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.