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Amazon.com [amazon.com] has Synology RT2600ac 4x4 Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router w/ MR2200ac Mesh Wi-Fi Router bundle on sale for $305.98. Free shipping.

RT2600ac spec
  • 1.7 Gigahertz Dual core processor for fast, uncompromising performance
  • Powerful 4x4 802.11ac wave 2 radios with MU-MIMO and up to 2.53Gbps breakthrough wireless speeds
  • Smart Connect for seamless transition between maximum speed or range
  • Hardware accelerated Layer 7 traffic control and monitoring
  • Dual WAN capable for load balancing and failover support ; Operating Temperature 5 Degree Celcius to 40 Degree Celcius (40 fahrenheit to 104 fahrenheit )
MR2200ac
  • Dedicated Tri-band 2.13 Gbps (400+867+867 Mbps) bandwidth optimized for performance and reliability
  • Easy setup and remote management from web client or mobile app
  • Comprehensive parental management and easy-to-use inter face with Safe Access
  • Single Wi-Fi name and seamless roaming with 802.11 k/v/r support
  • Create advanced VPNs with WebVPN, Synology SSL VPN, and SSTP VPN capability
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The graphical UI firmware on the rt2600ac has been the most impressive I have seen on any consumer-grade router. It is jammed pack with many advanced features found in enterprise routers. It has support for both client and server OpenVPN just like DD-WRT. In fact, it is possible to set up multiple VPN client profiles for various VPN service providers simultaneously and simply switch from VPN services providers with a simple mouse click once the setup has been done. It has a rudimentary NAS built-in with client software for automatically backing up PCs on your network. Since last year's firmware update, it now supports WPA3. It even has double authentication to sign in to the admin page using your phone and Google's authenticator app. Even if users figure out the admin password, they can't get in until they enter the authenticator's six-digit code from your phone. If you have ever used Synology NAS devices and you are familiar with DSM, SRM on the rt2600ac will be very familiar. The feature list is very long, so I recommend looking through some Youtube videos or doing some research.

The biggest downside to the firmware, there is no support for user-defined VLANs. I am currently using a rt2600ac behind another tp-link router bridged to create separate segregated LAN for IoT devices. I think I read somewhere there might be a workaround to create VLANs using the CLI, but I am not familiar enough with how to do that myself.

I am really looking forward to a Synology AX router in the future, but I haven't seen any mention of one from the trade rags. I'm sure it is in the works.

UPDATE. I made a mistake. The Synology rt2600ac does, in fact, have VLAN in the UI. But it's just hidden in the strangest place in the menu. You can find it here:

Network Center -> IPTV & VoIP -> Enable IPTV/VoIP -> Mode: Manual
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Not a bad deal if you need both. Good find.
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Not a bad deal if you need both. Good find.
$40 off a combo that would cover a lot of area. I keep telling myself I need to wait for 802.11ax...
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Anyone have experience with this and a hardwire for backhaul?
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I think the router is very solid as I use one and put one at my in-laws with no issues for over 1 year now.

Haven't needed the mesh attachment for my house so I can't tell you much on that.
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I have this setup plus a 2nd mesh. Love that it has stronger configuration options then most consumer products but not getting full throughput of my cable modem (300mbit) even with strong signal. I am happy with the system however.
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How does this compare to other mesh routers like Velop, Google, etc? Guess I'm not understanding if this is a mesh router or what.
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Anyone have experience with this and a hardwire for backhaul?
Ethernet backhaul works great. It can be a bit of a pain in the ass to setup though. I had the 2600 before they released the MR and, when I got the MR, I had to initially set it up as a standalone router so I could update it to the latest version. Both devices have to match on the firmware, and it did try to update the MR but it kept failing.

Once I got it setup as a router, updated, then factory reset it, I was able to get it configured as a WiFi point pretty easily.

Not sure if they've improved the adding process yet. They did just release a massive update that includes support for Let's Encrypt and DNS over HTTP.
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So I just bought the rt2600ac used on Facebook marketplace for $40. I am really impressed with it, probably one of the best and cleanest router OSes I have seen. Also like the fact that you can install IPS on it which is pretty cool for being consumer grade.
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The graphical UI firmware on the rt2600ac has been the most impressive I have seen on any consumer-grade router. It is jammed pack with many advanced features found in enterprise routers. It has support for both client and server OpenVPN just like DD-WRT. In fact, it is possible to set up multiple VPN client profiles for various VPN service providers simultaneously and simply switch from VPN services providers with a simple mouse click once the setup has been done. It has a rudimentary NAS built-in with client software for automatically backing up PCs on your network. Since last year's firmware update, it now supports WPA3. It even has double authentication to sign in to the admin page using your phone and Google's authenticator app. Even if users figure out the admin password, they can't get in until they enter the authenticator's six-digit code from your phone. If you have ever used Synology NAS devices and you are familiar with DSM, SRM on the rt2600ac will be very familiar. The feature list is very long, so I recommend looking through some Youtube videos or doing some research.

The biggest downside to the firmware, there is no support for user-defined VLANs. I am currently using a rt2600ac behind another tp-link router bridged to create separate segregated LAN for IoT devices. I think I read somewhere there might be a workaround to create VLANs using the CLI, but I am not familiar enough with how to do that myself.

I am really looking forward to a Synology AX router in the future, but I haven't seen any mention of one from the trade rags. I'm sure it is in the works.

UPDATE. I made a mistake. The Synology rt2600ac does, in fact, have VLAN in the UI. But it's just hidden in the strangest place in the menu. You can find it here:

Network Center -> IPTV & VoIP -> Enable IPTV/VoIP -> Mode: Manual
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This is a pretty good deal if you have a big house and need both. They are rarely on sale. I've used the RT2600ac for about 1 year and it's been super stable. To me the best thing about Synology router/NAS is their software updates, they keep on updating the software for more than 5 years. Also on the router, you can install the IDS (Intrusion Detection System) feature for free which will keep your network protected and automatically stop unwanted traffic from leaving your network. The IDS feature alone is worth as much as $100 per year on other routers (I had zyxel before and it asked me to pay subscription for activating the IDS feature).
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All these posts about extra features of their firmware which are useless for the average consumer. What about the important stuff like, speed, range and reliability compare to their competitors? Can you just "set it and forget it" as any good router should be?
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The 2600 wasn't reliable for me. Huge lag spikes and it would hang from time to time. Maybe they fixed it..... The UI was cool though.
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How does this compare to the Nighthawk X10?
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