Synology RT1900ac Review – Bringing NAS Expertise to Routers

What is the Synology RT1900ac? It is the company’s very first attempt of bringing a wireless router into the scene with their name on it. Synology produces some of the best NAS devices that you can think of, and they have brought such expertise into the router sector. When looking at the hardware spec sheet, there isn’t much to look at that will separate it from the competition. There’s a 3×3-MIMO-stream, a maximum 1,300Mbits/sec link speed over 802.11ac, and it has beamforming support. But what it has is a user-interface that immediately sets this particular device apart from its competitors.

Synology RT1900ac Review - Bringing NAS Expertise to Routers

The Synology RT1900ac Brings Ease-of-Use to Router Technology

What Synology RT1900ac has is that the company has taken their familiar DiskStation Manager (DSM) user-interface from their NAS range of devices and redesigned, or rather reimagined it to become the Synology Router Manager (SRM). Comparing both user-interfaces, they are practically similar, especially for those who are familiar or owners of a NAS device. The web interface feels very much like what you would normally use on a desktop computer, and it even comes with separate windows and shortcuts towards its features and settings.

Anything and everything about the vital network settings for the Synology RT1900ac Router are found sensibly in an accompanying app. The Network Center app has a networkmap which shows which devices are currently connected within what network. There is even a traffic control page which allows you to give specific priority to certain devices. There is also a grid-based parental-control scheduler which works the way it should. It will let you, as a parent, quickly drag and select blocks of time to limit the access of certain websites.

Setting the router up is also very straightforward, just like its user-interface. There will be a quick guide which will be able to guide you through each step. While still on the installation step, it will force you to create a unique username and password. This will help in boosting security, as many routers would have their default username and password set to something like admin/admin, in which case many people would leave those credentials be.

In terms of performance, wireless connectivity is very good at close range. When moving at longer ranges, performance was still consistent, but just slightly below average. Nonetheless, it still promotes a strong overall performance.

With these being said, the Synology RT1900ac is a very great first attempt for the company to enter the wireless router category. All of its offerings are suitably placed at an amazing price point, much to a lot of people’s satisfaction.

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