The Synology RT1900ac is a much less obvious recommendation than its RT2600ac big brother. On the plus side, it offers the same great Web administration interface with tons of features and the same ability to be extended via installable packages. It also provides some great performance with legacy 802.11n devices.
But 802.11ac performance is nothing short of dire, and this has been echoed in user reviews we have read elsewhere. Unfortunately, this severely curtails the utility this router can provide.
Even though the price is keen, and the features rich, you do want at least respectable throughput with the most current WiFi standards from your router, and the Synology RT1900ac is noticeably behind the competition in this respect. We’d recommend paying £100 more for the RT2600ac if you like the look of the features on offer. It’s worth the extra money.
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- Very keen price.
- Four-port Gigabit Ethernet switch.
- USB 3.0 and SDXC for attaching storage.
- Extensible features via package download.
- Comprehensive configuration via Web interface.
- Commendable 802.11n performance.
- 802.11ac performance is disappointing.
- Mediocre USB 3.0 storage speed.
Kitguru Says: The Synology RT1900ac has the software features of its more expensive RT2600ac sibling, but slow 802.11ac performance lets it down, putting it out of the running for a recommendation.