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An excellent wifi router, with the added bonus of the familiar Synology approach to device management and support. That includes comprehensive and easy-to-use configuration software, and the backing of a responsive, well-organised, well-informed and helpful support operation - an example that some of Synology's competitors would do well to follow!
However, if you are considering, as I did, buying these devices to create a mesh network behind some other existing router (ie, you wish to run in these Synology units in Access Point mode), then THINK AGAIN:-
THE MR2200ac WILL NOT CREATE A MESH NETWORK WHEN OPERATING IN ACCESS POINT MODE.
I will return to this later.
The first thing you will notice when commissioning these units is that they are painfully slow to boot, and it typically takes several minutes from power-on to full operation. If you have multiple units, the initial process of pairing them is simply agonising. Pairing cannot begin until both units have reached an operating state - say 10 minutes from cold boot. The the main unit must then "find" its subsidiary unit, and then send it configuration information, all over wifi. This again takes a considerable time, during which the internet connection is unavailable, and the less patient user is likely to have given up long before the process is complete. I don't doubt that this is Synology being thorough, but I can't help feeling that much time might be saved if initial pairing could be completed using a wired connection between the units. However, the pairing process explicitly requires wifi connection only - wired connection can only be made once pairing has been completed, which strikes me as silly, as well as wildly unintuitive even if it is common practice.
I have already mentioned mesh networking. Remember that this device is advertised and sold as a mesh router, which to me seems to be only partly true. The main point of a mesh network is that on can have multiple router/access-points working together to provide seamless wifi coverage over an area that could not be covered by a single unit. The benefit of this to the user is that one can move around anywhere within the covered area, connecting invisibly and without interruption of communication to the unit providing the best signal at that particular moment. Switching between units should be instantaneous.
After I had installed my Synology units in addition to (and not as a replacement for) my existing DrayTek router, I found that there could be a hiatus in communications of several seconds, occasionally tens of seconds, in switching between units. It was only when I eventually queried this with the Synology support department I was told that mesh communications is only available when the master unit is operating in full router mode, otherwise it is explicitly disabled! I remain more than a little annoyed about this, as I found no indication of it before purchase, and nor does it seem a remotely reasonable limitation on so pricey a piece of kit. I am an enthusiastic user of other Synology NAS devices, and so I had no qualms in purchasing these devices. However, had I known of the mesh limitations I would most certainly not have done so.
I purchased this to limit internet time to the young people in the house. It took me a while to set up, but this is mainly as I have a fairly complicated setup at home. Virgin media - Ubiquity Edge Router - Ubiquity switches running separate VLANs and Ubiquity AP Pros. I didn't want the WiFi from Synology, I only wanted it for the parental controls. When I finally got it hooked up between the Media hub and the Edgerouter it worked a treat. The fact that you can set on / off times for the internet for groups of devices, and limit the total internet time per day is just fantastic. Yes - savvy kids could turn off WiFi on their phones and resort to a mobile data signal but we limit the Gb's per month on those so they run out very quickly.
I did have a speed issue to start with. I disabled traffic control (used to give priority bandwidth to devices that you choose) and since then it can manage 350Mbs connection I have just fine.
I have both Synology MR2200ac and rt2600 setup as a mesh. Fantastic range on both, love the Synology Router Manager, ease of use, as I can create user profiles and assign various internet access controls for family members and each device in the house. One of the most useful features is the ability to easily block ad's in Safari or Google Chrome, it is very very good at blocking ad's!. It does not block ad's in YouTube site, but by installing the chrome plugin AdBlock you can set AdBlock to only Block YouTube ad's . Then allow AdBlock to show all other ad's, all other ad's allowed by AdBlock will be Blocked by Synology Router Manager. Setting up ad blocking this way will stop websites detecting AdBlock and blocking website access unless you disable AdBlock. Websites will not detect Synology Manager built in ad blocking.
This router has been used to extend the WiFi network from my Synology RT2600. Set-up was extremely simple as the RT2600 just automatically detects and configures the extender. There is no need to plug in a network cable when used as an extender. This device has generally boosted the WiFi around my home so I no longer have any dead spots. It is also very easy to move the device to another location around your house without any reconfiguration. The BIG complaint that I have is that the power supply comes with a EU type plug instead of a UK type. This is not acceptable considering how much it costs. Using a plug adapter makes the power supply hang-out a long way from the wall socket.
Generally great as a Wi-fi mesh with a synology ac2600 it’s extended my Wi-fi very reliably. Only negative is there are wireless issues if using Ethernet backbone for the mesh. certain devices would connect but have no internet access. The pace of updates has slowed down markedly recently so bugs can take a while to get resolved. Still the best Wi-fi combination I’ve ever had though to put that in Perspective
This is a review for the MR2200ac. I'm a big fan of Synology kit and have two of their NAS devices. I wanted this to be great but sadly it's not. The software is really good but the biggest problem is throughput. I have a 350Mb internet connection and with this router I only ever see around 180Mb whereas the apple airport router I was using gives me full speed. It's probably fine if you have slower internet but it doesn't work for me.
I installed 3x of these in mesh mode with ethernet backhaul. The UI is excellent, configuring the mesh is easy and the signal is great. In AP mode both ethernet ports are active and can be used which is an added unexepected bonus.
I was so hoping this would fix the issue with some dead spots upstairs. Problem is with devices that need 2ghz. It's just not powerful enough from the main router. No doubt adding more mesh boxes would help. However, it just wasn't reliable enough so sent back. Also no UK plug.