Synology MR2200ac Mesh Router Review

Speed Test

The MR2200ac is Synology’s first wireless mesh router. How does it perform in a wireless mesh setup? Will the Synology MR2200ac solve wireless issues like coverage and blind spot? In this section, I will do speed tests on the 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz wireless band in various scenarios, namely:

  1. Single MR2200ac router with speed test conducted on the primary;
  2. Two MR2200ac routers in wireless mesh setup with speed test conducted at a typical blind spot through the non-primary Wi-Fi point;
  3. Single MR2200ac router with speed test conducted at the same blind spot.

As usual, the speed test will be conducted using the iperf (more specifically iperf3). The parameters used for the speed tests are:

Test Direction Command
Upload iperf3 -c <server> -w 640k -P 5 -t 60
Download iperf3 -c <server> -w 640k -P 5 -t 60 -R

In terms of equipment, the following are used to conduct the speed test:

Component Equipment
Subject Two units of Synology MR2200ac routers
Client Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Touchbar) running iperf3 client
Server Synology DS1817+ running iperf3 server on Docker

One important point to note is that these tests are conducted in a typical apartment environment with environmental noise from electronics or other neighbouring routers. It is not conducted in a lab controlled environment. Hence, fluctuation in speeds are to be expected.

Physical setup or placements

The iperf3 server is connected on the WAN segment of the primary Synology MR2200ac router and the iperf3 client is connected via the wireless LAN segment.

The wireless client is placed three (3) meters from the Synology MR2200ac (testing subject) in all test cases.

In the wireless mesh setup, the non-primary Synology MR2200ac router is placed five (5) meters from the primary Synology MR2200ac router to extend the wireless reach to a particular known blind spot in the apartment.

Single MR2200ac router

In this setup, the Synology MR2200ac is configured as a typical wireless router. That is, the WAN port connected to the Internet and the client connected to it either via wired or wireless LAN.

The wireless client is placed approximately three (3) meters away from the MR2200ac router.

Wireless on 5.0 GHz

The Synology MR2200ac achieved 432 Mbps and 517 Mbps for upload and download respectively.

432 Mbps upload on 5.0 GHz.

517 Mbps download on 5.0 GHz.

Wireless on 2.4 GHz

The Synology MR2200ac achieved 50 Mbps and 81.9 Mbps for upload and download respectively.

50 Mbps upload on 2.4 GHz.

81.9 Mbps upload on 2.4 GHz.

Two MR2200ac routers

In this setup, the primary Synology MR2200ac is configured as a typical wireless router. The second Synology MR2200ac router is added as a Wi-Fi point/ mesh peer. The second Synology MR2200ac is placed approximately five (5) meters away from the primary unit.

The wireless client is then positioned approximately three (3) meters from the second unit. This client location is a known blind spot and it is close to eight (8) meters away from the primary unit with obstructions from furnitures and electronics (i.e. television, floor lamps).

Wireless on 5.0 GHz

The Synology MR2200ac achieved 368 Mbps and 469 Mbps for upload and download respectively via the non-primary Wi-Fi Point at the known blind spot location.

368 Mbps upload on 5.0 GHz.

469 Mbps download on 5.0 GHz.

Wireless on 2.4 GHz

The Synology MR2200ac achieved 61.7 Mbps and 90.3 Mbps for upload and download respectively via the non-primary Wi-Fi Point at the known blind spot location.

61.7 Mbps upload on 2.4 GHz.
61.7 Mbps upload on 2.4 GHz.

90.3 Mbps download on 2.4 GHz.

Single MR2200ac router (Blind spot)

In this setup, the second Synology MR2200ac router is power off. The wireless client is at the same location in the previous test and approximately eight (8) meters away from the primary unit with the same obstructions.

Wireless on 5.0 GHz

The Synology MR2200ac achieved 47.4 Mbps and 131 Mbps for upload and download respectively via the primary Wi-Fi Point at the known blind spot location.

47.4 Mbps upload on 5.0 GHz.

131 Mbps download on 5.0 GHz.

Wireless on 2.4 GHz

The Synology MR2200ac achieved 3.93 Mbps and 17.5 Mbps for upload and download respectively via the primary Wi-Fi Point at the known blind spot location.

3.93 Mbps upload on 2.4 GHz.

17.5 Mbps upload on 2.4 GHz.

Summary of Speed Test

Test Spectrum Upload (Mbps) Download (Mbps)
Single MR2200ac 5.0 GHz 432 517
Single MR2200ac 2.4 GHz 50 81.9
Two MR2200ac 5.0 GHz 368 469
Two MR2200ac 2.4 GHz 61.7 90.3
Single MR2200ac (blind spot) 5.0 GHz 47.4 131
Single MR2200ac (blind spot) 2.4 GHz 3.93 17.5

From the results, there is a stark improvement in terms of wireless throughput at the known blind spot. All these speed tests were conducted in a live (non-lab) environment.