Synology RT1900ac Review
August 11, 2016

High speed without limits.

Synology is mostly known for manufacturing NAS devices – and the RT1900ac is actually the company’s first foray in the home router business, and based on our tests, it actually impresses. Let’s check it out.

Featuring a matte black finish, the RT1900ac resembles much like every router out there. It has two back legs that can raise the device or you can simply mount it on a wall with the built-in mounting holes. It feature three antennas and supports a dual band configuration.

A total of eight LED lights situated at the front that give you the router’s current status while at the back you will find four Gigabit ports, WAN and plus an SD card slot and a USB 3.0 port for connecting external devices.

Aside from supporting the latest 802.11 ac standard, the RT1900ac also supports dual band connectivity on the 2.5 GHz and 5 GHz spectrum that in total can offer transfer speeds of up to 1900 Mbps.

Configuration for the RT1900ac can be done using the SRM (Synology Router Manager) web console that’s easy to navigate and understand even for novice users. That being said, the RT1900ac has a plethora of settings that will let you adjust nearly every aspect of the router. The SRM also includes a Package Center where you can add various ‘apps’ that extend the router’s functionality.

The best part is the RT1900ac also includes a mobile app for iOS and Android so you can conveniently configure the router from your device. It has limited options compared to the SRM but it’s still a worthy option to have.

Based on performance, the RT1900ac does a good job in offering a decent speed over the 5 GHz band, where I got a reading of 560 Mbps when situated close to the router. That number went down to about 75 Mbps when I went further from the router while connected to the same band. The 2.4 GHz band works just as well, getting a 130 Mbps reading.

With Synology’s experience on NAS devices, connecting a hard drive on the RT1900ac was hassle-free and I’ve transferred various files from all my AC-enabled devices without getting cut off, a problem I mostly encounter on such routers.  I also didn’t have any problems streaming 4K content to my TV, no buffering or hiccups of any sort was experienced.

Selling for 650 AED, Synology’s first router is definitely good and worthy for its price. Decent hardware and software features easily make it a top recommendation for home (or even office) networks. 

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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