Getting The Best Out of One of the Best Routers: Synology RT1900ac

Although there are many routers out there, you may want to take a closer look at Synology RT1900ac, which is one of the top routers out there that will most surely guarantee a perfect signal while you navigate, along with some added features. Of course, it’s not perfect, so even though it offers an excellent quality in the Wi-Fi performance, along with tons of other features such as the capability of being used as a NAS server, you will find that its 5 GHz band is a little short. Additionally, you’ll need an external drive to enjoy the NAS features. This is by far not the only good router out there, and a clear example of this is the Asus RT ac 88u, which you can actually read about on the Donald Burns WordPress.

Regardless, when choosing a router to set up your Wi Fi connections, always do your homework, and remember that the specifications required should be weighed up before making your final decision. The requirements for each location and need will be different, so there is on one perfect router out there. In general, I believe this router will definitely appeal to many of out there.

Synology Inc. is a Chinese company that was founded in 2000, and has so far demonstrated its expertise in manufacturing NAS devices. They are widely recognized and praises for the devices that they manufacture, and now they have for the first time come out with a its very first router. In their catalogue you will find a series of NAS devices ranging from the well-recognized DiskStation Managar to the most recent addition to the list, the T1900ac router. The DiskStation Manager is based on a Linux, which is the same operating system for other known products of Synology like the DiskStation and the RackStation. It integrates NAS features like virtual storage, file sharing, RAID storage, multimedia streaming, and centralized backup. You can use its free mobile application on almost any mobile device including the Kindle Fire.

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Turning the attention back to the T1900ac, which can be used not only as a router but an external hard drive, can be connected to its USB 3.0 port and be quite a good storage server. The device proved to be excellent during some test drives, says CNET during its review, either as a Wi-FI router or as a NAS server it truly stands out from the rest. What also makes it appealing for consumers is that its price is not as expensive as some of its competition out there like Asus RT-AC68U and Netgear R7000. Despite the fact, that as was mentioned earlier, it has a short range, it is still an excellent option, again depending on your specific needs. So, at the end of the day in general it can be said that this is the least expensive device in the market, that will not only let you have an excellent router, but also doubles as a host for file storage, media streaming and anything else a NAS device can do. Now, again it will come down to your need, so let’s take a closer at this device and its features from a hardware and software perspective.

Let’s begin with the hardware. As the name states it, it falls under the category of AC1900 routers. As a model that was manufactured in this category it will normally have a dual-band feature, that can offer up to 1,900 Mbps in total bandwidth, which is split up into a top speed of 1,3000 Mbps on the 5GHz band and 600 Mbps on the 2.4GHz. It finds itself nestled between the Asus RT- AC68U, which offers a bit more powerful specs, and the Linksys WRT 1900 ACs, which offer a bit less. It also has one USB 3.0 port and one SD slot on the left side of the device. By taking full advantage of this router as a storage device you can add even more interesting features to its already impressive list. This router can be mounted on the wall, as well as laid on a flat surface for easy positioning.

Now, from the software perspective the RT1900ac truly stands out from others in its class is its firmware, which is not the typical Linux operating system, but one called Synology Router Manager. It’s basically an adaptation of the firmware used in the DiskStation Manager.  It is very user friendly, with some similar traits to widely used operating systems like Windows or Mac OS.

Finally, its performance has definitely proven to be up there with other AC1900 routers, but starts to clearly have difficulties when it reaches a range of about 150 feet, with one wall in between. It goes from 587 Mbps when at 15 feet to 71 Mbps at 100 feet. Other than this, and again depending on what you’re looking for, this may just be the router (and NAS) that you need.

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