Synology RT2600ac offers up speedy Wi-Fi and tight controls


— 1:30 PM on January 13, 2017

Synology is a company best known for its NAS devices, but it's also been building up a family of routers. The company has now launched the RT2600ac, a wireless router aimed at homes and small businesses, packing 802.11ac Wave 2 support with MU-MIMO and beamforming capabilities.

The RT2600ac is capable of delivering up to 800Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 1,733Mbps on the 5GHz radio. The router packs dual WAN ports with failover and load-balancing capabilities. Synology says the machine's VPN feature has support for the SSTP, OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, and PPTP protocols. Additionally, the RT2600ac offers QoS and file-sharing functionality.

The Synology Router Manager mobile app (available on iOS and Android) provides traffic control and monitoring and can displaying application-specific usage, along with the bandwidth consumed by individual devices. Built-in Google SafeSearch integration should enable for easy-to-use web filtering and parental controls. Synology also provides a number of add-on software packages that can expand the router's functionality.

Synology backs the RT2600ac with a two-year warranty. United States buyers can grab one now at Newegg for $230. Our friends around the world can use Synology's availability tool to find a nearby outlet.

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