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Synology RT1900ac 802.11ac Wireless Router Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: Feb 16, 2016 1:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 82%Manufacturer: Synology

Tyler's Router Test System Specifications

 

 

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Setup of the RT1900ac is pretty simple, browsing to 192.168.1.1 will start things off with the screen seen above.

 

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Setup proceeds through setting up your Wi-Fi network.

 

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Landing into SRM, we have the network center top the right with the package or app center right below.

 

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Tagging the icon in the top left allows the menu to drop down where you gain access to file station, system logs, and the storage center.

 

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Opening up the network center, you can immediately see how much bandwidth is being processed. At the top, you have internet connectivity followed by 2.4 and 5GHz wireless networks.

 

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Taking a quick look at the wireless menu, you can see all the options needed for configuring are there including access to guest networks and MAC filtering.

 

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A unique feature of the Synology RT1900ac is the ability for this router to accept 3/4G dongles, a feature I have only seen supported on ASUS routers.

 

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As mentioned previously, parental controls on this router are pretty in depth and allow you to block websites through an umbrella feature or you can manually specify sites to block.

 

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Above we have the traffic control menu that shows you an overall bandwidth usage figure along with devices using the most bandwidth.

 

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Notifications from SRM go pretty in depth as you can see with the list above

 

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Moving to the administration menu, you have the ability to switch route modes and use this solution as an Access Point or Client if you need to bridge a connection.

 

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Seen above, we did all of our testing on SRM 1.0.1-6007 Update 2.

 

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Another thing I mentioned in my opening statements was the brightness of the many LEDs mounted across the front. Luckily, there is software control of these LEDs including full support for scheduling and as you can see I set the lights to shut off at 9 PM.

 

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Apps for the RT1900ac are quite slim at this point with just the five you see above available.

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