Synology RT2600AC AC-2600 Wireless Dual-Band Gigabit Router

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Synology RT2600AC AC-2600 Wireless Dual-Band Gigabit Router
Key Features
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi Network Standard
  • 2600 Mbps Wi-Fi Data Throughput
  • Dual-Band 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz Frequencies
  • 4x4 MIMO High-Gain Antennas
With Wi-Fi data transfer rates of up to 2.53 Gbps and built-in MIMO technology, the RT2600AC AC-2600 Wireless Dual-Band Gigabit Router from Synology can support multiple data streams simultaneously. Multiple data pathways to the network offer devices like streaming media players, game consoles, smart TVs, tablets, and more their own dedicated connection to the network which greatly reduces lag.
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Synology RT2600AC Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2VPN Plus
  • 3Synology SSL VPN
  • 4WebVPN
  • 5Smart WAN
  • 6Smart Connect
  • 7Content Filtering and Monitoring
  • 8Stay Protected
  • 9Manage, Sync, Back Up, and More

With Wi-Fi data transfer rates of up to 2.53 Gbps and built-in MIMO technology, the RT2600AC AC-2600 Wireless Dual-Band Gigabit Router from Synology can support multiple data streams simultaneously. Multiple data pathways to the network offer devices like streaming media players, game consoles, smart TVs, tablets, and more their own dedicated connection to the network which greatly reduces lag.

The RT2600AC operates on both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies and supports the 802.11ac Wi-Fi network standard to ensure users receive optimal network performance. In addition to enhanced performance standards, this router offers improved reception and range as it comes equipped with four omni-directional high-gain dipole antennas.

If a wired connection is required, the RT2600AC Router comes equipped with four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, and a single Gigabit Ethernet WAN port complete with Smart WAN failover support offering network redundancy should one connection fail. Additionally, this Synology router features USB connectivity along with an SD card reader making it possible to provide a variety of storage options to users throughout the network as well as cloud storage capabilities to users connected through the Synology DS Cloud application or the Synology Cloud Station Suite.

VPN Plus
Keep your network's internal services and resources hardened against direct access while still allowing work from home or a remote location with VPNs. Easily deploy a wide range of VPN solutions and manage access permissions and bandwidth allowances.
Synology SSL VPN
Secure and fast, Synology's SSL VPN solution requires minimal setup on Windows, Mac, Ubuntu, and iOS, making rapid deployment as easy as logging into a web portal.
Clientless WebVPN for centralized access to company intranets and web back ends. Easily login from anywhere with only a browser for a secured connection.
Smart WAN
SRM's Smart WAN capability on the RT2600ac supports 2 Gbps Dual WAN combined bandwidth when multiple connections are established. If one of the connections goes offline due to ISP or cable problems, traffic can failover to the other interface. Load balancing can be used in addition to failover, spreading traffic across both interfaces. Policy route allows traffic routing based on destination or source address.
Smart Connect
Not sure which devices should connect to the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands? With Synology's Smart Connect, devices are connected to the most appropriate band automatically, letting users experience simplified management without worry about range or speed issues.
Content Filtering and Monitoring
Application Layer QoS and Traffic Report
Application Layer or Layer 7, Quality of Service control shows the bandwidth consumed by individual applications and devices. Restrict the amount of bandwidth for specific applications, without affecting the rest, and generate traffic usage reports sorted by application and device.

Intelligent Web Filtering and Parental controls
Instead of traditional URL-based web filtering, SRM does so during DNS lookup. Easily block out thousands of sites with built-in Google SafeSearch integration and a constantly updated database of customizable website categories.
Stay Protected
Intrusion Prevention
Intrusion Detection System analyzes network traffic and logs all intrusion attempts, allowing for fine-tuning of your firewall rules with minimal performance impact. Intrusion Prevention System additionally blocks suspicious traffic based on customizable rules.

Security Advisor & QualysGuard
Monitor and check settings and system files for security issues and automatically apply recommended fixes. Synology utilizes the Qualysguard platform to detect and enhance security across all Synology operating systems.

Continuously Updated
Synology is committed to providing fast updates to keep device security up to date for maximum protection. SRM can automatically perform upgrades on a schedule for maximum convenience.
Manage, Sync, Back Up, and More
With an external storage device or SD card, the RT2600ac can become a private cloud server with Synology's Cloud Station Suite, allowing easy access to files, photos, and even backups for multiple devices. Mac users also enjoy Time Machine compatibility. Connect devices with USB 3.0 to take advantage of the RT2600ac's powerful connectivity capabilities.
UPC: 846504002320

Synology RT2600AC Specs

Key Specs
Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac); Dual-Band (2.4 & 5 GHz) with MU-MIMO Support (4 x 4)
2600 Mb/s Total
2.4 GHz: 800 Mb/s 
5 GHz: 1730 Mb/s 
1 x 5 Gb/s USB-A
1 x 480 Mb/s USB-A
1 x 10/100/1000 Mb/s Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45) (Uplink)
4 x 10/100/1000 Mb/s Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45) (Console)
Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac); Dual-Band (2.4 & 5 GHz) with MU-MIMO Support (4 x 4)
Number of Antennas
Supported Protocols
Antenna Placement
External (Integrated)
2600 Mb/s Total
2.4 GHz: 800 Mb/s 
5 GHz: 1730 Mb/s 
1 x 5 Gb/s USB-A
1 x 480 Mb/s USB-A
1 x 10/100/1000 Mb/s Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45) (Uplink)
4 x 10/100/1000 Mb/s Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45) (Console)
USB Sharing Support
Guest Network Support
Wireless Security
VPN Protocol
IPSec, L2TP, PPTP, Pass-Through
Firewall Support
512 MB
 to 1.7 GHz Dual-Core
Media Card Reader
1 x SDXC
Supported IEEE Standards
802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
AC Input Power
100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Power Consumption
10.8 W
Operating Temperature
40 to 104°F / 5 to 40°C
Storage Temperature
-5 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
Operating Humidity
5 to 95%
Environmental Protection
11 x 6.7 x 3" / 280 x 169 x 77 mm
1.5 lb / 0.7 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight
3.165 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
12.55 x 11.25 x 3.4"

Synology RT2600AC Reviews

Great VPN router

By Eugene
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-09-04

Nice router from NAS vendor Synology. Works well with SurfShark VPN. Easy to manage remotely with Synology SRM. Solid router for advanced home users or small businesses.

Great router with advanced features

By Wai
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-26

This router has a good connection speed and advanced administrative features like RADIUS. Admin panel is easy to use so got it up and running fast.

Typical Synology Quality

By Randy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-20

We have used Synology products for over ten years (and currently have three NASs) and decided to switch to their RT6600AX for our gateway. We purchased the RT2600AC to have a mesh network. The RT2600AC (and RT6600AX) are typical Synology quality. Their devices are robust, extremely reliable, and easy to manage. The interface on their Synology Router Management (SRM) is very well-designed. It is extremely easy to set up VLANs, wireless access points, users, and to isolate network traffic with firewall rules. I only had one issue setting up the RT2600AC as a mesh router. The router needs the latest version of SRM 1.3 to work in a mesh setup. Thus I needed to set up the router, update SRM, reset the router, and restart. Upon restart it automatically detected the RT6600AX and allowed it to be used in the mesh network.

Super solid router

By Chris
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-06

I've installed at least 20 of these across my client base. Every single one of them has been rock-solid. Also love the user interface. Be aware that the built-in VPN is slow. It works, but it's slow to connect. Hoping the RT6600 is better in that regard.

Good router

By Elisario
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-07

Is good

Great router, very stable and easy to install

By Carolynn
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-16

We've had the router kit a couple of weeks and everything is running smoothly. I miss the feature to provide daily speed reports from my google on hub router but otherwise satisfied.

Very Good Management Tools

By Paul
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2023-03-13

I work from home so Internet access is critically important to me. I have our networking gear on UPSes and both a cable modem and backup 4G option. I previously was using a Netgear mesh router that was had only limited device management options. I could set a schedule to turn Internet access on and off, but there was only a single schedule which would affect all devices on the WiFi network. In other words, if I wanted to keep my kids from surfing the web on their iPod at 3am, I also had to disable cloud backup of our Synology NAS. This device is much more flexible. I was able to set up several profiles and apply a schedule and web filtering to each one. The kids' devices profile shuts things down at bedtime and also has web filtering enabled. If they want access to a particular site that they think doesn't need to be filtered, they can request it via their browser and I get a notification, and I can make an exception for that site if I think it is OK. This has been extremely helpful in managing Internet access for a house full of kids who have access to different laptops, iPods, etc. This device has an option for failover of the primary upstream Internet connection. So I have a cable modem plugged into the WAN port. When it fails, as it often does, the Internet connection will automatically failover to the T-Mobile 4G Internet appliance I have plugged into the LAN 1 port. That's very helpful - our 4G signal isn't great and if there is an outage that affects a lot of people the cellular infrastructure is overloaded and so gets very slow, but at least we have enough Internet speed to report outages and get e-mail. It also means when the power goes out and the UPS is running down, I don't have to frantically unplug and rearrange cables. I can focus on grabbing our lanterns and reporting the outage. I took a star away for a few issues: (1) The strength of the mesh connection from the main floor to a MR2200AC downstairs is only Fair, and that's with careful aiming of the antennas. Our previous Netgear router with satellite maintained a much better connection between floors. This makes me wonder if I should have bought the more expensive RT6600 router, which costs twice as much. It did not seem like we should need that one to maintain a full-speed communication with a router that is one floor down and maybe 20 feet over, when the Netgear devices handled this fine. I will consider upgrading at some point. (2) the web GUI could be better-integrated. The router settings are spread across 3 apps. The third one, Safe Access, allows for the profiles and filtering and scheduling I mentioned. The other features seem somewhat arbitrarily split between Network Center and Wi-Fi Connect. There is not great integration between them. For example, in Network Center I set up DHCP reservations with device names and IP addresses for all the devices we use. When I'm setting up profiles, it would be nice if I could add devices to the profiles by browsing this list of devices. Instead, it just shows me the MAC addresses of devices which are online. In other words the devices have to be online, and you have to look up the Mac addresses themselves to determine which is which, to add them to the profiles. (3) there are some sharp edges in these tools which can cut you. I initially turned on MAC filtering, which for some reason is in the Wi-Fi Connect app rather than the Network Center app which has the DHCP configuration options. You do this by whitelist or blacklist. By default, it uses a blacklist. I switched it to a whitelist and put all our devices on a whitelist. But then later I wanted to temporarily turn the filtering off. I guess the right way to do this is to switch it to blacklist, with an empty list. While looking for a disable option I accidentally deleted the whitelist entry for the computer I was using to configure the router. The web GUI happily let me do that without a warning. Now, this was a mistake on my part, but friendly GUIs should try to help you avoid mistakes like this. I've been working with computers since the seventies and I made this mistake. I think that less-experienced users are likely to come across other sharp edges that I avoided. I had to hard-reset the router to recover from this. It would be nice if (a) there was a global enable/disable MAC filtering feature and (b) if the GUI would warn you if you were about to disable your own active connection! So this is a user-friendly device but only until you make a mistake. Would buy again, but if I had known the signal strength would be an issue, I might have bought the RT6600 first.

Easy Parental Controls

By Courtney
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-28

Easy to install, great parental controls.

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What is the range of this router?

What is the range of this router?
Asked by: Paul
It will depend on the obstacles you have between the router and the device that is connected to the router and if you are using 2.4GHz or 5GHz bands. The 2.4GHZ band cover a larger area than 5GHz. If you have concrete walls or any other obstacle, the range will drop.
Answered by: Luiz O
Date published: 2022-01-04

Will this router work with spectrum internet?

Will this router work with spectrum internet?
Asked by: Nicholas
Yes, this is compatible with Spectrum.
Answered by: Sagi
Date published: 2020-07-15

Can most customers with basic knowledge install ...

Can most customers with basic knowledge install both units & maximize the network or does B&H offer installation services?
Asked by: Alexander
B&H does not have an installation service. However, the Synology Whole Home Wireless Mesh Wi-Fi Kit is very easy to set up and install. Carefully follow the provided instructions and you will be able to maximize your network.
Answered by: Geoffrey
Date published: 2021-08-31

The specs says 100 or 240 VAC. Does it mean I can ...

The specs says 100 or 240 VAC. Does it mean I can use the adaptor as is in a 220V country?
Asked by: Teddy
Yes. This Synology Whole Home Wireless Mesh Router kit will work in regions with 220 V AC power.
Answered by: Jordan
Date published: 2022-08-08

How does the guest network session time limit ...

How does the guest network session time limit work? Is it per device or all devices on the guest network? What is the shortest limit configurable?
Asked by: Teddy
The Guest network in the Synology RT2600AC AC-2600 Wireless Dual-Band Gigabit Router kit can be set up from one hour to one week.
Answered by: Zev
Date published: 2022-08-09


Can this router function as an access point only?
Asked by: Jeremy
Yes, that's my initial use, excellent coverage and truly seamless two-way handoff with my AirPort Extreme using a common SSID.
Answered by: Paul L.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Does this router have a consistently low latency without latency spikes on wireless? Is the wireless connection reliable?
Asked by: Jeremy
Short answer - yes it's great, best latency and reliability i've had in a router thus far. I've used in a 2,400 sq ft house with PCs, IOS devices, Sonos, XBox, NS on wireless. The gamers in the house were delighted with the router replacement and I did not need to drop the consoles into a DMZ. I am not sure I know enough to give more details, but here goes: used tracert just to check, results are in very low single digits. Occasionally I see the DNS result on the tracert spike up to 12ms or so, but I might have configured DNS incorrectly. (I use OpenDNS as my Internet DNS server, and then the router's address as the primary DNS on the local network.)
Answered by: KURT K.
Date published: 2021-02-04


Is anyone using this with IPS, VPN etc? heard it has performance hits, also heard some stability issues. Have these been resolved? anyone running this over months that can comment?
Asked by: David B.
David B. If you haven't done so already, please check Synology forums specifically the router section. You have a better chance of getting the answers there or at least some helpful information.
Answered by: James F.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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