Synology RT2600ac Router Review vs. RT1900ac – Clientless VPN and more!

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00:02 – Intro and differences vs. RT1900ac
00:55 – Hardware overview
06:03 – Web configuration interface
06:20 – Smart WAN load balancing / failover
07:17 – Traffic monitoring and reporting
10:19 – Parental controls / guest network
10:55 – Intrusion detection and analysis
12:02 – VPN Plus Server: OpenVPN, Synology SSL VPN and more
13:10 – WebVPN – clientless VPN client for web browser
15:04 – Mobile app
15:40 – Wireless performance and range
18:06 – Conclusion and final thoughts

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Synology RT1900ac Review:

Synology Cloud Sync Overview:

What I’ve always liked about Synology’s NAS devices is that they generally make all features available on versions of their products. The individual hardware specs largely determine how many of those features can be active at the same time.

This is also the case with their router products, with this new RT2600ac product doubling the RAM over its predecessor and offering a faster processor with some hardware optimizations for packet analysis. The RT1900ac can run all of the same functions but the RT2600ac can do more at the same time.

The new VPN app is impressive, offering no less than five different VPN connection strategies all of which can be used at the same time. One of them is Synology’s own creation that even allows for clientless connections to intranet sites on the local network. Really cool stuff.

Without question this is my go-to router at the moment. It’s well supported with frequent updates, has a fantastic interface, and offers plenty of useful features.

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Forst Family Vlogs says:

Lon, I am in charge of IT at a small business. We have some particular applications that need to be stored on an in house server. We have a terrible out of date sonic wall which should be able to give us VPN abilities, but it will not work. I was looking at this router to replace our outdated sonic wall and give us VPN capabilites. Is it a good option. Generally only 1 person, the most 2, would be accessing it at any given time remotely.


XSportSeeker says:

Wow, great product. Don’t think I’ve ever seen a router with all this.
Very interesting too… not too long ago I was researching for software that could give some deeper statistics on network traffic and couldn’t find anything that was easy to read or for end consumers. There’s some pretty great stuff out there for enterprise that is very expensive, but I didn’t find anything adequate for me personally.
I think this is the one! Next time I have the time to mess around with my home network configuration, I’ll consider getting one of those and routing everything through it instead of connecting directly to the modem.

Thanks for the review Lon!


Dang it, 3rd again. Will you be reviewing the new Canon T7i and 77d?

Joseph Webb says:

Lon have you had any problems with the ac1900 with the updating mine seems to lose internet and I usually have to factory reset and go through the set up process almost every time so I just quit updating it all together?

Gadget Addict says:

Seems decent but I’m hesitant of investing in high-end routers after having such an awful experience with Asus. The latest firmware update they pushed out “fixes” the problems by giving you an automated reboot option to “turn it off and on again” every X hours. Sigh.

Chris Pistocco says:

Great Video. I think I may purchase this router! I am overdue for a new one.

respibob says:

LoL, your daughter used a lot of data last week!

Rishab Agarwal says:

Xiaomi has a variety of routers…. Wud be helpful if you could review those routers…. BTW u are doing a great job keep up the good work

Miguel Velez says:

Can you use this with FiOS?

imacmill says:

Hi Lon. You mentioned that the network traffic summary page showed the your nVidia Shield TVs ‘are “calling home” a lot, and that you would investigate that at some point. I’d really like to hear the outcome of that investigation (if you do it… and please do :) ).

PeterMac83 says:

Would be nice if you can review Linksys WRT3200ACM router, it’s very fast in NAS ~100MB/s I heard.

carloskr says:

Is it possible to use cloud station on an network shared folder from a NAS instead of using on an USB drive?

Nikky m says:

Hey lon, do you still use amplifi?

Kenneth Anders says:

Thanks for the details.

Will Rowland says:

I’m still curious why they didn’t include link aggregation (LAN port teaming). Most of Synology’s disk stations support this feature, so why not their high-end router? Admittedly, most users would never need that kind of throughput, but I’m the kind of guy who likes to crank it up to 11!

johns touchpad says:

does it susport LAG ports?

James Rufer says:

Lon can you block specific search terms for a specific device within the parental controls?

mobile master race says:

Is this router good for hacking the government files

Nader Belaid says:

Your video is probably the only one out there that shows how traffic report works. Great review

daz411 says:

Hey Lon, how is the stability of the Synology routers? I currently have an airport extreme which is very stable and never needs to be rebooted but I’m really liking the features of the Synology.

Leo Vines says:

Hi Lon, I intend to record videos and post them to my logics/math students on YouTube. I’d like to quickly switch to my desktop (I’ll use PowerPoint on Windows 10 mainly) and back to me on my webcam, similarly to you do. What software/hardware you use to do that on the fly? I notice you constantly click on something at your desk… Thanks in advance and keep up the good work. Cheers from Rio, Brazil.

Frank Hernandez says:

Wondering if you have tried this router with the Airport Express’ (for speakers through the house) and with WiFi extenders ? Thanks!

Lon.TV says:

00:02 – Intro and differences vs. RT1900ac
00:55 – Hardware overview
06:03 – Web configuration interface
06:20 – Smart WAN load balancing / failover
07:17 – Traffic monitoring and reporting
10:19 – Parental controls / guest network
10:55 – Intrusion detection and analysis
12:02 – VPN Plus Server: OpenVPN, Synology SSL VPN and more
13:10 – WebVPN – clientless VPN client for web browser
15:04 – Mobile app
15:40 – Wireless performance and range
18:06 – Conclusion and final thoughts

Andrew Williams says:

Hey Lon, I tried to purchase the Synology RT2600AC refurbished from Newegg, but when I got it, it would take up to 10 minutes to come online. How long did it take for yours to boot? I sent it back to get a replacement, but they did not have anymore in stock so I was just given a refund. Is it worth my time to find another and repurchase it?

Akeem Bruce says:

hey Lon, i currently have a NETGEAR AC1750 and have been looking to upgrade. Would i get better performance out of the RT2600ac? and if not what router would u recommend?

Ray says:

Can this router connect to a VPN like NordVPN?

dave4shmups says:

Great review Lon! Would this router, or the less expensive one, be good for gaming?

S Blade says:

Have you tried to connect multiple USB hard drives onto the router (through a USB hub) to see how many can be used at once?

Luis Anthony Martinez says:

Hi Lon, thanks for the video. Could you please tell me how you compare it with your RT1900 for range?

Angel AR Tech says:

I am disappointed when anything that has 2600 in the name is not wood grained

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