Wireless router photograph.
Product review
February 2019

Wireless routers

We've tested 12 store-bought routers and 10 ISP-supplied models to assess their WiFi performance and security, plus how easy they are to set up.

February 2019

Synology

RT2600ac

Price
$389
Score
77
Good
Recommended

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When we asked our testers which router they’d buy after this test, they said the Synology. It has excellent security and fibre speeds. The router is very good at channel switching and its 5GHz network is excellent. It has four external antennas and is fairly large, which means it may not fit with your décor.

Test results

  • 73
    WiFi performance
  • 78
    Ease of use and setup
  • 90
    Security

Good points

  • Good WiFi performance.
  • Excellent 5GHz WiFi performance.
  • Easy to use
  • Excellent for security.
  • Excellent fibre speed.
  • Very good for channel switching.

Bad points

  • Only OK 2.4GHz WiFi performance.
  • Very noticeable interference on 5GHz signal.

Model

  • Avg price

    $389

Speed test results

  • Fibre

    9.3/10

  • WiFi performance 2.4GHz

    5.5/10

  • WiFi performance 5GHz

    9.0/10

  • Obstruction 2.4GHz

    Noticeable interference from obstruction

  • Obstruction 5GHz

    Very noticeable interference from obstruction

  • Channel switching ability

    Very good at channel switching

Specifications

  • Fibre

    Yes

  • WiFi bands (GHz)

    2.4 & 5

  • Antennas

    4

  • Antenna placement

    Two on rear, one on each side, can fold 90° and rotates 360°, removeable

  • Dimensions (WxDxH) [mm]

    77 x 280 x 169

  • Weight (g)

    695

Features

  • Mesh
  • MIMO

    Yes

  • Beamforming support
  • Ethernet LAN ports

    4

  • USB ports

    2

  • Media sharing via USB
  • DLNA
  • Installation wizard
  • Quality of Service
  • Parental controls
  • Parental control features

    Web filter, time scheduling, safe search

  • Firewall
  • Guest network WiFi

    Yes

  • WPS support
  • 3G/4G passthrough
  • VOIP
  • Wall mountable

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