Synology today launched the RT2600ac, a Wi-fi router designed to accommodate the modern home and office. Packed with powerful packages inside an intuitive interface, the RT2600ac delivers robust performance with stable, uninterrupted wired and wireless connections for multiple users. In addition, VPN Plus is officially released to allow users of Synology Router to set up a powerful, on-premises VPN solution.
The Synology Router RT2600ac
To maximize user experience and network performance, the RT2600ac is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM and comes equipped with the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 certified radios featuring MU-MIMO support, ensuring more devices can connect at higher speeds. Together with Smart Connect, RT2600ac can intelligently optimize connection quality and balance devices on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz radios for maximum wireless speed and range. Dual WAN with 2.0 Gbps combined bandwidth allows users to take advantage of two high-speed fiber internet connections for load balancing plus failover. Note, the RT2600ac does not come with SFP+ cages so you will need a fiber to RJ-45 solution to take advantage of this.
Although Synology’s massive four antenna array on the router is functional, it also makes the unit look somewhat like an alien battleship which is a trend with today’s Wi-fi routers. Synology’s RT2600ac is powered by the Synology Router Manager (SRM) operating system, which offers professional-level networking tools at a consumer-friendly price point. Application Layer QoS (Quality of Service) makes it possible to monitor and control bandwidth consumption according to not only devices but also individual applications. Even with advanced traffic control and application detection enabled, the hardware acceleration engine serves to maintain high performance and throughput for all connected devices. The RT2600ac is Wi-Fi and DLNA Certified.
VPN Plus Solution
The introduction of VPN Plus on Synology RT2600ac and RT1900ac brings higher-end VPN capabilities to a lower price point. Part of VPN Plus, WebVPN gives users clientless access to internal web-based services, making remote work as easy as opening a browser. For those who need to connect to a file server or perform remote maintenance, Synology SSL VPN delivers stellar performance backed by SSL encryption as well as simple setup.
VPN Plus also features permission and traffic management tools for administrators to visualize and optimize their network. Support for more protocols, such as SSTP, OpenVPN, PPTP, and L2TP over IPSec, also ensures VPN Plus integrates into existing environments smoothly.
VPN Plus offers one free concurrent account with access to WebVPN, Synology SSL VPN, and SSTP. To allow more concurrent access, licenses will be available for purchase in the future. This is similar to the way that Citrix Netscaler and other SSL VPNs are licensed but we are awaiting street pricing to know how it stacks up.