SRM) operating system. SRM offers an intuitive desktop-like interface for users to manage various aspects of the router like network settings, firmware management, reviewing intrusion logs, etc. New capabilities or applications can be added to the RT2600ac via Package Center.

Hardware Acceleration Engine offloads the CPU from more intensive Layer 7 features like Quality of Service.

The Synology RT2600ac is an AC2600 class WiFi Gigabit router capable of delivering contents wirelessly up to a combined speed of 2.53 Gbps. It adopted the 802.11ac wave 2 standards and comes with 4×4 MU-MIMO Quad-Stream and Beamforming features. It also comes with a Hardware Acceleration Engine to offload the CPU from more intensive Layer 7 features like traffic control/ Quality of Service.

Storage media(s) can be attached to the RT2600ac via the SD card slot and/ or USB ports to boost its storage capacity for features like Intrusion Prevention or simply to turn the RT2600ac into a Network Attached Storage (NAS).

Key Components of the Synology RT2600ac WiFi Router
ProcessorQualcomm IPQ8065 (dual core 1.7 GHz)
Memory512 MB
Flash8 MB
Storage4 GB eMMC
SwitchQualcomm Atheros QCA8337 (10/100/1000 Mbps)
Radio2 x QCA9984
Data rates up to 2.53 Gbps (1733 + 800 Mbps)
Wireless Standards 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
WAN Port 1 x Gigabit WAN or 2 x Gigabit WAN (Dual WAN)
LAN Ports 4 x Gigabit LAN or 3 x Gigabit LAN (Dual WAN)
External Ports1 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
1 x full-depth SD Card Reader (SDXC, SDHC)
Size (H x W x D) 77 mm x 280 mm x 169 mm (without antenna)
Weight 0.7 kg
Suggested Retail Price: S$365

5 thoughts on “Synology Router RT2600ac Review

  • January 16, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Hello. What is performance with IPS on?

  • January 19, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Have updated the speed test with intrusion prevention system enabled in either ‘Detect’ or ‘Prevent’ mode.

  • February 7, 2017 at 9:27 am

    So I upgraded to the RT2600ac based off this review. My WAN to LAN performance with traffic control enabled on the 2600ac is cut around 80mbps when enabled (download speed only, upload is not effected).

    Traffic Control Off: 360mbps download, 24mbps upload
    Traffic Control On: 280mbps download, 24mbps upload

    That’s setting my max download speeds to 350mbps (43750 KB/s) and 24mbps upload (3000 KB/s). Any ideas why I am seeing over a 20% drop in download speeds due to traffic control? I had the same problem with the RT1900AC router and was hoping this new version would alleviate my issue.

  • February 7, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    I think the line speed setting on the RT2600ac could be slightly off. If you set it at a higher value (e.g. 51200 KB/s) you will notice that you should get it at near line speed on the RT2600ac. However, if you were to do this on your former RT1900ac, it would be limited by the hardware of RT1900ac.

    If your intention is to limit a particular client to certain speed limits then set a higher value (i.e. 51200 KB/s) in the overall traffic control setting and set the speed limit (i.e. 8000 KB/s) on the client.

    My advice for you would be to log a ticket with Synology to look into it further as they would probably need to further tune the QoS scheduler on the platform.

  • October 21, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Has there been any performance improvement for IPS “prevent” mode? I really want upload speed to be more than 50Mbps. I saw in the release note that Suricata has just been updated to the app, can anyone check if speed is different.

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