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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

Storage Performance

 

In our Storage Performance test, I use a SanDisk Extreme Pro 128GB USB 3.0 flash drive formatted with the EXT4 filesystem. I mount the volume as a network drive and test with NAS Performance Test 1.7.

 

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On the storage side of things, the Synology RT1900ac was able to achieve 30 MB/s read with a 100MB file transfer and switching over to a 1000MB file netted just a touch more at 32 MB/s. As far as write performance was concerned, the RT1900 reached 23 MB/s and 22 MB/s, respectively.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

In its market debut, Synology has produced quite possibly the smallest full featured router I have put my hands-on. At just 8" x 5.5", its footprint is that of DVD or Blu-ray case making it quite convenient for those setting their router on the desk or in a media room.

 

Build quality seems to be top-notch; the unit's halves are a hard black plastic that are sandwiched together with five screws. The storage port placement is much more appropriate than many other solutions that place it at the back, with the Synology router you have quick access on the side with a front mounted eject button so you never have to enter the WebGUI if you don't want to. The software side of things offers a professional menu option that's easy to navigate, especially if you are familiar with DSM.

 

 

The performance of the Synology RT1900ac was not what I expected but nonetheless not terrible by any means. Wired throughput numbers hovered around 800 Mbps while WAN throughput touched close to 700 Mbps at 687 Mbps. Wireless throughput on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands was solid though as I was able to reach 113 Mbps and 146 Mbps putting this solution in line with many other platforms. As mentioned 5GHz performance was on par with many of the AC1900 solutions tested; I was able to top 418 Mbps, which is a feat for some solutions.

 

Storage performance of the RT1900ac too was a little low, here I was able to reach a peak of 32 MB/s read and 23 MB/s write, this left me stunned as well as I truly expected the Synology to produce some top notch storage numbers. With that said, the Synology RT1900ac clearly has work that needs to be done and I don't want to sound like I have given up on this solution as I think many of the performance issues come down to this being the company's first attempt at a router.

 

That being said, I would recommend for those wanting something they can set and forget to move on as this Synology router just isn't ready. But if you have the patience and are willing to go through a few updates, the RT1900ac has the potential to be one of the best solutions on the market after some refinements.

Product Summary Breakdown

Performance75%
Quality including Design and Build87%
General Features88%
Bundle and Packaging85%
Value for Money75%
Overall TweakTown Rating82%

The Bottom Line: Synology's RT1900ac is a full-featured router in a small footprint backed by a storage industry leader. While being built on a proven platform, the SRM operating system still needs a few more updates before it's ready for the primetime.

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