Review: Synology RT1900AC Wi-Fi Router

The router is a small and fairly generic black box, with no design flair. If you were asked to draw a router, this is what it would look like.

Synology RT1900ac
Synology RT1900ac

The build quality is good with high-quality plastics that refuse to flex.

Synology RT1900ac
Synology RT1900ac

The only unusual thing about the design is two feet on the back of the device that help to angle the unit and allow for increased cooling. There is also a stand that lets you position the RT1900ac vertically, but the cables then enter at the top and end up looking quite messy. The front edge has LED indicators for power, Wi-Fi, WAN, and network. There is also a recessed eject button for the SDXC (supports up to 2TB) card slot which is on the right side of the device next to a single USB 3.0 port.

Synology RT1900ac
Synology RT1900ac

On the back of the device you will find the power switch, three antenna connections and also sockets for WAN, power, and the four gigabit Ethernet ports. The reset button is positioned underneath the back of the device. On the left of the device is a Wi-Fi switch and the WPS button.

Synology RT1900ac
Synology RT1900ac

Setup

Setting up the device is simplified through the use of a smartphone app (DS router), but can also be done by navigating to http://router.synology.com. The process requires you to setup an admin account and enter Wi-Fi settings before deciding if you want to operate in standard router mode, or run the RT1900ac as a access point or wireless client. Settings are saved and the router reboots to give you access to the Synology Router Manager software and desktop-like interface.

I was really pleased to see that Synology require creation of a user account and password during the setup procedure, increasing the security of the router. There are also options to auto-update the software to keep the device as secure as possible.

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  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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