Review: Synology RT1900AC Wi-Fi Router

It is rare that a new company enters the war for the home router, but this year we have seen Google launch the OnHub and now Synology bring their expertise to the RT1900ac. Google has opted for an easy to use approach, using app based setup and limiting the device to a single LAN Ethernet port. Synology has followed a more traditional route with their hardware, including the standard four LAN ports and offering expansion through USB and SD cards. Where Synology makes its mark is in the software, bringing the popular look and feel of their DiskStation Manager interface and offering new features through the use of Synology apps.

The RT1900ac uses the proven Broadcom BCM58622 chipset, featuring a Dual Core 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor paired with 4 GB Flash and 256 MB DDR3 RAM. The processor should be speedy enough for most tasks, but the small amount of RAM is potentially concerning for a device that offers so many features.

The RT1900ac enters a market full of competitors offering Wi-Fi at AC1900 speeds, and retails at a competitive $149/£110. With the Wi-Fi speed race hotting up (we are seeing speeds of up to AC5300 promised), does the AC1900 standard provide enough bandwidth to satisfy our readers?

Synology hopes that their slick interfaces and expandable software will help them to secure a place in this competitive market. Let’s find out how this smart router compares to the rivals.

What’s in the Box?

The Synology RT1900ac comes in a smart-looking cardboard box with product details on a colourful sticker, introducing the basic features and specifications of the router.

Open it up and you are presented with a well-packaged router and a separate box containing the three omni-directional high-gain antennas, compact power supply, stand, quick start guide, and black Ethernet cable.

Synology RT1900ac
Synology RT1900ac

16 comments

  1. interesting review but it would also be interesting where you got your router from and how much it cost 🙂 Perhaps you could add that information.

          1. lol that’s sad and what’s even sad is that it won’t be available for purchase until 2016

  2. Very disappointed at why you did not benchmark this against a competitors of its class (AC1900), for example, Asus AC68U, Netgear R7000, Linksys EA6900 or DLink 880L. Your list only had the WRT1900AC that is the same class, all other routers in your benchmarks are either a class above or below.

    You are reviewing a new product from a manufacturer with zero previous products, you should compare it to products of the same class from other manufacturers.

    You are NOT reviewing a range of products from the same manufacturer, which would actually make sense to review products from low to mid to high class range.

    1. We can benchmark against routers that are sent to us for review. If ASUS and D-Link want to submit their kit for review, they’d be included. FWIW we’ve requested review samples recently from both manufacturers, and have received no response from them.

      We can only pass an opinion on the products we see.

      1. Excuses, excuses.

        If you were serious about your review / article / website, you would use the advertising revenue you get from us readers, and you would go out there and buy those ASUS, DLink router 2nd hand, test them, benchmark them, and sell them back out 2nd hand. Heck, you can even borrow them from your tech friends, those are super popular devices.

        Saying you asked but didn’t get a response is the level of excuse I expect from my primary school child. A tech geek should have more problem solving skills than that….

        1. You greatly overstate the revenue most sites like this make. For most of them their revenue barely covers the cost of hosting the server and website with the necessary bandwidth. Your standard ISP is usually not too happy about using a home bandwidth plan for hosting a web site, etc.

  3. Erf, too bad there’s no Link Aggregation…. Which is kind of odd since they are making NAS with built in support of that….
    I don’t really know if it’s valuable then in my case ;

    But apps like Download Station and Media server would clearly ease the use of my old and brave 412+ ; So this may be something to look up.
    The task for media server is a bit CPU intensive ; Did you tried it with a NAS and compared those two (using it on a NAS and using it on the router) ? If so, is there a gap between those two ? or is it transparent enough to switch the task to the router instead of keeping it on the NAS ?

  4. Wondering if you tested the guest network function. Would you need separate VLAN’s as you would normally, or does this router somehow manage that itself?

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