Synology is probably best known for its network attached storage (NAS) solutions, several of which we have reviewed here at Maximum PC. But did you know that the company is working on its very first wireless router? Even more, thanks to this upcoming router, the company is now a CES 2016 Innovation Award Honoree in the computer accessories category.
According to the company, the new Wireless AC router, the RT1900ac, is a 1900-class device providing speeds of up to 1300Mbps on the 5GHz band and speeds of up to 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. This router is powered by the company’s proprietary operating system, Synology Router Manager, packed with features that will give customers complete control over their wireless network.
“Some people might ask ‘Why is a NAS company getting into routers?’” says company President Alex Wang. “At Synology, we’re always pushing the limits of network technology. Our products work as a private cloud, file server, multimedia sever, and file backup – all in one. Since the router connects the storage to the computer, we realized that with more control over the router, we could make even more advancements in NAS. The possibilities are endless.”
At a glance, the upcoming router will feature Beamforming technology, application layer Quality of Service (QoS), and parental controls that include a built-in DNS-based filter database. Synology said that it will continue to update this database as new inappropriate websites are revealed. Because sites are listed in groups in the database (adult content, drugs, gambling, etc), parents can block entire groups of websites instead of one at a time.
A list of specifications shows that the router includes a dual-core processor clocked at 1.0GHz, 256MB of DDR3 RAM, four gigabit Ethernet LAN ports and one gigabit Ethernet WAN port. There are also three antennas, one USB 3.0 port and an SD card slot for sharing photos, music, videos and other files. The company says the router is built for both the home and office, and is easy to manage even for “non-techy” people.
“Network attached storage uses wireless and wired Internet connections to access files from anywhere at any time,” the company adds in a press release. “Synology leveraged this technology to create a wireless router with NAS capabilities.”
The RT1900ac Wireless AC router is expected to go retail in Q1 2016, selling for around $150. Congrats to the company for receiving the CES 2016 award!
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