Synology Router RT2600ac Review

Looking at the design of the RT2600ac

The RT2600ac wireless Gigabit router itself. It comes with four detachable antennas.

The Synology RT2600ac comes with four detachable antennas. The body itself is made of plastic with matte black finish. Most of the router’s surface have ventilation slots for passive cooling. This is great as most routers nowadays run a little hot/ warm to touch.

Ventilation slots on the body of the router. This is great as most wireless routers run pretty warm/ hot nowadays

The SD card slot on the left and RT2600ac model number on the right

On the front edge of the RT2600ac, you will be able to find a full-depth SD card slot on the left. It allows a normal-sized SD card to be inserted fully into the slot. This is unlike the half-depth SD card slot found previously in the Synology RT1900ac where half of the SD card sticks out of the router. On the right is where you will find the model number of the router – RT2600ac.

A USB 3.0 port and eject button on this side of the RT2600ac

On the left edge of the RT2600ac is where the USB 3.0 port and (storage) eject button are located. The eject button has a LED indicator on it to display the status of (attached) storage media(s).

The WiFi on/off button and WPS button on this side of the RT2600ac

On the right edge of the RT2600ac are the buttons for toggling WiFi connectivity (switching on/ off WiFi) and WPS. The LED on the WiFi button will be lighted up when WiFi is enabled.

The power button, power port, reset button, USB 2.0 port, WAN port and LAN ports

On the back edge of the RT2600ac are the power button, power port, reset button, USB 2.0 port, WAN port and LAN ports. One point to note is that the LAN-1 can be reconfigured to become WAN-2 for active-active or active-passive WAN support.

The antennas are detachable in case you have better (higher gain) antennas

As mentioned earlier, the antennas are detachable so the stock ones can be replaced with higher gain antennas if required.

Ventilation vents on the base of the RT2600ac. Near the top are mounting holes

On the base of the RT2600ac are the mounting holes, (more) ventilation slots and the usual sticker with product information.

The pointed stand at the top corners of the RT2600ac (in the above picture) are no longer removable like the ones in RT1900ac. With the non-removable (pointed) stands, I am not sure how I can mount the Synology RT2600ac to vertical surfaces like walls or cabinets. There are also no mounting brackets included in the package.

Previously for the RT1900ac, there is an additional stand that can be attached to the router (via the mounting holes) to allow the router to stand upright like in the picture above. Perhaps Synology can include a stand to allow the RT2600ac to stand upright on tabletops.

The RT2600ac and RT1900ac on the left and right respectively. Look at the size of the RT2600ac!

Lastly, the RT2600ac is physically bigger than the RT1900ac. The RT2600ac would take up a fair bit of table space considering that it cannot be placed upright like the RT1900ac.

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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