Synology has announced the successor to the first router. Dubbed the RT2600ac, it is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, and also comes equipped with the newest 802.11ac Wave 2 certified radios featuring MU-MIMO support. One of the most unique features, which will probably be more use to the SMB market rather than home users, is dual WAN connectivity that enables users to connect two high-speed fiber internet connections in order to provide the load balancing and failover.
‘With a growing demand for faster and smarter Wi-Fi,’ says Michael R Wang Product Manager, ‘consumers are looking for high-performance routers that can reliably service an increasing number of devices. With the SRM and its collection of packages available, users can also adapt their RT2600ac into a versatile VPN, RADIUS, as well as file server capable of streaming media.’
It’ll feature four external antennas, with the traditional five Gigabit Ethernet ports, twin USB ports and an SD card slot. The LAN slots can dedicated in the two mode: one WAN with four LAN ports or alternatively, two WAN with the three LAN ports. Speeds are promised up to 1.73 Gbps on 5 GHz band and up to 800 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz 802.11n band.
RT2600ac is powered by the Synology Router Manager (SRM) OS, which offers professional-level networking tools at a consumer-friendly price point. Application Layer QoS makes it possible to monitor and control bandwidth consumption according to not only devices, but also individual applications. Even with the advanced traffic control and application detection enabled, the hardware acceleration engine serves to maintain high performance and throughput for all connected devices. The Synology RT2600ac is Wi-Fi and DLNA Certified.