Synology Brings Its First Router To The U.S.
Synology isn’t precisely a family identify within the U.S. but, however the Taiwanese firm is certainly making an attempt to make extra of a reputation for itself right here. The corporate has lengthy provided its numerous DiskStation community-hooked up storage (NAS) units, however now it’s additionally bringing its first router (the RT1900ac) to the U.S. market.
The Synology router is now out there within the U.S. for a steered retail worth of $149.ninety nine. That places it consistent with different mid-vary 802.11ac routers likes TP-LINK’s common Archer C8 or the Netgear AC1750, which function considerably comparable hardware specs. It’s additionally cheaper than Google’s present lineup of OnHub routers, which each clock in at over $199.
For the longest time, routers weren’t all that fascinating. Their hardware did what it was presupposed to, however the software program was typically greater than clunky. That has modified over the previous few years and with OnHub, Google confirmed that it’s potential to make a bit of well designed hardware that was additionally straightforward to make use of and — for most individuals — in all probability resulted in a big improve from their present router (and particularly the constructed-in a single of their cable modem).
Whereas Google tried to make utilizing its routers as straightforward as attainable by hiding a variety of the complexity, Synology additionally makes setting the router up extraordinarily straightforward, however if you wish to delve deeper, it doesn’t cease you from twiddling with any of the settings.
Getting began with the router is just a matter of plugging within the energy and Ethernet cables, and establishing an admin account and password in your WiFi community on the gadget. That shouldn’t take greater than a minute. After that, you’re on-line.
You’ll be able to simply create a visitor community (both on a 5GHz or 2.4GHz community — or each — and with our with out entry to your native community), arrange beamforming to focus your sign towards a sure system and handle bandwidth utilization on a per-software foundation.
As well as, you possibly can set up new apps on the router that flip it right into a VPN, DNS file and media server with an hooked up USB drive (there’s additionally an SD card slot), for instance. And if the blinking lights on the entrance of the router annoy you when you attempt to sleep, you’ll be able to flip them on and off on a set schedule.
All of that is carried out by means of Synology’s Router Supervisor (SRM), which is principally a desktop-like interface. From there, you handle all the router’s features by way of a primary level-and-click on interface. Should you’ve used certainly one of Synology’s NAS units earlier than (which additionally properly combine with the router), that interface will look very acquainted.
On the finish of the day, likelihood is you simply need your router to work. Whereas it doesn’t supply the sort of nifty automated channel switching that Google’s OnHub launched, the router’s general efficiency is just about on par with that from my TP-LINK OnHub. Transferring information between units is quick, YouTube movies on my Xbox One play with out delays and buffering, and all of my Wi-Fi connections have been rock strong. Add all the additional options that Synology provides on prime of that and you’ve got your self a really strong router.