With a much better throughput capacity, range, hardware, and software, it expands its target audience to small businesses and corporates. But all of it comes at a hefty price, one which is already filled with quality options. So, is it worth investing in?
Product Name: Synology RT6600AX
Product Description: Synology’s RT6600AX is a premium wireless router that boasts a tri-band Wi-Fi 6 setup with an impressive throughput capacity and a 2.5 Gbps internet port. It's known for its security features.
Offer price: 299.99
Synology impressed me once again, with top-tier performance in all aspects, be it speeds, range, security features, installation, or management. A worthy premium router!
Price to Value
- Solid throughput capacity
- Easy to install & manage
- Multi-gig internet speeds
- Advanced security tools
- Powerful hardware
Synology RT6600AX Specs
|Wireless Standard||Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)|
|2.4 GHz Speed||600 Mbps|
|5 GHz (1) Speed||4800 Mbps|
|5 GHz (2) Speed||1200 Mbps|
|WiFi Range||Up to 3000 Sq Ft|
|Maximum Device Capacity||Up to 200|
|Ports||1x 2.5 Gig LAN/WAN + 3x 1 Gig LAN + 1x 1 Gig WAN + 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1|
|Suitable Internet Plan||Up to 2 Gbps|
|Security Standard||WPA3 enterprise|
|Dimensions||14.25 x 10 x 4 inches|
|Release Date||May 11, 2022|
Synology RT6600AX Review: After 2 Months of Use
I got my hands on Synology RT6600AX two months back and have been using it as the primary internet setup in my test lab. After detailed testing of multiple parameters like speeds, security levels, WiFi coverage, ease of use, management, etc., I am here to present my honest thoughts about this router.
Just get your needs sorted, and read through the subsequent sections to make an informed decision. Here we go!
Synology is amongst the few manufacturers to revolutionize the industry with the integration of advanced security features without charging anything. Only ASUS was the one providing their AiProtection software, but those weren’t as advanced.
At the top of the heap, stands its threat prevention engine which detects and blocks all incoming threats in real-time based on user-defined policies. This allows you to keep a tab on your network’s security.
There’s a VPN plus feature which works just like a VPN to keep you anonymous while using the internet, with the added benefit of zero speed drops.
It also entails some enterprise-grade features like WPA3, DDoS protection, intrusion blocking, firewall management, and auto-firmware update.
These features combined include Synology RE6600AX in the list of routers with the best security features. The sensitive datasets you work on are cushioned from cyber attackers and hackers trying to flinch them.
Not only security features, but RE6600AX also entails a few advanced sets of parental controls. The best amongst them is selective blocking with which you can prevent your child from accessing social media, explicit, and other websites.
Besides, features like scheduled access, tracking online activities, and others come in handy. It’s worth mentioning that you can toggle all these features using a user-friendly app. This is especially helpful in small businesses where employees aren’t well-versed with these technologies.
For more security, learn how to secure wireless networks.
Wireless Speeds & Suitability
The Wi-Fi 6 router with tri-band capability has a speed rating of AX6600, i.e., 6600 Mbps. And so the band-wise speeds are as follows:
|5 GHz (1): 4800 Mbps||5 GHz (2): 1200 Mbps||2.4 GHz: 600 Mbps|
Such a high throughput capacity makes it ideal for multi-gig internet plans, and so I had it paired with Xfinity 1200 Mbps plan. And with the high-cap 5 GHz bands, the output I got was great. Here’s a screenshot of a speed test:
With almost 1039 Mbps of download and over 35 Mbps of upload speed, any type of task, bandwidth-hogging, or light should be a child’s play. I played Red Dead Redemption 2 on PS 5, and it ran well with 75 FPS.
Now, it was time to test the ability of the far band, i.e., 2.4 GHz. The results stayed impressive with downloads and uploads continuing at the rate of 523 Mbps and 27 Mbps, respectively. this means you can stream HD content on Netflix even at a long distance.
WiFi Coverage & Devices Capacity
Amongst all Synology routers, this one boasts a maximum range of 3,000 Sq Ft, and its 4 powerful antennas could stretch to a maximum of 2,500 Sq Ft.
Such a wide range means any of your mid-sized three-bedroom apartments or a small business space should be void of network weak or dead zones. And most of your devices within the space (maximum 48) should be capable of streaming in HD, without any lags.
The integration of MU-MIMO, QoS, and OFDMA does a good job of device handling.
Design & Wired Connectivity
Design-wise, Synology RT6600AX looks classic and is on par with premium wireless routers. With dimensions of 14.25 x 10 x 4 inches and weighing 4.05 pounds, the device feels a bit bulky and takes up a decent amount of table space.
Its matt black finish oozes out a premium look and the heat-dissipating vents on the body keep air flowing and maintain its optimum temperature.
The manufacturer didn’t cheap out with the ports as well as its real panel sports one multi-gig WAN port alongside four Gigabit LAN ports. The multi-gig port comes with a 2.5 Gbps speed capability, making it ideal for high-speed and latency-free gaming.
However, the Ethernet ports lack link aggregation support, which isn’t a huge deal but sure makes it inferior to ASUS counterparts.
How to Setup?
Setting up routers isn’t as complicated as modems, and things get a bit easier with a compatible app. Just plug in the router to your modem, log in to the app, and just follow the provided instructions. You will be done with the setup in no time.
Besides that, the app allows you to manage your traffic, connect devices, and conduct a speed test
Hardware & Other Features
On the inside, Synology RT6600AX packs a beast with a 1.8 GHz Quad-Core processor paired with 1GB RAM and ample flash storage for storing the settings and firmware. So you or your devices won’t be a victim of any laggy connection on whichever tasks you are active on.
Frequently Asked Questions
Boasting a maximum throughput capacity of 6.6 Gbps, the router delivered excellent results in my throughput tests. With the Xfinity 1200 Mbps plan, I could churn out maximum speeds of 1035 Mbps, making it suitable for bandwidth-hungry tasks.
As far as my tests go, the four-antenna setup of Synology RT6600AX’s WiFi range is rated as 3,000 Sq Ft. In my tests, it could cover a maximum area of up to 2,500 Sq Ft, making it a suitable for small businesses and medium-sized houses.
With a theoretical cap of 50, the maximum the router can handle is around 45. And the signals never lagged on any, courtesy of MU-MIMO and OFDMA support.
If you have a budget to spend and need a high-tech router with advanced security and parental control features, Synology RT6600AX is probably the best bet.
If you want to upgrade to a Wi-Fi 6, multi-gig internet, and robust secure network then this RT6600AX with tri-band support is a worthy consideration. It comes at a premium price but its stable performance, advanced security, ease of setup and management make it totally worth it.