Synology, a well known maker of network area storage solutions, introduced its first router – the Synology RT1900ac – at Computex. The device boasts all modern technologies as well as integrated NAS capabilities, reports Leo Waldock, a KitGuru editor, from Taipei. The product is set to hit the market shortly from now.
Pretty much every aspect of the new Synology RT1900ac follows specifications of all modern high-end routers: it is based on an advanced Broadcom network processor, it supports WiFi b/g/n/ac protocols and simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, 3*3 MIMO streams, three external antennae, beam forming, QoS and up to 1.9Gb/s data rate. However, the Synology RT1900ac is a not a yet another router.
Synology is a NAS company and its first router allows one to build a personal media cloud using only this device. The RT1900ac runs Synology Router Manager (SRM) v1.0 software and has a Secure Digital card reader as well as a USB port. The Synology Router Manager (SRM) looks and feels pretty much like the Disk Station Manager (DSM) found on Synology’s NAS devices, reports Leo.
Once a USB drive or an SD card are plugged to the RT1900ac, it is possible to use Synology’s Video Station software to manage the content and stream it to TVs using the Miracast technology. Moreover, the RT1900ac and the DSM will support mobile applications, so it will be possible to access the content from anywhere. In fact, any external storage device essentially transforms Synology’s RT1900ac into a NAS.
The Synology RT1900ac is about to hit the market in Taiwan. It is possible to expect the product to arrive to the U.K. sometimes in the third quarter of the year. The price is unknown, but the company implies that it will be comparable to that of similar products from companies like Asustek Computer.
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KitGuru Says: The Synology RT1900ac seems to be an interesting product with unique capabilities. If it becomes a success, then we can expect similar features from other routers made by different manufacturers too.